The INKEY List - Glycolic Acid Toner

The INKEY List Glycolic Acid Toner

WORKS FOR
  • Anti-aging
  • Exfoliation
  • Evens skin tone
  • Anti-blemish
  • Moisturizing
  • +2 more
KEY INGREDIENTS
  • salicylic acid
  • lactic acid
  • glycolic acid
  • betaine
  • +1 more
PROMISES
FULFILLED
100 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Accompanied by 5% Witch Hazel, a blemish-fighter that effectively helps to keep excess oil production at bay, the aqueous formula encourages cell turnover, minimising the appearance of enlarged pores, smoothing out uneven texture and healing acne scarring."
WIMJ summary

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.

The following ingredient (ingredients) in this product might be helpful, but there is no evidence to confirm that it actually works: glycolic acid

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
meets threshold
MEDIUM
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"10% glycolic acid concentration helps to keep skin healthy and clear of blackheads and fine lines 5% witch hazel helps to minimize excess oil For more information on this product see askINKEY below"
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce and prevent fine lines and wrinkles, improve skin elasticity and firmness because it contains glycolic acid.

These ingredients in the product can also be helpful, even though there is less evidence for their effectiveness: lactic acid.

Keep in mind that it typically takes at least 6 weeks to notice any results because the changes that are needed to improve fine lines and elasticity happen in the deeper layers of the skin. No topical anti-aging product can “erase” wrinkles or fully reverse signs of aging.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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MEDIUM
meets threshold
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What does the product description say?
"Accompanied by 5% Witch Hazel, a blemish-fighter that effectively helps to keep excess oil production at bay, the aqueous formula encourages cell turnover, minimising the appearance of enlarged pores, smoothing out uneven texture and healing acne scarring."
WIMJ summary

This product can help reduce hypepigmentation and even out the skin tone because it contains the following effective ingredients: glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid

Keep in mind that you would need to apply any topical skincare targetted at hypigmentation consistently for a couple of months to get a result. No topical skincare product can help get rid of hyperpigmentation (including post-acne marks and age spots) instantly.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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LOW
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What does the product description say?
"Perfect for recharging dull, tired skin, the toner stars 10% Glycolic Acid (a natural AHA derived naturally from sugar cane), which gently performs a chemical exfoliation to dislodge and remove dead skin from the surface, revealing a much brighter and smoother visage."
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, lactic acid, salicylic acid.

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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This product contains good ingredients to attract water to the upper layer of the skin. These ingredients are called "humectants": betaine, lactic acid.

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
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HIGH
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LOW
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Potential irritants

IRRITANCY
HIGH
Ingredient Irritancy Skin Benefit
salicylic acid
Has skin benefit
lactic acid
Has skin benefit
glycolic acid
Has skin benefit

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)
1.25% - 2.5%
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 microbiom)
7.2% - 10.8%
Plain old water
5% - 7.4%
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
3.5% - 5.2%
Acts as a solvent for other ingredients. Speeds up the absorption of other ingredients into the skin
2.5% - 3.8%
A plant extract that can help calm down inflammation in skin. Can, however, itself be irritating
2.1% - 3.1%
Used to adjust the product's pH
1.8% - 2.7%
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% - 2.1%
A preservative. It helps prevent bacterial growth in cosmetic products
0.5% - 1%
Can be drying and contribute to skin irritation. Used in formulars to dissolve other ingredients, create a thinner product consistency or for its antibacterial properties
0.5% - 1.2%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.5% - 1.15%
Helps attract water to the upper layer of the skin and improves the product texture
0.2% - 0.75%
Helps oil and water mix together
0.2% - 0.7%
A plant extract that might help reduce inflammation and neutralize free radicals
0.1% - 0.45%
A preservative
0.05% - 0.2%
Used to improve stability of the formulation
0.05% - 0.25%

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