EWG scientists reviewed PanOxyl Acne Facial Exfoliating Solution 0.5% Salicylic Acid (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 PanOxyl Acne Facial Exfoliating Solution 0.5% Salicylic Acid (2009 formulation) is 2.
|SD ALCOHOL 40B||Enhanced skin absorption, Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)|
|SALICYLIC ACID||Enhanced skin absorption, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Use restrictions|
|POLYSORBATE-80||Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)|
|ISOCETETH-20||Ecotoxicology, Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE), Use restrictions|
|SODIUM PCA||Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES-in the presence of nitrosating agents), Use restrictions|
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