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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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What does the product description say?
"Glycolic Mousse 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, polysorbate 20, sodium c14-16 olefin sulfonate) 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, sodium c14-16 olefin sulfonate

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What does the product description say?
"NeoStrata’s Glycolic Mousse Cleanser is a high-strength, yet gentle daily facial cleanser supercharged with Alpha Hydroxy Acids to provide gentle, yet powerful exfoliation without irritating the skin."
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: glycolic acid, lactobionic acid.

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How honest is this product?

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

Potential irritants

Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
glycolic acid
Has skin benefit
Has skin benefit
alcohol denat.
does not have skin benefit

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
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
5.7% - 8.6%
Used to create a nice product consistency
3.2% - 4.7%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
2.6% - 3.9%
An amino acid that is naturally present in skin and helps keep it hydrated. When used together with AHAs, it can reduce their irritating effect on the skin
2.1% - 3.1%
Helps oil and water mix together and used as a cleansing agent. Can be irritating and is better avoided for sensitive skin
1.6% - 2.4%
Used to adjust the product's pH
1.2% - 1.7%
A polyhydroxy acid (PHA) that helps shed dead cells from the surface of the skin revealing a smoother, more even skin. PHAs tend to be gentler on the skin compared to AHAs (for example, glycolic acid). It also has hydrating properties and helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. It can help calm down inflammation in skin and support restoration of the barrier function. It has an anti-oxidant effect as well. It can help reduce fine line, wrinkles and improve skin elasticity
1% - 1.6%
Helps water and oil mix together. Used as a cleansing ingredient. Could be an allergen
1.2% - 1.9%
A plant oil with high content of volatile compounds that, especially when exposed to air, can cause allergic reactions and irritate the skin
0.4% - 1%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.35% - 0.85%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin. It can be irritating
0.15% - 0.6%
Helps preserve products and creates a nice product texture
0.1% - 0.5%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.05% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.15%
A common frangrance that can easily irritate skin, especially if exposed to air, light or heat
0.01% - 0.05%

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