What Are You Wearing| Vocab You Should Remember

I am fairly certain that last video was a mouthful, but if you missed what the Comedogenic Ratings/Scale then please check it out because I will be making a lot of references to it. Also I will leave the link to this blog in every video and stuff because it is a list that will constantly be updated the more research I do. Here are the words to start with:

Active ingredient: any component that provides pharmacological activity or other direct effect in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, or to affect the structure or any function of the body of man or animals

Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs): A group of compounds denoted with a carboxylic acid substituted with a hydroxyl (OH) group [Orgo stuff]- Glycolic Acid (sugar cane), Lactic Acid (Milk), Citric Acid (Oranges/Lemons), Malic Acid ( Apples and Pears), Tartaric Acid (Grapes)

Cystic Acne: Cause by deep blockages of dead skin cells and sebum

Emollients: hold moisture in the skin and make the skin soft and supple

Esters: a substance formed by the reaction between an acid and an alcohol through water elimination

Fatty Acid:a carboxylic acid consisting of a hydrocarbon chain and a terminal carboxyl group, especially any of those occurring as esters in fats and oils

Humectants: absorbs water from the air and help skin retain moisture

Hygroscopic: Attracts and holds water molecules from air

Inactive Ingredients: Components of a drug product that do not increase or affect the therapeutic action of the active ingredient, which is usually the active drug. Inactive ingredients are added during the manufacturing process of pharmaceutical products.

Oxidants: unstable molecules caused by pollution, smoke, ultraviolet light, toxins, and environmental factors. They are said to attack and damage skin leading to premature aging

Parabens: any of a group of compounds used as preservatives in pharmaceutical and cosmetic products and in the food industry

Peptides: 2 or more amino acids bonded together forming a linear molecule that can transfer biologically active agents to cells thus renewing them (Algae and Copper are important to remember)

Pigments: is a material that changes the color of reflected or transmitted light as the result of wavelength-selective absorption. This physical process differs from fluorescence, phosphorescence, and other forms of luminescence, in which a material emits light



(That I will post at the end of every blog and in the description box of every video)

  1. This is just information that I have found myself while researching and therefore it is not my own information. I will leave links to all the original files and even other bloggers who dove into this before me. I am not an expert but I want to share what I have found.
  2. At no point during this series should you take the information given as the GOLDEN STANDARD. Listen to your own body and do what is working best for you. So if you find out a product has a chemical that does not work for me and your skin is fine…KEEP IT
  3. Always feel free to do your own research and come to your own conclusions
  4. A dermatologist is a great source of information


Brown, Bobbi. “Skincare Glossary.” Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro. New York: Springboard, 2008. 43-45. Print.

Paula’s Choice Skincare

FDA.org – Active Ingredient

Drugs.com – Active Ingredient

Pigment – Wikipedia 



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