***This review is not sponsored. Everything written is my own opinion, and if you are to use this product remember YMMV.
As a person who suffers from hormonal acne and barely has a clear day, I find it best to keep an effective spot treatment around. Normal drug store spot treatments never had much of an effect on my breakouts, so when I discovered Asian beauty products I was introduced to a whole new array of acne targeting products. I soon came across the Korean cult favorite brand Cosrx, who are especially known for their acne targeting products. One of the products I heard about the most and ended up purchasing was the Centella Blemish Cream. The cream claims to help heal blemishes and acne scarring quickly. I put these claims to the test by using it morning and night until the jar was empty.
Here are the magical ingredients:
Centella Asiatica- is a plant extract that has anti-inflammatory and anti-acne properties. It is great for calming and healing acne as well as preventing new acne.
Glycerin- is a moisturizer that has skin repairing ingredients.
Here are the cursed ingredients:
Butylene Glycol- is a potential acne trigger with a rating of 1.
Zinc Oxide- is a potential acne trigger with a rating of 1.
Dimethicone-is a potential acne trigger with a rating of 1.
Cetearyl Alcohol- is a potential acne trigger with a rating of 2 and a potential irritant of with a rating 2.
For the full list of ingredients and analysis, click this link.
How to use:
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What Cosrx says to do:
- Use AM and PM after wash, toner, and serum. Use only the small amount on affected area where skin is easily irritated, prone to acne, and oily.
- If troubled by continuous breakouts, use with Centella Blemish Ampoule to give better outcome
What I do:
- I use it in the morning and at night as a spot treatment. I double cleanse, tone, put on my actives, essence, emulsion or cream, then I put on the Centella Blemish Cream.
How it worked for me:
The Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream is one of the best acne spot treatments I have ever used. If I put it on a bad breakout at night, by morning it is calmer and the inflammation has decreased significantly. Nonetheless, it does take a few days for the breakout to actually go away, but the cream makes the process much easier. I do use actives (Cosrx’s BHA Blackhead Power Liquid and AHA Whitehead Power Liquid ) in combination with the cream, so I can’t say the cream is doing all the work when it comes to getting rid of my breakouts. But it definitely is the key factor in getting rid of my inflammation.
There are a few downsides to the cream. One being that it’s a bit hard to massage into your skin and to get it to fully absorb. If it does not fully absorb, it can leave a white cast. This is most likely due to the zinc oxide in the cream, which is a common ingredient in sunblock. So, if you think about how hard it can be to rub in sunblock sometimes, this is a similar situation. Also, the product is a bit pricey (about $20) for only a 30ml jar. If you are someone who suffers from constant breakouts, then you might run out of this cream fairly quickly. For reference, I used this cream everyday morning and night from the time it arrived and it lasted me about 3 months. All that being said, I do think this cream is a very effective acne treatment that is worth trying out.
-Helps reduce inflammation
-Helps heal bad breakouts
-Not over drying
-Helps to slowly fade acne scarring
-Hard to rub in
-Can leave a white cast
-Not as effective on acne scars as I had hoped
-Comes in jar packaging, which can be unsanitary (it does come with a spatula though)
-Small jar (only 30ml) for slightly high price (around $15-$20)
1-Bad, had a reaction, would not buy again
2-Did not work
3-Worked, but nothing special
4-Great product, but has the potential to be replaced
5-Holy Grail, it’s the cat’s meow!
I would definitely purchase the Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream again, but with so many other acne targeting products out there I can’t say that I won’t eventually replace it or try something else.
Where you can purchase it:
Memebox for $19.00
Jolse for $16.15
RoseRoseShop for $12.41
Amazon for $18.49
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