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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • Anti-oxidation
  • +3 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • glycolic acid
  • paraffinum liquidum
  • hydroquinone
  • cetyl alcohol
  • dimethicone
  • tocopherol
  • +3 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
90 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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Formula review

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Helps to fade dark spots caused by aging, sun damage and blemishes."
WIMJ summary

This product contains ingredients (glycolic acid) that could help reduce blemishes and clogged pores in theory, but there is not enough evidence that they actually work.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Helps to fade dark spots caused by aging, sun damage and blemishes."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains glycolic acid.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Helps to fade dark spots caused by aging, sun damage and blemishes."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: hydroquinone.

In addition, this product contains glycolic acid. This ingredient (ingredients) might help reduce hyperpigmentation, but the effect, if any, is likely to be small.

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Alpha Skin Care's Dual Action Skin Lightener formula provides the optimal balance of 2% hydroquinone and 10% Glycolic AHA."
WIMJ summary

This product can help exfoliate the skin. In other words, it helps break down the bonds between dead cells on the surface of the skin and speed up the skin turnover. Skin often appears softer and brighter after exfoliation, but overdoing it can result in disrupted skin barrier. The following ingredient is doing the exfoliating job in this product: glycolic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Glycolic AHA helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while boosting the effectiveness of hydroquinone."
WIMJ summary

This product can help soften the skin and reduce its moisture loss with emollients and occlusives: dimethicone, cetyl alcohol.

Keep in mind that this product does not contain effective ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. This is why an additional product with humectants like glycerin or hyaluronic acid can be helpful (apply it before this product for the best results).

The following ingredients in this product are especially good for supporting the skin barrier and helping with the hydration level: paraffinum liquidum

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary

Effective ingredients missing or their concentration is too low.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
does not meet threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
22% - 33%
Plain old water
12% - 18%
An alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) that helps to remove the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin reveling a more even, smoother complexation. It is also able to stimulate collagen production with long-term use. Could help to reduce pore congestion. It can be irritating to the skin. Apply sunscreen daily if using products with glycolic acid
4.6% - 6.9%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin. It can be irritating
3.2% - 4.8%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin and create a thicker product consistency
2.5% - 3.7%
Mineral oil. One of the most effective and well studied occlusive and emollient moisturizing ingredients. Helps reduce moisture loss in skin and repair skin barrier function
2% - 3%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
1.6% - 2.4%
A non-drying alcohol that works to soften the skin and stabilize product formulations helping oil and water mix together
1.4% - 2.1%
Used to thicken the product consistency
1.2% - 1.8%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.95% - 1.45%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.85% - 1.25%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.55% - 1.3%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
0.5% - 1.1%
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
0.45% - 1.1%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.35% - 0.85%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
0.4% - 0.95%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
A preservative. Is more irritating than many other preservatives available
0.1% - 0.35%
Helps to stabilize the product formulation
0.1% - 0.4%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.05% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.3%

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