Best Pick: Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti-Spot Essence (2014 Formula)

A review on a budget Japanese spot treatment serum with vitamins C & E.

Best Pick Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti-Spot Essence

This is the 2014 formula of Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti-Spot Essence from Rohto, formulated to treat and prevent pimples, dark spots, acne marks, and various facial hyperpigmentation. Now if you suffer from any discolouration like this, I’d say that the first thing to do is to ensure you’re adequately protect it from darkening and worsening. A good sunscreen during the day and something that will target the root cause of your brown pigmentation.

I have to admit that I don’t have any dark spots as a result of sun damage or hormonal changes, but what I do have are marks left by the pimples I get every now and then. In a way, the marks left over are worse than the pimples themselves; they take absolute ages to fade if left untreated.

Now I find it difficult to test serums properly. It’s hard to see a difference when you look at your skin up close in the mirror everyday. But I did start to see a clear difference in my skin from around day three (I am using a few other things in the routine too, which boosts effectiveness). There was a definite change in the fresh red marks that the recent blemishes had made on my skin. There were now a lot less red and not as noticeable.

After just 1.5 months of using Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti-Spot Essence to spot-treat on most days and nights, my marks have almost completely faded. The occasional pimples that surface are much calmer and heal quicker. Skin is clearer and brighter. Not only does it contain a hefty dose of vitamin C and E, but it also has anti-inflammatory dipotassium glycyrrhizate and anti-bacterial thymol.

Best Pick Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti-Spot Essence close-up

You know what else I love about this? The squeeze tube has the tiniest, narrowest spout that I have ever seen — the clever design keeps the active ingredients nice and stable, no leaking or dripping, and it dispenses the exact amount you want. Its simple, clear liquid formula absorbs perfectly into the skin without residue upon application. Just cleanse, prep your skin with a lotion if you wish and then apply the Intensive Anti-Spot Essence.

The 2014 formula of Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti-Spot Essence 20ml is ¥980 (approx. US$8.34) at Rakuten Global Market HERE (RRP ¥1,800). You can also get it from for US$12.29+ HERE.

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