thioglycolic acid

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thioglycolic acid

[¦thī·ō·glī′käl·ik ′as·əd]
(organic chemistry)
HSCH2COOH A liquid with a strong unpleasant odor; used as a reagent for metals such as iron, molybdenum, silver, and tin, and in bacteriology. Also known as mercaptoacetic acid.
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Other ingredients include Aqua, Calcium Thioglycolate, Dimethicone, Paraffinum liquidum, Cetyl palmitate, Sodium polyacrylate, Hydroxyethyl cellulose and Ethylhexyl Stearate.
Chemical agents containing calcium thioglycolate should be used with caution, as keratin is also present in the epidermis and use of these agents may cause irritation to the skin.
When formulating depilatories, calcium thioglycolate may be formed in situ by reacting thioglycolic acid with an excess of calcium hydroxide (as shown in the formula below).