Thursday, July 12, 2018

Product Review : Cosmoderm Tea Tree Oil Oil-control Serum

i was on a hunt for an anti-acne serum when i came across this Cosmoderm Tea Tree Oil Oil-control Serum. so i bought it for RM32.50 (i think?) and naturally, super thrilled to give it a go, since i've read a lot glowing reviews on Twitter with regards to skincare products by Cosmoderm. i was even more excited once i found out that Cosmoderm is formulated locally in Malaysia. like, how many local brands actually get to make it to the drugstores? not many, so that's cool.

before we start, i'd like to highlight that my skin is acne-prone, oily and sensitive.

let's have a look at the packaging first.

so the serum comes in a 30ml plastic tube, with apple green as its theme which indicates that the range is suitable for oily skin.

i forgot to take photo of the serum itself, but it's basically a white-ish gel that has a strong smell of tea tree for sure.

as you can see from the ingredient list, the serum is water-based, free from paraben/SLS/SLES. however it does contain fragrance, which might cause an irritation to sensitive skin.

just a translated version from the other side of the box. here it said it is GMP certified product, which consists of halal ingredients and cruelty-free.

my verdict:

i H A T E this product, WITH A PASSION.

it broke me out since the first usage, but for some unexplained reasons i still wanted to give it a second chance, only to be disappointed again to find out that it completely ruined my skin. but to be honest i was to be blamed as well, since i simply skipped patch test and slathered it directly on my skin.

after second time use, i noticed that my skin was utterly irritated and inflamed. angry, swollen red bumps appeared all over within an hour. my face felt terribly itchy and i panicked, of course. it took me awhile to recover because my skin became extra sensitive since then. i managed to take some photos right after i realised that my skin reacted badly to the serum upon application. the lighting in the room was quite dim, but even here you can see the bumps on my face.

soothing these irritations took a bit of guess work, but here’s what works for me. in case your skin is having a breakout at the moment, maybe you can try these steps.

first thing to do, is to go back to the basics. discontinue use of the offending product and retreat back to your basic hydrating routine. this means sticking with tried and true products you’ve used before and know haven’t irritated your skin. during times like these, don’t go for the full 10 step routine since you want to avoid as much irritation as possible. stick with a simple routine, like cleansing, toning, moisturising and sunscreen. going back to your basic routine will ensure you’re avoiding any other possible irritants and will help your skin get back on track.

next step is by avoiding exfoliating. you already have irritated skin, so don't trigger any more irritation as it will only increase your sensitivity. you might want to choose products with healing ingredients such as aloe, snail mucin and propolis because they are powerful at healing damaged skin. when my skin was especially sensitive during this period, i used the heck out of the gigantic Aloe Soothing Gel by My Fav Recipe Neula, which you can get from Guardian for RM20 only.

so.. bottom line: i will never, ever use anything from Cosmoderm again. what happened to my skin was traumatising enough, i don't wanna waste my time and money just to risk my skin going rock bottom again. i'm guessing that fragrance is the key aggressor inside the serum that triggered skin itching and irritation. i'm pretty sure i had an allergic reaction to another ingredient in the serum but i'm not sure what it was. since witch hazel is one of the main ingredients, i thought it was that (witch hazel can cause minor irritation if used excessively. some people are naturally allergic to witch hazel) but i'm using the Thayers Witch Hazel Toner but it didn't irritate my skin at all, so i'm a lil bit confused here.

the serum claims to control oil production, unclog pores, restore natural moisture of the skin and reduce acnes, blackheads and whiteheads. however i didn't bother to wait long enough to observe if these claims are true as i'm totally over this product. nevertheless, take it from me- if your skin feels like it is on fire, don't suffer in the name of beauty. wash that shit off, ditch it away immediately. products work differently on each individuals, so if it works fantastically on your friends, don't expect it to perform the same way on you.

this is my personal opinion and humble review based on my experience. i'm certainly not paid and i spent my own money on this product. as i've highlighted a couple of times in this post- result may be vary depends on your skin conditions, hence i am not liable for any problems that might arise from you trying out the product i've reviewed.

Cosmoderm caters several series, depending on your skin concerns. if you're interested to find out more about this brand, you can check out the link here. Cosmoderm products can be easily found at local drugstores such as Guardian, Watsons, Aeon Wellness, Vitacare or you can directly head over to the nearest Cosmoderm Signature Outlet, or you can also get it online from Lazada and Shopee. according to their website, Cosmoderm is in 2000 pharmacies, hospital health shops and clinics all over Malaysia including retail outlets in Singapore and Lebanon.

that's all for this post. i hope it's somewhat useful. thanks for dropping by! ❤

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