COSRX Review: Korean Skincare For Acne Prone Skin
This is probably the most highly anticipated and requested review from you guys. You have been asking me to review COSRX products for ages. I probably get that kind of requests every single day, but I wasn't ignoring you I just wanted to make sure that whatever I tell in this article are pretty much my final opinion on it.
I'm not going to just be like "Oh, yeah I've been testing this product out for like a couple of days and here's my review". I Used COSRX products on a regular basis for about good two to three months. Some specific products I used them for more than three months by night.
COSRX is definitely one of the most hyped up skincare brands at the moment. And it's very much loved in this Korean beauty space. I have definitely seen a lot of people who claim that COSRX skincare products have helped them fade and clear up their acne or prevent their breakouts while applause.
My name is Dr. Yoo and everyone calls me Dr. Yoo. I think by now people should know what AHA and BHA are because it's the very important ingredients in terms of exfoliating. There's a lot of skincare products which has AHA and BHA and if you don't know what these are and you're just buying it because it sounds cool you are wrong.
Bring out your notepad and write down whatever I say because I'm about to say there are very important things. AHA and BHA are both known for a wonderful chemical exfoliant. AHA and BHA often combined together. But it is targeting totally different skin concerns and skin needs.
AHA also known as Alpha Hydroxy Acid - a form of glycolic acid and lactic acid you gotta know can only work on the outer surface of the skin which means it won't help you with the clogged pores, Whiteheads Blackheads or cystic acne or Bacteria infected acne step goes underneath the skin. But what it does is it resurfaced the skin by removing all the dead skin cells away and reveal a very glowing radiant even-toned complexion. That's why a lot of people love AHA.
I personally love AHA for targeting sun damage spots acne scarring, or pigmentation or whatever you need to remove or fade in terms of the skin surface. AHA is also known as a natural moisturizing agent which means normal to dry skin types can even use it and feel like they improved with the moisture content in the skin. It also Helps the production of Collagen which is amazing for preventing anti-aging now you know what AHA is moving on to BHA.
BHA is often known as Salicylic acid you guys might have heard of it salicylic acid is one of the most commonly used Ingredient to target acne prone skin. While AHA only works on the outer surface of the skin BHA can actually penetrate inside the pores and actually fight against the Bacterias. And it's very anti-inflammatory and it diminishes or it clears up the pore from the very very root.
So if you have very congested like clogged pores Blackheads and Whiteheads, and if you have really like red cystic acne salicylic acid is something that you might want to try out. But do notice that salicylic acid doesn't work for a lot of people. At the same time for me, I have tried numerous brands that contain Salicylic Acid BHA and it doesn't somehow work for me.
If you do have sensitive skin I highly recommend you guys to start with a very smallest or the lowest percentage of BHA, and then if it works for you, you can build up the percentage. But the ideal BHA content is known to be as 1 to 2 percentage with pH, level of three to four percent follow up with a sunscreen to protect your skin if you are going to use AHA/BHA on the daytime or in the morning Dr. Yoo has done her job.
COSRX One Step Original Clear Pads
Let's start off the review by talking about the most best-selling product of COSRX: One Step Original Clear Pads aka the Pimple pads. Everyone should know about this product. And I see a lot of people have actually cleared up their acne by using this. I was actually expecting the same result, but as I said BHA doesn't work for me and this contains BHA as well as tea tree leaf oil, and tea tree also doesn't really work for my skin.
So I mean it doesn't irritate or sensitize it at all. I didn't see results for Preventing breakouts. Or clearing up my blemishes or calming down my pimples.
The Cotton Pad is double sided so on one side it's more textures and more cushiony, so you can exfoliate your skin with it. And if you flip the cotton pad, it's softer and flat so it can be more moisturized. And it does contain hyaluronic acid in it which is supposed to be hydrating and moisturizing your skin.
I've been pretty much replacing this with the toner I've been using and also if I feel lazy to wash my face in the morning I just swipe my entire face with it and you are just clean and ready to go. After the gym session like I would just wipe my sweat with it. It feels so refreshing and I probably went through four of this. But I didn't see results regarding the acne part. I just still love it.
COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
The next product we have is the COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner and this is supposed to reduce the appearance of whiteheads, blackheads, blemishes and cleansing your pores. Honestly, I didn't feel like it has done any of those. In fact, I didn't use that much because I wasn't really impressed by this product. What can you really expect from a toner? It's just a toner, it wasn't specifically moisturizing. It wasn't specifically doing any of those so I just basically used this more regularly than the toner itself.
Experts don't actually put water in it. They replace it with botanical extract, herbal extracts and in this case, they replace water with the white willow bark tree extract. It's supposed to be more hydrating and more soothing on your skin than a water.
COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
Finally, we have the COSRX AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid. This is something that I've been religiously using and I've been really loving it. As I said AHA really works well with my skin. It really softens my skin and ever since I've been using this, I feel like my skin has been a little more glowy and more radiant and my makeup applies of way smoother because you're basically chemically exfoliating your skin on a daily basis or every other day.
The product itself is amazing It has seven percentage of AHA and also it has 75% of apple fruit water which is supposed to be very moisturizing and full of vitamin and antioxidant. I think this is one of the most popular products as well as BHA Blackhead Power Liquid which is supposed to reduce the blackheads and clear up the congested disgusting pores.
I don't really have large pore issues. I do have some pores, and I obviously do have blackheads like everyone does, but it's not my main concern So I haven't been really sticking to it on a regular or daily basis. It contains 4% of BHA and also 50% of white willow bark water. This is probably one of my favorite COSRX items. It's the mela 14 white ampule basically a brightening serum to target your acne scarring and if you do have acne prone skin you are more likely to struggle with the acne scarring or discoloration that you are left with. It works wonderfully to fade those spots and diminish those spots and it really tones up your entire complexion which is beautiful. It does contain both AHA and BHA component and also it contains niacin amide which is supposed to be a great ingredient for brightening your complexion, and it's superduper hydrating as well. That's why I really really like it. It doesn't dry you out or anything. Believe me, try it and love it.
COSRX Centella Blemish Ampule
COSRX Centella Blemish Ampule is actually a very soothing or calming hydrating serum. I wouldn't say it targets and really treats your acne, but whenever I have irritation or redness or if I feel like my skin is reacting to a specific skincare product this actually just an SOS product for me. Whenever I have irritation this is something that I go for.
COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Spa Overnight Mask
I feel like I've been waiting for this moment to talk about this product throughout this entire review. It hands down my favorite cosmetics product that everyone needs to try the COSRX Ultimate Nourishing Rice Spa Overnight Mask and you just wake up with this most glowy is just really nourish and radiant really smooth and rejuvenated skin and your makeup applies to so much smoother. It has 65% of Rice extract and it has niacinamide. You guys have to try it out.
COSRX Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask
I give all the love to the rice nourishing, mask every night. So this product doesn't really get a lot of attention from me, but it is a decent product. I think a lot of people love this product as well. It's the COSRX Ultimate Moisturizing Honey Overnight Mask - another sleeping maks, but this time it's with honey. And it's a little bit more clear in terms that the texture. It's a little bit lighter and more gel type so if you live in a hot and humid country if you just need that hydration boost but nothing too heavy if you have oily skin. This is probably better for you, if you don't really want that heavy rejuvenation or nourishment but overall I highly recommend the rice one because I'm Asian (I love rice).
This is something that I always talk on it's the Acne Pimple Master patch I know there are a lot of other patches out there and I don't really necessarily feel like it's any different from any other pimple patches out there basically a Clear or like a sheer sticker that On top of the pimple especially those kind of cystic like red Acnes those zits right those it's are really evil like it's so hard to calm them down but this actually worked to flatten it a little bit and it kind of like sucks up all the Nasty whatever there is underneath the Bacteria's blah blah blah in fact I have one Attached here underneath my makeup because I don't want to Like infect my acnes and make it worse by applying more makeup on top and also by adding these kind of pimple patches on top Of the zits it definitely helps you not touch and not bother and not bug it or not pop it So definitely helps calming down those big zits I highly recommend you guys that was an extensive amount of products to go through and break it down for you guys But I hope you guys found this review helpful and informative.
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