편강 율 Pyunkang Yul Acne Line Review

I first heard about Pyunkang Yul when Gothamista raved about it in her youtube channel. Not long after, I’ve started seeing a lot of that gorgeous blue glass bottle packaging all over Instagram (I’m a sucker for blue packaging). I haven’t tried any of their products but I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews about it. Recently, they released their Acne Line and I was fortunate enough that StyleKorean picked me to try and review Pyunkang Yul’s new stuff.

Pyunkang Yul Acne Line
편강 율 Pyunkang Yul Acne Line

The entire line is composed of the following:

  1. Acne Facial Cleanser
  2. Acne Toner
  3. Acne Spot Cream
  4. Acne Cream
  5. Acne Dressing Mask Pack

For your reference: My skin type is oily and my face used to be acne-prone during my teens and early 20’s, good thing it already calmed down. Although my face cleared up, my acne on my back did not. I have tried cleansers and toners recommended by Dermatologists but my back acne never really went away.

Pyunkang Yul – Acne Facial Cleanser 120ml

Pyunkang Yul Acne Facial Cleanser
편강 율  Pyunkang Yul Acne Facial Cleanser

Product Description: Made for acne-prone and sensitive skin, this hypoallergenic facial cleanser is infused with white willow bark extract to exfoliate dead skin cells, forsythia suspensa fruit extract to decrease inflammation and centella asiatica extract to rejuvenate skin.

Active Ingredients & Claims:
1. White Willow which contains salicylic acid and tannin

  • Removal of dead skin cells and waste resulting from sebum

2. Tiger Lily which contains Matairesinol glucoside

  • Pore cleaning and antibacterial effects

3. Copper tripeptide and White Willow

  • Anti-inflammatory effects

I love that this gel type cleanser is gentle and non-drying to the skin. It has a very faint medicinal scent and it comes in a simple bottle packaging. However, this cleanser is too runny for me, if you won’t be careful you’ll dispense more product than intended (I think a pump dispenser is more suitable for this). I usually look for cleansers that foam really well so I can feel that deep cleaning but this product doesn’t lather or foam very well.

Verdict: It’s an average cleanser. It cleans well and it didn’t strip my skin from moisture nor did it irritate my skin. However, for the price point, I have tried a better cleanser that costs less than this.

Rating: 6.5/10

Pyunkang Yul Toner- 150ml

Pyunkang Yul Toner

Product Description: This multi-functional toner gently cleanses the face, removes dead skin cells, controls sebum production and minimizes pores. Its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory formula is perfect for acne-prone and sensitive skin.

Active Ingredients & Claims:
1. White Willow that contains salicylic acid and tannin

  • Removal of dead skin cells and soft skin texture

2. Maticaria Extract and Tiger Lily that contains Matairesinol glucoside

  • Sebum control and antibacterial effects

3. Copper tripeptide and Asiatic pennywort extract that contains Madecassic acid

  • Antibacterial effects and sebum control

This is one of my favourites in this acne line. It’s a clear, gentle toner that feels very much like water. It doesn’t sting and doesn’t dry out my skin. At first, it seems like this toner doesn’t have any scent but I you try to smell it after pressing the bottle you’ll observe a faint medicinal scent.

Verdict: I love this product! My previous HG toner contains glycolic acid that exfoliates my skin but I’m a bit taken aback to use it daily. This toner, on the other hand,  also has exfoliating properties but is very gentle that I would confidently use every day.

Rating: 8.0/10

Pyunkang Yul – Acne Spot Cream 15ml

Pyunkang Yul Acne Spot Cream
편강 율 Pyunkang Yul Acne Spot Cream

Product Description: This acne cream contains copper tripeptide to calm inflammations and fight acne-causing bacteria, plus licorice extract to cool skin down. It is also enriched with extracts from green tea, centella and Asiatic knotweed to control sebum, minimize pores and promote cell renewal.

