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beingTRUE Essential Pore and Complexion Refiner

Water, Lactic Acid10, Ammonium Lactate1, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Squalane6, Polysorbate 608, Octyl Dodecanol, Glucosamine11 HCI, Algae13 Extract, Yeast2 Extract, Urea5, Salicylic Acid3, Aloe14 Vera Gel, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract12, Sodium Hyaluronate4 Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, True Antioxidant Complex (DL-Alpha Tocopherol17, Japanese Green Tea, White Tea), Retinol7, Panthenol9, Allantoin15, Betacarotene, Acrylates Copolymer16, Phenoxyethanol, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Methylparaben

beingTRUE Essential Pore and Complexion Refiner

IngredientWhat it does
1ammonium lactateAmmonium lactate is the ammonium salt of lactic acid. It has mild anti-bacterial properties. It's the active ingredient of the skin lotions Amlactin and Lac-Hydrin. Ammonium lactate is the chemical combination of lactic acid and ammonium hydroxide.
3salicylic acidinduces exfoliation in oily areas of skin; oil-soluble so can penetrate pores to exfoliate inside; prevents clogged pores; mildly anti-inflammatory; higher concentrations help fade post-acne marks
4sodium hyaluronateA humectant moisturizer; proven to boost skin's moisture content, reduce inflammation, have cell-communicating abilitites & help prevent moisture loss
5ureaHumectant moisturizer; improves penetration of other ingredients; minimizes water loss; speeds up skin renewal; adjusts pH of a product. If you're in the UK and looking for urea products, check the ingredient list for "carbamide" instead. It's the same thing.
6squalanelight emollient veg oil, can be antibacterial & moisturizing; might break out some people
7retinolProven antioxidant anti-wrinkle treatment; induces collagen synthesis, increases skin elasticity, smoother skin & skin lightening effects; treats hyperpigmentation
8polysorbate 60thickening agent, emulsifier, mild surfactant; used to form emulsions
9panthenolhumectant emollient moisturizer; anti-inflammatory
10lactic acidthe most moisturizing of AHAs; whitening astringent; exfoliant
11Glucosamineantistatic moisturizer
12Artemisia Vulgaris Extractmoisturizing
13algaemarine compounds are emollient antioxidants; some claim to brighten skin; some are simply skin conditioners, known to be highly comedogenic, thickeners/emulsifiers in a product
14aloeemollient moisturizer with anti-inflammatory; antioxidant, & antibacterial qualities
15allantoinconsidered an effective anti-irritant; an occlusive that temporarily helps protect from chapped skin or windburn damage; softens skin & exfoliates; also a preservative
16acrylates copolymerabsorbs oil in products & skin; suspends other ingredients
17alpha tocopherolAntioxidant emollient & occlusive moisturizer with proven effects: protects the epidermis from early stages of ultraviolet light damage; increases the efficacy of active sunscreen ingredients; reduces the formation of free radicals upon skin exposure to UVA rays and other sources of skin stress; reduces transepidermal water loss from skin and strengthens the skin's barrier function; protects the skin barrier's oil (lipid) balance during the cleansing process; reduces the severity of sunburn; preservative (if at the end of the list)

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