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Dr Mainz Akone Pore Treatment Lotion

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Dr Mainz Akone Pore Treatment Lotion

I love surfing the net, and always reading about skin care products and make up products. I'm more into skin care products and routines after getting a major breakout and realise how important skin care is. 

I used to abhor using a cleanser or even putting moisturizer. To me, use body soap or shampoo, all-in-one, washing of face included. hahaha.

Ok fine, I'm more girly now. #hormoneschange

I was googling about toners and happen to read about amazing effects with Witch Hazel.

Extracting from Wise Bread on "15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel",  Witch Hazel is an astringent produced from the leaves and bark of the North American Witch Hazel shrub (Hamamelis virginiana), which grows naturally from Nova Scotia west to Ontario, Canada and south to Florida, and Texas in the United States. This plant was widely used for medicinal purposes by American Indians. The witch hazel extract was obtained by steaming the twigs of the shrub.

15 Benefits of Witch Hazel
(If you are interested, read! Else just read the main points!) 

1. The big one: Spot and blemish control

Witch hazel can reduce the inflammation on a pimple. Some people claim daily use helps with acne, and witch hazel can be found in many over-the-counter treatments. Application with a Witch Stick is the most convenient, but you can dab it on with a cotton ball. Ask your pharmacist before you do this, though.

2. Soothe and heal diaper rash

If your baby's rash isn't healing quick enough, apply witch hazel solution (Dickinson's is good) with a cotton ball and you should see immediate improvement to your baby's bottom.

3. Shrink bags under the eyes

Some people say that the application of hemorrhoid cream to those little baggies under your eyes can take them away. It's not an old wives' tale. One of the magic ingredients in a product like Preparation H is witch hazel, which helps tighten up the skin and reduce the bagginess. And that leads nicely to…

4. Soothe and reduce external hemorrhoids

Not only does witch hazel tighten skin, it's also a good anti-itch remedy. By combining witch hazel with aloe, glycerine or petroleum jelly and rub it on external hemorrhoids, you will reduce itching significantly and dry up most bleeding.

5. Varicose vein relief

Soak wash cloths in witch hazel and lay on legs, which are propped straight out, to reduce pain and swelling from varicose veins. The witch hazel helps to tighten the veins, relieving the discomfort temporarily.

6. Soothe poison ivy and poison oak

Just like acne and blemishes, the witch hazel reduces itching and relieves swelling. Something definitely worth packing on your next camping trip.

7. Treat chicken pox blisters

A combination of aloe, honey, lavender and other essential oils create a spray that will vastly reduce the discomfort of chicken pox blisters. And it's all-natural. Here's what to do:
Mix together 1 tablespoon honey, 40 drops lavender essential oil, 15 drops lemon essential oil, 15 drops bergamot essential oil, 5 drops peppermint essential oil, 1 teaspoon carrot seed oil and 1/2 cup aloe vera gel.
Once completely mixed, and 1/2 cup distilled witch hazel and mix again. Pour mixture into spray bottle and use on affected areas (avoiding eyes). A more potent and less unsightly way to treat the chicken pox than traditional calamine lotion.

8. Heal your bruises faster

Been in a fight recently? Well, maybe not. But if you bang your leg or arm and are left with a nasty bruise, a thrice-daily dab of witch hazel can help speed up the healing time of the bruise.

With all the benefits, and googling about PROS and CONS of witch hazel toner, I decided to get one from Watsons/Guardian. 

Last year I went to Bangkok with my family, and I popped by Watsons in the terminal (The shopping area after you checked your passport and entered in, where DFS are!) and asked the staffs whether do they have Witch Hazel Toner. 

The aunty working there recommended me Dr Mainz, Akone Pore Treatment Lotion which contains Witch Hazel.

It's a product from Taiwan and she says it's good. It comes in a open nozzle form, and you can just pour out on a cotton pad and dab on your face.

What I did was to pour on my palm, rub it together, and apply on my face. Because I feel that cotton pads absorb so much of the product and it's easier to use my hand to apply. 

It is very lightweight. But not sure whether it is on hyper allergy sensitive skin (Have yet to test on C who has hyper allergic sensitive skin that aloe vera would cause his face to have reaction as well.) 

I have used finished this bottle. It does not have much scent, and I would say it's fragrant free. It did not break me out either. 

I alternate this and Body Shop's Tea Tree Toner. So far has been loving more towards the Tea Tree Toner.  

Ingredients are:
Aquacare, Psoraion, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, 1.3 Propanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Extract, Witch Hazel Extract, Ethoxydiglycol, PEG-8, Polysorbate20, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, DDM Hydatoin, Flavor, Deionized Water.  

It contains Paraben which many avoids. It kept me wondering, What is Paraben?

Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in personal care products; they stop fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing in your favourite creams and makeup, especially in the moist, warm environment of a bathroom. 

Philippa Darbre, a senior lecturer in oncology and researcher in biomolecular sciences at the University of Reading, in England. She specializes in the impact of estrogen on breast cancer. 

In 2004, Darbre’s team published a pivotal study that detected parabens in 18 of 20 samples of tissue from breast tumour biopsies. 

Her study didn’t prove parabens cause cancer, only that they were easily detected among cancerous cells. 

The study was criticized for not comparing paraben levels in normal tissue, but nevertheless, the results called out for more investigation.

If paraben affects you, then don't get it. Because it's always better to be safe than to be sorry.

Overall, I would not get it again as though it's a lightweight toner, however, my pores seems to be still the same. It did controls my break out a little. But I think I would stick to my Body Shop's Tea Tree Toner! 

Just to share with everyone, if you still wish to try Witch Hazel due to blemishes and spots, you can try these 2 brands that online has been recommending. However do read the ingredients before you buy any product!

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