Proactiv - Solution 3-Step Acne Treatment System, 30 Day Introductory Size

Proactiv Solution 3-Step Acne Treatment System, 30 Day Introductory Size

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WORKS FOR
  • Cleansing
  • Exfoliation
  • Anti-blemish
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • glycolic acid
  • panthenol
  • allantoin
  • benzophenone-4
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • cetyl esters
  • cyclopentasiloxane
  • dimethicone
  • glycerin
  • hamamelis virginiana extract
  • sodium hyaluronate
  • sodium pca
  • +9 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
83 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"4 mL Renewing Cleanser ."
WIMJ summary

This product works by removing dirt and oil from the surface of the skin. It uses a combination of mild cleansing agents (carbomer, ceteareth-20, cetearyl alcohol, disodium peg-12 dimethicone sulfosuccinate, glyceryl stearate, peg-100 stearate, polysorbate 20, xanthan gum) 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
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Solution 3-Step Acne Treatment System, 30 Day Introductory Size"
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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
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
LOW
does not meet threshold
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What does the product description say?
"An alpha hydroxy acid designed to exfoliate the skin."
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
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Might be helpful in restoring skin barrier function and, when combined with zinc carbonate and malonic acid, reducing fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating elastin production. Also helps stabilize the product formulation
5.2% - 6.4%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
3.7% - 4.5%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
3.7% - 4.6%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
2.3% - 2.8%
Used to dissolve other ingredients in a product and can enhance their ability to penetrate the skin
1.9% - 2.4%
1.7% - 2.1%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and soften the upper layer of the skin
1.5% - 1.8%
1.2% - 1.5%
Used to thicken the product's texture
1.2% - 1.5%
Helps soften upper layer of the skin and can enhance penetration of other ingredients into the upper layer of the skin
0.75% - 1.1%
A plant extract that one one hand, can contain compounds that can help calm down skin irritation, but, on the other hand, its other compounds (especially fragrant ones) can themselves be irritating
0.55% - 0.85%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Attracts water into the upper layer of the skin
0.55% - 0.85%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.5% - 0.75%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.5% - 0.75%
Used to create a thicker product consistency and soften the upper layer of the skin
0.5% - 0.75%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin
0.45% - 0.7%
A preservative. Is more irritating than many other preservatives available
0.3% - 0.6%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.3% - 0.55%
Plain old water
0.3% - 0.6%
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
0.3% - 0.55%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.35% - 0.6%
A plant extract that can help calm down inflammation in skin. Can, however, itself be irritating
0.3% - 0.55%
A plant extract that one one hand, can contain compounds that can help calm down skin irritation, but, on the other hand, its other compounds (especially fragrant ones) can themselves be irritating
0.25% - 0.5%
A plant extract that might have some anti-oxidant properties, but evidence is lacking
0.25% - 0.5%
Traditionally used to treat sunburns, dermatitis and inflammation, but evidence for its effectiveness is lacking. The extract can contain humectants that help attract water into the skin
0.3% - 0.55%
Naturally present in skin and helps to attract water to its upper layer
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.3% - 0.55%
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant
0.35% - 0.6%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the 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%
Used to thicken product formulations and create gel-like textures
0.3% - 0.6%
Sulisobenzone. A UV filter. Is typically used to improve the product stability under exposure to UV light. It is effective against both UVA and UVB rays. It can be used is larger concentrations as a sun protection ingredient for the skin, but can be irritating
0.5% - 0.75%
Helps to stabilize the product formulation
0.3% - 0.55%
A preservative. Is more irritating than many other preservatives available
0.3% - 0.55%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative
0.2% - 0.4%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.3% - 0.5%
A colorant (dye)
0.3% - 0.55%
A yellow dye
0.3% - 0.55%
Plain old water
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps to improve the product consistency
0.25% - 0.5%
0.3% - 0.6%
A silicone that helps improve the product texture and spreadability. Can absord oil creating a short-term mattifying effect on the skin
0.35% - 0.6%
A non-drying alcohol. Works as an emollient. Helps water and oil mix together and creates a nice product texture
0.35% - 0.65%
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
0.35% - 0.65%
An emollient that softens the skin and forms a protective layer on its surface. Helps water and oil mix together
0.35% - 0.6%
Helps oil and water mix togehter and creates a nice product texture
0.4% - 0.6%
Helps oil and water mix together and can enhance the penetration of other ingredients into the skin
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and can help improve skin barrier function
0.25% - 0.45%
Helps calm down inflammation in skin and can help reduce itching. Helps to repair the skin barrier and keep skin hydrated
0.2% - 0.4%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
0.2% - 0.4%
Helps oil and water mix together. Has some emollient properties
0.3% - 0.55%
Helps create a gel-like product texture. Can be used in gentle cleansing formulations
0.15% - 0.3%
Used to adjust the product's pH
0.15% - 0.3%
A preservative. Works by releasing formaldehyde. Can be irritating
0.15% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.15% - 0.25%
A preservative
0.1% - 0.2%
An aromatic blend of unspecified and possibly irritating ingredients
0.05% - 0.1%

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