Rovectin Clean LHA Blemish Ampoule provides mild but effective skin exfoliation, helps control sebum, soothes and brightens skin. Used day and night, it can lead to healthier, youthful-looking skin.
This new serum from Rovectin makes big promises. Like their Skin Essentials Aqua Soothing UV Protector, this LHA blemish ampoule multi-tasks and addresses several skin concerns.
For example, it has whitening agents that promise to improve blemishes. And it moisturizes skin with 5 (yes, FIVE) kinds of hyaluronic acid. Let’s break it down and see if this little bottle delivers.
What does gel Rovectin Clean LHA Blemish Ampoule do?
You can use Rovectin Clean LHA Blemish Ampoule as a spot treatment, i.e. you only apply it to pimples or problem areas, or as a serum, i.e. you apply a thin layer of the product to your whole face.
It has 4 main benefits:
1. Gentle Exfoliation. Because it’s an LHA (more on that below), it’s an excellent choice for people with sensitive skin. It gently exfoliates clogged pores, helps control sebum and gets rid of blackheads.
2. Deep Hydration. Formulated with 5 kinds of hyaluronic acid, this serum provides deep hydration and moisture retention
3. Soothing Effects. This product also contains 85% neroli flower water extract, which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe and calm irritated skin. This ingredient also stimulates skin cell growth and enhances skin elasticity.
4. Skin Brightening. Last but not the least, Rovectin Clean LHA Blemish Ampoule contains glutathione which helps brighten and improve the appearance of blemishes caused by previous breakouts and skin problems. Glutathione is also known to help speed up skin regeneration.
LHA blemish ampoule ingredients
In addition to hyaluronic acid, neroli flower water extract and glutathione, Rovectin Blemish Ampoule also contains (full ingredient list):
Citrus aurantium amara (bitter orange) Flower water, Propanediol, 1, 2-hexanediol, Methylpropanediol, Niacinamide, Purified water, Sodium hyaluronate, Sodium hyaluronate crosspolymer, Glutathione, Hyaluronic acid, Capryloyl salicylic acid, Hyrolyzed hyaluronic acid, Aloe barbadensis leaf extract, Panthenol, Carbomer, Glycerin, Raspberry ketone, Hydroxyethyl urea, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Tromethamine, Ethylhexyglycerin, Allantoin, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Butylene glycol, Benzyl glycol, Beta-glucan, Hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin, Disodium edta, Ethanol (*Rovectin uses plant-based ethanol)
What is an LHA?
You might already be familiar with AHAs and BHAs, which are both chemical exfoliants.
AHA, or alpha hydroxy acids, is a group of acids that includes glycolic acid, lactic acid, tartaric acid, citric acid, malic acid, and mandelic acid.
BHA, or beta hydroxy acids, is a group of acids that includes salicylic acid and some forms of citric acid.
LHA, on the other hand, stands for lipo hydroxy acids, which is a derivative of the commonly used skin-care ingredient — salicylic acid. It’s much gentler than salicylic acid and is recommended for people with sensitive skin who can’t tolerate BHAs.
Lipo hydroxy acids are known to decongest pores, remove dead skin cells and smoothen skin, leading to a clearer, brighter complexion.
Other things to note about this blemish treatment
- Smell. This serum smells very astringent-y out of the bottle but fragrance-free upon application.
- Colour. It’s a clear gel that leaves no stain on the skin. Or on my pillow case.
- Texture and Consistency. It’s very thick and a little sticky when you first spread it but dries and absorbs fast.
- Application. It spreads well but you need a considerable amount (compared to other serums I’ve tried) to cover the whole face.
- Packaging. It comes in a 15ml clear green bottle with a dropper. You’ll notice that it doesn’t have a lot of text or design on the bottle; it does come with stickers so you can customize the bottle however you like.
- Contra-indications. Because this product is a derivative of salicylic acid, be cautious when using it with vitamin C, retinol and AHAs.
How I use Rovectin LHA Blemish Ampoule
This product sounds like a real miracle worker. So that made me a little skeptical going in. I was still super eager to find out if it works though.
I used it as a serum after my toner and essence stage, before moisturizer. I apply 1 full drop of the product to each cheek and use my fingertips to spread it on my face.
I started using it once a week and moved up to daily once my skin has gotten used to it. Rovectin recommends morning and evening use but I only use this product at night.
This product made me purge immediately.
I know “the purge” is a scary thing to think about but ironically, purging is a good sign. It means the product is working as it should. And although it feels counterintuitive, you should actually continue using a product if you do purge from it.
This is a great article on purging but for now, the most important thing to know is how to tell the difference between a purge and a breakout.
You’re purging if:
- Your blemishes (blackheads, whiteheads, pimples) appear where they usually appear
- And they disappear faster
You’re breaking out if:
- You’re getting blemishes in areas of your face where you don’t usually have them
- And they take more than a week to go away
Also remember that purging only usually happens when you first use products that promote cell turnover like direct acids, retinoids or chemical peels.
If you’re reacting to things like facial cleansers and sunscreens, you should definitely stop using them.
It normally takes 1 skin cycle or about 28 days for purging to be over so don’t start using a potentially purge-inducing new product if you have a major event in the coming month (see more tips on how to introduce new products to your skincare routine here).
How I calmed my skin while purging
So anyhow, purge I go. I continue using Rovectin Blemish Ampoule and by week 3, my skin starts calming down. By week 4, I’m in the clear.
On weeks 1 and 2, I helped things along by simplifying my skincare routine, keeping my skin moisturized, and applying Klairs Blue Calming Cream on nights when it was extra horrible. I’m From Mugwort Mask once a week also helped calm my skin down.
Results of my skin experiment
So was the purge worth it? It absolutely was.
Below are ultra-zoom photos of a part of my cheek with acne marks from years ago. I’ve been trying to lighten it with all kinds of things for close to a year with little to no noticeable effect.
But after just a month of Rovectin Clean LHA Blemish Ampoule, my acne marks are lighter, smaller and the area around them looks clearer.
My face looks brighter and smoother. And dare I say my pores appear smaller too.
Zooming in, I still flaws and blemishes. And I still experience redness. But with consistent use, I know this product will definitely help me achieve the skin I want.
Other things I like about Rovectin Clean LHA Blemish Ampoule
- No sting. I also like that this product doesn’t sting upon application or after.
- Absorbs well. And although it’s sticky for a few minutes, once it absorbs, my skin feels supple and smooth.
What I don’t like about it
My only nitpick about this product is that it’s way too small. I’ve only been using it for a month and I’ve more than halfway finished the bottle. I wish they made it in a bigger size.
Also, I don’t get the stickers. I feel that they’re unnecessary and make a highly effective product seem frivolous. Or maybe I’m just not the right target market for stickers anymore!
Anyway, purging is okay. Adjusting my routine is okay. So I don’t count that against this serum at all.
Do I recommend Rovectin Clean LHA Blemish Ampoule?
In a rating scale of 1 to 5 — 5 being awesome — this product is a 5 for me. Despite the stickers 🙂
Now that I’m done purging, I’m going to slowly re-introduce my old products into my routine but honestly, I think I will find that this serum replaces most of them. It’s a great little multi-tasking product.
Want to see if it’ll work for you?
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As always, remember that every person’s skin and skin type is different so what might work for me might not work for you. Before trying a new product, it pays to do a little bit of research first. And patch-test before using to be sure.
Happy skin experimenting! Practice good skincare habits always.
Have you tried Rovectin Blemish Ampoule? Did it work for you? Will you recommend it? Would love to hear from you in the comments section below!