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What are active ingredients in skincare products?

Dr. Doris Day, MD
Dermatology
These are the substances that directly effect changes in your skin. A good skin care product should contain at least one active ingredient in an effective concentration. Most products contain only one or at most two active ingredients since the FDA frowns on products with multiple active ingredients. Active ingredients can work as antioxidants, moisturizers, exfoliants, and treatments for photoaging (sun-damaged skin), rosacea, acne, and other skin concerns.

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