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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Dermalogy A-Clear Aid Soothing Foam Cleanser"
From product name
WIMJ summary for cleansing

This product works by removing dirt and oil from the surface of the skin. It uses a combination of mild cleansing agents (cocamidopropyl betaine, glyceryl stearate, lauric acid, myristic acid, palmitic acid, peg-100 stearate, 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

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Brimming with salicylic acid to gently peel away dead skin cells and impurities, this hypoallergenic foam cleanser also contains tea tree oil for sebum regulation, providing a soothing finish."
WIMJ summary for exfoliation

This product does not contain effective exfoliating ingredients. It might be able to deliver physical exfoliation, that is scrub off some of the dead cells on the surface of the skin. We do not recommend physical exfoliation, because it is not uniform (some bits of skin can get exfoliated too much while others not at all). It can also traumatize the skin and aggrevate acne and other skin conditions.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
does not meet threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Cleansing
Exfoliation
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 50/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
4.7% - 7%
An emollient that is naturally present in skin and helps soften it
3.4% - 5%
Helps oil and water mix together. Could be comedogenic
2.6% - 3.9%
Helps oil and water mix together and works as an emollient
2.1% - 3.1%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin. It can be irritating
1.6% - 2.4%
Used to adjust the pH level of products
1.4% - 2.1%
Helps water and oil mix together. Has anti-bacterial properties that might be helpful in preventing blemishes
1.3% - 2%
Helps create a nice product texture and soften the upper layer of the skin.
1% - 1.5%
Helps water and oil mix together. Used as a cleansing ingredient. Could be an allergen
1.3% - 2%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.55% - 1.25%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.5% - 1.1%
Forms a protective barrier that holds water and keeps dry skin hydrated. Keeps an emulsion from separating into its oil and liquid components, and increases the thickness of a product. Can be an allergen
0.4% - 0.95%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.35% - 0.8%
A plant extract that can help lighten the skin and calm down inflammation. Might be helpful in neutralizing free radicals
0.2% - 0.8%
A blue-colored ingredient that is traditionally used as a colorant. It has anti-inflammatory properties. For example, it is successfully used to treat diaper rash for new borns. It can help support the skin barrier by reducing inflammation
0.3% - 0.75%
A plant extract that can help calm down inflammation in skin. Can, however, itself be irritating
0.2% - 0.8%
Seaweed extract that might help to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and have some anti-oxidant properties
0.2% - 0.75%
Can contain potent anti-oxidant compounds (abbreviated ECG, GCG, EGC, and EGCG) that might help protect the skin from free radicals. Can help calm down inflammation and has some anti-bacterial properties. Unfortunately, these antioxidants are unstable and lose their effectiveness very quickly in products. The concentration of the antioxidant compounds in the extract also tends to be low to be effective in topical formulation
0.15% - 0.65%
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.
0.2% - 0.7%
0.15% - 0.55%
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
0.1% - 0.5%
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)
0.1% - 0.45%
An essential oil that can be irritating. Has some anti-bacterial properties
0.1% - 0.4%
0.1% - 0.45%
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
0.05% - 0.3%
Stabilizes the product formulation
0.1% - 0.3%
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
0.05% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.2%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.05% - 0.2%
A preservative
0.01% - 0.1%

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