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Data last updated:
February 2010

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Institut DERMed Vital A Serum (formerly A+ Retinol Serum) (2010 formulation)

EWG scientists reviewed Institut DERMed Vital A Serum (formerly A+ Retinol Serum) (2010 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 Vital A Serum (formerly A+ Retinol Serum) (2010 formulation) is 4.
Ingredient Concerns:
Overall Hazard
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
Allergies & immunotoxicity
Use restrictions

Ingredient Concerns

Ingredient Concerns Score
RETINOL (VITAMIN A)Biochemical or cellular level changes, Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
GLYCOLIC ACID POLYMERCancer, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Use restrictions
Data: None
SODIUM BENZOATEData gaps, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
Enhanced skin absorption, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Fair
Data: Limited
GLUCOSAMINENone Identified
Data: Fair
D-BETA-FRUCTANNone Identified
Data: None
XANTHAN GUMNone Identified
Data: Fair
Data: Limited
Data: Robust

About the ratings

EWG provides information on personal care product ingredients from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government. 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 | Legal Disclaimer