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Have you ever accidentally bought the wrong product, but then the product came all the way from Korea and returning it would be way too much hassle so you tried it out anyway, and the product ended up taking you on a journey of discovery? COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol is that product that took me on my journey of discovery. Purpose: COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol is a hydrating and very mildly exfoliating toner designed to prevent breakouts and heal existing acne. It can also be used as a spot treatment. Do not use if: You are sensitive to alcohol, chemical exfoliation, bee products, or anything else in the ingredients list.
When and how to use: Apply all over face or on trouble spots either immediately after cleansing or following your pH-sensitive actives. This can be helpful if you are new to using chemical exfoliants. As regular readers of this blog might know, I have a serious skincare boner for the resinous substance that bees use to seal up their hives and honeycombs. While research on propolis as a cosmetic ingredient isn’t quite where I’d like it to be, propolis is known to have antimicrobial properties that make it especially good for acne-prone skin. For those of us who do not have a problem with the ingredient in an otherwise well formulated product, however, here the alcohol is beneficial.
It aids ingredient penetration and speeds up product drying so that you can move on to your next skincare step a little faster. The potentially drying effects of the alcohol are balanced by humectants like sodium hyaluronate and glycolic acid and the anti-irritant allantoin. COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol also contains a tiny bit of betaine salicylate, a BHA which here may contribute anti-inflammatory effects. CosDNA analysis of the A-Sol pops up only one caution, with butylene glycol scoring a 1 as a potential acne trigger. As I’ve said before, butylene glycol is just about everywhere in Asian skin care products, so if you haven’t had a problem with it before, you’re unlikely to have a problem with it here.
COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol quickly proved itself useful. COSRX Natural BHA Skin Returning What Is It With Korean Skincare Brands and Super Long Product Names A-Sol is a very thin, watery, clear-to-ever-so-slightly-yellowish liquid in a 100ml pump bottle. The alcohol in the product allows it to dry very quickly as you spread and pat it over your face. One to one and a half pumps is all you should need, and it will sink in quickly. You’ll be thankful for this, because like the AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid, the Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol is a little stinky. I and many others find it to smell strongly of tea tree oil with an underlying funk.
It is definitely a testament to the effectiveness of the Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol that people like me continue to enthusiastically recommend it despite the weird odor. In the six weeks that I’ve been using this product, I’ve noticed some really fantastic effects. It has done the same for Lord Fiddy, who recently had me dab a bit of it on to a deep and painful blind pimple he was developing. According to my other half, the pimple almost immediately became less tender.