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Murad Clean Scene Begging for Balance Oil-Free Moisturizer

Water, Dicaprylyl Maleate, Diisopropyl Sebacate, Butylene Glycol20, Glycerin14, Sorbitan Stearate6, Stearic Acid5, Cetearyl Alcohol, Myrica Rubra30 Fruit Extract11, Salicylic Acid1, Bisabolol22, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Ascorbic Acid2, Chitosan31, Zinc Gluconate3, Sodium PCA8, Betaine23, Sorbitol7, Glycine15, Alanine26, Proline9, Serine, Threonine, Arginine24, Lysine13, Glutamic Acid16, Propyl Gallate10, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer27, Ceteareth-20, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer28, Sclerotium Gum, Disodium EDTA18, Aminomethyl Propanol25 , Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate4, Hexyl Cinnamal, Butylphenyl Methylpropional21, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone29, Methylisothiazolinone12, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol19, Chlorphenesin, Fragrance17

Murad  Clean Scene Begging for Balance OilFree Moisturizer  

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
2ascorbic acidan antioxidant proven to give you photoprotection by preventing oxidation & inflammation; boosts collagen production; can lighten hyperpigmentation if the concentration is high enough; also used as pH adjuster/buffering agent; fragrance ingredient
3zinc gluconateProven to treat inflammatory acne; also preventative. Reduces the production of Squalane, a component of human sebum.
4Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinatechelating cleansing agent
5stearic 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.
6Sorbitan Stearateemulsifier, combines oil and water in the formula
7sorbitola humectant moisturizer; product thickener; similar to glycerin with a gel-like consistency; creates a slippery feel
8sodium PCAHumectant moisturizer
9Prolinemoisturizer
10propyl gallateantioxidant & fragrance ingredient; reported to cause allergic reactions
11Myrica Rubra Fruit Extractmoisturizing
12Methylisothiazolinonepreservative
13Lysineanti-static moisturizer
14GlycerinA humectant moisturizer; usually used as a base in (light) moisturizers
15glycinebuffering agent; keeps skin moist; said to relieve itching
16glutamic acidhumectant anti-static hair conditioner
17fragranceFragrance 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.
18disodium EDTApreservative & product stabilizer; helps the topical penetration of active ingredients; chelating agent
19caprylyl glycolAn alcohol, derived from a plant which is used as an emollient and coconut derived preservative.
20butylene glycolsolvent; penetration enhancer; humectant moisturizer; in cleansing creams it dissolves dirt, avoids the product from drying too quickly during the removal stage & helps formulas spread better
21Butylphenyl Methylpropionalfragrance
22bisabololanti-irritant; reduces dry & damaged skin flaking; restores suppleness; also a fragrance. It also increases the skin penetration of other cosmetic ingredients.
23betainea humectant moisturizer; can enhance the texture and height of foam
24arginineantioxidant amino acid; may be helpful in wound healing; also skin & hair conditioner
25aminomethyl propanolemulsifying ingredient; prolonged skin exposure may cause irritation due to alkalinity, but in most commercial products the alkalinity is neutralized
26alaninemay have water-binding, antioxidant properties
27Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymeremulsion stabilizing, opacifying aka makes the formula less clear, viscosity controller
28alkyl acrylate crosspolymeremulsifier that thickens & stabilizes formulas, makes it possible for a product to release the oils in it immediately when rubbing the product into the skin
29Alpha-Isomethyl Iononefragrance; conditioning
30Myrica rubralikely used for its antioxidant properties
31chitosanwound-healer; exfoliator; shown to lighten hyperpigmentation

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