Its been a while since I had a good ol’ rant at a product. Uhoh, I hear you think – does not bode well for this does it?
Yes ladies, I present to you the cause of my cystic acne breakouts – not once, not twice, but THREE times!
The story starts this way. I have my favourite sunscreens, but I’m always in the market for something new. And for some reason, my eye kept getting drawn to the ROC Minesol Triple Defense sunscreen. That’s the trouble with reading online reviews – I keep coveting something new all the time and for some reason, this particular sunscreen seems to be raved about mostly because it has what it says – Very High Protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
Why Triple Defense? Because this one contains Titanium Dioxide, Tinosorb S and M, Avobenzone and Octocrylene. Basically, this cream covers you from every end of the spectrum and back again.
Thing is, ROC skincare is pricey and this one is no exception. I believe it retails at RM80+ for a 50ml tube. But one day, while in Penang, I saw this going at only RM54.90 so I snapped it up. Still pricey, mind you, but a discount softens the blow.
The cream is thick with a slight yellow cast. I’m used to wearing thick creams – my good ol’ favourite of La Roche Posay Anthelios cream is thick too. But where that one absorbed well into my skin without leaving it feeling too oily or sticky, this ROC Minesol did not. It sits on the top of my skin, making it feel oily and sticky and ick! Everything I do not like in sunscreen and everything that turns people off applying sunscreen. It also left a white cast on my skin.
Nevertheless, I persevered. I had to see why everyone raved about it.
The first time I started developing cystic acne about 2 days after I started using this, I did not pay too much attention. I continued using it, and the acne got worse. For some reason, I never twigged that it might be this sunscreen.
I stopped this to try another, and everything cleared up. Came back for a 2nd run and bam! Cystic acne again. This time, I had some spots on my forehead and cheek too. If you aren’t sure what cystic acne is, it is those huge hard painful bumps you get under your skin. They sometimes don’t erupt, they just stay hard and painful and red. Annoying as heck.
This time, I thought it might be the sunscreen, so I stopped it to let the acne heal. A month later, strictly to test this sunscreen, I applied it on Day 1 and observed.
Day 2 saw me waking up with a bump on my chin. That was it! I was not hanging around to see more appear (and 2 more did the following day) so I’ve stopped using this sunscreen.
Its a pity it reacted so badly with my skin. It promises to be a perfect sunscreen with all the right UV blockers to protect the skin from the sun’s rays. But I guess my skin hated all that eh?
Pros: Very high protection
Cons: Thick, Gave me cystic acne, Oily, Left a white cast, Expensive
Here’s the ingredient list. I was too lazy to copy it all out so I hope its all clear and readable. If you are a clever sort with a nice A in Chemistry or Dermatology or basically cleverer than I am, perhaps you could twig as to why I broke out so badly from this cream. Or there might be nothing, because everyone has different skin types!
I now have a full tube of this ROC Minesol Triple Defense Very High Protection Cream being a Very Big Bother on my dresser. In most cases, I’d pass it onto my sister or my Mum but not this time. I don’t want them to come after my blood when they discover their skin breaking out!
Anyone out there like this? If you’re in Malaysia and you like it, and don’t mind a slightly used tube, I’ll send it to you – gratis. Just don’t blame me if you break out 😛
ROC Minesol Triple Defense Very High Protection Cream SPF50+ retails at RM80+ or more at large outlets of Guardian and Watson’s.