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Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, Redness Soothing Facial Cleanser (2016 formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, Redness Soothing Facial Cleanser (2016 formulation) product label collected on July 03, 2016 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 Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, Redness Soothing Facial Cleanser (2016 formulation) is 5.

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Data last updated: July 2016

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Miscellaneous
  • Persistence and bioaccumulation
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Neurotoxicity
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

None

• Use restrictions (high)
• Neurotoxicity (low)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (ANILINE and CADMIUM (pyrophoric))

Limited

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (FORMALDEHYDE)

None
FD&C YELLOW NO. 5 (CI 19140) LAKE
Appeared as: YELLOW 5 LAKE

• Cancer (low)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Neurotoxicity (moderate)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (BIPHENYL-2-YLAMINE and CADMIUM (pyrophoric))

Fair
BENZALKONIUM CHLORIDE
Appeared as: BENZALKONIUM CHLORIDE SOLUTION

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (moderate)

Good

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Contamination concerns (COCAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE, 3-DIMETHYLAMINOPROPYLAMINE, and NITROSAMINES)

Good
SALICYLIC ACID
Appeared as: SALICYLIC ACID (ACNE TREATMENT)

• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

None

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)

Limited

• Use restrictions (high)

Limited

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

Limited
ANTHEMIS NOBILIS (CHAMOMILE) FLOWER EXTRACT
Appeared as: ANTHEMIS NOBILIS (ROMAN CHAMOMILE) FLOWER EXTRACT

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)
• Neurotoxicity (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)

Limited
CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT
Appeared as: CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT (MATRICARIA)

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Neurotoxicity (low)

Robust

Limited

• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

Limited
ALOE BARBADENSIS (ALOE VERA) EXTRACT
Appeared as: ALOE VERA (ALOE BARBADENSIS) EXTRACT

• Cancer (moderate)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

None

None

Fair

• Enhanced skin absorption

Limited
SODIUM BENZOTRIAZOLYL BUTYLPHENOL SULFONATE
Appeared as: SODIUM BENZOTRIAZOLE BUTYLPHENOL SULFONATE

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

None
HYDROXYLAURYL/ HYDROXYMYRISTYL BETAINE
Appeared as: BETAINE (SUGAR BEET)

None

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid 2% (Acne Treatment), Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Decyl Glucoside, PPG 5 Ceteth 20, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Matricaria), Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, C12 15 Alkyl Lactate, Sodium Lactate, Menthyl Lactate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzotriazole Butylphenol Sulfonate, Betaine (Sugar Beet), Dehydroxanthan Gum, Benzalkonium Chloride Solution, DMDM Hydantoin, Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Fragrance

Directions from packaging:

Cleanse twice a day. Wet face. Apply to hands, add water and work into a lather. Massage face gently. Rinse thoroughly.

Warnings from packaging:

For external use only. Ask a doctor or pharmacist before use if you are using other topical acne medications at the same time or immediately following use of this product. This may increase dryness or irritation of the skin. If this occurs, only one medication should be used unless directed by a doctor. When using this product avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, flush thoroughly with water. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.

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