Daisy // Sensitive-Dry Skin // Early 20s
Start Date: Tuesday 17th of March | End Date: Monday 13th of April | Testing Duration: 28 days
My skin is sensitive and extremely dry especially during this testing period where the weather started getting significantly colder in New Zealand. So, my focus has always been hydration in my skincare while avoiding irritation. However, even at 23 I still deal with acne around my cheeks, which I find difficult to treat with my skin type.
To avoid any bias opinions, I did not do further research about the product other than following information from HIKOCO's recruitment Youtube video and the product’s packaging itself. It claims to be anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, hydrating, unclogging of pores, prevents acne and controls breakouts. It can be used as spot treatment or in all over application. I personally chose spot treating as it is a new product that I am unfamiliar with. So, with that in mind here is my before and after photos over a month period.
Application directions: I used the Sulfur 3% Clean Gel product as a spot treatment on my acne around the cheeks and temple by dabbing it quite concentratedly with my ring finger. Here is a typical example of how much product I use each time.
Before & After
Note: All these photos were taken at night and in the same location to maintain lighting consistency.
The products shown below is my consistent skincare routine with the addition of the Sulfur 3% Clean Gel for the past four weeks. My skincare routine starts with cleansing, then followed up with toner, serum, moisturiser and the Sulfur 3% Clean Gel as treatment. What differs during my morning and night routine is the application of sun protection after treatment during the day and double cleansing at night with an additional face mask every other night as well.
Left to Right: Heimish All Clean Balm | COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser | Klairs Supple Preparation Facial Toner | I’m From Honey Serum | Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Cream | By Wishtrend Sulfur 3% Clean Gel | Mediheal Collagen Impact Essential Sheet Mask | Dr Jart+ Ceramidin Lip Balm | JM Solution Marine Luminous Pearl Sun Spray
It un-initially matches my current skincare products quite well with the yellow theme (refer to skincare routine photo above). Though yes, the packaging can be more aesthetic, but then keep in mind you would be paying more for the packaging than the product itself.
Retailing at $36 for 30g of product, I once again compared it to the Innisfree Bija Cica Balm, which is $35 for 40g of product and would say you are likely getting less for your money, but this may come down to ingredient preference. Though in general terms spending $36 for a treatment product seems reasonable to me as I am estimating that I can still get at least another two more months use out of this product at my current rate.
I personally wasn’t aiming for instant results, which was a reason why I was keen for the one-month testing period. This product in my opinion has achieved what it had claimed to do just at a mild rate, which avoids further irritating the skin and can be used for preventative measures. Though I cannot confidently claim that it has preventative measures other than proof that the current treated spots aren’t reoccurring with breakouts. I would like to believe that it does.
Reflecting back to the claims of this product, it did provide anti-inflammatory benefits where you can see in the progress photos that my acne bumps and redness did reduce noticeably and did not reoccur. I would say the product was antibacterial and controlling my acne as it did not worsen or further spread in the affected areas. The product did not dry out my skin and therefore back its claim to be hydrating. I cannot confidentially say that the product unclogs pores and prevent acnes, but that is due to me using it as a spot treatment instead of an overall application which would have tested its acne preventative measures. For future note, I plan to start using this product more wide spread on my face as I am confident that it does not irritate my sensitive skin and I see it as a slower and long-term treatment product that the harsher, but more instant result kind.
In the past for treatment care I have used the Innisfree Bija Cica Balm and Some By Mi Tea Tree Oil. I would say the By Wishtrend 3% Sulfur Clean Gel is similar to the Innisfree Bija Cica Balm in terms of effectiveness. Though the ingredients are different and this was my first time using a sulfur treatment product. And yes, you do still get a scent of the sulfur, but that just proves that it does not contain any other additives to mask the scent.
Yay or Nay?
It would be a YAY from me.
Even though I believe HIKOCO may carry existing products with similar effectiveness, the current Korean beauty society is becoming more knowledgeable on ingredients which in this case provides more options to the consumer.
Thank you HIKOCO for the Yay or Nay product testing opportunity.