23 Years Old Badecasil Cream 7 in 1 Solution Review
This is my favourite AHA ever, so much so that I won't be trying another one for a while to come. First, it is important that you understand what an AHA is and what chemical exfoliation is. For an in-depth post explaining the differences between AHAs & BHAs, things to be aware of when using acids and my own personal experience with them click here. I would highly recommend you read that as acids are a serious business. In summary, an AHA targets the upper layers of your skin whereas a BHA penetrates deeper to get to the cause of the problem. I like to use an AHA because my main problem now is scarring and pigmentation- which is what an AHA is suited for. The Badecasil 7 in 1 Solution is an AHA that not only lives up to its name but goes beyond it. It gets rid of acne scars, closed comedomes and general annoying leftovers from your active acne days. Now, let's get on with the review!
- Gets rid of closed comedomes.
- Very gentle, sensitive skin can also use.
- You must wear sunscreen everyday if you use this product as it causes photosensitivity.
- Effective in evening out skin texture.
- pH level of 3.29.
- Consult your doctor before using if you are on skin medication or are pregnant.
- Seriously, if you're not one of them ^^, just buy it already.
Introducing one of my *holy grail* products: the 23 Years Old Badecasil 7 in 1 Solution. I simply do not have enough good things to say about this cream. It does exactly what it is supposed, which can be hard to find these days (although is definitely better in the Korean skincare world). 23 Years Old is a company that is inspired by the effectiveness of carbonate hot springs in skincare. The Badecasil 7 in 1 Solution is a moisturiser that claims to gently hydrate, exfoliate and protect the skin. It is first and foremost, an AHA so I always make sure to apply a night cream after using this product. I probably wouldn't recommend using this as your moisturiser and it is not hydrating enough. What it does do (and does a very good job at that), is target the imperfections on the top surfaces of your skin. This includes things such as scarring, pigmentation, uneven skin texture, closed comedomes and anything that isn't deep within your pores. The white cream is very light and has a smooth and creamy consistency. It comes in a 30ml tube, reminiscent of medicine creams. I think this is an important association to make because acids are not things to be taken lightly.
I HIGHLY recommend this product to everybody who suffers from closed comedomes, uneven skin texture, and scarring. This Badecasil Cream is an AHA and therefore targets the top surface of your skin. It is very efficient at fighting closed comedomes in particular. It works well on oily, combination, dry and even sensitive skin because it uses betaine salicylate rather than the harsher straight form of betaine.
HOW TO USE:
- Upon first opening, use the lid to punch a hole in the seal covering the cream.
- Squeeze a little bit of cream onto your finger (you won't need a lot).
- Gently pat onto areas of concern.
- Let it absorb into your skin for *30 minutes*.
- Continue with rest of skincare routine.
Only use at night.
I see overnight results with this cream, and I can't say that for many of my skincare products. Usually, skincare products are not miracle workers. They take time and effort but the hard work (85% of the time) pays off. All that changed with the Badecasil 7 in 1. My main struggle these days are closed comedomes. Closed comedomes (cc for short) are those little bumps on your skin that are neither whitehead nor blackhead. They just kinda chill on your face- generally around your cheeks and chin area. Whilst they aren't often that noticeable, they are incredibly frustrating to the person. I hate them. I apply this cream straight onto the problem areas (around my chin) and the cc's are either gone the next morning, or they are on their way out. It is so unbelievably satisfying! In this way, it helps with my uneven skin texture. I'm always looking for ways to help lighten my scarring and redness- most products in my routine are aimed at this concern. As a result, I also like to apply to this to areas that are susceptible to easy scarring, such as my cheeks and temples. It has a pretty high percentage of Glycolic Acid (more on that below), at 4% which is almost solely responsible for the creams success at fading acne scars. In these last weeks, I have seen a noticeable difference in my scarring but if you don't believe me read BiiBiiBeauty's review too! I use this cream whenever I notice the closed comedomes enough to be annoyed at them. This ranges from 1-2 times a week and so it will last me a very long time. The consistency and texture of the cream is very light (perfect for oily skin), and is very easily spreadable.
