Since puberty, I had a hard time with pimples and zits growing on my face. I tried practically all series of drugstore pimple care like OXY and Clean & Clear but not ACNES. I don’t remember seeing them displayed anyway at Malaysia’s drugstores if I’m not mistaken.
Well now that I’m out of the outbreak period thankfully, still, I bought this in the intention to test out how well does it lives up to its promises. My little adventure with this product is not only limited to my face, I did my little experiment with my younger brother’s face as well who is currently at the growing up phase. I’m 18 and his 13, so the review may give you a better idea of the usefulness of this product, and this report would thus be based on both of our skin’s reactions.
This product was bought in a bonus pack that contain the cream wash from the same range together with this sealing jell for the price of SGD$9.90. It is very affordable considering that I can get two items which is ten cents lesser from ten dollars. It is definitely pocket-friendly even for a student like me who relies on my lovely parents. However, Watsons or Guardian pharmacy do sell this sealing jell individually for the price of about SGD$7-8. Sometimes, Guardian might sell it at a slightly cheaper price than Watsons and vice versa so do scoff around for the better price as usual.
The name, ACNES sealing jell itself is interestingly enough to put me in a thinking mode, ‘sealing jell. Hmm….’ Well, its appeals to me that it may somehow conceal and thus promote quick recovery of the pimple, and it is soothing because it is a jell/gel. Either way, I’m glad to say that my guesses have been quite right. Enough of my guessing and let’s have a read of the description provide at the box containing this 18g of jell. It is made to prevent acne formation and is suitable for oily and blemished skin. It can tighten pores, deeply cleanses and regulates skin condition. Sounds like a lot of teenagers do have this problem.
The packaging is ever-so-simple but I prefer it this way because it makes me think of saving the earth somehow. The sealing jell is well-contained in a white toothpaste-like tube with a small light green cover to prevent it from drying out. The cover also has a pointy sharp end that can help in poking through the plastic sheen that protect the sealing jell from oxidization, and being hygienic at the same time. It is a very plain design or maybe no design at all because the back of the tube does not have any patterns and no English descriptions. I see Korean words though, call me happy to know that I’m somehow getting another product that Koreans use it. I guess so.
The sharp point of the cover to make a hole in the plastic cover.
The plastic cover before opening the product. Picture taken from Chille of maquillagelover.blogspot.com, http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_2PFtAoDiztA/S8h7BCBZbsI/AAAAAAAABzs/hi2mtm73HF8/s1600/mentholatum+acnes+sealing+jell+open.jpg
The back of the toothpaste tube with Korean translation printed on it.
Anyways, the product further emphasizes itself as a comprehensive anti-acne treatment that contains Triclosan to penetrate pores and prevents formation of acne bacteria. With sulfur (I heard this is the latest spelling for this chemical name) it can unblock pores and promotes healing, also Vitamin E and B6 to prevent dry and rough skin. Besides that, it sooths discomfort of acne-proned skin, keeps oil secretion under control yet at the same time removes excessive sebum. This does sounds like typical descriptions of pimple gel products so I wasn’t really excited that quite a mouthful of the information were provided, but I see it as a necessary to provide these valuable information.
The jell is pale green in colour. Unlike a few of the bloggers whom reviewed this product and said that it smells like sulfur, it didn’t smell like that to my nose at all. The scent is hardly noticeable, I have to sniff hard to detect the slight mint flavour, and nothing of obnoxious smell of sulfur. The jell quickly dries itself upon contact with air and the acne to form a think layer of plastic-like covering the acne. Such method would definitely prevent further bacteria from growing and thus heals the acne. However, the thin film is noticeable and looks as if the acne area is very oily (because of light reflecting like a plastic) especially under light. Thus, I would only use this jell at night and not in school to avoid looking like a grease head.
The results of the experiment
After proper cleansing of my face using the cream wash, I apply the sealing jell on the areas where I can feel the bumps due to the pimples. When I apply it on my pimple, it does feel soothing on the area and thus really was able to relieve the discomfort of having pimple on the face. It is hard for me to say whether has it unblock my pores because there is no way of measuring it but nonetheless we do have some other means to ascertain this point.
It took the jell full three days to fully recover my skin from acne bacteria attack. On the note that it has been able to prevent the pimple from further manifesting itself on my face, I say this product works well, and thus the claim that it is able to penetrates and unblock pores are true to a certain point. Throughout the three day recovery period, the areas of my face where the jell was applied to is not dry at all hence I do find that I like this product more than OXY because it won’t dry out the skin, yet able to heal the pimple. Do take note that if you apply this in the morning, the jell may dry up and starts to flake which it is easily rubbed off. Thus I skip putting this jell on my face should I put on makeup. Nonetheless, Chelle finds it perfectly fine to apply makeup after the jell. To further counter my point, Kimoko even said it works wonderful as a makeup primer. I guess it really depends on how active the sebum glands are to have such vast difference in our opinions.
Sadly, the consistency of this product fails badly. Sometimes, it is able to heal my huge zits in less than three days, but it took the product for more than a week to completely remove and heal a small pimple. Seeing the irony here? That’s why, I still ponder over the effectiveness of this product. However, the product did mention that it is a very mild formulation and oil-free treatment. Maybe this explains why it fails to heal acne, hmm.
Now on to my younger brother’s reactions after using this jell and the cream wash as well for about two months. Let’s have a better idea of my brother’s skin before telling about the results. He has oily skin unlike my combination skin, has a perfectly soft and almost baby skin unlike mine which has battle-holes i.e. acne marks on the cheeks after years of outbreaks. But the point is, my brother has a very oily skin with lots of small pimples popping out on the cheeks lately.
He did the same as me daily, cleans with the cream wash before the applying the sealing jell. On his face, he mentioned that sometimes it feels kinda hot, slight burning sensation, but sometimes, fine cooling sensation on the pimples. It can feel like it is burning the skin because of the sulfur in it I supposed, but the sensation fades out after a while and the skin isn’t red at all. Strange huh? But if you do fine burning sensation to be a no-no for your face, you might want to be careful when it comes to this sealing jell. Remember? The consistency of this product is weird. After about one or two months, the size of the pimples has been reduced significantly, but not the pimples itself because oily skin tend to secret more sebum out and thus allows more bacteria growth on the face, which is why it hinders the healing process.
Despite so, I find that it is perfectly normal for his condition because almost every teenager would have pimple growing on their faces, thus even if visible pimples were observed, I would still deem this product to be useful for treating pimples, but the effect is very mild, or to put it into better words, safe for daily usage. On the other hand, it hasn’t been able to prevent acne formation that well because the pimple would still grow if I stop using it for about 3 days. If you’re looking for a real strong pimple gel for curing huge zits, this may thus be deemed ineffective when compared to OXY.
In my opinion, ACNES sealing jell would be safe for oily and combination skin. Dry skin dudes might one to skip this in case of any discomfort when using this because of the sulfur in it.
I threw away the box and didn't have the ingredients of it but luckily I found the ingredients at Maithailand.com. You can take a look if you're interested to know what makes up this jell.
Once again, let me remind you with the biggest flaw I notice from this sealing jell, lack of consistency because it can heal pimples sometimes but not zits.
Angie’s ratings for this product: 3/5 (Mild formula safe and effective for adolescence with little pimple popping out, but not useful for severe acne)