Acids have always stood out of the usual skincare routine with their wonderful results. People in the abcommunity love their acids, because it’s an innovative skincare that really targets large skin concerns like whiteheads, blackheads, acne, pores and even pigmentation. We’ve all heard of acids from Cosrx, but this is the first time i heard of an acid in cream form – no less from popular makeup brand Nakeup Face.
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’d know i was super obsessed and greedy when i first joined the abcommunity. I was using inappropriate products that dried out my face, causing my moisture barrier to be damaged (i didn’t know back then), and then i still used the cosrx BHA blackhead power liquid and the AHA toner. Of course things didn’t go well and i never finished them up. So this was my real venture into acids after a long time and with more healthy skin, i was hoping to see REAL results and finally get clear skin.
Alpha hydroxy acids are a group of natural acids found in foods. Alpha hydroxy acids include citric acid (found in citrus fruits), glycolic acid (found in sugar cane), lactic acid(found in sour milk), malic acid (found in apples), tartaric acid (found in grapes), and others.
Various alpha hydroxy acids are applied to the skin (used topically) for moisturizing and removing dead skin cells, for treating acne and improving the appearance of acnescars, for improving the appearance of photo-aged skin, and firming and smoothing skin. (WebMD)
AHA is a chemical exfoliant that penetrates deep into the pores, targeting real skin concerns. This product claims to remove dead skin cells, brighten, and moisturize skin.
One of my biggest questions when i got this product was, when exactly do I use it? Like most chemical exfoliants in liquid form, i used them directly after a low ph cleanser and after a ph-adjusting toner; because chemical exfoliants with active ingredients work best under ph levels of 3-4.5. I was like, aren’t i supposed to use a cream during the last step? Well, it’s recommended to be used like a normal chemical exfoliant which is immediately after your low ph cleanser. Once your time is up with this, continue with your usual routine.
This product seems to be best recommended for those with combo-oily skin who are acne-prone, easily irritated skin, or have large pores or uneven skin. It also mentions there is a slight stinging effect during initial application.
According to this Stylekorean video, this product seems to be a hit among koreans – it was even featured on a TV beauty show similar to get it beauty. I have high expectations for this product as Edward raved so much about this and he has oily, acne-prone skin!
According to COSDNA, glycolic acid is the second ingredient and an alarming trigger with level 7 is licca citriodora leaf extract which is a fragrance. For those who are just starting out with acids, i’d recommend getting this in the 5% concentrate as it is better to start out slow with a low concentration acid to prevent irritation or allergic reactions.
It comes with a sturdy and classy looking jar container with a screw on matte black cap with the holographic logo. It comes in 50ml which is PLENTY because you barely need a spatula full for one face.
There’s also an extra separation lid between the product and the cap to ensure hygiene.
It starts off with a clean, perfect layer of thick white cream that smells like rubber. OCD me didn’t want to dig into the perfect looking surface.
There is also a small spatula provided!
It initially applies very thick and creamy as expected, but later takes some time to blend in into the skin. It goes on a little heavy but that is to be expected from chemical exfoliants.
when it comes to trying out acids, always start slow. Apply on one side of your face for the first one or two weeks for 2/3 times per week (with at least one night in between uses). Then when you’re comfortable and see no adverse effects, you can go in and increase to 3/4 time per week and apply onto your entire face.
I applied for about twice (with 3 days in between) during the first week. I felt the mentioned intial stinging sensation with application, which was kind of alarming of me but so far i don’t see any adverse effects. Also, using acids such as BHA/AHA can easily cause you to purge (active acne, inflammation during the first period of usage. Can last for about weeks to even months depending on skin type and sensitivity.
I use about this much for half of my face, which is more than enough as it takes some time to blend into the skin and absorb. After applying it, i leave it on my skin for about 15-30 minutes before i proceed with the rest of my routine. you do not need to wash this off.
For me, because I have an easily irritated skin and sensitive skin – I only applied this on the left side of my face as I’m not really sure about what it will do for me and I was hoping to see the effects of this cream more clearly. I have minimal acne but lots of redness, PIH and large pores sadly.
Left side is the side which I usually apply the cream on, but as you can see there isn’t much difference between the two sides after about 3 weeks use (on & off as I was trying to see if my skin was breaking out from it; so I’d say about in total about more or less 10 uses). However, I would most definitely like to point out that my nose has a decrease in sebaceous filaments which is pretty amazing. If you follow me on instagram stories, you know I have SO MUCH sfs on my nose which comes out so easy I don’t even need to squeeze. I use a blackhead pore strip about once every 2 weeks and the sfs on the strip is like a colony of ants around sugar. However after using this i’ve definitely noticed that my sfs has reduced so much that there was barely anything for me to extract on my pore strip last week.
In a nutshell,
- Large quantity, value for money
- can choose between 5% or 10%
- Scaling cream which can moisturize and exfoliate at once
- Does not irritate skin other than initial sting
- tremendously reduces sebaceous filaments on nose
- A little product goes a long way
- Can’t really see brightening, smoothing or fading effect yet
- Takes some time to blend product as thick consistency
- Smells a little rubbery
- Can feel heavy on face
I’d like to say although i couldn’t really see any results on acne and PIH, i would most definitely update my review here after using this for another 4-6 months. I think right now it is still too early to determine its effect with only less than 1 month use. However for the sake of my review deadline i do still need to sum up my thoughts.
I’d definitely recommend this product to anyone who is interested in trying out chemical exfoliation and has dry-combo skin, acne-prone, PIH, large pores or even sebaceous filaments. Oily skinned people can still try this but have to be careful as it might feel too heavy on their skin from the thick consistency. If you’re interested, you can purchase this product for USD16.5 on Jolse right now as it’s on sale!
*ps. This product was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review and i am in no way obliged to write a good review in return.