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Can the product deliver on its promises?

See a mistake?
Promise
What does the product description say?
"3% Glycolic Acid 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, lauryl glucoside, peg-150 pentaerythrityl tetrastearate, peg-6 caprylic/capric glycerides, sodium laureth sulfate) 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 laureth sulfate

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
See a mistake?
Promise
What does the product description say?
"This alpha hydroxy acid exfoliator helps to slough away dead and dulling cells, improving the look of pores, fine line and uneven skin tone while promoting a smooth, bright, clear canvas for the rest of your skin care regime."
WIMJ summary for anti-blemish

This product contains ingredients (glycolic acid) that could help reduce blemishes and clogged pores in theory, but there is not enough evidence that they actually work.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
See a mistake?
Promise
What does the product description say?
"This all-purpose, oil-free, anti-aging, exfoliating cleanser contains a gentle dose of glycolic acid to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging."
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.

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

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Cleansing
Exfoliation
Anti-blemish
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 83/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
LOW

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
40% - 60%
Works as a foaming cleansing agent
9.8% - 14.7%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin. It can be irritating
3.6% - 5.5%
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
2.8% - 4.2%
Helps water and oil mix together. Used as a cleansing ingredient. Could be an allergen
2.8% - 4.2%
Helps oil and water mix together
1.5% - 2.3%
1.2% - 1.8%
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
0.9% - 1.4%
Helps dissolve other ingredients
0.5% - 1.2%
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
0.4% - 0.95%
0.2% - 0.75%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.1% - 0.5%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.35%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.25%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.05% - 0.2%

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