Active Ingredients & Claims:
1. Copper tripeptide and Licorice extract that glycyrrhizin and liquiritin

  • Rapid alleviation of acne within 12 hours

2. Tiger Lily that contains saponin and oleanolic acid

  • Skin regeneration and minimized pores

3. Silika and White Willow that contains salicylic acid and tannin

  • Anti bacterial effects and sebum control

This is a lightweight spot cream intended to zap those zits. It dries quickly and absorbs really well but I did not notice any rapid alleviation of acne.

Verdict: I’m not really a fan of spot cream in general so I think I’m going to skip this one.

Rating: 5/10

Pyunkang Yul – Acne Cream 50ml

Pyunkang Yul Acne Cream
편강 율 Pyunkang Yul Acne Cream

Product Description: This hypoallergenic cream soothes and moisturizes acne-prone and sensitive skin. Infused with white willow bark extract as a natural exfoliant, forsythia suspensa fruit extract for anti-inflammation and centella asiatica extracts for anti-aging properties.

Active Ingredients & Claims:
1. Tiger Lily that contains Matairesinol glucoside and Asiatic knotweed root extract that contains hyperin and polygonin

  • Prevention of bacterial invasion

2. Scutellaria baicalensis that contains baicalin

  • Sebum control and antibacterial effects

3. Copper tripeptide and Asiatic pennywort extract that contains Madecassic acid and White Willow that contains salicylic acid and tannin

  • Anti-inflammatory effects and skin regeneration

Out of the five products of this line, I think this one really stands out. I initially used this as an AM moisturizer. It’s a lightweight gel type cream that dries quickly and doesn’t leave my skin feeling sticky or tacky. It made my skin really soft and smooth (as if I exfoliated). I agree that it is effective with sebum control, however, for me, the oil control effect lasted only a few hours and I noticed that after 6-8hrs my skin started producing more oil than the usual, (I think my skin compensated for the initial anti-sebum effect of the cream).

Verdict: Even though the net effect of this product made my skin oilier than usual, I would still buy this 100%. I wouldn’t mind blotting or touching up in exchange for a soft, smooth, acne free skin.

Rating: 8.5/10

Pyunkang Yul – Acne Dressing Mask Pack 18g

Pyunkang Yul Acne Dressing Mask Pack
편강 율 Pyunkang Yul Acne Dressing Mask Pack

Highly moisturizing and soothing, this mask pack focuses on controlling acne with 4 pieces of masks to be placed on acne-prone areas.

Active Ingredients & Claims:
1. Specialised care for affected spots

2. White Willow and Tiger Lily that contains Matairesinol glucoside

  • Rapid alleviation and anti-bacterial effects

3. Hyaluronic acid

  • Intensive moisture

This mask pack contains 4 pieces of rectangular sheets infused with an essence that is clear, thin and lightweight. Think of this as a toner infused masks, well actually they look and feel more like a facial wipe than a sheet mask. It’s non sticky and it doesn’t adhere to face very well, you have lie down when using this product for about ten minutes so this does not fall off.

Verdict: I love the concept of this mask pack. I really liked the size and shape of this mask, which enables you to apply this mask anywhere your target part is located. However, I don’t see myself using this on a regular basis.

Rating: 6.5/10

Results:

After using the ACNE line for a short period of two weeks  I did not experience any purging or breaking out. My current acne dried up and my pimple bumps flattened.  I also noticed that my skin became really smooth and soft. There were no noted effects in terms of diminishing pimple marks / hyperpigmentation.

Before:

After 2 weeks:

For a span of two weeks, it did deliver results. I will update this blog post after 4 weeks and after 8 weeks use of the acne line. Hopefully, this line will be consistent.

Final thoughts:  think its safe to say the acne line worked for me after 2 weeks of use, It didn’t break me out and I noted that my acne (especially on my back) were minimised. I love the fact that the entire line is non-drying and non- irritating. This would be so good for people with sensitive skin. I don’t think its necessary to purchase the entire line but I highly recommend the toner and the acne cream.

 

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