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Product score: 07

Data Availability:

Fair

Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Foaming Scrub, Pink Grapefruit

Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash Foaming Scrub, Pink Grapefruit

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CATEGORY

Exfoliant/Scrub
Facial Cleanser

BRAND

Neutrogena

DATA LAST UPDATED

February 2020

Ingredient concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • HIGH
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • HIGH
    Use Restrictions

Ingredient scores

Ingredients are scored based on their formulation and concentration in this product. Click on an ingredient for more information.

Ingredient score: 08
FRAGRANCE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) deodorant, masking, perfuming
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Endocrine disruption (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 06
FD&C RED NO. 40 (CI 16035)
Appeared as: RED 40
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) colorant
CONCERNS • Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Neurotoxicity (low)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (low)
• Contamination concerns (MERCURY, 6-METHOXY-M-TOLUIDINE, ANILINE, and CADMIUM (pyrophoric))
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Ingredient score: 05
COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE
Data Availability: Good
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FUNCTION(S) antistatic agent, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous;surfactant - cleansing agent, surfactant - foam booster, viscosity increasing agent - aqueous, antistatic, cleansing, foam boosting, hair conditioning, surfactant, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Contamination concerns (COCAMIDOPROPYL DIMETHYLAMINE, 3-DIMETHYLAMINOPROPYLAMINE, and NITROSAMINES)
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Ingredient score: 05
BENZALKONIUM CHLORIDE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) antimicrobial agent, antistatic agent, cosmetic biocide, deodorant agent, surfactant -suspending agent, antimicrobial, antistatic, deodorant, preservative, surfactant
CONCERNS • Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 05
D&C RED NO. 30 (CI 73360)
Appeared as: RED 30
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) colorant, cosmetic colorant
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (high)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Persistence and bioaccumulation (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
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Ingredient score: 05
D&C VIOLET NO. 2 (CI 60725)
Appeared as: VIOLET 2
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) colorant
CONCERNS • Cancer (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (high)
• Endocrine disruption (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
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Ingredient score: 04
SODIUM HYDROXIDE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) denaturant, ph adjuster, buffering
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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Ingredient score: 04
POLYQUATERNIUM-7
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) antistatic agent, film former, hair fixative, antistatic, film forming
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Ecotoxicology (low)
• Contamination concerns (ACRYLAMIDE)
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Ingredient score: 04
CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) preservative, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (high)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
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Ingredient score: 03
SALICYLIC ACID
Data Availability: Good
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FUNCTION(S) antiacne agent, antidandruff agent, corn/callus/wart remover, denaturant, exfoliant;fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, antidandruff, hair conditioning, keratolytic, masking, preservative, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 03
POLYSORBATE-20
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, surfactant - emulsifying agent, surfactant - solubilizing agent
CONCERNS • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Contamination concerns (ETHYLENE OXIDE and 1,4-DIOXANE)
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Ingredient score: 03
COCAMIDOPROPYL PG-DIMONIUM CHLORIDE PHOSPHATE
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) antistatic agent, hair conditioning agent, antistatic, hair conditioning
CONCERNS • Developmental/reproductive toxicity (low)
• Allergies/immunotoxicity (high)
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Ingredient score: 03
PROPYLENE GLYCOL
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, humectant, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, skin-conditioningagent - miscellaneous, solvent, viscosity decreasing agent, skin conditioning, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Enhanced skin absorption
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
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Ingredient score: 02
SODIUM C14-16 OLEFIN SULFONATE
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) surfactant - cleansing agent, cleansing, foaming, surfactant
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Contamination concerns (GAMMA SULTONE)
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Ingredient score: 02
GLYCERIN
Data Availability: Good
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FUNCTION(S) denaturant, fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, humectant, oral care agent;oral health care drug, skin-conditioning agent - humectant, skin protectant, viscosity decreasing agent, perfuming, solvent
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 02
MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) abrasive, absorbent, anticaking agent, bulking agent, emulsion stabilizer, slip modifier;viscosity increasing agent - aqueous
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 02
ACRYLATES COPOLYMER
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) adhesive, artificial nail builder, binder, film former, hair fixative, suspending agent -nonsurfactant, antistatic, binding, film forming
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Contamination concerns (METHACRYLIC ACID, ACRYLIC ACID, and 2-ETHYLHEXYL ACRYLATE)
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Ingredient score: 02
MICA
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) colorant, opacifying
CONCERNS • Persistence and bioaccumulation (high)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
WATER
Data Availability: Robust
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FUNCTION(S) solvent
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Ingredient score: 01
SODIUM CHLORIDE
Data Availability: Robust
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FUNCTION(S) flavoring agent, oral care agent, viscosity increasing agent - aqueous
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Ingredient score: 01
CELLULOSE
Data Availability: Robust
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FUNCTION(S) absorbent, bulking agent, slip modifier, bulking, opacifying, viscosity controlling
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Ingredient score: 01
C12-15 ALKYL LACTATE
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) skin-conditioning agent - emollient
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Ingredient score: 01
DISODIUM EDTA
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) chelating agent, chelating, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Enhanced skin absorption
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Ingredient score: 01
SODIUM BENZOTRIAZOLYL BUTYLPHENOL SULFONATE
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) ultraviolet light absorber, uv absorber
CONCERNS • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
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Ingredient score: 01
CHONDRUS CRISPUS (CARRAGEENAN)
Appeared as: CARRAGEENAN
Data Availability: Good
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, hair conditioning agent, hair conditioning, masking
CONCERNS • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
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Ingredient score: 01
AGAR
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) binder, fragrance ingredient, viscosity increasing agent - aqueous, binding, masking, viscosity controlling
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Ingredient score: 01
ASCORBYL PALMITATE (VITAMIN C PALMITATE)
Appeared as: ASCORBYL PALMITATE
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) antioxidant, fragrance ingredient, masking
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Ingredient score: 01
TITANIUM DIOXIDE
Data Availability: Good
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FUNCTION(S) colorant, opacifying agent, sunscreen agent, ultraviolet light absorber
CONCERNS • Cancer (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Occupational hazards (high)
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Ingredients from packaging:

