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Mizon Pore Refine Deep Cleansing Foam

Cleanser – Foaming ; 120 ml
Water, Myristic Acid7, Kaolin8, Lactic Acid9, Stearic Acid3, Potassium Hydroxide6, Cocamidopropyl Betaine1916, Hydroxyethylcellulose10, Charcoal17 Powder, Sodium Hyaluronate1, Beta Glucan, Bilberry Fruit/Leaf Extract24, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar4 Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum22 (Sugar Maple5) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis26 (Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limoneum (Lemon)21 Fruit Extract, Arnica Montana Flower20 Extract, Artemisia Absinthium23 Extract, Achillea Millefolium25 Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Gypsophila Paniculata Root Extract12, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Extract, Hydrolyzed Extensin11, Collagen15, Disodium EDTA14, Caprylyl Glycol18, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tropolone2, Fragrance13

IngredientWhat it does
1sodium hyaluronateA humectant moisturizer; proven to boost skin's moisture content, reduce inflammation, have cell-communicating abilitites & help prevent moisture loss
3stearic acidemulsifier; cleaning agent; stabilizes emulsions; lipophilic thickener; texturizer. Stearic acid is naturally found in skin and is used in cleansers to reduce cleansing-induced damage, aid in moisturization, and replenish with skin-natural lipids.
4sugarhumectant moisturizer; often used as a preservative substitute for glycerin
5sugar maplemoisturizing properties, not the same as glycolic or lactic acids nor does it exfoliate skin
6potassium hydroxideAKA Lye is used in a tiny amount in skincare as a pH adjuster. Most commonly used in cleansers as a base for liquid soaps and in higher concentrations is a significant skin sensitizer.
7myristic aciddetergent cleansing agent; makes a product foamy. Can be drying.
8kaolina clay much like any other, absorbs excess oil and dirt from skin. High in potassium and can be used in cleansers to give a silkier feel. Also has anti-caking properties; said to be ideal for sensitive skin.
9lactic acidthe most moisturizing of AHAs; whitening astringent; exfoliant
10hydroxyethylcellulosegelling & thickening agent
11Hydrolyzed Extensinhair moisturizing
12Gypsophila Paniculata Root Extractmoisturizing
13fragranceFragrance in skin care is like spraying perfume on your face. Smells nice, but potentially irritating and damaging to your skin's acid mantle. Especially if these ingredients are high up on the ingredient list.
14disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
15collagenhumectant moisturizer; film-former; has never been shown to have a direct effect on producing or building collagen in skin
16Cocamidopropyl Betainefoam boosting, hair moisturizing, cleansing surfactant, viscosity controlling
17charcoalAbsorbs oil in leave-on products. Abrasive; Absorbent; Colorant; Opacifying Agent; colorant. May disinfect wounds (according to one study).
18caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
19betainea humectant moisturizer; can enhance the texture and height of foam
20Arnica Montana Flowermoisturizing
21(lemon)Lemon extract in skincare is a known skin sensitizer and irritant. It can have antibacterial properties but it’s incredibly irritating, as lemon juice has a pH of 2, which is very acidic and its use is linked with damage to your skin’s acid mantle. Lemon extract/juice/peel/oil does way more harm than good. Using lemon juice on your skin, or products containing lemon extract, lemon oil, lemon peel and even other citrus extracts and peel oils (like orange, mandarin, grapefruit, etc.) can cause brown discolorations and red rash looking irritation when you go out into the sun. This is a reaction known as phytophotodermatitis.
22ACER SACCHARUMmoisturizing properties, not the same as glycolic or lactic acids nor does it exfoliate skin
23ARTEMISIA ABSINTHIUMMay have antibacterial properties, but can also be irritating. Other sources claim this extract has NO benefit for skin.
24Bilberry Fruit/Leaf Extractantioxidant with no proven effect on skin (just internally); marketed as a natural alternative to hydroquinone but no research is available that proves this effect at all
25Achillea millefoliumcauses skin irritation & photosensitivity, studies that say this is an anti-inflammatory were performed in vitro, there is little research showing this ingredient to have any benefit for skin
26Citrus aurantium dulcisfragrant skin irritant; no topical benefits

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