Kiehl's - s Breakout Control Targeted Blemish Spot Treatment

Kiehl's s Breakout Control Targeted Blemish Spot Treatment

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WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • niacinamide
  • glycolic acid
  • allantoin
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • glycerin
  • octyldodecyl myristate
  • phenylethyl resorcinol
  • sulfur
  • +5 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
75 /100
IRRITANCY
LOW
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"s Breakout Control Targeted Blemish Spot Treatment"
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WIMJ summary

This product might be able to help reduce blemishes and clogged pores because it contains niacinamide, sulfur.

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

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

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.

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

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: phenylethyl resorcinol.

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.

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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.

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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).

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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW
Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
sulfur
Has skin benefit
zea mays starch
Has skin benefit
glycolic acid
Has skin benefit

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
26% - 39%
Plain old water
12% - 18%
Is proven to be effective in reducing blemishes, evening out skin tone and helping to improve lines and wrinkles. It helps the skin to repair sun damage, calm down inflammation and keep maintain good levels of moisture
4.3% - 6.5%
Used to thicken the product's consistency
2.6% - 3.9%
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
1.7% - 2.6%
An emollient that helps soften the skin
1.4% - 2.2%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
1.3% - 1.9%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin
1.2% - 1.7%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
1% - 1.5%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.55% - 1.3%
Might be helpful in restoring skin barrier function and, when combined with zinc carbonate and malonic acid, reducing fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating elastin production. Also helps stabilize the product formulation
0.5% - 1.2%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.35% - 0.75%
Used to improve product texture and help oil and water mix together
0.3% - 0.7%
Helps oil and water mix together. Has some emollient properties
0.35% - 0.8%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.15% - 0.65%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.35% - 0.75%
Might help reduce hyperpigmentation in skin and help neutralize free radicals
0.15% - 0.6%
A more stable but less bio-available form of vitamin E compared to Tocopherol. Might help moisturize and protect the skin from free radicals, but mostly used in low concentrations to stabilize other ingredients.
0.1% - 0.45%
Helps soften the upper layer of the skin, dissolve other ingredients and create a thicker product consistency
0.15% - 0.6%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.1% - 0.35%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.05% - 0.3%
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
0.05% - 0.15%
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. The extract can contain humectants that help attract water into the skin
0.05% - 0.2%
Helps to retain moisture by creating a protective barrier on the skin. Rich in fatty acids. Improves product texture and helps with the penetration of other ingredients.
0.05% - 0.15%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.1%
A plant extract that can help lighten the skin and calm down inflammation. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
0.05% - 0.3%

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