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What are the most common cleansing ingredients?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology

The most common cleansing ingredients are the following:
Soap Compounds: Better for oily skin and removing heavy makeup

  • Sodium tallowate
  • Sodium cocoate
  • Sodium palm kernelate
  • Sodium palmate or palmitate

Harsher synthetic surfactants: Better for oily skin and removing heavy makeup

  • Sodium lauryl
  • Sulfate sodium
  • Dodecylbenzene sulfonate

Mild synthetic surfactants: (Better for normal, dry, or sensitive skin)

  • Sodium laureth
  • Sulfate sodium
  • Cocyl isethionate
  • Cocomidopropyl betaine
  • Disodium cocamphodiacetate
  • Ammonium lauryl sulfate
  • Sodium lauroyl isenthionate or sarcosinate
  • Lauric acid diethenolamine (lauramide DEA)
  • Caprylic acid (derived from coconuts; often used in natural and
           organic products)
  • Sodium cocoyl glutamate (derived from coconuts; often used in
           natural and organic products)
  • Polysorbate 85 or polysorbate 60 (a gentle, moisturizing surfactant
           created from the plant-derived emollient sorbitol)
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