Proactiv - Skin Smoothing Exfoliator

Proactiv Skin Smoothing Exfoliator

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WORKS FOR
  • Cleansing
  • Exfoliation
  • Anti-blemish
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • glycolic acid
  • linoleic acid
  • dimethicone
  • glycerin
  • linolenic acid
  • tocopherol
  • +3 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
83 /100
IRRITANCY
MEDIUM
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"A creamy, cushiony cleanser that is formulated with micro-crystal benzoyl peroxide to clear up the look of blemishes and help prevent new ones from forming."
WIMJ summary

This product works by removing dirt and oil from the surface of the skin. It uses a combination of mild cleansing agents (coconut acid, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, sodium cocoyl isethionate) 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.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"A creamy, cushiony cleanser that is formulated with micro-crystal benzoyl peroxide to clear up the look of blemishes and help prevent new ones from forming."
WIMJ summary

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
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LOW
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What does the product description say?
"Skin Smoothing Exfoliator"
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WIMJ summary

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
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
MEDIUM

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Helps water and oil mix together. Can be used as a cleansing agent
11% - 13%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
5% - 6.2%
Prevents water loss from the skin surface and thickens the product consistency
3.4% - 4.2%
2.7% - 3.3%
2.4% - 2.9%
Pure form of vitamin E. Can help moisturise and protect the skin from free radicals. Often used to help stabilise other ingredients or the formula itself
1.8% - 2.2%
An excellent emollient. Helps soften the skin, restore its barrier function, and can help to calm down inflammation. It can be helpful to prevent blemishes and clogged pores
1.9% - 2.3%
An emollient that helps soften the skin and calm down inflammation
1.7% - 2%
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
1.4% - 1.7%
A silicone that helps to reduce water loss from the surface of the skin. Can temporarily "fill in" lines and wrinkles, absorb oil, and create a nice product finish
1.3% - 1.6%
A preservative
0.95% - 1.2%
Maintains the texture of skincare products. Allows the product to spread evenly. Helps oil and water mix together
0.75% - 1.15%
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
0.6% - 0.95%
0.65% - 0.95%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.45% - 0.7%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.4% - 0.65%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.3% - 0.55%

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