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Aveeno Clear Complexion Cleansing Bar (2014 formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Aveeno Clear Complexion Cleansing Bar (2014 formulation) product label collected on November 11, 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 Aveeno Clear Complexion Cleansing Bar (2014 formulation) is 4.

Data last updated: November 2014

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 MODERATE

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Contamination concerns
  • Miscellaneous
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • 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)

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

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

None

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

None

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

Good

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

Fair
TOCOPHERYL ACETATE
Appeared as: TOCOPHERYL ACETATE (VITAMIN E)

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

Fair
TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) STARCH
Appeared as: TRITICUM VULGARE (WHEAT) STARCH (WHEAT)

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

None

None

Limited

Limited
BEESWAX
Appeared as: BEESWAX (APIS MELLIFERA)

Robust

Limited
PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL
Appeared as: PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS OIL (SWEET ALMOND)

Limited
GLYCINE SOJA (SOYBEAN) SEED EXTRACT
Appeared as: GLYCINE SOJA SEED EXTRACT (SOYBEAN)

Good

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

Limited

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

Limited
SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE
Appeared as: SODIUM ASCORBYL PHOSPHATE (VITAMIN C)

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid 0.5% (Acne Medication), Inactive Ingredients: Sodium Coco Sulfate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch (wheat), Cetearyl Alcohol, Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Water, Citric Acid, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (sweet almond), PEG 16 Soy Sterol, Glycine Soja Seed Extract (soybean), Titanium Dioxide, Panthenol, Lauryl Methyl Gluceth 10 Hydroxypropyl Dimonium Chloride, Fragrance, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C)

Directions from packaging:

Wash Face with Aveeno Clear Complexion Cleansing Bar. Rinse with warm water. Pat dry. If irritation occurs, use less frequently.

Warnings from packaging:

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

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