Mizon AHA 8% Peeling Serum Review: The Devil Is a Lie

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                                       Peep this flawless photography.

I actually wasn’t a lazy fuck for once in my life and have written TWO posts in a row. TWO whole posts. I lowkey feel like blogging Jesus. Anyways, today I’m going to be reviewing Mizon’s AHA 8% Peeling Serum, which was purchased after I was fucking around on r/AsianBeauty again. When I started reconstructing my struggle skincare routine, I decided to look for an AHA that would make my skin glow for days instead of looking dull as fuck. I also wanted to fade the dark spots, aka the lovely reminders of my struggles with acne. Shoutout to acne! After seeing everyone and they mama rave about this serum, my product junkie mind concluded I had to have it, and off to Amazon my ass went.

The Claims

 

“A serum formulated with 8% AHA (glycolic acid), which is an ingredient that works to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and helps with hyperpigmentation. The bottle features a convenient dropper dispenser for controlled application. This formulation can help leave your complexion looking smoother, clearer and more even-toned. Ideal for all skin types.”

 

The Ingredients

 

  • Aqua
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Potassium Hydroxide
  • Butylene Glycol
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Sodium Lactate
  • Hydroxyethylcellulose
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
  • Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil
  • Panthenol
  • Allantoin
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract
  • Portulaca Oleracea Extract
  • Carica Papaya (papaya) Fruit Extract
  • Arnica Montana Flower Extract
  • Artemisia Absinthium Extract
  • Achillea Millefolium Extract
  • Gentiana Lutea Root Extract
  • Alcohol
  • Polyquaternium-10
  • Disodium Edta
  • Methylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Fragrance

Looking back at the ingredients list, I should’ve curved the shit out of this serum. Being the newbie skincare junkie I was, I thought that “natural” ingredients equaled happy skin. Castor Oil + extracts + fragrance ≠ happy skin. Despite the laundry list of shit that could’ve irritated my face, the aloe vera extract does have me lit as fuck.

 

Performance

 

Upon the first application, the first thing I noticed was how how nice the serum smelled. It smelled like a concoction of really wonderful smelling fruit and normally I could give two shits about smell. Another petty observation: the packaging was deadass perfection! The serum comes in a dropper bottle, and the dropper dispenses the perfect amount of serum. The consistency of the serum was amazing as well. Its consistency is essentially a liquid that’s slightly thicker than water. The serum also dried incredibly quickly on my skin and didn’t dry my skin out. I actually found the serum a bit moisturizing, which was surprising.

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                               What the serum looks like on my flawless hand.


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What the serum looks like as it dries on my flawless hand(ft. shitty lighting).


When I woke up the next morning, my skin was incredibly soft. No other product has given me that type of smoothness. After years of scrubbing the shit out of my face with St. Ives Apricot Scrub(dark times y’all, dark times) and every other scrub imaginable, this little serum gave me the smoothest skin of my life.

Then, the fuckery begins. After about a lovely week of using the serum once a day at night, I started to notice pimples. Instead of chucking the serum ASAP like I normally would after the CeraVe disaster, I attributed the pimples to purging and was determined to push through. I reasoned to myself that if I could push through this messy ass purging phase, I would emerge with flawfree skin, free of hyperpigmentation, closed comedones, and general fuckery. As usual, I was ridiculously, comically wrong. Towards the end of my third week of using the serum, I had pimples all over my damn face. When I started getting pimples on my chin, I knew the jig was up: this serum was causing me to break out like crazy.

My last little gripe with the serum was that while it smoothed my skin, it had NO effect on the stubborn closed comedones on my forehead. I legitimately noticed no reduction in my forehead’s texture, which was pretty frustrating considering my forehead has been a bumpy mess for years now.

 

Conclusion

 

Y’all, I was so damn bitter over this serum. I was salty as fuck too. I feel like y’all can taste the salt through your computer screens. Or phones. Or whatever you’re reading this Pulitzer Prize winning review on. This serum was such a disappointment because it seemed so promising, but ended up being a big disappointment for me. While the serum did exfoliate my skin and made it soft as shit, the breakouts that followed were not worth the hassle.

Rating: 2/5

Madblackthot’s Rating Scale

1 – What kind of fuckshit? Would give this product to my worst enemy.

2-  Mess. Trash ass product with one redeeming quality.

3 – Meh. Wouldn’t repurchase.

