Murad - Essential-C Cleanser
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  • Cleansing
  • Anti-blemish
  • retinyl palmitate
  • ascorbic acid
  • panthenol
  • allantoin
  • chitosan
  • glycerin
  • lactose
  • phospholipids
  • rice amino acids
  • sodium pca
  • zinc aspartate
  • +8 more
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Formula review

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"Essential-C Cleanser"
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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, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, polysorbate 20) 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

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This product might be able to help reduce blemishes and clogged pores because it contains chitosan, zinc aspartate.

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

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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
8.8% - 10.7%
5.5% - 6.7%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
3.1% - 3.8%
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
2.4% - 2.9%
Used to adjust the pH in formulations
1.9% - 2.4%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.7% - 2%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
1.5% - 1.8%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
1.2% - 1.4%
Emollients that are naturaly present in skin. In addition, they help water and oil mix together in the product
0.95% - 1.15%
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.
0.65% - 1%
Three steps removed from the active form of vitamin A - retinoic acid. To have an effect in the skin, it first needs to be converted twice to become the retinoic acid. This means it is less potent than retinol, but could also be less irritating. Once converted to the retinoic acid in the skin, it helps against all signs of aging, improves skin cell turnover and helps fight blemishes and clogged pores. However, in many cosmetic formulations, it is used in a concentration that is too low to have the full effect
0.5% - 0.75%
Being a lipid soluble form of vitamin C, it is more stable and can penetrate the skin better than L-Ascorbic acid. It is effective in protecting the skin from free radicals, as well as evening the skin tone, but is less effective in stimulating collagen production compared to L-Ascorbic acid.
0.45% - 0.7%
The most well-researched antioxidant that works in skin. Helps neutralize free radicals supporting collagen production, helping to even out the skin tone and preventing early signs of aging
0.4% - 0.6%
Inhibits acne-causing bacteria on the surface of the skin. Can help to reduce inflammation caused by bacteria. Helps neutralize free radicals in skin. Helps to attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.4% - 0.6%
Help attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.3% - 0.6%
Can help reduce acne and blemishes and reduce inflammation in skin
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
0.25% - 0.5%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin
0.25% - 0.4%
Can be used to help absorb oil as well as add volume and imporve texture of products.
0.25% - 0.45%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and stabilize the formulation
0.25% - 0.4%
Helps preserve product formulations and can mask the smell of other ingredients in a product
0.2% - 0.35%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.2% - 0.35%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.2% - 0.4%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.15% - 0.3%
A fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.3%
Used as a fragrance. It can be irritating and cause photosensitivity
0.2% - 0.35%
0.2% - 0.35%
An essentil oil from orange peel. Potential allergen and can be irritating
0.2% - 0.35%
Used as a fragrance
0.15% - 0.3%
Used as a fragrance. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
The ingredient is not recognized
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.1% - 0.25%
An umbrella term for the following three colorants: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499
0.1% - 0.2%
A colorant. Usually well-tolerated
0.1% - 0.15%

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