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  • Glycolic/salicylic cleanser

    Posted by Shams on March 25, 2024 at 3:57 pm

    Hi everyone

    I am requested to create a facial cleanser (not a cream cleanser) with 17% glycolic and 3% salicylic . I tried several trials using several surfactants and gums, but can’t seem to reach a stable thickened formula. I am struggling to thicken it. I was trying in the pH range of 4 - 4.5. I would appreciate if someone suggests a blend of surfactants that works with such high load of acids and how to thicken them. N.B. I work for a contract manufacturer, so that’s a client request. While I know that this is such high acid content, I still have to do it

    I have access to the below surfactants:


    Ammonium lauryl sulphate

    Coco glucoside

    decyl glucoside


    sodium lauroamphoactetate

    sodium lauryl sarcosinate

    sodium cocoyl glutamate

    sodium stearoyl glutamate

    I also have access to : xanthan gum, guar gum, carrageenan, ultrez 20, sepimax zen, lecigel


    Shams replied 2 weeks, 4 days ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • fekher

    March 25, 2024 at 4:16 pm

    Supposed that a lot of listed thickeners works in this pH range.

    • Shams

      March 25, 2024 at 4:35 pm

      they suspend, but separate within couple of days

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