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Walgreens Daily Acne Control Cleanser (2016 formulation)

Data Availability: FAIR

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EWG scientists reviewed the Walgreens Daily Acne Control Cleanser (2016 formulation) product label collected on July 04, 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 Walgreens Daily Acne Control Cleanser (2016 formulation) is 4.

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Data last updated: July 2016

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW_MODERATE

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
  • Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
  • Miscellaneous
  • Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive)
  • Use restrictions
MODERATE
  • Contamination concerns
LOW
  • Enhanced skin absorption
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Endocrine disruption
  • 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

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (PAHS)

Fair
BHT

• Cancer (moderate)
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)

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

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

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited

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

Robust

Good

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

Limited

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)

Fair

• Enhanced skin absorption

Fair

• Multiple, additive exposure sources (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 10% (Acne Medication). Inactive Ingredients: Glycerin, Water, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Fragrance, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Menthol, Carbomer, BHT

Directions from packaging:

Wet face. Gently massage all over face for 20 - 30 seconds avoiding the eyes. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Because excessive drying of the skin may occur, start with one application daily, then gradually increase to two or three times daily if needed or as directed by a doctor. If bothersome dryness or peeling occurs, reduce daily 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 or both products and ask a doctor.Sensitivity Test for a New User: Apply product sparingly to one or two small affected areas during the first 3 days. If no discomfort occurs, follow the directions stated above.

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 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 sunscreenAvoid contact with the 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 the product less frequently or in a lower concentration.Stop 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. Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, flush thoroughly with water.

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