If you have troubled or acne-prone skin, you’ve probably used products with ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or tea tree oil. While they’re super effective at treating acne, they can also irritate your skin. The Korean brand Yadah offers a different solution.
A little background story
Yadah is a Korean brand developed by Eun Mi Kang specifically for sensitive and troubled skin. Each of their products contain very minimal chemical ingredients and instead relies on anti-inflammatory plant extracts to soothe and treat even the most sensitive skin.
While I’m not against “chemical” ingredients (because let’s be real, all ingredients are composed of chemical elements regardless of their origin), I do love seeing favorites like centella asiatica and chamomile extracts, especially in anti-acne treatments which are typically harsher on the skin.
My 2 weeks with Yadah
I received the following 3 products to try out, and you can view the detailed review by clicking on the product name:
- Anti Trouble Bubble Cleanser – A low pH, self-foaming, amino-acid based cleanser. It feels gentle on the skin but it didn’t prevent breakouts completely. I still ended up with a couple pimples on my forehead, though they may be hormonal or the result of me purging from Curology.
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- Anti-T Red Zero Spot Cream – A gentle spot treatment with loads of soothing plant extracts to minimize any red spots. Doesn’t work on acne but is great for redness from inflammation or to minimize post-acne scarring.
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- Oh My Sun Slush SPF50+ PA+++ – A light yet hydrating sunscreen with 56% prickly pear cactus extract! This was my first Korean sunscreen and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this.
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All the above products were extremely gentle on the skin and loaded with wonderful plant extracts. If you browse the ingredient lists you’ll see that they really do make an effort to minimize the number of chemicals in each product without sacrificing scent or texture. But because they’re so gentle, they’re not very effective at actually treating acne, though regular usage can help calm your skin and decrease the chances of future breakouts.
After 2 weeks of testing these products, I find they work best in conjunction with traditional acne treatments. You have the power ingredients like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide to clear your pores and kill the acne-causing bacteria, while the anti-inflammatory ingredients in Yadah’s Anti Trouble line help repair the skin and minimize any irritations. Even if you don’t have acne-prone skin, I think all skin types can benefit from the soothing nature of Yadah’s products.
Overall I’m pretty happy with each of the 3 products, and I think they are great and affordable options for those with sensitive and/or troubled skin. Hope you enjoyed this brand overview, and let me know what your favorite anti-acne products are in the comments below (lucky you if you don’t break out at all)! Have a great week!