Best Pick: Sidmool Dr. Troub Skin Returning Zinc Cream

Best Pick Sidmool Dr. Troub Skin Returning Zinc Cream

One of my favourite South Korean skincare brands is Sidmool. It’s an online brand that focus on natural yet proven ingredients in simple, uncomplicated formula at very affordable prices. Super popular in Korea but it doesn’t market itself beyond its own borders — in fact, little to no information on its products can be found in any language other than Korean. This “can’t be arsed” attitude about the foreign market really reminds me of the majority of brands in Japan.

I’ve tried a quite a few products from Sidmool now, and I really like everything I’ve tried. Dr. Troub Skin Returning Zinc Cream is, for me, the best of the bunch so far. The cream’s star ingredient is 10% (non-nano) zinc oxide, which has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties (in addition to having UVA/UVB protection, of course). It works marvellously at soothing irritated, flaky skin and reducing inflammation. It helps clear up the inevitable post-pimple red marks far quicker than any targeted serums and treatments I’ve tried.

I’m not sure whether the Skin Returning Zinc Cream should be classified as a moisturiser cream, a treatment, a leave-on mask, or something else entirely. Sidmool recommended to apply it after face cream day and/or night. But I applied it directly after my serums. It was nourishing enough for my slightly winter-dry skin that I didn’t feel the need for a separate moisturiser underneath. It has a very thick, almost sticky texture — but doesn’t feel uncomfortable or at all greasy — and really clings to the skin. I expected it to leave a bit of a white cast, however minimal, on the skin, but I didn’t notice any. That being said, it’s not something you slather generously all over — a little goes a long way! You wouldn’t think that it would work under makeup, but it actually does. It seems to help grab onto pigments for longer.

Sidmool’s Dr. Troub Skin Returning Zinc Cream is more than just another face cream or overnight mask; it feels like it has a specific function and one that does very well. If you have redness, sensitivity, acne, and/or atopic dermatitis, and struggle to find anything gentle yet effective enough, I would definitely recommend you give this a try.

Screenshot from Sidmool’s product page

Like all Sidmool products, it’s unfortunately pretty hard to get hold of outside of Korea. A 60g tube is ₩14,800 from Sidmool — its website is in entirely in Korean and it ships within Korea only. But you can find it online (with international shipping!) for the same price from GMarket and 11street — Sidmool has official shops at both sites! Alternatively, eBay has it for US$21.88+. accepts press samples but does not participate in sponsored product placement posts. Outbound links to retailers are usually affiliate links, which means that I may receive a small commission if you click on one of these links and make a purchase. This does not cost you anything but you are welcome to search the products on a new page if you prefer.

5 Comments on Best Pick: Sidmool Dr. Troub Skin Returning Zinc Cream

  1. Thanks for the recommendation, this sounds great! I’ve been thinking of finding a soothing, healing cream to potentially replace my la roche posay cicaplast baume b5.

    • I feel the La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 makes a better moisturiser as its texture is far nicer, but this does more, especially for redness/inflammation.

      • That’s good to know! Inflammation is definitely more of a concern for me since I have another moisturizer in my routine right now 😀

  2. I find its pretty easy to find sidmool on ebay now, especially from the seller solkorea. Great brand, love all of their stuff. You should also try 2sol, amazing ingredients, fair pricing, no nonsense in terms of marketing or packaging.

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