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Data available:
 
Limited
Data last updated:
October 2012

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pH Advantage Acne Treatment Spot Treatment Gel (2012 formulation)

EWG scientists reviewed pH Advantage Acne Treatment Spot Treatment Gel (2012 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 pH Advantage Acne Treatment Spot Treatment Gel (2012 formulation) is 9.
Ingredient Concerns:
Overall Hazard
 
 
Cancer
 
 
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
 
 
Allergies & immunotoxicity
 
 
Use restrictions
 
 

Ingredient Concerns

Ingredient Concerns Score
RETINYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN A PALMITATE)Use restrictions, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Biochemical or cellular level changes, Cancer, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Fair
FRAGRANCEAllergies/immunotoxicity, Miscellaneous, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Ecotoxicology
Data: Fair
SD ALCOHOL 40Enhanced skin absorption, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Cancer, Contamination concerns (BRUCINE, T-BUTYL ALCOHOL, BRUCINE SULFATE, QUASSIN)
Data: Limited
D&C VIOLET 2
VIOLET 2 (CI 42520)
Use restrictions, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Cancer
Data: Fair
LACTIC ACIDUse restrictions, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Data: Good
FARNESOLAllergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions
Data: Fair
SALICYLIC ACID
(Active Ingredient)
Enhanced skin absorption, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Use restrictions, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Data: Good
PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR EXTRACTOrgan system toxicity (non-reproductive), Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE, 1,4-DIOXANE)
Data: None
TOCOPHERYL ACETATEAllergies/immunotoxicity, Cancer, Ecotoxicology, Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)
Data: Fair
SACCHAROMYCES/ ZINC FERMENTUse restrictions, Persistence and bioaccumulation, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: None
AMMONIUM HYDROXIDEPersistence and bioaccumulation, Use restrictions, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Ecotoxicology
Data: Fair
PROPYLENE GLYCOLEnhanced skin absorption, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions
Data: Fair
PPG-26-BUTETH-26Multiple, additive exposure sources, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Contamination concerns (BUTYL ALCOHOL)
Data: Limited
TETRASODIUM EDTAEnhanced skin absorption, Occupational hazards, Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: Fair
SILICA, AMORPHOUSNone Identified
Data: Good
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
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
CAMELLIA OLEIFERA (TEA-OIL CAMELLIA) SEED OIL
CAMELLIA OLEIFERA (GREEN TEA) SEED OIL
None Identified
Data: Limited
GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA (LICORICE) ROOT EXTRACT
GLYCYRRHIZA GLABRA EXTRACT
None Identified
Data: Limited
FD&C BLUE 1 ALUMINUM LAKE
BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090)
Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
Data: None
XANTHAN GUMNone Identified
Data: Fair
BETAINEMultiple, additive exposure sources
Data: Fair
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
PANTHENOLMultiple, additive exposure sources
Data: Limited
NIACINAMIDENone Identified
Data: Fair
SACCHAROMYCES/ FERMENTNone Identified
Data: None
ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C)None Identified
Data: Fair
SACCHAROMYCES/ LYSATE EXTRACTNone Identified
Data: Limited
BUTYLENE GLYCOLIrritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Data: Limited
BISABOLOLEnhanced skin absorption
Data: Limited
SODIUM PCAUse restrictions, Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES-in the presence of nitrosating agents)
Data: Limited
WATERInnocuous
Data: Robust


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