Skin Type: Normal to oily (tends to get dry in winter), acne-prone and sensitive
Blackheads and whiteheads are quite annoying and I always look out for the different products to treat them. I recently invested in a blackhead balm from the brand Innisfree – the Innisfree jeju volcanic blackhead out balm. I have used so many products from Innisfree and luckily, not a single product has left me unimpressed with its performance/efficacy. Sadly, this product couldn’t live up to my expectations. Let’s get into the details to know more about it.
A cleansing balm with Jeju volcanic scoria removes blackheads. The balm melts as you roll it onto the skin, and dissolves the blackheads, clearing your skin. This cleansing balm melts away your blackheads. The washable-type balm makes it easy to use, with fresh finish for oily skin. This precious nature oriented Jeju volcanic clusters are stronger than technology and red clay in skin clearing from the pores.
INR 450 for 30 gm.
Mineral Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Polyethylene, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Volcanic Ash, Silica, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol.
My Experience with Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Blackhead Out Balm:
Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Blackhead Out Balm comes in a brown-coloured tub packaging without any spatula. When it comes to creams, the tub packaging is alright for me, but it is extremely unhygienic to provide tub packaging for a product that’s meant for blackhead removal. You may have to take some more balm out during the massaging process, which you cannot just do with this tub packaging. The tub has all the information in Korean language and there is a sticker at the back that has “directions to use” mentioned in English. The tub packaging is sturdy, compact and travel-friendly. The blackhead out balm tub has an outer packaging of a paper box as well.
The texture of the balm is super soft and smooth. The balm seems to be opaque in the tub, but is actually transparent. It has soft, wax-like consistency that starts to melt off easily when touched. It is quite glossy and oily. The fragrance is quite herbal and feels citrusy with the hint of being waxy or oily. The fragrance is not bothering or overpowering for me. Moreover, once you start massaging the balm and it starts melting, the fragrance becomes more noticeable.
For the first time when I used this blackhead out balm, I scooped out a tiny amount and applied over the nose. I massaged in circular motions for 3-5 minutes as stated. While massaging, the balm started to melt off and ultimately it turned into a milky solution. After massaging for 5 minutes, I rinsed it off and followed up with a mild cleanser to get rid of all the wax. Post rinsing, I was surprised to see my nose same as it was before starting the process. The only difference was the smooth and soft skin. I was completely disappointed with this product.
For the next time use, I decided to take steam beforehand. I cleansed my face with a soap-free cleanser before starting the process. Afterwards, I took steam for 5-7 minutes and then started working out with this balm. After the steaming process, I scooped out a pea-sized amount and applied it over the nose. Then, I slowly started massaging the balm in circular motions and carried on for nearly 10 minutes. Yeah, 10 minutes is a lot of time. After massaging the nose area for nearly 10 minutes, I started seeing something white rolling out. Finally, after massaging the nose for nearly 10 minutes, I could see some of the blackheads and whiteheads rolling out. After massaging, I rinsed it all of and followed up with a mild face cleanser to get rid of the wax and oil.
Post rinsing, it made my nose look clear, soft and smooth. However, blackheads could still be seen. It is not at all effective in dissolving the stubborn blackheads.
I have used Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Blackhead Out Balm 7 times over the last 3 weeks. There is no visible difference in the appearance of stubborn whiteheads and blackheads. It only dissolves the blackheads and whiteheads present on the surface, that too after massaging for 10-12 minutes. Needless to say, it only made my nose look clear, soft and smoother by dissolving surfaced whiteheads and blackheads. Moreover, with the regular use, there are less visible surfaced whiteheads, but deep rooted are still there.
Pros of Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Blackhead Out Balm:
- Travel friendly.
- Mild fragrance.
- Does not irritate skin.
- Does not clog pores.
- Can be used every other day.
- Makes skin clear.
- Makes skin soft and smooth.
- Dissolves blackheads.
- Reduces the appearance of blackheads and whiteheads (with regular usage).
Cons of Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Blackhead Out Balm:
- Tub packaging.
- No spatula provided.
- Whole process is time consuming.
- “3 to 5 minutes” claim in overrated.
- Not effective in dissolving stubborn blackheads/whiteheads.
- Contains mineral oil (but then, it is not big concern here as you are going to wash off the balm within minutes).
Would I Repurchase/Recommend Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Blackhead Out Balm?
I would probably not repurchase it as I don’t have so much patience of massaging the balm for nearly 10 minutes. There are clay masks and nose strips available that are much more effective and provide instant results. For recommending, it depends. If you also do not like to spend so much time on removing blackheads or whiteheads and wants quick results, then skip this one. However, if you are looking for something mild and something that does not irritate the skin, then only opt for this.
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