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Data available:
 
Limited
Data last updated:
October 2012

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pH Advantage Acne Treatment Spot Treatment Gel

EWG scientists reviewed pH Advantage Acne Treatment Spot Treatment Gel 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 pH Advantage Acne Treatment Spot Treatment Gel is 9.
Ingredient Concerns:
Overall Hazard
 
 
Cancer
 
 
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
 
 
Allergies & immunotoxicity
 
 
Use restrictions
 
 

Ingredient Concerns

Ingredient Concerns Score
FRAGRANCEEcotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Miscellaneous, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Fair
RETINYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN A PALMITATE)Biochemical or cellular level changes, Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
SD ALCOHOL 40Enhanced skin absorption, Cancer, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Contamination concerns (BRUCINE, T-BUTYL ALCOHOL, BRUCINE SULFATE, QUASSIN), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: None
D&C VIOLET 2
VIOLET 2 (CI 42520)
Cancer, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Limited
LACTIC ACIDCancer, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
FARNESOLAllergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions
Data: Fair
SALICYLIC ACID
(Active Ingredient)
Enhanced skin absorption, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR EXTRACTContamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: None
TOCOPHERYL ACETATECancer, Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
Data: Fair
SACCHAROMYCES/ ZINC FERMENTOrgan system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation, Use restrictions
Data: None
AMMONIUM HYDROXIDEEcotoxicology, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Persistence and bioaccumulation, Use restrictions
Data: Fair
PROPYLENE GLYCOLEnhanced skin absorption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
PPG-26-BUTETH-26Multiple, additive exposure sources, Contamination concerns (BUTYL ALCOHOL), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Limited
TETRASODIUM EDTAEnhanced skin absorption, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Occupational hazards
Data: Fair
SILICA, AMORPHOUSNone Identified
Data: Fair
FD&C BLUE 1 ALUMINUM LAKE
BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090)
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: None
BETAINEMultiple, additive exposure sources
Data: Fair
PANTHENOLMultiple, additive exposure sources
Data: Limited
BUTYLENE GLYCOLIrritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Data: Limited
SODIUM PCAContamination concerns (NITROSAMINES-in the presence of nitrosating agents), Use restrictions
Data: Limited
HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL) WATERNone Identified
Data: Limited
EPILOBIUM ANGUSTIFOLIUM (WILLOW HERB) EXTRACT
EPILOBIUM ANGUSTIFOLIUM (CANADIAN WILLOWHERB) EXTRACT
None Identified
Data: Limited
CINNAMONUM CASSIA (CINNAMON) BARK EXTRACT
CINNAMON (CINNAMOMUM CASSIA) EXTRACT
None Identified
Data: Limited
YUCCA GLAUCA (SOAPWEED) EXTRACT
YUCCA GLAUCA EXTRACT
None Identified
Data: Limited
SODIUM C8-16 ISOALKYLSUCCINYL SOY SULFONATENone Identified
Data: None
ECHINACEA PURPUREA (PURPLE CONEFLOWER) EXTRACT
ECHINACEA PUPUREA (CONEFLOWER) EXTRACT
None Identified
Data: Limited
CAMELLIA OLEIFERA (TEA-OIL CAMELLIA) SEED OIL
CAMELLIA OLEIFERA (GREEN TEA) SEED OIL
None Identified
Data: Limited
HYPNEA MUSCIFORMIS (HYPNEACEAE) EXTRACT
HYPNEA MUSCIFORMIS EXTRACT
None Identified
Data: Limited
GELLIDIELA ACEROSA EXTRACTNone Identified
Data: None
SARGASSUM FILIPENDULA (SARGASSUM WEED) EXTRACT
SARGASSUM FILIPENDULA EXTRACT
None Identified
Data: Limited
LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) FLOWER EXTRACTNone Identified
Data: Limited
PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) FRUIT EXTRACT
PYRUS MALUS (APPLE) EXTRACT
None Identified
Data: Limited
COLA ACUMINATA (KOLA) SEED EXTRACT
ACUMINA (COLA) SEED EXTRACT
None Identified
Data: Limited
PHOSPHOLIPIDSNone Identified
Data: Fair
GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT
GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA EXTRACT
None Identified
Data: Limited
XANTHAN GUMNone Identified
Data: Limited
SORBITOLNone Identified
Data: Fair
GLYCINENone Identified
Data: Fair
ALANINENone Identified
Data: Fair
PROLINENone Identified
Data: Fair
SERINENone Identified
Data: Fair
THREONINENone Identified
Data: Fair
ARGININENone Identified
Data: Fair
LYSINENone Identified
Data: Fair
GLUTAMIC ACIDNone Identified
Data: Fair
CYMBOPOGON (LEMON GRASS) OIL
CYMBOPOGON SCHOENANTHUS (LEMONGRASS) OIL
None Identified
Data: Limited
SODIUM HYALURONATENone Identified
Data: Fair
NIACINAMIDENone Identified
Data: Fair
SACCHAROMYCES/ FERMENTNone Identified
Data: None
ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C)None Identified
Data: Fair
SACCHAROMYCES/ LYSATE EXTRACTNone Identified
Data: Limited
BISABOLOLEnhanced skin absorption
Data: Limited
WATERInnocuous
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