I find anti-pollution skincare to be quite interesting. When you really think about it, we need these types of skincare. I mean, residing in the Philippines, one is constantly exposed to dirt, humidity and all kinds of pollution. If a skincare product is going to promise to clear all the dust accumulated in the skin at the end of the day, then I’m willing to give it a go which is why I’m excited to try out this anti-dust cleanser from Madeca21.
ANTI-DUST CENTELLA ASIATICA
The Tecasol Anti-Dust Cleanser from Madeca21 comes in a plastic tube containing 135 ml of product. The cleanser has a dense and creamy texture, and a very minty scent attributed to the marrubium vulgare extract which belongs to the mint family. There are no english translations of the ingredients on the box so I’m not sure whether the centella asiatica extract is a major or a minor ingredient.
Let me start with the positive qualities of this cleanser first. I like that it doesn’t dry out the skin and doesn’t give any squeaky clean feeling after rinsing it off. I also like that it claims to have a pH level of 5.5 to protect the skin barrier. What I don’t like however is how it leaves a burning sensation on my lips which I find so disturbing because no other cleanser of mine has ever done that.
Okay, FYI, I have been dealing with a chronic form of eczematous lip cheilitis since the year started — yes, I diagnosed myself; I’m a dermatologist after all. I’ve had it for at least 5 years now and it usually comes and goes in a few weeks, once or twice a year but since January, my lips have become more dry, dehydrated and flaky to no end. All I’ve been doing to relieve it is applying loads of hydrating lip balm. Now after I used this cleanser for 3 consecutive days, I noticed that my lips have become swollen. The burning feeling remains, even after I’ve already washed it of. The borders of my lips and the skin around my mouth became itchy. It had become more flaky than usual too. As soon as this happened, I discontinued using this cleanser and just reverted back to what I was using.
I did come across a listing of it in Doota Duty Free where it says it’s not applicable on areas with wound, eczema or dermatitis, which was not mentioned in the packaging. If it is written somewhere in the box, then I won’t be able to read it because everything is in Korean. I do hope they put these warnings on the box in the future with an English translation.
I honestly don’t know what ingredient in this cleanser could cause the burning sensation I experienced but until my lips are fully healed and as long as I’m dealing with lip cheilitis, I won’t be returning to this. On the other hand, I think this is suited to oily and acne-prone skins without any sensitivities. If you are of this skin type, then you may get this at my Charis store.
[*Charis Celeb & Madeca21 has kindly provided the product for review. All opinions are my own.]
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