In many cases, I use non-mask skincare products for months before writing a review, just to be certain of how I feel about them.
That’s not the case with the Mizon Dust Clean Up Peeling Toner. After a few weeks of testing I can’t stand putting this shit on my face any longer.
Mizon Dust Clean Up Peeling Toner Review
The chrome-color plastic bottle comes in a matching rather plain monochromatic box, all of which functions as a fine container for a crap product. My complaint with the packaging is that it doesn’t allow one to see how much is left, but then again, I can’t imagine many people worrying about how much is left since it will likely end up in the bin well before the end of the bottle.
Water, Glycerin, Alcohol, Propanediol, Pentylene Glycol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Sodium Citrate, Salicylic Acid, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Disodium EDTA, 1,2-Hexandiol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Glycolic Acid, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.
CosDNA analysis. Butylene Glycol is the one small red flag here, rating 1 out of 5 as a potential acne trigger.
One thing I can’t do is analyze the ingredient list in relation to the concentration of ingredients. Due to a difference in how Korean cosmetics companies are required to order their ingredient lists (explained here), kbeauty ingredients can’t be assumed to be listed in order of overall concentration, as the US FDA requires. Skincare fans try to bargain their way out of that truth by reasoning that the first few ingredients are maybe correct? In reality, we can assume nothing. Korean beauty ingredient lists are only useful insofar as telling you what is in the product.
I suspect that there’s a fuckton of alcohol in the Mizon Dust Clean Up Peeling Toner.
Without a mass spectrometer it’s impossible to know exactly how much alcohol is in it. Considering that I had to look up how to spell “mass spectrometer,” I don’t have one in, say, my blogging office.
The only reasonable alternative was to light this shit on fire and see if there’s a giant fireball that erupts from the rising alcohol fumes.
As you can see in this video, I was unable to create a fireball by holding a grill lighter to the toner surface. So there’s less than I thought, yay, finally a win for this product.
The pH is around 4.5, which is perfectly reasonable.
Mizon Dust Clean Up Peeling Toner has been suggested as a replacement for the beloved-by-just-about-everyone-I-know-and-also-me Mizon AHA BHA Daily Clean Toner, which appears to have been discontinued. Again.
No. Absolutely not.
What this is is a fine replacement for the hootch that the neighborhood drunks comsumed and then peed out on a Moscow playground in the 1980s where my husband was a child just trying to play with his treasured red rubber ball and eat snow in peace.
When I applied it to my face, my skin immediately flushed, got warm, and became sensitive. My skin felt more hydrated than when I used the Mizon AHA BHA Daily Clean Toner (in a way I didn’t particularly like–I felt it was too much for the toner step), but it started peeling strangely, feeling more thin and fragile, and screaming when I applied other, fairly benign products.
Life is too short for shitty skincare.
My genuine aim with this outrageously dragtastic review is to try to reach as many people as possible and let them know that this product, in my experience, is not good. I can see myself, in my early days of skincare fangirling, forcing myself to like this and thinking that the peeling and burning was a sign my skin would soon improve. No. There are a ton of great, affordable products and this just isn’t one of them. In my opinion.
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