Paula's Choice - 10% Azelaic Acid Booster
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ABOUT THE PRODUCT
3 Potential Fungal Acne Trigger(s) were identified 
  • Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate
  • Cetearyl Alcohol
  • Glyceryl Stearate
However, your individual sensitivity to these ingredients may vary
This Product Also Contains:
3 Malassezia (Fungal Acne) Combatting Ingredient(s)
  • Azelaic Acid
  • Caprylic/ Capric Triglycerides
  • Salicylic Acid
Info
  • Oil-Free
  • Lightweight
  • Clarifies Uneven Skin Tone
  • Skin-Soothing
  • Disguising Blemishes
PRODUCT (Rating & Score)

More about CIR Findings ( S, SQ, U, UNS )

More about EWG Scores ( 1—10 )

Fungal Acne Triggers: 3 

Caution Patch Testing Recommended

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Ingredients Inside EWG CIR Cosmetic Roles
Water (H₂O)
Reference 
1 S Solvent
Azelaic Acid (Dicarboxylic Acids)
  • Anti-Acne
  • Antimicrobial
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Brightens The Skin
  • Combats / Inhibits Malassezia
  • Good For Oily Skin Types
References 
1 S Fragrance Ingredient, Ph Adjuster, Buffering, Masking
C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate (Esters)
  • We could not find any research studies to definitively determine whether or not this long-chain alkyl benzoate ester is a fungal acne trigger or not. Use with caution, patch testing is recommended.
1 S Skin Conditioning, Emollient, Antimicrobial
Caprylic/ Capric Triglycerides (Triesters)
Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Glycerin
  • This Ingredient is cautioned because depending on the source it may contain Lauric Acid, which is known to promote the growth of Malassezia. Patch testing is recommended. Some manufacturers also like to refer to this as fractionated coconut oil, which is not accurate because Fractionated coconut oil also typically contains lauric fatty acids. The Caprylic / Capric Triglycerides you want to be using are ones that contain ONLY Caprylic / Capric Fatty Acids and not have traces of anything else in it.
  • Combats / Inhibits Malassezia
References 
1 S Solvent, Skin Conditioning, Masking, Perfuming, Emollient
Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate (Ester)
Methyl Glucoside, Stearic Acid
  • Avoid if you have sensitivities to Malassezia or Prone to Fungal Acne Outbreaks
References 
1 S Skin Conditioning, Emollient, Emulsifying
Glycerin (Polyol)
  • Malassezia is NOT able to grow on Glycerin agar unless fatty acids are present.
  • Good For Dry Skin Types
References 
2 S Solvent, Perfuming, Fragrance, Humectant, Viscosity Decreasing Agent, Hair Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Denaturant
Cetearyl Alcohol (Fatty Alcohol)
Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol
  • Unexpectedly, the growth of some Malassezia spp., especially M. furfur, was observed in the presence of a primary fatty alcohol, Cetylstearyl Alcohol (Cetearyl Alcohol). (Dobler et al. - 2019).
  • Comedogenic Rating:2/5
Reference 
1 S Emollient, Viscosity Controlling, Viscosity Increasing Agent, Emulsion Stabilising, Emulsifying, Opacifying, Foam Boosting, Viscosity Increasingagent - Aqueous
Glyceryl Stearate (Esters)
Stearic Acid
  • Avoid if you have sensitivities to Malassezia or Prone to Fungal Acne Outbreaks
References 
1 S Emollient, Emulsifying
Dimethicone (Polymer)
  • Comedogenic Rating:1/5
  • Silicone
References 
3 S Skin Conditioning, Emollient, Anti-foaming Agent, Skin Protecting
Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA))
  • Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA)
  • Anti-Acne
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Avoid If You Have Sensitive Skin
  • Combats / Inhibits Malassezia
  • Good For Oily Skin Types
References 
2-4 SQ Skin Conditioning, Masking, Fragrance, Hair Conditioning, Antidandruff Agent, Antiacne Agent, Denaturant, Preservative, Exfoliant, Keratolytic, Corn/Callus/Wart Remover
Adenosine (Heterocyclic Compound (Organic))
Adenine, Ribose
  • Anti-Aging Effects
  • Anti-Inflammatory
References 
1 Skin Conditioning
Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract (Botanical Extract)
Glycyrrhizin
  • Anti-Acne
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Brightens The Skin
Reference 
1 Skin Conditioning, Perfuming, Humectant, Antioxidant
Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract
  • Safe For Malassezia (Fungal Acne).
Skin Protecting
Allantoin (Diureide)
Urea, Glyoxylic Acid
  • This ingredient may accelerate the growth of Malassezia in the presence of lipids. Patch testing recommended.
  • Anti-Irritating
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Good For Oily Skin Types
  • Good For Sensitive Skin Types
  • Improves Healing
References 
1 S Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Soothing, Anti-inflammatory, Keratolytic Agent
Alpha-Bisabolol (Monocyclic Sesquiterpene Alcohol)
  • Brightens The Skin
  • Improves Healing
1 S Fragrance
Cyclopentasiloxane (Cyclic Compound)
  • Silicone
References 
3 S Solvent, Skin Conditioning, Emollient, Hair Conditioning
Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide)
References 
1 S Skin Conditioning, Viscosity Controlling, Viscosity Increasing Agent, Emulsion Stabilising, Binding Agent, Binding, Surfactant -Emulsifying Agent, Gel Forming
Sclerotium Gum (Polysaccharide)
1 S Skin Conditioning, Viscosity Controlling, Viscosity Increasing Agent, Emulsion Stabilizing
Propanediol (Diol)
Reference 
2 Solvent, Viscosity Controlling, Viscosity Decreasing Agent
Butylene Glycol (Diol)
  • Comedogenic Rating:1/5
  • Good For Dry Skin Types
1 S Solvent, Skin Conditioning, Masking, Fragrance, Humectant, Viscosity Controlling, Viscositydecreasing Agent
Phenoxyethanol (Ether)
Phenol
Reference 
2-4 S Fragrance, Preservative
Added by: kenjihoe91 
on April 25, 2020
Please read the ingredient list on the packaging of your product to be sure that the ingredients are appropriate for your personal use

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A patch test is a method used to determine whether a specific substance causes allergic inflammation of the skin. Any individual suspected of having allergic contact dermatitis or atopic dermatitis needs to patch test.

We each individually have very unique skin types and this is exactly why one person’s “Holy Grail” Skincare product can be the worst nightmare for someone else. Especially if you have extremely, sensitive reactive skin. Hence, it is super important to test products out on your skin first before plastering them all over your body especially the face only to later pay the price for neglecting this very important step of adding a new product or starting skin care routine.

Start by apply a1/2 pea size amount of product to the back of your ear
each time on clean skin, this must be done long enough so that you are able to see if any ingredient is causing irritation and or an allergic or comedogenic reaction on the skin. Application for two weeks morning and evening can be a good starting point for most people. For individuals with extremely sensitive skin types, these reactions may occur in as little as 24 hrs. You know your skin best so watch it closely as you carry out these tests. And stop if you notice, that the new product is giving you problems.

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