cosrx natural bha skin returning a-sol review

CosRx Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol Review: Does It Really Clear Recurring Pimples?

I love how the CosRx Two in One Poreless Power Liquid improved my skin. It made it look smoother, my pores tighter, and less blackhead. But its acne prevention is quite poor. So I needed a product that will prevent and heal the acne that I could use with it. And I didn’t look further since someone in Asian Beauty Reddit suggested in my post to try this other CosRx product that helped reduce her acne. But did it work on me? Was it a good pair with the Two in One Poreless Power Liquid? Scroll down to read my CosRx Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol review to know more.


CosRx Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol is non-drying acne treatment solution with natural BHA. It claims to control oil and clear recurring pimples with natural BHA. It gently removes dead skin cells and acne-causing sebum buildup that will leave you with clean and clear skin. This is recommended for oily, acne-prone skin types, including sensitive skin.

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The CosRx Natural BHA Skin Returning A-Sol is 60% propolis extract which has been demonstrated as effective for wound healing. While the BHA in this product is the Betaine Salicylate which is a milder alternative to Salicylic Acid. It is also mixed with another anti-acne ingredient, the Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil which is also a natural anti-bacterial. And this also has Panthenol and Sodium Hyaluronate which are ingredients that also promotes wound healing.

Besides those, this also contains Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid which have anti-aging benefits but it puzzles me because those ingredients can be irritating for those with sensitive skin. And then, the alcohol content of this toner is also quite high, which is going to be a turn-off for people with dry/dehydrated skin, compromised skin barriers, or alcohol sensitivities. But for those of us who do not have a problem with the ingredient, the alcohol is beneficial. It aids ingredient penetration and speeds up product drying so that you can move on to your next skincare step a little faster.

You can read more about its ingredient analysis in Skin Carisma.


APPLICATION: In the mornings/evenings after facial wash, using a cotton pad, spread a thin layer onto troubled areas, such as areas with dead skin cells and, blackheads, acne, and excess sebum. Tap gently with fingertips to make it absorb. If you use daytime, please apply sunscreen after the application.

SCENT: This has the exact same scent as the CosRx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser which smells like a mix of lemon and mint.

PACKAGING: Just like other Cosrx Power Liquid products, this is also packaged in a pump bottle that comes in a white box with a design that resembles the bottle’s labels. Nothing cute but doesn’t look cheap.

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FORMULA: Unlike other CosRx Power Liquids, the Natural BHA Returning Skin A-Sol has a really clear and watery texture. You can’t just apply this solely with your hands, you will really need a cotton pad.

RESULT: Although it claims to be a “non-drying acne treatment solution” it kinda feels drying in the skin. Yes, in not on. Because I feel the dryness underneath the skin, not on the surface. Plus, it is a bit minty so it stings when used on active acne! That is why after using this toner, I like applying a layer or two of the Purito Centella Green Level Calming Toner to soothe and hydrate my skin. Despite that, it’s really effective at drying out my acne thus improving my skin.

However, during the FIFA World Cup Russia which aired around 10 PM to 5 AM in my country plus I also went on a binge-drinking weekend, I became lazy with my skincare routine. Most times, after the last match, I just wash my face and go straight to sleep. For the record, I don’t have any makeup on and really feels tired after the last match so I just go to sleep without doing my skincare routine. And 3 days of that habit, I started getting little pimples in my chin. And then just one morning, I noticed some normal size and cystic acne already appeared on my face!

I already heard from some people in Reddit that if you made your skin dependent on BHA and then stopped, you’ll end up breaking out. And I guess based on what happened to me, it is true. So if you want to use this product or any other products with a high dosage of BHA, I highly recommend that you will be committed to it or else.

Despite that, I still recommend this product. But only for those with severe acne-problem and oily skin.

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PROS: Really helps on preventing and healing the acne by drying them out. And the minty feeling really helps in controlling the excess oil.

CONS: It stings on active acne.


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*This product may or may not help you. If the pimple persists, you may need to know the type of pimple you have or better, consult a doctor.