Sunday, June 26, 2016

Etude House AC Clean Up Toner | Review

Most people skip toner as they believe that skin is clean enough after cleansing, but most of the time, cleansing alone isn't sufficient. The purpose of toners is to clean off leftover grime and impurities that your daily cleanser failed to remove. It also helps to bring back the pH level to skin's naturally acidic pH level after cleansing, as most cleansers are alkaline. When choosing a toner for acne-prone skin, look out for ingredients like salicylic acid, tea tree oil or witch hazel, which will help to lift dead skin cells, remove excess sebum and reduce oil production.

One of my recent favorite toners for acne-prone skin is the Etude House AC Clean Up Toner, which I will be doing a review today. It is a revamped version of my all-time favorite toner, AC Clinic Daily Toner.

Formulated with salicylic acid, tea tree oil and madecassoside, Etude House AC Clean Up Toner moisturizes and soothes red, irritated acne skin. It is non-comedogenic tested.

It has a 6-FREE system — Free of animal ingredients, mineral oil, imidazolidinyl urea, triethanolamine, tar coloring and artificial fragrance

Ingredients List: Water, Alcohol, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Peg-8, Salicylic Acid, Allium Sativum (Garlic) Bulb Extract, Madecassoside, Ampelopsis Japonica Root Extract, Allium Cepa (Onion) Bulb Extract, Glycoproteins, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance

It comes in a plastic bottle with a twist off cap, and the opening is sealed with a foil.

How To Use:
After cleansing, dispense an appropriate amount on your palm and apply it on your face, starting from the center and working outward in a gentle massaging motion. Gently pat skin to promote absorption.

My way of using it:
After cleansing, moisten a piece of cotton pad with toner. Swipe the cotton pad gently across your face.

Tried and Tested

For your information, I have been using this toner along with the rest of the AC Clean Up products for a month now. So far I super duper mega love them! HOLY GRAIL ALERT!

This toner has a watery texture and a refreshing herbal scent. It gets absorbed quickly after applying without leaving a tacky or heavy after-feel.

After using this toner, I noticed my inflamed zits become less red. And after using it for some time along with the rest of the AC Clean Up products, my zits have healed considerably, and I haven't got any major outbreaks. Therefore, I would say it does help to remove any last traces of residue, soothe, treat and keep pimples at bay. Also, ever since I started using the AC Clean Up products, my skin has become less oily than before, so I guess this toner does play a part in controlling sebum production.

Although it contains alcohol, it doesn't dry up or irritate my sensitive, acne-prone skin. I find it is more soothing compared to the former version.

The only complaint I have about this product is that it does absolutely nothing on large pores. Well, I suppose we can't have the best of both worlds. If you have acne and large pores at the same time, I suggest you clear up your acne first, then treat your pores.

Overall, it's a great toner for acne-prone skin. I highly recommend it to all!

A tip for you guys: Apply toner within 60 seconds after cleansing, before applying moisturizer. By doing so, prevents your skin from losing its moisture and avoid the tight and dry feeling.

P.S. I have posted reviews on other AC Clean Up products too. If you are interested, you can read them here: AC CLEAN UP PRODUCTS REVIEW


  1. Hi there, great review! Just wondering of what's the difference between this AC Clean Up with the previous AC Clinic Toner. The packaging now(AC Clean Up) is plastic bottle though. Just wondering if the product is as good as the previous one. :)

  2. Hi! Can i use this toner and them klairs vitamin c drop? Thank you :)

  3. After read this review, i bought it and i like this toner too. My skin is oily and acne prone. It doesn't make my skin irritated. But if i used it many times after cleansing my face, it make my face look not fresh and become dark or red. But if i rarely use it like one times in morning before using make up and one times in the night before sleep, it make my face fresh and bright again. And if i use it in the night before sleep, in the morning my face looks a bit bright. And i love it. Sorry if my english grammar is bad. But i love this toner and thanks to you for review that. ^^

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