4 – It’s lit! Great product.

5 – My edges have been completely snatched to the gods. Holy grail of holy grails!

 

Some post review rambling: All of the reviews I’ve posted so far are negative as fuck lmao but the next review is Holy Grail material so that’s lit. I’m not going to promise that I’ll post every week because I ain’t shit but I’ve been crazy inspired to write stuff lately. Shoutout to anyone who read my lil rambling mess. Also if anyone cares my name is Audrey lmao.

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CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Review: Cystic Acne City!

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Serving y’all some quality photography of CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser.

Y’all after a busy ass three months, I’m back to attend to my abandoned struggle blog. I’m going to be reviewing CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser, which was a big fucking disappointment to be honest.

The Backstory: For months I have been valiantly searching for a new cleanser only to be met with fuckery and disappointment. For a while, I thought that natural cleansers were better than the “dangerous chemicals!!11!!” in other cleansers. I tried an activated charcoal soap which stripped the shit out of my skin and broke me out. I tried Glytone’s Oily Skin cleanser, which also broke me out. I tried African Black Soap which made my face feel like it was splitting open and also broke me out. You get the picture. After feverishly lurking on r/SkincareAddiction and r/AsianBeauty, CeraVe’s hydrating cleanser caught my eye. A pH balanced cleanser that was actually hydrating instead of stripping my skin? I placed CeraVe’s Hydrating Cleanser in my cart ASAP and eagerly waited for it to be delivered to my struggle abode.

 

The Claims

 

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser claims to help repair your skin’s natural protective barrier.  It also claims to contain ceramides and hyaluronic acid.

 

The Ingredients

 

  • Purified Water
  • Glycerin
  • Behentrimonium Methosulfate
  • Cetearyl Alcohol
  • Ceramide 3
  • Ceramide 6-11
  • Ceramide 1
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Cholesterol
  • Polyoxyl 40 Stearate
  • Glyceryl Monostearate
  • Stearyl Alcohol
  • Polysorbate 20
  • Potassium Phosphate
  • Dipotassium Phosphate
  • Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate
  • Cetyl Alcohol
  • Disodium EDTA, Phytosphingosine
  • Methylparaben
  • Propylparaben
  • Carbomer
  • Xanthan Gum

 

 

After taking a look at this ingredient list, I thought I had found the holy grail of cleansers. Ceramides and hyaluronic acids in a cleanser for only twelve dollars? My ass was lit as fuck for this cleanser to arrive.

 

Performance

 

Y’all, the first time I used this, I deadass thought I died and went to skincare heaven. The cleanser is somewhat of a jelly consistency and doesn’t foam much when I applied it. After I washed the cleanser off my face, my skin felt smooth as fuck. My skin literally felt smoother than a baby’s ass.After months of trudging through crappy cleansers that stripped my skin and broke me out, I finally thought I found the one.

Then, I realized that I got duped. For the first week I used this, everything was going well. My skin was hydrated, my moisture barrier was intact, and I wasn’t breaking out. By week 2, my skincare heaven went to shit. I got a cystic pimple on my cheek, which I chalked up to some other product in my routine. After both my cheeks and my chin broke out into a million cystic pimples and closed comedones, I realized that something was very wrong. In denial, I cut out every other product in my routine except for the cleanser and a basic moisturizer. I refused to believe that my beloved, r/SkincareAddiction praised, CeraVe cleanser could ever break me out. As the pimples consisted and got worse, I did the dreaded: I broke up with CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser. A sad, messy, bitter breakup it was.

Also, a note on the packaging. I rarely give a shit about packaging unless it’s really good, or really shitty, but the pump on this dispensed the perfect amount of cleanser. This was really helpful for me because I have a tendency to use a ridiculous amount of cleanser.

 

Conclusion

 

Even though CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser did leave my skin soft, smooth, and not stripped, it unfortunately gave me some of the worst breakouts of my life. While the cleanser did what it claimed to do, I would seriously recommend that my acne-prone people avoid this cleanser.

Rating: 2/5

 

Madblackthot’s Rating Scale

1 – What kind of fuckshit? Would give this product to my worst enemy.

2-  Mess. Trash ass product with one redeeming quality.

3 – Meh. Wouldn’t repurchase.

4 – It’s lit! Great product.

5 – My edges have been completely snatched to the gods. Holy grail of holy grails!