DCL - Alpha Beta Gel Toner

DCL Alpha Beta Gel Toner

PROMISES
FULFILLED
93 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
Works for
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
+ 2 more
Key ingredients
  • salicylic acid
  • glycolic acid
  • retinyl palmitate
  • camellia sinensis leaf extract
  • glycerin
+ 2 more
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"DCL019 12872 0357486500730 5 stars, based on 5 reviews Expertly formulated in DCL’s own cosmetic lab, this antibacterial toning complex effectively treats breakouts with antibacterial properties and exfoliating glycolic and salicylic acids."
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.

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually works: glycolic acid, retinyl palmitate

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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MEDIUM
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MEDIUM
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WIMJ summary

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

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: retinyl palmitate.

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
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MEDIUM
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LOW
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What does the product description say?
"To help soothe skin, chamomile and liquorice root extracts calm inflammation, also helping to fade the hyperpigmentation that can result from acne scarring."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: glycolic acid, salicylic acid

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually can help even out the skin tone: glycyrrhiza glabra root extract, retinyl palmitate.

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
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MEDIUM
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LOW
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What does the product description say?
"DCL019 12872 0357486500730 5 stars, based on 5 reviews Expertly formulated in DCL’s own cosmetic lab, this antibacterial toning complex effectively treats breakouts with antibacterial properties and exfoliating glycolic and salicylic acids."
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, salicylic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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LOW
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What does the product description say?
"Special polymers lock moisture into skin, vitamins A and E keep skin soft and supple, tea tree oil battles blemish-causing bacteria and green tea extract provides antioxidant protection."
WIMJ summary

This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": glycerin.

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. If the air is dry, humectants can speed up the moisture loss from the skin. This is why it is a good idea to use another product on top of this one to help "seal in" the moisture (look for ingredients like dimethicone, squalane, oils and butters).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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LOW
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This product contains antioxidants (camellia sinensis 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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LOW
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Used for skin exfoliation. It has an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect, helps to unclog pores, prevent blemishes and speed up healing of the existing ones. Sometimes referred to as a BHA (beta-hydroxy acid)

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