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Product score: 02

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The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque

The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque

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CATEGORY

Mask

BRAND

The Ordinary

DATA LAST UPDATED

August 2021

Ingredient concerns

See how this product scores for common concerns.

  • LOW
    Cancer
  • MODERATE
    Allergies & Immunotoxicity
  • LOW
    Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity
  • MODERATE
    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: 04
PHENOXYETHANOL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) fragrance ingredient, preservative
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (low)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (high)
• Occupational hazards (high)
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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
ACACIA SENEGAL GUM
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) adhesive, fragrance ingredient, film forming, masking
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (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
CHLORPHENESIN
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) cosmetic biocide, antimicrobial, preservative
CONCERNS • Allergies/immunotoxicity (moderate)
• Use restrictions (moderate)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (moderate)
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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
SODIUM POLYACRYLATE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) absorbent, emulsion stabilizer, film former, hair fixative, skin-conditioning agent -emollient, viscosity controlling agent, viscosity increasing agent - aqueous, binding, emollient, emulsion stabilising, film forming, hair fixing, skin conditioning, viscosity controlling
CONCERNS • Use restrictions (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Multiple, additive exposure sources (low)
• Contamination concerns (ACRYLIC ACID)
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Ingredient score: 02
PHYTIC ACID
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) chelating agent, oral care agent, chelating
CONCERNS • Endocrine disruption (low)
• Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (moderate)
• Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs) (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
WATER
Appeared as: AQUA (WATER)
Data Availability: Robust
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FUNCTION(S) solvent
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Ingredient score: 01
KAOLIN
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) abrasive, absorbent, anticaking agent, bulking agent, opacifying agent, skin protectant;slip modifier, anticaking, bulking, opacifying
CONCERNS • Non-reproductive organ system toxicity (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
SQUALANE
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) hair conditioning agent, skin-conditioning agent - occlusive, emollient, hair conditioning, refatting, skin conditioning
CONCERNS • Endocrine disruption (low)
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Ingredient score: 01
DIMETHYL ISOSORBIDE
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) solvent, viscosity decreasing agent, viscosity controlling
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Ingredient score: 01
SILICA SILCYLATE
Appeared as: SILICA CETYL SILYLATE
Data Availability: None
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Ingredient score: 01
PENTYLENE GLYCOL
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) solvent, skin conditioning
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Ingredient score: 01
ACTIVATED CHARCOAL
Appeared as: CHARCOAL POWDER
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) abrasive, absorbent, colorant, opacifying agent, cosmetic colorant
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Ingredient score: 01
4-T-BUTYLCYCLOHEXANOL
Data Availability: None
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FUNCTION(S) masking, perfuming
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Ingredient score: 01
SCLEROTIUM GUM
Data Availability: Limited
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FUNCTION(S) emulsion stabilizer, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, viscosity increasing agent -aqueous, emulsion stabilising, skin conditioning, viscosity controlling
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Ingredient score: 01
XANTHAN GUM
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) binder, emulsion stabilizer, skin-conditioning agent - miscellaneous, surfactant -emulsifying agent, viscosity increasing agent - aqueous, binding, emulsifying, emulsion stabilising, gel forming, skin conditioning, surfactant, viscosity controlling
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Ingredient score: 01
SODIUM SALT ETHYLENEDIAMINE DISUCCINATE
Appeared as: TRISODIUM ETHYLENEDIAMINE DISUCCINATE
Data Availability: Fair
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FUNCTION(S) chelating agent, chelating
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Ingredients from packaging:

AQUA (WATER), KAOLIN, SQUALANE, GLYCERIN, DIMETHYL ISOSORBIDE, SILICA CETYL SILYLATE, SALICYLIC ACID, SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, CHARCOAL POWDER, 4-T-BUTYLCYCLOHEXANOL, SCLEROTIUM GUM, ACACIA SENEGAL GUM, XANTHAN GUM, PHYTIC ACID, POLYSORBATE 20, TRISODIUM ETHYLENEDIAMINE DISUCCINATE, CHLORPHENESIN, PHENOXYETHANOL.

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Unknown

Leading international certifiers PETA and Leaping Bunny have no information concerning this company’s use of animal testing.

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.

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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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