Elle MacLeman, Author at The Dermatology Review

Elle MacLeman

Biochemist and Product Specialist

Elle MacLeman is the head Technical Writer at The Derm Review, working as the in-house ingredient researcher and product specialist.

Elle is a biochemist and studied a Bachelor of Art/Science majoring in Biochemistry and Microbiology at Monash University. She has just completed her Masters degree.

Elle has worked in the skincare industry for over 12 years, working with brands such as Dior, Chanel, Lancome as well as a number of global natural and clean beauty brands. Elle has extensive experience working directly with clients on skincare consultations and researching the safety and efficacy of skincare ingredients and products.

Elle’s background in biochemistry and lengthy experience working in the skincare and beauty industries, present a great opportunity for her to dispel misinformation and empower knowledge. This is one of Elle’s passions, to help the skincare and beauty industry to be more transparent and address myths in the industry.

Elle has worked both individually with clients on their skincare needs, and organisationally through undertaking ingredient, product, and market research to present the deep science for readers.

Articles

Why Do You Need To…

C13-14 Isoparaffin

Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer

Why Is Polyacrylamide In So…

Why Is Caprylyl Glycol in…

Isohexadecane

Cyclohexasiloxane

Three Reasons Why Stearyl Alcohol…

Why Is Hydrogenated Polyisobutene in…

Isododecane

4 Reasons EDTA Is in…

Potassium Sorbate

4 Reasons EDTA Is in…

How Does Syn-ake Work?

Four Benefits of Kaolin Clay

Xanthan Gum

Is Sodium RNA the Next…

Why Acetyl Hexapeptide 8 is…

Can Magnesium Help Your Breakouts?

Five Reasons Squalane is Your…

Why Is Glycine the Anti-Aging…

Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5: What Can It…

What Is Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7?

Why Is Magnesium Gluconate In…

Why Are Palmitoyl Oligopeptides Used…

Geraniol

BHT: The Antioxidant You Need…

Betaine

Lemon Juice: The Benefits of…

Why Adenosine Is the Next…

Bisabolol

Why Is Maltodextrin Used In…

What Is Rice Water And…

Sodium Sulfite

Why Is Polyethylene Used In…

Hydroxyethylcellulose

Myristyl Myristate

Trehalose

Glyceryl Stearate

Why Is Linalool Used In…

Four Reasons Benzyl Alcohol Is…

Ethylhexyl Palmitate

Aminomethyl Propanol

Why Is Propanediol In My…

Four Reasons You Should Know…

Why Is Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate Used…

Why Is Everyone Talking About…

Why Are Preservatives, Like Chlorphenesin…

Why Is Citronellol In So…

Why Is Magnesium Aluminum Used…

Skin Barrier And Phytosphingosine: What…

What The Deal With Phenyl…

Why Is Petrolatum Used in…

Why Preservatives Aren’t So Bad:…

C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sounds Scary…

Polymethylsilsesquioxane: The Little Known Silicone

Why Should You Know About…

Why Is Cetyl Ethylhexanoate Used?

Why Is Carbomer In So…

Anti-aging: Why You Should Look…

Why Is Lecithin In My…

Why Are Laureth Ingredients Used?

Why Is Steareth-20 Used?

What are Laureth Ingredients?

Why Is Potassium Cetyl Phosphate…

Polysilicone-11: What You Need To…

Why Is Salt In My…

Should I Use Isodecyl Neopentanoate?

Is Isononyl Isononanoate Safe?

Why Is Ethoxydiglycol In My…

Why Is Laureth-4 Used in…

PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate: Is It…

Is Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer…

Why Is PEG-10 Dimethicone Used?

Why Are Iron Oxides Used?

Dimethicone Crosspolymer: How Is It…

Why Is Silica In My…

Amino Acids In Skincare: Arginine

Is Ceteareth-20 Safe?

What Is Butylphenyl Methylpropional?

Why Is Menthol In My…

Tromethamine: Why Is It In…

Why Is Citral a Natural…

How Does Zinc Oxide Benefit…

Hypoallergenic

Palm Oil: Should You Be…

Is Charcoal Actually Good For…

Yoghurt: Can You Use It…

Should You Be Using Bee…

Cocoa Butter: Should You Be…

What Is Behentrimonium Methosulfate?

Dry Skin: Should You Try…

P-phenylenediamine

Resorcinol

What Is Centella asiatica Extract?

Cocoglucoside

Should You Be Using Lauryl…

Should You Be Avoiding Disodium…

Why Is Octyldodecanol Used?

What You Need to Know…

What Is Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride?

What Is Polyquaternium 10?

What Is Benzyl Salicylate?

Is Ascorbyl Glucoside Really As…

Is Methylpropanediol Safe?

Olaplex: How Does It Work?

Sunless Tanner: What You Need…

Blue Tansy: The Blue Essential…

Thermal Water For The Skin:…

Diazolidinyl Urea: Is It Safe?…

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate: The Cleaner…

Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone - What…

What Is Dimethylamine?

