EWG scientists reviewed Institut DERMed Glycolic Lightening Serum (2009 formulation) for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG's rating for Institut DERMed Glycolic Lightening Serum (2009 formulation) is 3.
|KOJIC ACID||Cancer, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions|
|GLYCOLIC ACID POLYMER||Cancer, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Use restrictions|
|GLYCOLIC ACID||Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Use restrictions|
|Enhanced skin absorption, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)|
|ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) GEL||Data gaps, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Use restrictions|
|ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA)||Data gaps, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Use restrictions|
|HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL)||None Identified|
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The ratings below indicate the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients in this product - not the product itself - compared to other product formulations. The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors which determine actual health risks, if any. Learn more
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