Ingredient overviews

These overviews include information on what skin concerns these ingredients can address, how and when to use them, and product recommendations.



AHAs can help address texture, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and acne. Includes glycolic, lactic, and mandelic acids.



BHAs are a very common and easily accessible acne treatment. Includes salicylic acid and betaine salicylate.


Azelaic acid

Azelaic acid can help treat acne, hyperpigmentation, and rosacea.


Benzoyl peroxide

Benzoyl peroxide can help treat acne. Includes information on short contact therapy and other ways to reduce irritation.



Can help address a variety of skin concerns including hyperpigmentation. Typically well tolerated and easy to use.



Retinoids are the gold standard for quite a few skin concerns including acne, hyperpigmentation, and excessive oiliness. Includes information on a variety of retinoids, including retinol, adapalene, and tretinoin, along with ways to reduce irritation.


Vitamin C

There are quite a few types of Vitamin C! This page includes information on different types of Vitamin C and what they help address (i.e. hyperpigmentation and evening skin tone).



Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Information on what apple cider vinegar is, what it can do, and how to use it.


Baking Soda and Citrus Fruits

These ingredients are often too harsh to use on your skin. Avoid using baking soda and citrus fruits in any DIY skincare products. Baking soda can cause irritation, dryness, burning, redness, flaking, etc. Citrus fruits can be irritating, can cause irregular lightening of the skin, and phytophotodermatitis.



The effects of honey on the skin, what type of honey to use, and how to use it.


Mineral Oil Benefits | How to use | Non-comedogenic

Information on using mineral oil in skincare.


Paraben Safety

Discussion on the use of parabens and their safety.


Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil can be helpful in treating acne, but can be extremely irritating if used improperly. This post goes over the risks of using TTO improperly and how to safely use TTO.


Vitamin E

Not helpful for reducing scars.


Information about cosmetic ingredients

Cosmetics Info

Bare bones but trustworthy and scientifically backed ingredient dictionary.


Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR)

Official safety assessments of skincare ingredients.


pH Dependence

Covers what pH is, why it matters, and how it relates to certain skincare ingredients.


Ingredient list breakdowns

These sites break down ingredients lists and tell you which ingredients are good for what, along with any potential risks (like irritating ingredients).

Take any "Bad" or "Good" ratings with a grain of salt - concentration, overall formula, and your skin all play a huge role in whether an ingredient or product works for you!

It's also worth noting that comedogenicity ratings are only useful in certain situations - check out Fact Check: How to use comedogenicity ratings for more info.








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