Salicylic acid is a well-known oil-soluble acid that is the gold standard in treating blackheads and enlarged pores. This exfoliating superstar can unclog pores and balance blackhead-prone, oily skin by working inside the pores to clear out dead skin cells that clog them. Sarcosine joins forces with BHA to further improve combination skin-related problems such as excess oil production.
Cruelty-free | Vegan | Fragrance & Essential oil free | Gluten-free | Malassezia-safe | Pregnancy-safe
Who is it for?
how to use it?
Apply a few drops to the face before other serums and creams. Use once a day or every other day in the AM or PM.
Shelf life: 1 year from production (unopened), 8 months PAO (period after opening)
Ingredients & Research
Salicylic acid aka BHA (2%): An oil-soluble exfoliating superstar that can unclog pores and balance blackhead-prone, oily skin. It is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Sarcosine: An amino-acid derived ingredient that works as a so called 5α-reductase inhibitor helping to normalize oil-production and pore size.
Allantoin: A classic skincare ingredient known for its skin soothing and skin protecting abilities.
full inci list:
Aqua (Water), Pentylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Salicylic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Sarcosine, Allantoin, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA
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