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Can the product deliver on its promises?

See a mistake?
Promise
What does the product description say?
"Microbiome-balancing complex targets acne-causing bacteria, regulates sebum production, and reduces the appearance of acne blemishes and lesions."
WIMJ summary for anti-blemish

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
See a mistake?
Promise
What does the product description say?
"49%) is an alpha hydroxy acid that brightens and evens the skin tone and improves the appearance of hyperpigmentation."
WIMJ summary for evens skin tone

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 salicylic 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
LOW
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold
See a mistake?
Promise
What does the product description say?
"Salicylic acid (2%) is a beta hydroxy acid that works to unblock pores while soothing inflammation and redness."
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: salicylic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold
See a mistake?
Promise
What does the product description say?
"49%) is an alpha hydroxy acid that brightens and evens the skin tone and improves the appearance of hyperpigmentation."
WIMJ summary for moisturizing

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
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Exfoliation
Evens skin tone
Anti-blemish
Moisturizing
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 93/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
4.2% - 6.4%
Helps oil and water mix together. Can work as a cleansing agent. Can be irritating
3.1% - 4.6%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
2.6% - 3.9%
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)
1.25% - 2.5%
An exfoliating and moisturizing alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Typically causes less irritation than other AHAs, for example, glycolic acid. At high concentrations (about 15%), lactic acid can help reduce lines and wrinkles. Recent studies show that lactic acid can support the "good" bacteria living on skin's surface (healthy skin microbiom)
1.7% - 2.5%
A plant extract that has been shown to be able to reduce inflammation in skin, support restoration of skin barrier function, as well as support collagen production. Contains active compounds called centelloids: asiaticoside, madecasosside, asiatic acid and madecassic acid. Might be helpful in preventing stretch marks. It can be itself be irritating though.
1.4% - 2.1%
Used to adjust the product's pH
1.2% - 1.8%
1% - 1.5%
Helps water and oil mix together and works as a cleansing agent (detergent). Also used as a preservative. Can be irritating
0.05% - 0.1%
0.6% - 1.35%
0.4% - 1%
A preservative
0.4% - 0.9%
Helps create a thicker or gel-like product texture. It is not a surfactant but can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.35% - 0.85%
0.35% - 0.8%
0.35% - 0.75%
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
0.35% - 0.8%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
A preservative. Is a frequent allergen
0.00075% - 0.0015%
A preservative. Is a frequent allergen in cosmetics
0.00075% - 0.0015%
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
0.15% - 0.7%
Same as oxybenzone. Protects in the UVB and short UVA range. In small concentrations, used to stabilize product formulation. Can be irritating. Is shown to be harmful to coral reefs - consider avoiding bathing in coral reef areas when wearing a product with this ingredient. It can penetrate the skin and get absorbed into bloodstream faster than other popular filters available in the US. The study that produced this finding did not address any potential health effects of the absorption
0.35% - 0.85%
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
0.15% - 0.55%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.1% - 0.45%
Used to thicken the product's texture
0.15% - 0.55%
0.05% - 0.3%
0.05% - 0.25%
The ingredient is not recognized
TBC
0.05% - 0.2%

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