Ingredients Detective : Hada Labo Ultimate Whitening Milk

Friday, August 10, 2012


Hello, lovelies~ I have been in love with Hada Labo's face wash and lotion because of their cheap and effective property. Since I haven't tried the Milk (moisturizer), I decided to give it a go.


I bought the Ultimate Whitening Milk from the Shirojyun line, the ones in the blue bottle packaging. Similar to the lotion, the milk is packaged in a blue, flip top bottle that houses 100 ml of product. The milk itself is a slightly thick white liquid with the color resembling regular milk. It spreads easily  and hydrates the driest of skin. I wouldn't really recommend this for people with combination and/or oily, acne prone type because it may just be a little too rich for you. 

As the title of the post suggest, this isn't a full review. This is an investigative post! *cue sound effects, dun dun dun!* Anyway, I used this for nearly a week and had a little accident on my face. I noticed acne on my right cheek and on top of my lips. Noooooo~ *cue cameras zooming out of my face* 

I started looking at the ingredients one by one to see which one is causing me to break out. As my eyes scanned for the potential perpetrator, I found Isopropyl Palmitate among the ingredients list. I remembered vaguely about this ingredient, so I started searching for it. I found a couple of sites that deemed or claimed it as a culprit behind clogged pores.

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Taken from acne.org, the figure above shows on the scale of 0-5 the potential of those ingredients in clogging pores. Isopropyl Palmitate sits comfortably on the scale of 4, with 5 being the highest. Another source also has the same claims about Isopropyl palmitate being one of the ingredients that has a tendency to clog pores.

This pore clogging property probably has something to do with it being a compound of isopropyl acohol and palmitic acid (palm oil). It is categorized as an emollient, which makes the skin soft and moisturized, which makes a great product for very dry to dry skin type, but at the same time may afflict acne for some people, especially those with combination and/or oily skin type. Another reason, accordding to Wisegeek, behind the acne incidents is because of the viscosity or thick consistency of isopropyl palmitate that it tends to clog the pores. However, it still benefits those with very dry and/or dry skin, but other than that, I suggest you stay away.

I thought I was finished until I saw Glyceryl stearate. As you can see from the figure above, glyceryl stearate is rated 3 out of 5 in terms of clogging pores. It slows the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin, making the skin soft and smooth. However, since it is made by combining glycerin with fatty acids from animals and vegetable fats and oils, it may be a contributing factor to it being a pore clogger.

I hope this post has been useful for you and you can also print the figure above and take it when you're out shopping for new skincare. However, keep in mind that each skin is different, so it may react on one and not cause anything on another. Let's be an ingredient detective! ^_^

Reference
1. http://blog.pharmacymix.com/what-blocks-pores-comedogenic-ingredient-list
2. http://www.acne.org/comedogenic-list.html
3. http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-isopropyl-palmitate.htm
4. http://cosmeticsinfo.org/ingredient_details.php?ingredient_id=498


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20 comments

  1. wah thanks for sharing ci >,<
    jd mikir2 mau beli lg.. ada parabennya jg @_@

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  2. cici, you are so productive at blogging. thumbs up :D btw, thanx for the detailed review about this product. me no likey parabens. lol

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    1. Thank you. You have great reviews as well, Adel. ∩__∩ I'm also trying to stay away from parabens.

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  3. phaniee.. thx for breaking down the ingredients! this post is really informative and helpful! I have a major break out using hada labo :'( and that's why i'm curious to know why. so, next i can be more careful choosing another skincare. thx for this post, phanie :D

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    1. I had breakout whilenusing this as well. Glad it was informative! ∩__∩

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  4. as for me i get breakouts and clogged pores if I don't slap *i mean tap* until the milk absorbed completely. maybe a longer tap2 will help u ;)

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    1. I've tried both spreading it and tapping it all over my face T_T

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  5. wooooooo VIVA KNOWLEDGE!! :D

    thanks ya cici phanie :* selaluuuu memberi postingan yang berguna nfufu~

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    1. Your welcome~ Semoga berguna bagi nusa dan bangsa. *Loh

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  6. Wah ternyata banyak yg breakout setelah pakai ini.
    Jadi pikir2 kalau mau beli.
    Thanx Phanie^^

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    1. Your welcome. Semoga bisa menjadi pembeli yg lbh teliti. *Halah, bahasanya.

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  7. Oh, ternyata ini alasanya kenapa banyak yg brekot pake shirojyun...
    Ah, klo paraben masih bisa kutrerima asal jangan ditelen *lolol, tapi yg skornya 4-5 itu lho bikin syok...

    nice post, phanie.... d(^^)b

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  8. Aku suka banget yang Lotionnya!! *sampe harus pake tanda seru* Itu enak banget buat kulit kering/kombinasi.. Selama kulitnya ga terlalu sensitif sih ga masalah menurutku sih. ^_^;;

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  9. yang edisi bukan milk.. udah coba? kayaknya komposisinya aman nih (ngakurin sama tabelnya).. cheaper price daripada yang milk. Tp sy udah beli sih, penasaran aja tulisannya sold 1 every 2 seconds for hadalabo lotion series. :) mudah2an gak bikin jerawat sy tambah banyak..

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    1. Yang lotion emang lebih cocok juga di mukaku. ^_^ Asal abis itu ga pake pelembab lagi..

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  10. Thank you dear, your info here is very usefull, especially when I want to purchase new products. Bravo! :-)

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