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What are active ingredients?

All ingredients in personal care products are added to the formulation for a purpose, may it be for a moisturising, perfuming or bonding effect, but they might not be equally good for your skin.

As a rule of thumb, a product's ingredients can be divided into two different groups:

  • Excipients - which are the group of ingredients necessary for the products capability to function as a homogenous mass and
  • Active ingredients - these are the ones that carry out an effect upon or within the skin.

You might already recognise such active ingredients as colloidal oatmeal, coal tar, salicylic acid and glycerin, but there are many others.

At HelloSkin we have worked vigorously to cater people with skin conditions, therefore we continuously screen the jungle of products for unwanted ingredients that may aggravate a skin condition. The products that have successfully passed our strict screening processes make it to our store and are available for you to purchase and use.

Screening products has been our first step on our journey to improve the life of people with a skin condition and healthier skin. Our following step has been looking at the good stuff - and those are the active ingredients.

For your convenience, you now will be able to see which ingredients in a product are the active ingredients for the different skin conditions and read more about their level of evidence and effect. Our ‘Ingredient Evidence’ will be updated as more research is made available.

We hope you will find this information useful, and that it will help you choose better products in the future.

We encourage our community to review and comment on our products, to collectively help others gain a better understanding if the product can suit their skin condition and we hope so do you.

Thank you for being a part of our journey of providing solutions for healthier skin.

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