The acne solution — or just another imposter?

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What it is: Marcelle’s AC-Solution Blemish ControlThe gist of it: Basically, this is a salicylic-based liquid spot treatment with a brush applicator. Like any other spot treatment, it’s made to be put only on breakout-prone areas… and no, we don’t mean your whole face! According to Marcelle this should not only “help regulate sebum production,” it should also reduce inflammation and clogged pores, soothe redness, and “make blemishes disappear.” It’s a tall order to fill if you ask me!

The packaging: What I really disliked about this was that the brush applicator didn’t feel sanitary — it’s touching your acne, then going back in? Somehow it just doesn’t make sense, if you ask me. After a while, due to the nature of the packaging, liquid would “squish” out, welling up around the edge and drying into the sticky mess above and below. In other words. Major points lost for the packaging.

The effectiveness: Personally, I don’t feel like this is an effective treatment for my acne — but before you freak out, remember that different ingredients help target different things! Salicylic is more gentle than something like benzoyl peroxide, but it’s also less effective if you have closed comodones, etc. I find that sulphur-based treatments work best for my skin… acne treatments are just so finicky, it’s hard to write one off for others’ skin!

The ingredients:

ALCOHOL DENAT., AQUA/WATER/EAU, GLYCOLIC ACID, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, ARGININE, SALICYLIC ACID, HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL) WATER, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA) FLOWER EXTRACT, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE , BISABOLOL, ALLANTOIN

The verdict? I would pass on this one. Though the packaging was cute, it’s also the product’s major downfall — with the mess that it makes, I really don’t think this blemish treatment’s worth the hassle, even if you’re a salicylic lover. That doesn’t mean the whole line’s a writeoff, though! I’m a fan of the AC-Solution cleanser, as well as the toner (which I haven’t yet found the time to review.)
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