‘I had got so used to anti-blemish products drying out and tightening up my skin that I’d assumed it was the only way; Clinique proffered a gentler, kinder path that actually produced results.’
That was what I wrote about my last make-up miracle, Clinique’s Anti-Blemish Foaming Cleanser. Well, it seems that good spot treatments are like buses, as after a long dissatisfying wait, another amazing anti-blemish solution turned up as well! The next inductee into my make-up miracles hall of fame: Atorrege AD+ Medicated Acne Spots.
Yes, the English name makes no sense (it’s from Japan). But I promise that once you use it, everything will become crystal-clear. It’s unmitigatedly absolutely brilliant.
As opposed to Clinique’s cleanser, which is as much a preventative for acne-ridden skin as it is a cure, Atoregge’s treatment is best used for neutralising hostile takeovers from the little blighters. It comes in a highly professional looking glass bottle, complete with a glass dropper to dispense the serum-like essence. Basically, this stuff means business.
Atorrege’s translation skills aren’t perfect but given how few Japanese products get translated here (it seems to be a badge of honour for Japanese and Korean stuff to remain unintelligible), we should be thankful we’re getting a translation at all. It promises to eliminate inflammation, prevent acne, inhibit bacteria and lighten blemishes, by way of ingredients like witch hazel, lavender oil, chamomile, soy bean and bark extract from a tree traditionally used in Chinese medicine, huang bo (黄柏 or 黄檗, known as the Amur Cork tree in English).
This seems a fairly ambitious mission statement but Atorrege completely make good on their claims. The essence is a light transparent serum (somewhere between gel and liquid) that glides on and sinks in easily, with application extra-easy thanks to the super-hygienic dropper. Once you feel that familiar tingle signalling a spot invasion, simply rub in a few drops of the essence to the affected area. Unlike so many other treatments designed to zap away acne, it’s completely non-astringent, non-drying and non-stinging, making it absolutely perfect for sensitive skin.
Also unlike so many other treatments designed to zap away acne, it actually works! Your spot will be gone before you know it. It’s not allowed to ferment and become a raging angry red mountain or yellow-headed monster, instead fading away with barely a sigh of resignation. If you’re really lucky, said spot might even wave a white flag and retreat without even making a proper appearance!
My only proviso would be to apply sparingly – only a couple of drops really is enough. The essence includes a whitening ingredient, meaning that if you go overboard on an area that doesn’t need it, you can get a bit of strange pale patch on your skin (don’t worry too much if this does happen, it quickly goes away!). Since you only need so little (and depending on how often you get spots), one teeny 10ml bottle can even last out a year!
Quite simply, it’s the most effectively method at beating the little blighters I’ve met yet, but with none of the trauma of the evil old ways. And who can argue with that?
Atorrege AD+ Medicated Acne Spots, $220 for 10ml, available from selected Watsons
Thanks for the review!
Just wondering so this probably only work if your acne’s are just budding or pretty mild?
I bought this due to a recommendation from a SA at Watson’s since it doesn’t dry up your skin (which I totally agree and like), but I haven’t found it to work too well on the bigger break outs. But I think I’ll give it another go since everything is drying me out like crazy =]
I think this works best for isolated spots rather than full-on acne breakouts and it’s best to hit them quick!
You might find it better to clear out your breakouts and prevent further ones using a targetted anti-acne cleanser and keeping the Atoregge on hand for when you feel individual zits start to bubble up. I swear by Clinique’s Anti-Blemish Cleanser, which I used for about a month to clear up my complexion and so far (touch wood!), it’s prevented further breakouts (I reviewed it here: https://rachttlg.wordpress.com/2010/09/22/clinique-anti-blemish-solutions-cleansing-foam-review/).
Also, a few facials might help. Most of the ones I’ve been to in HK have a zit-zapper machine which might reduce your breakouts too and I don’t remember it being too drying, especially as they tend to combine it with masks and other treatments.
Hope this helps!
Hey, just FYI, Acne Spot is having promotion at Guardian now 🙂
2nd purchase of Acne Spot at 50% off !