Active Ingredients: SALICYLIC ACID 2.0%; Inactive Ingredients: WATER, SODIUM C14-16 OLEFIN SULFONATE, GLYCERIN, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, CELLULOSE, POLYSORBATE 20, FRAGRANCE, C12-15 ALKYL LACTATE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, DISODIUM EDTA, BENZALKONIUM CHLORIDE, POLYQUATERNIUM-7, COCAMIDOPROPYL PG-DIMONIUM CHLORIDE PHOSPHATE, SODIUM BENZOTRIAZOLYL BUTYLPHENOL SULFONATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT EXTRACT, CARRAGEENAN, AGAR, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, RED 30, RED 40, VIOLET 2

Product's animal testing policies

Some cosmetics companies have taken People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Leaping Bunny animal-testing pledges. For consumers who are concerned about companies’ policies on animal testing, Skin Deep reports this information.


PETA: Companies That Do Test on Animals

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a leading international animal rights advocacy organization, has identified companies that "either test on animals or pay a laboratory to conduct tests on animals."

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Understanding scores

Cosmetics and personal care products are not required to be tested for safety before being allowed on the market. The Skin Deep® scoring system was designed to help the public understand whether a product is safe to use or whether it contains ingredients of concern.

Every product and ingredient in Skin Deep gets a two-part score – one for hazard and one for data availability. The safest products score well by both measures, with a low hazard rating and a fair or better data availability rating.

HOW WE DETERMINE SCORES

Hazard score

The Skin Deep ingredient hazard score, from 1 to 10, reflects known and suspected hazards linked to the ingredients. The EWG VERIFIED™ mark means a product meets EWG’s strictest criteria for transparency and health.

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Data availability

The Skin Deep data availability rating reflects the number of scientific studies about the product or ingredient in the published scientific literature.

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