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Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power-Gel Cleanser (old formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Stress Control Power-Gel Cleanser (old formulation) product label collected on July 23, 2013 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 Stress Control Power-Gel Cleanser (old formulation) is 5.

Data last updated: July 2013

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

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

Fair

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

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Good

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

Good

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

None
LINOLEAMIDOPROPYL PG-DIMONIUM CHLORIDE PHOSPHATE
Appeared as: LINOLEAMIDOPROPYL PG DIMONIUM CHLORIDE

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

Fair

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

Fair
DIMETHICONE PEG-7 PHOSPHATE
Appeared as: PHOSPHATE

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Fair

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

None

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Fair

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)

Limited

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Contamination concerns (ACRYLAMIDE)

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (HYDROQUINONE)

Fair
MIDORI201
Appeared as: GREEN 5

• Use restrictions (high)

Fair
FD&C BLUE 1
Appeared as: BLUE 1

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (GAMMA SULTONE)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Robust

Fair

• Enhanced skin absorption

None

None
SODIUM BENZOTRIAZOLYL BUTYLPHENOL SULFONATE
Appeared as: SODIUM BENZOTRIAZOYL BUTYLPHENOL SULFONATE

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

Limited

Limited
CAMELLIA OLEIFERA (TEA-OIL CAMELLIA) LEAF EXTRACT
Appeared as: CAMELLIA OLEIFERA LEAF EXTRACT

Fair
CUCUMIS SATIVUS (CUCUMBER) FRUIT EXTRACT
Appeared as: CUCUMIS SATIVA (CUCUMBER) FRUIT EXTRACT

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid 2%, Inactive Ingredients: Water, Sodium C14 16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Linoleamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride, Phosphate, Propylene Glycol, PEG 120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Polysorbate 20, PEG 80 Sorbitan Laurate, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, C12 15 Alkyl Lactate, Polyquaternium 7, Benzalkonium Chloride, Sodium Benzotriazoyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativa (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Green 5, Blue 1, Citric Acid

Directions from packaging:

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

Warnings from packaging:

Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, flush eyes thoroughly with water. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed contact medical help or poison control center immediately.

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