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CVS Oil-Free Acne Cleansing Towelettes, Pink Grapefruit (2016 formulation)

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the CVS Oil-Free Acne Cleansing Towelettes, Pink Grapefruit (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 CVS Oil-Free Acne Cleansing Towelettes, Pink Grapefruit (2016 formulation) is 8.

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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_MODERATE

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Use Restrictions

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is HIGH

Other Ingredient Concerns

HIGH
  • Endocrine disruption
  • Multiple, additive exposure sources
  • Contamination concerns
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Miscellaneous
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Occupational hazards
  • Use restrictions
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Fair
2-BROMO-2-NITROPROPANE-1,3-DIOL
Appeared as: 2-BROMO-2-NITROPROPANE-1

• Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Occupational hazards (high)
• Contamination concerns (FORMALDEHYDE and NITROSAMINES)

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 (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)

Good

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

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Biochemical or cellular level changes (moderate)

Fair

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

Limited

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

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• 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)

Fair

• Enhanced skin absorption
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (high)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited
CITRUS PARADISI (GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT
Appeared as: CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) EXTRACT

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Robust

Limited
SODIUM XYLENE SULFONATE
Appeared as: SODIUM XYLENE SULFATE

Limited

Fair

Fair

• Enhanced skin absorption

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Unknown

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (2%). Purpose: Acne Treatment. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Alcohol Denatured, Sodium Xylene Sulfate, PPG-5-Ceteth-20, PEG-32, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Fragrance, Glycerin, Methylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, Propylene Glycol, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben.

Directions from packaging:

Open lid to access towelette; close lid tightly to retain moisture. Thoroughly wipe face with cleansing cloth to deep clean and refresh skin. After use, place towelette in trash receptacle. Do not flush.

Warnings from packaging:

For external use only. When using this product: avoid contact with the eyes. If product gets into eyes, rinse thoroughly with water. Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away. Other warnings: Using other topical acne medication at the same time or immediately following the 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.

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