Alcoholic Artist asks…The cleanser contains citric acid and although it is lowish on the ingredients list I’m not sure that it’s low enough to just be in there for adjusting the PH. The website say’s that their products are gentle enough to use straight after cosmetic procedures such as chemical peels and laser resurfacing, but then why add citric acid which would surely lead to scarring in these situations?
The Right Brain responds:
Here’s the ingredient list for the product in question:
Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Stearyl Alcohol, Disodium Cocoamphodiaceate, Sodium PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxyproply Methylcellulose, Coco Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Allantoin, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
I think that the citric acid is placed at the right spot on the ingredient list and I doubt it’s present at a very high level. Remember that (in the US) ingredients are listed in descending order until you get to ingredients that are present at less than 1%. After that you can list them in any order. In this product I’m guessing the 1% line is about where glycerin is, so anything after glycerin can be listed in any order.
Also the primary surfactant, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, is one of the mildest that money can buy so this product does appear to be properly formulated for the uses that you described.
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