Friday, July 01, 2016

Etude House AC Clean Up Gel Lotion | Review

Many people with oily, acne-prone skin tend to skip moisturizer as they feel that moisturizer is their enemy, but that's a big mistake! Our skin naturally produces sebum to keep it moisturized. When skin is dry, it produces even more sebum to compensate for the dryness, and this may increase the chances of getting clogged pores. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, pick a non-comedogenic and oil-free moisturizer that has anti-acne ingredients like salicylic acid and tea tree oil.

My personal all-time favorite moisturizer is the Etude House AC Clinic Gel Lotion. But it has been revamped with a new look and improved formula, and it's now called AC Clean Up Gel Lotion, which I will be doing a review today.

The Etude House AC Clean Up Gel Lotion is a non-comedogenic moisturizer that contains salicylic acid, tea tree oil and madecassoside to treat and prevent acne troubles from arising, while moisturize and soothe the skin.

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

Ingredients List: Water, Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Water, Propanediol, Betaine, Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Salicylic Acid, Madecassoside, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Ampelopsis Japonica Root Extract, Allium Cepa (Onion) Bulb Extract, Allium Sativum (Garlic) Bulb Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Glycoproteins, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Butylene Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Vp Copolymer, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodeceth-16, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Polysorbate 20, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Disodium Edta, 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 and toner, take an appropriate amount (pea-sized) of moisturizer on your palm and rub your palms together. Gently smooth your palms over your skin starting with your cheeks, as they are usually the driest part of your face, then onto your forehead, nose and chin.

Tried and Tested

For your information, I have been using this moisturizer along with the rest of the AC Clean Up products for over a month now. And like I said in my previous post, I super duper mega love them! HOLY GRAIL ALERT!

The moisturizer has a light, watery gel-like texture that goes on smoothly and soothes the skin, leaving skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. It may feel sticky after application, but once it's absorbed into the skin, the sticky feeling would go away.

Despite the alcohol content, it didn't dry up or irritate my sensitive, acne-prone skin.
(Results shown are with toner applied.)

I find it does an excellent job in soothing and keeping my skin hydrated without being heavy and greasy. Perfect for hot summer months. But during the cold winter months, you may need to use it along with a cream for an extra boost of moisture.

It doesn't seem to clog my pores, as I noticed I break out considerably less while using this along with the rest of the AC Clean Up products. Nowadays I only get breakouts during the time of the month, but that's hormonal issues. Therefore, I would say it does help to treat and prevent acne.

Overall, it does what it promises. It's definitely still my top favorite moisturizer for oily, acne-prone skin. I highly recommend it to all.

Remember, always keep acne-prone skin hydrated because dry and flaky skin causes pores to clog up resulting in even more outbreaks.

P.S. If you are interested in other AC Clean Up products, you can find my review here: AC CLEAN UP PRODUCTS REVIEW


  1. Do you use this gel lotion for day&night or only night time?

  2. Hey,
    I am constantly looking for products for my face. I believe I spend more time in researching and comparing than buying. But i have a query, Is this gel lotion helps to reduce skin aging issues like dark spot,wrinkles,age spot,fine line ect.?


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