I treat this as an acid, rather than as a moisturiser. It is nowhere near moisturising enough to finish off your routine and must be treated like a chemical exfoliator. Because of this, I use this AHA during my night time skin routine- after my cleansing and toning. This is generally where you apply your chemical exfoliation because it gives the best chance at allowing the product to sink into your skin and do its work. It is also important to let any AHA or BHA sit on your skin for 30 minutes before continuing with your routine. Once again, this gives the acid the best chance of success. The reason I use this at night time and would recommend that you do so, is because it is enables photosensitivity. Photosensitivity is just a fancy way of saying that it leaves your skin very vulnerable to environmental factors, particularly the sun. Sun rays can make your acne scars darken, give you sun spots and lead to early aging. It is important to protect yourself from the sun everyday, but even more so when using actives in your routine. If you're unsure about SPF, I have dedicated a whole post to it here! As such, it is imperative that you use this at night and always remember to wear sunscreen during the day. This will be your best chance at preventing scarring.
In terms of price, it is standard for an AHA or chemical exfoliator. It is sold for 30NZD and about 20USD. I am such a big advocate for this product that I believe it is a steal. I would happily pay much more for something of this quality and effectiveness. In saying that, I am happy that it's affordable. Seen as you don't need to use much, and you won't be using it every day, this cream lasts for a pretty long time.
INGREDIENTS: WHY THEY'RE THERE AND WHAT THEY DO.
One of the main ingredients is 'Onsen Sui,' or in English, thermal baths. The thermal baths are a huge inspiration to the 23 Years Old Badecasil line and so it is not surprisingly that the ingredient is number 2 on the list. Jeju's Sahn Bang Mountain's carbonated thermal water is known as miracle beauty water and is gentle enough as not to irritate sensitive skin. In fact, the whole Jeju island is generally involved in Korean skincare in one way or another. The Innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream uses the Jeju Orchids, The Face Shop's Jeju Marine Pure Water Facial Mist uses Jeju's "Samdasoo" water and Blossom Jeju is a brand where every product is inspired by the island. It has a very high percentage of Sodium Bicarbonate (yes the thing you can use to clean your teeth) and so it does a pretty good job of keeping your skin clean and bright.
I attribute the Badecasil 7 in 1 Cream's success to the 4% Glycolic Acid that is used. Glycolic Acid is an acid commonly used in AHAs. It is a naturally derived substance (it comes from sugarcane) which contains teeny tiny molecules that are able to penetrate your skin deeply and with ease. These molecules break down the top layer of your skin. They do this by dissolving sebum (your skin's natural oil) and other things that your skin produces naturally. i.e. fresher skin! Fresher skin is important because it helps encourage a fast cell turnover. Cell turnover is essentially how fast your skin sheds. It sounds gross, I know, but newer and fresher skin leads to healthier skin!
It also contains Betaine Salicylate which is a popular BHA acid due to its gentle exfoliating properties. I was surprised to see it in here, as this cream is an AHA but in saying that, it is only at 2%. Betaine Salicylate is a common exfoliator that is found in many Korean skincare products now (including the COSRX One Step Pads) and is gentle enough to work on sensitive skin. In general, it helps to get rid of what sits under your skin, such as blackheads and cystic acne. This is great for acne-prone skin and preferable over manual exfoliation as it does not require any scrubbing. Scrubbing active acne can lead to more pimples! Despite containing Betaine Salicylate I would not recommend using this as your BHA product.
Snail Secretion Extract is also found in the ingredient list. I was also surprised to see this but am very pleased. I am a very big fan of snail products so this only the increased by rating of this cream. Snail Secretion is exactly what you want to be using if you are trying to fade acne scars because it helps to restore the skin. Combined with the fading powers of Glycolic Acid, this cream is unstoppable.
- If you wish to look into the ingredient list yourself, here is the COSDNA entry.
1/5: Negative, nada, no.
2/5: Definitely not enough magic to consider re-purchasing.
3/5: It had its effects but there are many more products out there that do better.
4/5: Going great! Going to keep using until I find something more effective.
918373/5: Holy grail! I love this product so much. Please try it and see for yourself!!!
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