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Can the product deliver on its promises?

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Promise
What does the product description say?
"REN ClearCalm Non-Drying Acne Treatment Gel"
From product name
WIMJ summary for anti-blemish

This product can help reduce breakouts and clogged pores because it contains the following ingredient: salicylic acid. This ingredient is used for treating acne and can have a noticeable effect.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Dark Spots, Pores, and Acne and Blemishes Formulation."
WIMJ summary for evens skin tone

This product might help improve the skin tone through exfoliation. In other words, it helps to speed up the shedding of cells from the upper layer of the skin, and this might help reduce hyperpigmentation.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
LOW
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold
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Promise
What does the product description say?
"Xylitol keeps the surrounding area hydrated ."
WIMJ summary for moisturizing

This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": anhydroxylitol, glycerin.

When humectants are on the surface of the skin, they “pull in” the moisture from the outside environment, or from within deeper layers of the skin. If the air is dry, humectants can speed up the moisture loss from the skin. This is why it is a good idea to use another product on top of this one to help "seal in" the moisture (look for ingredients like dimethicone, squalane, oils and butters).

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
HIGH
meets threshold
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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: salicylic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold
HIGH
does not meet threshold
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WIMJ summary for anti-oxidation

This product contains antioxidants (pinus pinaster bark extract) that might be able to help neutralize free radicals in skin to lessen the damage it gets from the UV light (sun). There is not enough evidence to confirm their effectiveness in skin though.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
MEDIUM
meets threshold
LOW
meets threshold

How honest is this product?

Promise Can it deliver?
Anti-blemish
Moisturizing
Evens skin tone
Total Promises Fulfilled score: 75/100.

Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH

Ingredients by volume

Ingredient Estimated concentration
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)
0.5%
Declared
Plain old water
45% - 55%
Produces temporary toning effect. Can help dissolve other ingredients or preserve products
10% - 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
5.9% - 7.2%
Used to create a thicker product consistency
3.8% - 4.6%
A plant extract that might help neutralize free radicals and reduce hyperpigmentation, but evidence of effectiveness of topical application is lacking. It can be an INCI name for the trademarked ingredient Pycnogenol (but could also be a different type of this plant's bark extract)
2.6% - 3.2%
Helps oil and water mix together. Can be used as a cleansing agent
2.5% - 3.1%
A plant extract that might contain salicylic acid
1.9% - 2.3%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrier function
1.6% - 1.9%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrir function
1.4% - 1.7%
A preservative
0.25% - 0.5%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and repair the skin barrier function
0.75% - 1.15%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
0.7% - 1%
0.55% - 0.85%
A preservative
0.3% - 0.6%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.75% - 1.1%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Could be helpful in restoring the skin barrier function
0.45% - 0.7%
Can work as an exfoliant but is typically used to adjust the product pH
0.35% - 0.65%
An emollient that can also help water and oil mix together, as well as prevent bacteria growth in products
0.3% - 0.6%
0.25% - 0.45%
0.1% - 0.2%
A plant extract that can help to attract water to the upper layer of the skin and might have some anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
0.1% - 0.2%
0.3% - 0.55%
An exfoliating and moisturizing alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Typically causes less irritation than other AHAs, for example, glycolic acid. At high concentrations (about 15%), lactic acid can help reduce lines and wrinkles. Recent studies show that lactic acid can support the "good" bacteria living on skin's surface (healthy skin microbiome)
0.05% - 0.1%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin. Is often used to adjust the pH level of the product
0.05% - 0.05%
Added to create a nice product smell. Can be irritating
0.01% - 0.05%

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