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Benzac Acne Eliminating Cleanser (2016 formulation)

Data Availability: FAIR

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the Benzac Acne Eliminating Cleanser (2016 formulation) product label collected on July 02, 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 Benzac Acne Eliminating Cleanser (2016 formulation) is 2.

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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 LOW_MODERATE

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

Other Ingredient Concerns

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

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

Good
BENZOYL PEROXIDE
Appeared as: BENZOYL PEROXIDE (ACNE TREATMENT)

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

Limited

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• 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)

Fair

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

Good
CITRIC ACID
Appeared as: , CITRIC ACID MONOHYDRATE

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited

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

Limited

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

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

Fair
DISODIUM EDTA
Appeared as: EDETATE DISODIUM

• Enhanced skin absorption

Limited

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Robust
WATER
Appeared as: PURIFIED WATER

Good
SILICA, AMORPHOUS
Appeared as: SILICA

• Persistence and bioaccumulation (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Good

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

Fair

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 2.6% (Acne Treatment). Inactive Ingredients: Citric Acid Monohydrate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Edetate Disodium, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, PEG-75, Phenoxyethanol, Poloxamer 124, Propylene Glycol, Purified Water, Silica, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Titanium Dioxide, Xanthan Gum, Zinc Gluconate

Directions from packaging:

Wet face. Apply Acne Eliminating Cleanser and gently massage area for 1 - 2 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Because excessive drying of the skin may occur, start with one application daily, then gradually increase to two times daily as needed or as directed by a doctor. If bothersome dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day. 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 you have very sensitive skin or are sensitive to benzoyl peroxide.When using this product:Skin 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 sunscreenAvoid contact with eyes, lips and mouthAvoid contact with hair and dyed fabrics, which may be bleached by this productSkin irritation may occur, characterized by redness, burning, itching, peeling, or possibly swelling. Irritation may be reduced by using this product less frequently or in a lower concentration.Stop use and ask 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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