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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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What does the product description say?
"BHA penetration clears the clogged pores and gently exfoliates dead skin cells."
WIMJ summary for anti-blemish

This product might be able to help reduce blemishes and clogged pores because it contains betaine salicylate.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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LOW
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"BHA penetration clears the clogged pores and gently exfoliates dead skin cells."
WIMJ summary for exfoliation

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: betaine salicylate.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary for moisturizing

This product can help improve hydration of the skin with the two types of ingredients.

The first type is called “humectants”:
these ingredients help attract water. When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. The following ingredients in this product do the job: allantoin, arginine.

This product also contains ingredients called “occlusives”. They help reduce the speed with which our skin loses moisture to the outside environment. These ingredients also help soften the upper layer of the skin, so it feels less tight and nicer to the touch. The following ingredients in this product do the job: arginine, caprylyl glycol.

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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WIMJ summary for anti-oxidation

This product contains antioxidants (cryptomeria japonica leaf extract) that might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin to lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun). There is not enough evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin though.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
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LOW
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How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Exfoliation
Anti-blemish
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 87/100.

Potential irritants

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Helps water and oil mix together. Used as a cleansing ingredient. Could be an allergen
8.4% - 10.3%
Works as a cleansing agent
5.1% - 6.2%
Helps oil and water mix together
3.2% - 3.9%
2.3% - 2.8%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
1.9% - 2.3%
A product of yeast fermentation. Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
1.6% - 2%
A plant extract that might have antioxidant effect in skin
1.4% - 1.7%
1.1% - 1.4%
0.95% - 1.2%
A plant root extract that helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. It might have an anti-inflammatory effect and could help neturalize free radicals in skin
0.65% - 1%
Used as a fragrance
0.6% - 0.85%
0.5% - 0.75%
An essential oil that can be irritating. Has some anti-bacterial properties
0.45% - 0.7%
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
0.4% - 0.65%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.5% - 0.7%
A preservative
0.45% - 0.65%
Exfoliating acid, a "relative" of salicylic acid
0.4% - 0.6%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.35% - 0.6%
Used to dissolve other ingredients. Might be irritating
0.3% - 0.6%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to improve stability of the formulation
0.3% - 0.55%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.25% - 0.5%
0.25% - 0.5%
Used to create a nice product texture and help delivery of other ingredients. Might be somewhat helpful in attracting water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.45%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.3% - 0.5%
Exfoliating acid, a "relative" of salicylic acid
0.25% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
An amino acid that is naturally present in skin and helps keep it hydrated. When used together with AHAs, it can reduce their irritating effect on the skin
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.2% - 0.35%
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
0.15% - 0.3%
Used to dissolve other ingredients. Might be irritating
0.15% - 0.3%
An essentil oil from orange peel. Potential allergen and can be irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
An essential oil that can be irritating. Has some anti-bacterial properties
0.1% - 0.2%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.1% - 0.15%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.05% - 0.1%

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