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.
|RETINOL (VITAMIN A)||Biochemical or cellular level changes, Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions|
|GLYCOLIC ACID POLYMER||Cancer, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Use restrictions|
|SODIUM BENZOATE||Data gaps, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions|
|Enhanced skin absorption, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)|
|HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL)||None Identified|
|XANTHAN GUM||None Identified|
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