Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Review: Mizon AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner

I didn't realise I hadn't wrote this review for Mizon AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner. I bought it as a possible dupe for Clinique's Clarifying Lotion (either Type 1 or 2) so here is my opinion of it!
mizon bha toner
Mizon product information 
Brand: Mizon
Name: AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner
Price: Starting from $21.50 from Koreadepart

This toner differs slightly from Clinique's Clarifying Lotion because it contains both alpha hydroxy acid as well as beta hydroxy acid. It contains glycolic acid (AHA), salicylic acid (BHA), papaya fruit extract (AHA), castor oil, arnica flower extract, sagebush extract, yarrow extract and gentiana extract. In an effort to know more about skincare ingredients, I researched the benefits of each item mentioned!

Glycolic acid: Chemical exfoliation, reduces pigmentation and blemishes
Salicylic acid: Chemical exfoliation, reduces pigmentation and blemishes
Castor oil: Emollient, anti-inflammatory, reduces acne, scarring, blemishes and pigmentation due to fatty acids encouraging healthy tissue growth.
Arnica flower extract: Possibly antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, acne reduction.
Yarrow: Astringent, anti-inflammatory.
Gentiana: Anti-inflammatory

I couldn't find any benefits to sagebush in cosmetics for reference.

The toner removes dead skin flakes and encourages newer, fresher skin to surface. Pigmentation and scarring can be improved with continual use of a BHA and/or AHA product. BHA also cleanses inside the pores whereas AHA cannot, so it prevents acne and general spots from appearing.
Mizon packaging information
I swear to God I took photos of this item, along with the AHA 8% Peeling Serum and I can find the serum photos, but not the toner photos?! So I'm afraid we'll have to make do with stock photos for now.

mizon bha toner
The bottle is plastic and frosted, with metallic silver and non-metallic teal writing. The cap is metallic silver and the bottle has a nice weight to it, but is suitable for travel because there's no chance of it breaking.

The bottle has a small hole to dispense the toner. I always find with this kind of opening that it's hard to get the toner out at first, then after you use about a third of the product, it suddenly comes out much easier?
Mizon application information
I was interested in seeing the benefits of this product - since it also contains AHA as well as BHA, could I replace my AHA serum with this product? A two in one product certainly seems handy. I put this toner on a cotton pad and sweep it over my face, making sure I get in the corners and underside of my nose, near my hairline and jaw. Some people recommend cotton balls rather than pads, saying it's less harsh but I have had no adverse effects using a cotton pad, and feel they're more effect and easier to use than a cotton ball. I apply this product twice a day in both my morning and nightly skincare routine.

To be honest, I felt like this toner is weaker than Clinique's Clarifying Lotion, although it still exfoliated my skin. It smells way nicer than Clinique though but after continued use (using up the entire bottle is 'continued use', right?!) I couldn't see any major improvement to my skin. I understand at a certain point it just maintains any positive benefits and skin feel but I felt this is a slight step backwards to my skin personally than using Clinique's Clarifying Lotion.

Another interesting point to note is that looking at the price per ml, it only works out slightly cheaper than Clinique's Clarifying Lotion anyway, and is harder to get because you have to order it online and wait for it to arrive. If I thought this toner could replace and did a better job of my current BHA and AHA products, the price would be worth it for me (dupes are really supposed to be cheaper or easier to get than original products).
Mizon mythoughts
I didn't find that this toner was an improvement on my current skincare regime, and I couldn't replace my AHA serum with this toner. It's not even really cheaper than Clinique's Clarifying Lotion and does a slightly poorer job of chemical exfoliation for me personally. Pair this with the fact you have to order online and wait for delivery and you have a recipe for meh-ness, as in I don't hate it or don't love it. The next BHA toner I tried after this was It's Skin Clear Skin Peeling Toner so watch this space to see if that fares any better for my quest for a cheaper dupe of Clinique's Clarifying Lotion. I give Mizon AHA & BHA Daily Clean Toner 2 stars out of 5.


  1. I read some reviews about this product and brand in general and always see good reviews, I think I'll try it in the future!

    1. I've never had a terrible Mizon product, worse case has always been 'meh', so I hope you have success using it! :)

  2. I have to tell you I just follow other's ideas and reviews. I don't know shit if it works for my skin. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Oh no, I'm sorry to hear you don't know if stuff works for your skin or not! What is your skin like if you don't put any products on it, except washing your face? Maybe that is the first step to see if your skin needs moisture, oil control, etc.

  3. Im looking for a gentler aha than pixi glow tonic as Im breaking out on my chin and forehead for a month of trial. Would you recommend mizon? Or other brands?