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  • Acne Pads Formulation

    Posted by veonia on June 2, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Hello Formulation Experts!  

    I am trying to copy the formulation for the Walgreens Acne Pads for another product that I offer.  I had it formulated some time ago back in 2017 and then the company merged with another and the original formulator left.  I love the product however, but would like to  tweak it a little.  I have listed the ingredients below, would anyone here happen to know where I can find the amount included for each ingredient?  Thank you in advance!

    Salicylic Acid - 2%
    Caprylyl Glucoside
    Citric Acid
    Sodium Benzoate
    Sodium Hydroxide
    Witch Hazel

    veonia replied 4 years, 1 month ago 3 Members · 5 Replies
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  • belassi

    June 3, 2020 at 12:22 am

    The following is only an educated guess and I hope that others will offer corrections.
    Salicylic Acid - 2%
    Caprylyl Glucoside — a surfactant. Since it is second, I guess it is in the range of 1.5% max, to 0.5% min.
    Citric Acid Q/S for required pH 
    Glycerin Perhaps 1%
    Phenoxyethanol 0.5%
    Sodium Benzoate 0.3%
    Sodium Hydroxide Q/S for required pH
    Water ? Why isn’t this the first ingredient? Now I question if the list is even in correct % use order.
    Witch Hazel ?

    PS. I just wasted my time looking at a close analogue of the above on Walgrens site. It is obvious that their damn ingredient list is not compliant with the rules.

  • EVchem

    June 3, 2020 at 12:36 pm

    OTCs can  be placed in alphabetical order rather than descending for US, but since this is a combination drug-cosmetic  I believe it should have been descending order.


  • veonia

    June 3, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    Thank you both for your input!

  • belassi

    June 3, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    The surfactant is probably being used to get the SA into solution. You would want to find out the minimum percentage of that, to achieve solution.

  • veonia

    June 3, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    Also, I would like to have this formulation copied with 1 slight modification and then ordered in bulk form so that I may package for my clients.  Any recommendations in how to go about or whom. Thank you!

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