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The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

Data Availability: LIMITED

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EWG's Scores

EWG scientists reviewed the The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution product label collected on July 10, 2019 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 The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution is 3.

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Data last updated: July 2019

Ingredient Concerns

Cancer

Cancer concern is LOW

Developmental & Reproductive Toxicity

Developmental & reproductive toxicity concern is LOW

Allergies & Immunotoxicity

Allergies & immunotoxicity concern is MODERATE

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
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Ingredient Concerns
Score Data Availability Ingredient Concern
Good

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

Fair

• Use restrictions (high)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

None

Fair

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES and OXAZOLIDINE)

Limited

• Use restrictions (high)

Good

• Cancer (low)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (moderate)

Fair

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

Fair

• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Good
PCA

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

Good

• Use restrictions (moderate)

Limited

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)

Robust
WATER
Appeared as: AQUA (WATER)

Limited
ROSA DAMASCENA (ROSE) FLOWER WATER
Appeared as: ROSA DAMASCENA FLOWER WATER

Limited
CENTAUREA CYANUS (CORNFLOWER) FLOWER WATER
Appeared as: CENTAUREA CYANUS FLOWER WATER

Limited

• Cancer (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)

Fair

• Cancer (low)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Fair
PANAX GINSENG (GINSENG) ROOT EXTRACT
Appeared as: PANAX GINSENG ROOT EXTRACT

Fair

Fair

Fair

Fair

Fair

Fair

Fair

Fair

Fair

Fair

• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)

Fair

Fair

Limited

• Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES)

Fair

Fair

Robust

Limited

Fair

Limited

Fair
SODIUM SALT ETHYLENEDIAMINE DISUCCINATE
Appeared as: TRISODIUM ETHYLENEDIAMINE DISUCCINATE

Robust

Fair

• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)

Limited

Limited

Product's Animal Testing Policies

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Unknown

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Product's Label Information

Ingredients from packaging:

Aqua (Water), Glycolic Acid, Rosa damascena flower water, Centaurea cyanus flower water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Triethanolamine, Aminomethyl Propanol, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Tasmannia Lanceolata Fruit/Leaf Extract, Aspartic Acid, Alanine, Glycine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Glutamic Acid, Arginine, PCA, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Fructose, Glucose, Sucrose, Urea, Hexyl Nicotinate, Dextrin, Citric Acid, Polysorbate 20, Gellan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.

Directions from packaging:

Use ideally in the PM, no more frequently than once per day. After cleaning, saturate a cotton pad with the formula and sweep across face and neck. Avoid the eye contour and contact with eyes. Do not rinse off. Continue with additional skin treatments as needed. Contact of the product with the skin must be of limited frequency or duration. If irritation occurs, cease use and consult a physician. Use only as directed on unbroken skin. Patch testing prior to use is advised. Refer to our in-depth guide to patch testing.

Warnings from packaging:

Keep out of reach of children. (Sunburn Alert: This product contains an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that may increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun and particularly the possibility of sunburn. Use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit sun exposure while using this product and for a week afterwards.)

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