Cathy Doll Acne Solution Serum + Foam Cleanser Review | Sachet Series

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*I wrote the draft for this post a couple of months ago. I’ve fallen way out of the beauty line since then. So, here: take my apology in advance if portions of this piece don’t make sense.  

The state of my country has been making it difficult for me to focus on anything related to beauty. While I used to be able to pore over tens of articles daily about lipsticks and hair treatments, lately I’ve been avoiding them as much as I could. But then I remembered that caring about what is going on around me and wanting to know how to clear my skin and apply makeup properly should not be exclusive of each other. 
So here we are, folks. I bring you the first in (what I hope will be) a series of reviews of beauty products in sachets. I put the Cathy Doll Acne Solution Serum + Foam Cleanser (around P20) I got from 7/11 to the test. The buzz term for me here, of course, was “acne solution.” What made it more interesting, though, is that it’s supposedly a cleanser and serum in one.

A serum, according to Into the Gloss, is something you use in between a cleanser and a moisturizer. It’s meant to target specific problems of the skin and is more potent than a moisturizer. It’s less rich than a moisturizer, although it may also contain moisturizing properties.
So, when you use the Cathy Doll Acne Solution product, you may be washing away supposedly powerful ingredients since it’s also a cleanser, and you don’t let it sit on your skin for long. That doesn’t sound smart. 
Now, I’m no chemistry expert. I would have slept through my chemistry class in high school if it didn’t harm my chance of graduating. But just like you, I am curious about what I put on my skin, too, and have started reading the ingredients lists of the products I use. I don’t think I can explain things easily with conviction, though, since as we’ve established, I didn’t get a decent grade in chemistry and I know nothing about the subject. So I’ll just talk about how it worked for me. If you’re curious to know whether this product is similar to other cleansers out there, though, here’s its ingredients list.

The Cathy Doll Acne Solution Serum + Foam Cleanser has a similar consistency to other cleansers. Texture-wise, it reminds me a lot of Ponds products.

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For something that’s supposed to keep you moisturized (read: serum), my face felt quite dry after using it. It’s not something I dislike, though, since I have this weird way of thinking where if a cleanser leaves me feeling “squeaky clean,” I believe it’s really getting rid of gunk from my face.

Now, I’m not sensitive about scents. This product has a fragrance I’ve never experienced before. It smells very herbal, perhaps a bit too much so. To me, it smelled like rubbing leaves on my face. You get used to it, though, and the product doesn’t smell as strong as days go by.

We’ve come to the part where I’m supposed to show you how my face looked like before starting to use this product, but I just realized that I failed to take an “after” photo. So, putting my acne-ridden skin minus the progress photo would be useless. Did it work, though? Surprisingly, yes. I finished the whole packet after 10 days and my skin was definitely calmer, if you will, by then. I tried re-purchasing, but they were already sold out when I came back. This comes in a full-sized tube, though, so I might just pick one up when I visit the city one of these days.

Have you tried the Cathy Doll Acne Solution Serum + Foam Cleanser before?


Jorj is an editor by profession, a b/vlogger on weekends, and a wife to Yop and mom to Cadence always. She's powered by curiosity and is in the process of becoming her best self.

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