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GATSBY Acne Care Water

Release Date
2013.2.25 Reformulated in 2018 & 2020; Repackaged in 2021.
Mandom Corp.
Product Type

Quasi-Drug (医薬部外品) GATSBY Acne Care Water is an oil-absorbing Japanese watery lotion to treat acne for young men with oily skin.

Formulated for young men in their teens to early 20s, the toner is medicated with pore-clearing BHA and anti-inflammatory dipotassium glycyrrhizate that penetrates deep into pores to reduce inflammation and prevent acne. It also contains a sebum-absorbing powder that effectively absorbs excess sebum to prevent shine on the face.

It locks in moisture and keeps oil at bay while working to prevent acne for silky smooth, trouble-free skin.

Aqua Citrus Fragrance


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Shake well before use. Gently pat a 500-yen coin-sized amount to the face after cleansing or shaving.



Active(s): Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate & Salicylic Acid.

Other Ingredients: Water,, alcohol,, dipropylene glycol,, nylon-12,, glycosyl trehalose,, hydrogenated starch hydrolysate,, sodium phosphate,, bentonite,, sodium chloride,, do.not.copy,, disodium EDTA,, disodium phosphate,, methyl gluceth-10,, menthol,, quaternium-22,, butylene glycol,, silk powder,, hydroxyapatite,, sea salt,, silica,, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) extract,, fragrance.


Active(s): Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate & Salicylic Acid.

Other Ingredients: Water,, alcohol,, dipropylene glycol,, nylon-12,, glycosyl trehalose,, hydrogenated starch hydrolysate,, poly C10-30 alkyl acrylate,, do.not.copy,, sodium phosphate,, disodium phosphate,, bentonite,, sodium chloride,, menthoxypropanediol,, disodium EDTA,, sodium PCA,, menthol,, lactic acid,, quaternium-22,, fragrance.


Active(s): Salicylic Acid, Dipotassium & Glycyrrhizate.

Other Ingredients: Water,, alcohol,, Isopentyldiol,, glycosyl trehalose,, hydrogenated starch hydrolysate,, lauroyl lysine,, sodium phosphate,, bentonite,, silica,, disodium phosphate,, sodium chloride,, menthoxypropanediol,, phytic acid,, menthol,, do.not.copy,, potassium hydroxide,, hydroxypropyl arginine lauryl/myristyl ether HCl,, butylene glycol,, polyquaternium-7,, camellia sinensis leaf extract,, fragrance.


ギャツビー 薬用アクネケア ウォーター」の有効成分:グリチルリチン酸ジカリウム、サリチル酸


<2018>有効成分:グリチルリチン酸ジカリウム、サリチル酸 その他成分:精製水、エタノール、ジプロピレングリコール、ナイロン末、グリコシルトレハロース・水添デンプン分解物混合溶液、ポリアクリル酸アルキル、リン酸一水素ナトリウム、リン酸二水素ナトリウム、ベントナイト、塩化ナトリウム、l-メンチ ルグリセリルエーテル、エデト酸二ナトリウム、DL-ピロリドンカルボン酸ナトリウム液、l-メントール、乳酸、塩化γ-グルコンアミドプロピルジメチ ルヒドロキシエチルアンモニウム液、香料

<2020>有効成分:サリチル酸、グリチルリチン酸ジカリウム その他成分:


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12 Comments on GATSBY Acne Care Water

  1. Ok small update, I’ve been testing new dry skin moisturizer, Palmer’s cocoa formula (very affordable), on my body – so back included – and no breakouts, interesting, seems like the previous one was much less moisturizing and it didn’t sink well which could contribute to clogging. I’ve also ordered 250mL of creme de corpse to see the size of the gap as Palmers helped but I still feel it could be a lot better. Just kinda afraid of the costs in the long run, so hopefully once in a while will be sufficient to keep the dryness at bay.

    • I’ve tried Palmer’s Cocoa Butter many, many years ago and I remember thinking that it smelled a bit like chocolate. If I remember correctly, very rich too!

      • It’s not bad yep..but it sadly doesn’t punch as much as kiehl’s corps. By the way have you tried any dry skin creams with ginko and it’s effectiveness as I found this (lone) study, not sure if change in skin dryness is directly related to change in skin moisture but seems a big impact, though lacking sufficient evidence/only single blind study. ( )

          • This, aswell as Oxy white, are suitable for everyday use on heavily oily right – at least Oxy seems gentle enough..
            By the way I’ve been testing this tounge scraper called Amano, not sure if you ever bothered with this, have to say it’s interesting as my taste has improved immediately aswell as appearance of the tounge, there are other medical/dental studies referenced on their page, in case you would be interested, just thought I would share. Have a nice day!

          • Sorry for double post (I’m not able to comment under every product). I saw Mentholatum Acnes lotion also has a powder version, not featured on your site, looks interesting enough to try, just not sure what are these two actives supposed to do – only antibacterial role? (I don’t have acne so maybe not useful for me)

  2. Interesting alternative to Oxy.
    Can Normal skin type also clog regularly as my back does and doesn’t look dry type as it is never scaly and dry skin moisturizer actually can break me out.
    I do however exfoliate only once every 3 days manually (exf. towel) and afterwards apply Oxy white. I only add Tsuru sake after that for a bit of more hydration as manual exf. (forgot what is your stance with them for thick parts like (back, arms, upper legs..) makes me itch a bit for the first 5-10min.
    Now I’m not sure if the problem is I need more moisture if it’s a normal type or I need to bump up exfoliation frequency to every day.
    Are these the most economical sizes for BHA(+AHA) out there, couldn’t find others through search bar. Thanks 🙂

  3. Interesting alternative to Oxy white lotion.
    I’ve been having clogged areas on my back regularly (since forever).
    I do manual exfoliation (exf. towel) every 3 days and apply Oxy afterwards.
    Maybe I should start doing that everyday but its very non-economical (couldn’t found any bigger bottles on the page).
    I also had clogged areas on some of my dry skin area when it was severe but my back would break out from dry skin products + its never flaky thats why I assume it’s oily. Unless it’s normal type as it gets very itchy (like other parts) when using the exfoliating towel and I still need a moisturizer, though I add Tsuru lotion, might not be enough.

  4. Hi, how are you? I was wondering if other than there are any other prestigious Japanese awards for cosmetic products? Please let me know. Thanks ^^

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