The Little Known Skin Benefits…

Decyl Glucoside: The Little Known…

What Is Cetrimonium Chloride? What…

Bakuchiol: The Retinol Alternative You…

Apple Cider Vinegar: What You…

Sodium Dehydroacetate: Why Is It…

Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate: The New Stable…

Caramel Skincare: Everything You Need…

Vitamin C: Ascorbyl Palmitate Is…

Tocopheryl Acetate: What Does Vitamin…

Urea: How Can Urea Help…

Does Caffeine In Skincare Actually…

Vitamin C: The Complete Guide…

Sugar In Skincare: Why You…

Behenyl Alcohol: Fatty Alcohols In…

Retinaldehyde

Fungal Acne: How Do You…

Ferulic Acid In Skincare: Everything…

Silicones: Why Are Silicones Used…

Activated Charcoal: What Is It?…

Does Toothpaste Get Rid Of…

What Is Slugging? And How…

Cholesterol: How Does It Benefit…

Lecithin: How is it Used?

Butylparaben: Should You Be Using…

Zinc Gluconate: Does It Help…

Isobutylparaben: Is It Safe?

Ethylparaben: Why Parabens Are Actually…

Hexylene Glycol: Why Is Hexylene…

PEG-40 hydrogenated Castor Oil: Does…

Sodium Polyacrylate: What Benefits Does…

Sodium Citrate: Sodium Citrate For…

Polysorbate 80: Why Is Polysorbate…

Sodium Lactate: The Little Known…

Ceteareth-12

Methylsilanol Mannuronate: How Does This…

Proline: Amino Acids And Anti-Aging.

Decyl Oleate: Can Those Who…

Moringa Oil: Five Reasons Why…

Octisalate: Everything You Need To…

Rose Water For The Skin…

Sodium Hydroxide - What Is…

Liquid Paraffin: Is Liquid Paraffin…

Propylene Glycol: Should You Be…

Mineral Oil - What Is…

Dipropylene Glycol: Should You Be…

Polysorbate 60: Should You Be…

Potassium Hydroxide- Why Is Potassium…

PEG 100 Stearate: Why is…

Propylparaben: Is It Safe To…

Why Is Polysorbate 20 Used?

Dimethiconol- What Makes Dimethiconol Different…

Limonene - What Is The…

Isopropyl Myristate - How Do…

Is Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate Safe?

Ethylhexylglycerin - Four Good Reasons…

SD Alcohol - Should You…

Sodium Hyaluronate: Why Is Everyone…

Peptides In Skincare: What Should…

Retinyl Palmitate: Is It Worth…

Glycerin - What Is Glycerin?…

Cyclopentasiloxane - Why Does Cyclopentasiloxane…

Pumpkin Seed Extract (Cucurbita Pepo):…

Retinol: The Complete Guide How…

Avocado Oil: How Best To…

Octocrylene: Why Octocrylene Used In…

Melaleuca Oil: How To Use…

Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate: A Stable…

Calamine: Is Calamine Lotion Actually…

Sunflower Seed Oil (Helianthus Annus):…

Aloe barbadensis Leaf Extract: Does…

Is Azelaic Acid Actually Good…

Sodium Palmitate: Everything You Need…

Sodium Metabisulfite: Preservatives - Should…

Tocopherols: How Does Vitamin E…

Lemon Juice For Skin: Should…

Diethanolamine: Should You Avoid Diethanolamine?

Colloidal Oatmeal: What Exactly Is…

Avobenzone: What Do You Need…

Cyclomethicones - How Volatile Silicones…

Sea Buckthorn: Six Benefits of…

Butylene Glycol - Why Is…

Sodium PCA: Does It Rival…

Phenoxyethanol: Is Phenoxyethanol Safe?

Triethanolamine - The Importance Of…

Niacinamide: Six Reasons You Should…

L-ascorbic Acid: The Only Vitamin…

Methylparaben: Is Methylparaben Actually Safe?

Silk Amino Acids - Are…

Ethyl Alcohol - Why Is…

Amodimethicone - Curly Hair: Should…

Butylated Hydroxyanisole: Why Is Butylated…

Benzalkonium Chloride: Should You Be…

Cetearyl Alcohol - How Fatty…

Is Rosehip Oil Actually Good…

Coffee Scrubs: Are Coffee Scrubs…

Neem Oil: Is Neem Oil…

Vitamin B5 (Panthenol): What You…

Tamanu Oil: Is Tamanu Oil…

Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera biennis):…

Octinoxate - How Safe Is…

Cetyl Alcohol - The Truth…

Stearic Acid - Why This…

Allantoin - Little Known Moisturizing…

Dimethicone - 8 Truths About…

Clay For Your Skin: What…

Vaseline: Is It The Best…

Ceramides: Everything You Need To…

Marula Oil: For Your Hair…

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: Is It…

Witch Hazel: How Does Witch…

Coconut Oil: Is Coconut Oil…

Salicylic Acid: The Multi-functional Acid…

Hydroxy Acids: AHAs And BHAs:…

Tumeric: Is It Right For…

Pentylene Glycol: Are Glycols Bad…

Behentrimonium Chloride

Willow Bark: Can Willow Bark…

Palmitic Acid - Is Palmitic…

Microcrystalline Wax - Why Is…

Silymarin - Milk Thistle’s Hidden…

Isopropyl Alcohol - Is Isopropyl…

Sorbitol - Why Is Sorbitol…

Mica - Is Mica Really…

Homosalate: Should You Avoid It?