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Jan Marini Bioglycolic Face Cleanser: In the Beauty Brains Bathroom

Posted Dec 17 2012 12:01pm

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There has been plenty written about the benefits of using glycolic acid facial cleansers. Basically they help your skin renew itself and keep your pores from getting plugged up. Jan Marini’s new Bioglycolic Face Cleanser is a creamy concoction that contains not only glycolic acid but also sorbitol to help condition your skin. It’s described as “gentle” and so I was a bit surprised to find it also contains the relatively harsh Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS) as a cleansing agent.

There’s nothing wrong with ALS (or its cousin Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) per se but since glycolic acid can be irritating to skin I would have expected to see it paired with the mildest surfactants possible. (Like Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate. ) Maybe there’s a technical reason that I’m not aware of for choosing ALS but I would have expected more from a $30 product.

Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycolic Acid, Sorbitol, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ammonium Hydroxide, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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