Thursday, November 20, 2008

Product Review: ROHTO Mentholatum Acnes Gel

Product Blurb: ROHTO Mentholatum Acnes Gel is a medicated type face gel that helps protect your skin from acne. Contains Vitamin E and B6 protect your skin from dead skin and dryness. Contains glycyrrhizin acid and resorcinol extract for protect your skin from burning and tanning.


Directions: 1. Apply good amount into finger and foam onto acne.

Price: $19.99

Available at: Ohayo Store and

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5

Quick Rundown

  • reduces the size of the pimple within the first use
  • doesn't sting, burn, or any adverse effects
  • OK to use during the day (doesn't leave a white cast after

  • CONS:
  • has that sulfuric smell
  • not readily available (if you're not from Japan)
  • a bit pricey for a tube

  • Thoughts? This is definitely my pimple arsenal. I recently picked this up when I made a trip to Ohayo store in Puente Hills (Buy it here!). Although I don't breakout as much as I did before, I still get occassional pimples here and there (mostly on my forehead). And when I get them, they come in massive sizes and they hurt! Sometimes they linger around for weeks, just because I let them be meaning I don't touch, pop, or put anything on it.

    I was a bit skeptical when I first bought this though. First of all, I don't understand a lick of Japanese as mentioned in my previous post, so like any other acne cream that comes in a small tube, I simply just used it as a spot treatment. I'm not sure why the Ohayo website says that it foams when it clearly isn't meant to be a face wash (at least I don't think it does).

    Anyway, so I applied this at night before I went to sleep (minus the Ly-na cream). And the morning I woke up, I noticed that the size of my pimple have been reduced to a significant size. The pimple wasn't in-your-face-waving-hello type of thing. I also noticed it also reduced the redness of the pimple.

    By my third use, my pimple is no longer hanging out on my face. It also didn't leave a nasty scar (granted I didn't pick on it as well) by the time it went bye bye.

    I also like how the cream doesn't sting at all. I noticed that most spot treatments have that burning sensation once it gets contact with your skin. I also didn't experience any peeling or flakiness where I've applied the cream while using it.

    The only thing I don't like about this product is the smell (it's always gotta be the smell). You can definitely smell sulfur in it. So if you're allergic to sulfur, I probably wouldn't recommend this. The smell does linger even though the cream applies clearly on your face. So if the smell does really bother you, I suggest to just use it at night.

    This cream is also a bit pricey for a small tube. It's $20 a pop although you only need a little cream just to cover the pimple. So depending on how often you get your breakouts will determine how long this product will last you. It's also hard to locate this in a store. You'll probably get a better luck just buying it online. Although I'm not too sure if this might be available at Marukai or Mitsuwa.

    Final Verdict: Overall, I love this product despite of its sulfuric smell. It's gentle enough for me that it doesn't cause a burning sensation when I apply the cream, and I definitely saw results after the first use. But please, don't expect a miracle that it'll vanish your pimple right on the spot, because it wouldn't. The results are gradual, but it definitely shortened the time of the pimples' presence on my face.



    1. It is a little pricey...but as long as it works, it's good investment.

      I use aspirin as a spot treatment lol...:P

    2. ah this is the one you got! i recognise the box color heeheee

      its funny how you are jealous of the stuff i get in japan but i am lemming for stuff in usa XD

    3. Hi there! Love your blog. I was wondering... I'm going to Japan for a biz trip next month, any drugstore products that you recommend checking out?

    4. @Gee: Sadly the aspirin mask doesn't work on me. It actually flares up my acne more :(

      @Yumeko: haha yea this is it. Maybe we should trade places for one week. C'mon you have to admit that Japanese make the cutest and coolest things!

      @audgepodge: OOh lucky you! you get to go to Japan at the company's expense! I heard rave reviews on the Kate palettes... so you have to walk out with that. Mandom cleanser! That's my HG makeup remover. I heard Lunasol liquid liners are pretty awesome. I have a list maybe I'll share my to-buy in Japan them to you when I find them :)

    5. it's sooo overpriced in the states! i'm frm singapore, this brand is launched recently here. the acne gel sells at abt USD6 in local pharmacies here! i bought the promo box, cream cleanser and this gel at USD6 only. this gel works for me, probably getting another box to stock up. wonderful blog! enjoy reading yr entries~ =)

    6. Thank you so much for this info! I can't read any Japanese and ever since I came to the country (I'm originally for the US East coast) I've been breaking out like crazy. Mind you, it hasn't been this bad since high school...and I'm a senior in college! It's quite frustrating. I saw this in the drug store near my apartment, so I'll be sure to go and buy it when I go out again!

    7. Do I need to wash it off or just keep it on ? sorry still new at this.

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