Hey everyone! I’m finally back! Sorry for the long hiatus, i was extremely busy and stressed 😦
Anyways, back to the review! So i received this Cosrx Natural BHA Skin Returning A-sol from Kosmeshop. Please check them out! They have great prices and a big selection of items!
Ingredients (from box): Propolis Extract, Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Lactic Acid, water, Glycolic Acid, Betaine Salicylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Allatoin, Cassia Obtusifolia Seed Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethyl Hexanediol, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil.
Active ingredients: Betain Salicylate 1%
How to use: (from box)
You can use this as a toner or as a spot treatment.
Packaging: The packing is a opaque white bottle with a black plastic pump and a clear cap. You have to tilt the bottle to spray the liquid out onto your hands as otherwise it’ll just drip down the side as you can see the pump’s mouth is very short and small.
Texture/Smell: The texture is quite runny, pretty much like water. It is a bit sticky even after you pat it onto your face. It has a smell to it, which i think is mainly the tea tree oil. It’s not too strong though and disappears fairly quickly.
As many of you might know, this Cosrx BHA A-sol is quite popular especially on the Asian Beauty SubReddit (I’m Skincare Safari on there!). Unfortunately, as much as i wanted to like this and thought it would work, i don’t think it really worked for me, and in fact i think it made me break out 😦
I used this product for two and a half weeks twice a day in place of my toner. At first i was getting a few white heads, and i thought maybe i was just purging. What wishful thinking. I searched in many places and people think that since BHA only at 1% concentration it would not be strong enough to exfoliate and cause purging. And they are probably right. And it’s not at the right pH either. As i kept using for the 2 and a half weeks, my skin just didn’t get any better and got progressively worse instead. Maybe it was my stress levels rocketing, but i’m pretty sure that the BHA A-sol broke me out 😦 My face felt a lot more lumpier than usual. My skin got better after i quite using it and switched moisturisers 🙂
When i tried to use this A-sol for spot treatment it didn’t do much for me either
I must say i was pretty disappointed in the product as it worked miracles for so many others. I’ve seen a few other reviews where the product didn’t work so it’s not just me. Supposedly propolis might be the reason i broke out, but i’ll have to check this with other products containing propolis.
But since the A-sol did work for many others, you should try it out to decide for yourself. You can get it here from Kosmeshop for $14.37. But if your skin isn’t getting better then stop using it!
Also a note, i found the sample packets of these Cosrx products very annoying… I had a sample sized version of this A-sol before from Roseroseshop and I was very excited to try it. But the rip made it hard for the product to come out and I didn’t manage to use any of the product as it spilled all over the packaging in small holes between the plastic covering inside
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