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PRESCRIBED solutions Starting Up/Face Glycolic Antioxidant Cleanser

Water (Aqua),
Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate8, Cocamidopropyl Betaine76, Glycolic Acid4,
Ammonium Laureth Sulfate9, Aloe10 Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Propylene
Glycol, PEG-6 Capric/Caprylic Glycerides, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose5
Dioleate, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Ammonium
Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid1, Lutein, Camellia Sinensis Leaf
Extract, Algae11 Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon)13 Peel Extract,
Panthenol3, Allantoin12, Methylparaben, Quaternium-152

IngredientWhat it does
1salicylic 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
2Quaternium-15preservative
3panthenolhumectant emollient moisturizer; anti-inflammatory
4glycolic acidProven to reduce fine lines & wrinkles; hyperpigmentation; smooths, exfoliates & thickens skin; increases skin hydration & elasticity; good melasma treatment
5glucosehas water-binding properties for skin; used also as a filler in a formula
6Cocamidopropyl Betainefoam boosting, hair moisturizing, cleansing surfactant, viscosity controlling
7betainea humectant moisturizer; can enhance the texture and height of foam
8ammonium lauryl sulfateanionic surfactant; foaming agent
9ammonium laureth sulfatecleansing agent, foaming agent; considered to be one of the more gentler surfactants
10aloeemollient moisturizer with anti-inflammatory; antioxidant, & antibacterial qualities
11algaemarine compounds are emollient antioxidants; some claim to brighten skin; some are simply skin conditioners, known to be highly comedogenic, thickeners/emulsifiers in a product
12allantoinconsidered an effective anti-irritant; an occlusive that temporarily helps protect from chapped skin or windburn damage; softens skin & exfoliates; also a preservative
13(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.

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