Another item from my Gmarket Global Haul #1:
Etude House AC Clinic Skin Care Kit
I’ve been plagued by acne since my teenage days (I’m 23 already ><“) and have been searching for over-the-counter solutions to achieve clear skin.
I was more than delighted that Etude House of G-Market Global gave me this kit as a free gift for my purchase and I couldn’t wait to try it out :D
The kit consists of Foam Cleanser 20ml (I’ve no picture of this as I threw the empty tube container away after I finished it .__.), Toner 15ml (all used up!) and Gel Lotion 15ml (all used up!).
Information & Instructions of Use
According to the picture, after cleansing the face with the Foam Cleanser, follow with Toner and finally, the Gel Lotion.
Click here to see the full ingredients list
The active ingredients for Foam Cleanser, according to Etude House USA Website, are Triclosan and Sandalwood Oil.
Triclosan? Hmm.. According to the information Cosmeticsinfo.org, Triclosan is “effective in reducing and controlling bacterial contamination on the hands and in treated products”. So I guess Triclosan is used to combat the P. Bacteria which causes acne? Or is it just bacterial in general? HMMM.
As for sandalwood oil, I heard of remedies using this essential oil to combat acne due to it’s antiseptic properties..
Do note that both the toner and gel lotion consist of ALCOHOL.
The active ingredients for Toner and Gel Lotion are Salicylic Acid & Hinoki Cypress Extract.
I’m sure alot of people are aware of the popular use of Salicylic Acid in acne care products. It acts like an exfoliant, working on the epidermis level to slough away the dead skin cells, thereby, opening up the clogged pores. It will get rid of the cellular debris, bacteria, sebum etc within the follicles and constrict the pore size for new cell growth, reverting to the normal skin-cell replacement cycle. In this way, it will help to prevent further breakouts. Go google and read up more if you are interested ;D
But Hinoki Cypress Extract? I’m new to this and went to ask Google-kun. Nothing conclusive though I found something about this Hinoki Cypress is widely used in making of kitchen utensils due to its “pleasing, refreshing aroma” and “has been recognized as possessing excellent natural antibiotic properties.” (source: http://www.toirokitchen.com/toiro/Homemade_tofu_kit.html)
Comments & Verdict
I’ve used the three components everyday, in the morning and night, for about a week before the toner was used up. During this period of time, my skin felt TIGHT after washing with the cleaner but the toner and gel lotion helped to make my skin more comfortable.
However, new pimples continued to pop out (it was not the time of the month). So I would say it’s not effective for acne prevention. BUT it did helped ABIT with the exisiting pimples by soothing them.
After the toner was fnish, I carried on with the cleaner and gel lotion for about two weeks before the cleanser and gel lotion were used up. Nothing impressive but I quite like how the light weight was the gel lotion. My skin absorbs the lotion almost instantly. Too bad it has no oil control.
Cleanser: 5/10. Nothing impressive and it made my skin felt tight after wash. Not effective for acne prevention.
Toner: 6/10. Nothing impressive again but at least it helped to soothe my skin after the cleanser. And it’s contains ALCOHOL (minussssss)
Gel Lotion: 7/10.Lightweight and easily absorbed. Too bad no oil control properties and it contained ALCOHOL!!
Thus, I don’t think I will purchase the AC Clinic Series again though I think their Red Spot Balm for lightening scars might worth a try =p