Constantly scouting treatments for my cystic acne, I’ve tried everything from zinc oxide and benzoyl peroxide creams to tea tree oil and hydrocolloid patches. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. Hydrocolloid patches are by far my best remedy in terms of efficacy and ease of use, but they have limitations – they can’t treat headless bumps, and they’re not efficient in covering clusters of cystic acne. That’s why I turned to the calamine-infused MIZON Acence Blemish Out Pink Spot.
This acne treatment is made up of two layers. The upper layer is a yellow liquid containing glycolic acid, salicylic acid, triclosan, dimethyl sulfone and Coptis japonica makino extract to fight acne. The lower layer is pink calamine powder which helps to soothe skin. Here’s a brief breakdown of its ingredients:
Glycolic acid and salicylic acid: Glycolic acid is an AHA, and salicylic acid is a BHA. The pH value of Acence Blemish Out Pink Spot is 5.5, which is too high for AHAs and BHAs to act as exfoliators, but they still offer non-exfoliating benefits such as sebum control and anti-inflammation.
Triclosan and dimethyl sulfone: Both are anti-bacterial ingredients. Sulfone also serves to draw out pus.
Coptis japonica makino: This is a flowering plant with bitter rhizomes that serve as an astringent.
Calamine: This chemical is a combination of white zinc oxide and 0.5% red ferric oxide, hence its pink hue. It is commonly used to soothe mild itchiness, insect bites and rashes. It gives the solution a faint but distinctive smell that I found tolerable.
This is how the product works: You dip a cotton swab into the unmixed layers, down to the bottom of the bottle, and pull it out. The swab should therefore be covered with a layer of calamine sandwiched between the yellow liquid. When you apply it onto the troubled spot, the yellow liquid will first draw out sebum and disinfect the area, followed by the pink layer that provides a soothing effect. The second yellow layer acts as a finishing touch to shield off bacteria.
Precautions: Don’t shake the bottle! If you accidentally mix the layers, it’ll take around 2 hours for the powder to settle at the bottom. Also, remember to dip your cotton swab slowly so it can soak up the contents properly without disturbing the layers. Always use a fresh swab each time – don’t double dip! Apply it only on troubled spots and let it dry before going to bed.
When I first tried it on opened blemishes, I almost wanted to cry. It was so painful! Thankfully, the pain went away within a minute. I applied it at night and my blemishes were significantly reduced the next morning. IT WORKED OVERNIGHT! I also tried it on headless bumps and to my delight, it worked! My rising bumps turned flat, avoiding painful flare-ups and scars.
I feel like the Acence Blemish Out Pink Spot allows troubled spots to breathe better compared to hydrocolloid patches, and it’s also more economical when you have to cover large areas of blemishes. While moisture must be removed from the skin surface before you apply a hydrocolloid patch, it’s okay to apply the Acence Blemish Out Pink Spot even after using a moisturizer. The solution doesn’t dry your skin out, and you can continue using your daily exfoliators.
My only complaints are that you need to use a lot of cotton swabs, and you can’t go out with pink dots all over your face so don’t forget to rinse them off the next morning!