If you have ever searched up DIY skin hacks, you know that putting egg whites on your skin tightens and shrinks your pores… is that the reason behind the 900 4.5 star reviews of this on Amazon?
Claims: On the Skinfood website they claim this cleanser is,
“A pore-refining cleanser with egg white extract that deep-cleanses pores. Enriched with albumin, it promotes firmer skin and minimizes pores.”
If you couldn’t tell already, this cleanser is all about the pores. Perhaps that is why it really takes off all of the skin’s sebum.
Water, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Albumen Extract, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Trehalose, Sodium Pca, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium Edta, Xanthan Gum, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Beta-Sitosterol, Tocopherol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Butylene Glycol, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid, Alcohol Denat., Hydrogenated Lecithin, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Dimethicone, Propylene Glycol, Fragrance
So some of the first ingredients I’m seeing here is Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, and Lauric Acid. While they function as lubricants, emulsifiers (helping to cleanse oil off your skin), and fragrance, they are also pretty comedogenic, which means they could cause you to break out by clogging your pores. This is a little unsettling given that this is cleanser is meant to unclog your pores but nevertheless, we continue. We also have Olive Oil, Cetearyl Olivate, and Sorbitan Olivate which can also be fungal acne triggers. Later in the list, we have sesame oil which is also not great for fungal acne and has a comedogenic rating of 3 according to the EWG. Finally, two ingredients we really don’t like to see, Alcohol Denatured (it’s not one of the good ones) and Fragrance. By now, you probably know why these two ingredients are bad. These ingredients usually are surfectants and emulsifiers, which means that they are there to take off all the excess oil in your skin. However, with a pH level of 8-9, it’s pretty stripping. The cleanser definitely works to try and put moisture back in with ingredients like Glycerin, Sodium PCA, and Vitamin E, and it also has nice acne fighting ingredients like Licorice Root Extract and Centella Asiatica, as well as Albumen Extract or egg white (of course), but for people with sensitive skin, this cleanser might pose a problem. However, I would like to note that in cleansers, because you are washing the product off, the ingredients have much less of an effect. This can be a good and bad things. Perhaps all the comedogenic ingredients get washed away with the water while the moisturizing ingredients stay. Still, I would be a little wary, just because of the incredibly high pH level.
Price: 5.1 oz or 150 mL
Ulta: $11 (Free shipping on US orders over $35)
Amazon: $9.99 (Free shipping on orders over $25)
Skinfood: $11 (Free shipping on orders over $50)
SokoGlam: $11 (Free shipping on orders over $35)
Pretty budget friendly!
My first impression of this cleanser was really good. I love how creamy and smooth it felt when combined with water, and I love how the cleanser took off the excess oil and left my skin pretty moisturized. The fragrance was subtle but definitely there, so if you’re sensitive to fragrance, this might not be your cup of tea. I couldn’t help but feel as though there was a thin film on my skin that kept the moisture in but also was a little like residue? It’s difficult for me to describe but I was feeling pretty conflicted about it. Fortunately, neither my brother (who also tried this) or I broke out because of this cleanser, but I decided to stop using it after a few weeks. I still use it from time to time but I just prefer using my Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser in the mean time.
Pros and Cons:
- Doesn’t leave you with the “squeaky clean” feeling
- Has egg white to tighten pores
- Good budget price
- Has several comedogenic ingredients and artifical fragrance
- Really high pH level
Who Should Use:
I would not recommend this for people with dry or sensitive skin. This is definitely a product exclusively for people with oily or combination skin who need to strip the oils from their skin.
If I didn’t know about the ingredients in this product, I think I would love it. The effect is really nice and makes my skin feel nice and plump in a way that my Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser doesn’t. I just don’t want to risk breaking out.
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