COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser

COSRX - Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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Formula review

PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
Can work for:
  • Cleansing
  • Anti-blemish
  • Exfoliation
Promises, but can't deliver:
All promises can be fulfilled by this formula at least in theory
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What does the product description say?
"Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser"
From product name
WIMJ summary

This product works by removing dirt and oil from the surface of the skin. It uses a combination of mild cleansing agents (cocamidopropyl betaine, glycol distearate, lauric acid, myristic acid, peg-60 hydrogenated castor oil, polysorbate 80, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, stearic acid) and should be able to cleanse the skin gently. Still keep in mind that any cleansing can disrupt the skin barrier, and most people do not need to cleanse their skin more than once per day.

Even though this formulation is mild, the following cleansing agents could trigger an irritation or allergy for some people: cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Melt away the skin’s impurities with COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser , a nourishing cleansing wash that helps to treat and prevent breakouts."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: salicylic acid. This ingredient is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Salicylic acid exfoliates dead skin on the outermost skin layer to make room for new skin cells."
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: salicylic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH
Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
myristic acid
Has skin benefit
sea salt
Has skin benefit
ethyl hexanediol
does not have skin benefit

Ingredients by volume

Plain old water
Helps oil and water mix together. Could be comedogenic
Used to thicken the product formulation and might help to add minerals to the surface of the skin. It is used in scrubs as a physical exfoliant. Can increase sensitivity to other ingredients if left on the skin or used in high concentration

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