When I was younger, the one skincare product that I used religiously (besides cleansing foam) was oxy 5. It is a fantastic product that really dries your zits down so that they’re gone by the next day, but it started getting a little too drying for my sensitive skin, so I stopped using it and turned to other alternatives, like pimple patches.
However, I’ve never forgotten how effective Oxy products are, so I got pretty excited when I saw this moisturizer from Oxy that claimed to help control acne.
Acne Prone Skin prevent Blemishes. Contains AC Net to help control excess oil and prevent blemishes. Moisturizing with Sodium Hyaluronate and Aloe Extract to deeply moisturize skin. Oil free formulation for light, non-greasy feel. Pore Refining with Witch Hazel Extract to refine pores for visibly smooth skin. SPF15PA+. Protects skin against UVA and UVB.
Official Retail Price in Singapore: MYR 16.50 (SGD 5.48)
Water, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Butylene Glycol, Water/Butylene Glycol/PEG-60 Almond Glycerides/Caprylyl Glycol/Glycerin/Carbomer/Nordihydrogualaretic Acid/Oleanolic Acid, Silica, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysorbate 60, Bis-EThylhexyloxyphenol, Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Methylparaben, Triethanolamine, Allantoin, Water/Butylene Glycol/Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Water/Propylene Glycol/Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Propylparaben, Disodium EDTA, Flavor (Flavor-Green Leaf), Sodium Hyaluronate
Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate is used to protect your skin from UV rays (hence SPF 15). However, I am a little concerned that it contains a ratehr high concentration of Butylene Glycol, which I mentioned previously, is actually a human irritant and can be bad for people with extremely sensitive skin.
Packaging: The packaging is very hygienic and convenient. You can pump out a suitable amount of product without making a mess that is common with other types of packaging that needs you to squeeze or scoop out the product.
Texture: It feels like a cross between gel and cream, so it’s not too oily nor too watery. It is easily spread out on skin (see last photo), and absorbed quickly as well with no white residue, so you can definitely use this in your morning routine before applying makeup.
Effectiveness: I have pretty mixed feelings about this product’s efficacy.
I do think that with regards to hydration and moisturizing, it works pretty well because my skin doesn’t show any signs of dryness or dehydration after I apply this, even if I am in a dry, air-conditioned place for hours.
On the other hand, I don’t think it has helped with fighting pimples and controlling oil. In fact, I saw an increase in pimples occasionally when I am using this, so I’m really not convinced that it works…
I am quite disappointed that this Oxy product has not worked well for me at all. I did expect that it would heal my pimples and stop new ones from growing out, but the opposite has happened (more than once).
Maybe my expectations of this were too high, but I do say that this is good for people who are looking to find a lightweight moisturizer and have no particular acne/pimple/sensitive skin issues. If you are looking to buy this in order to clear your pimples, you may end up pretty disappointed.
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