[Review] SOME BY MI AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Toner

Highly rated as a miracle toner that clears up acne-prone skin in 30 days, the multi-tasking Some by Mi AHA BHA PHA 30days Miracle Toner is duped to fly off shelves every 3 seconds. Synonymous with its name, Some by Mi AHA BHA PHA 30days Miracle Toner works as a gentle chemical exfoliant with AHAs BHAs PHAs from extracts of papaya, citric and lactobionic acid, helping to deep cleanse sebum-clogged pores, moisturize and regenerate skin cells for an optimal complexion. It also contains niacinamide for brightening, as well as salicylic acid, witch hazel and tea tree leaf oil for anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. It is touted to be dermatologically tested for sensitive skin with an optimal pH of 5.5, free of artificial fragrance and colors, parabens, sulfates, alcohol, mineral oil and silicone. Full ingredient list below:

Water, Butylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract (10000ppm), Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Seed Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera (Sacred Lotus) Flower Extract, Swiftlet Nest Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Fructan, Allantoin, Adenosine, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Xylitol, Salicylic Acid (100ppm), Lactobionic Acid (100ppm), Citric Acid (500ppm), Sodium Citrate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Benzyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Raspberry Ketone, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil

How to Use

After double cleansing, soak a cotton pad with the toner and gently pat over your skin in circular motion. I usually soak up a couple of cotton pads to place on my oily T-zone areas, or wherever you have blackheads, whiteheads, and pimple. Tap to ensure full absorption.

Verdict

The toner comes in a 150ml bottle, and upon opening, you get hit with a strong clinical smell akin to alcohol and medicine, and a soapy texture on the cotton pads as you tap into the skin. I did not particularly enjoy both effects, and while the toner absorbs quickly and left a cool, minty sensation on the skin, it also left a sticky after feel as it dries off. This makes it uncomfortable to further apply heavier serum or moisturizer following up, if needed. I used this toner for around a week but did not find any obvious improvement in my complexion, pore size or acne reduction. In fact, my skin became oilier, not only on my T-zone but cheeks as well, where it usually stays relatively sebum-free. Unfortunately, I did not manage to get to the 30th day and discontinued the use of toner immediately after it caused a small breakout on my cheeks the subsequent week.

Nevertheless, as my skin has never been a big beneficiary of AHA/BHAs products (it somehow always caused my skin to dry out or breakout!), I would encourage you to still give it a go, especially if acid-based products have worked for you in the past. However, if you have fickle, sensitive, dehydrated oily skin like me, and do not want to risk excessively strong chemicals over-regulating the sebum glands, give this a miss.

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