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Walgreens Acne Treatment Cleansing Bar (2014 formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG scientists reviewed the Walgreens Acne Treatment Cleansing Bar (2014 formulation) product label collected on November 12, 2014 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 Walgreens Acne Treatment Cleansing Bar (2014 formulation) is 6.

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Data last updated: November 2014

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW_MODERATE

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is HIGH

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
  • 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
RETINYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN A PALMITATE)
Appeared as: VITAMIN A PALMITATE

• Cancer (moderate)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (high)

Fair

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

Good

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

None

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

Fair

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

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Fair
RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL
Appeared as: CASTOR OIL

• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption

None

Robust

Limited

Good

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Occupational hazards (high)

Limited
BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER) FRUIT
Appeared as: BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII FRUIT (SHEA BUTTER)

Good

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited
PENTASODIUM DTPA
Appeared as: PENTASODIUM PENTETATE

None

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Unknown

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: Benzoyl Peroxide (10%). Inactive Ingredients: Sodium Tallowate, Water, Sodium Cocoate, Glycerin, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit (Shea Butter), PEG-20 Glyceryl Stearate, Mineral Oil, Castor Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Pentasodium Pentetate, Sea Whip Extract

Directions from packaging:

Use on affected areas in place of your regular soap If going outside, apply sunscreen after using this product. If irritation or sensitivity develops, stop use of both products and ask a doctor.

Warnings from packaging:

For external use only.Do not use if youHave very sensitive skin Are sensitive to benzoyl peroxideWhen using this productSkin irritation and dryness is more likely to occur if you use another topical acne medication at the same time. If irritation occurs, only use one topical acne medication at a time Avoid unnecessary sun exposure and use a sunscreen Avoid contact with the eyes, lips, and mouth Avoid contact with hair and dyed fabrics, which may be bleached by this product Skin irritation may occur, characterized by redness, burning, itching, peeling, or possibly swelling. Irritation may be reduced by using the product less frequently or in a lower concentrationStop use and ask a doctor if irritation becomes severe.Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away..

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