15 Mar 2017

Review: Leejiham LJH Tea Tree Line, The Best Skincare for Oily, Dehydrated and Acne-Prone Skin


If you guys read my article about the skincare routine of my bf who has dehydrated, oily and acne-prone skin, you will be familiar with this brand Leejiham or LJH. This is the game-changer for my bf. He has seen great improvements in his skin texture and health ever since he incorporates them into his routine. I have received a lot of emails asking about these products in details so I thought of doing a separate review on them so that you guys can have a better understanding on these awesome skin soothing and anti-acne products.

If you are unfamiliar with LJH, it is a doctor cosmetic brand in Korea that combines medicine and cosmetics in their products, kinda like Dr. Wu and Noegence. It received several awards since its establishment in 2000 and was ISO 9001 approved in 2012. 

The LJH Tea Tree Line utilizes tea tree extract as its main ingredient. Tea tree is a well-known anti-acne, anti-inflammatory and anti-septic ingredient. It has been used in many skincare brands such as The Body Shop and Naruko so the ingredient should not be new to many of you. Tea tree should not be confused as green tea. It is a botanical extract obtained from Australian native plant melaleuca alternifolia instead of the stem of green tea. The most common form of tea tree exact is tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has been found in many research to have excellent anti-oxidizing, anti-bacterial and acne-reducing properties. It is as effective as benzoyl peroxide but without the associated negative effects like drying and flaking of the skin. It also can reduce the presence of harmful bacteria on the skin that might lead to acne and blemish.

But tea tree oil has one downside as well. It has really strong scent that many dislikes. Cosrx that uses only a fraction of tea tree oil in their products ended up smelling quite funky so tea tree products without the associated funky scent will be great. And this is how the LJH tea tree line kicks in. It has all the benefits of tea tree without the funky scent of tea tree oil. Most importantly, it works really well on the skin too! Let's take a look at them one-by-one!

LJH Tea Tree 30 Cleansing Foam


This is a foam cleanser made of 30% tea tree extract to deep cleanse, soothe and moisturize the skin. It works best for blemish, acne-prone, dehydrated and oily skin. Dry skin with acne can also consider this as this is much gentler and hydrating option compared to many other anti-acne cleansers I have tried (tried a few times in order to do the review on behalf of my bf).


The cleanser has a milky gel-like consistency that foams up gently and softly on the skin. It has a healthy pH at around 5.5, which makes it perfect for acne-prone and unhealthy skin.

INGREDIENTS 
(from Glow Recipe)

Water, Melaleuca AIternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract, Potassium Laureth Phosphate, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Sodium Cocoyl Alaninate, Acrylate Copolymer, Lauramide EDA, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Citric Acid, Centella Asiatica Extract, Adansonia Digitata Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Vorus Alba Root Extract, Hippophae Rhamonoides Fruit Extract, Trehalose, Spirodeia Polythiza Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cocamide DEA, Styrene / Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Hydroxide, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Cholride, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Guar Hydroxypropylitrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS AND PERFORMANCE

This products uses a lot of cleansing agents to achieve its gentle and hydrating foaming power. Most of them are pretty safe except for one - cocamide DEA which is potentially irritating and toxic but temporary skin contact should not be a big deal for the skin. There are a lot of great botanical extracts here such as centella asiatica, baobap leaf extract, witch hazel water, willow bark extract and so on. These are all ingredients commonly present in many anti-acne and pores-tightening skincare hence we can guess their roles in this cleanser. My bf has been using this morning and night whenever he needs something deep-cleansing and blemish-controlling. He notices that his skin has become smoother and clearer ever since he starts using this. Although it is not as hydrating as Kiehl's Calendula Foaming Wash for him, this has become his runner-up favourite to-repurchase cleanser.

Leejiham LJH Tea Tree 70 Mist Toner


This is a toner that comes in the form of mist. It is made of 70% tea tree extract to soothe, moisturize, brighten and regulate sebum on the skin. There is 100ml inside this bottle makes it light and portable compared to many other toners I have tried. You can always carry it around in your bag to give yourself some nice spritzes thorough the day.

INGREDIENTS
(from Birchbox)

Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract, DI-Water, Niacinamide, Sorbitol, Disodium EDTA, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Rhus Semialata Gall Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS AND PERFORMANCE

We love drinking compressed juice, but what about a compressed toner? This is a nutrients-dense toner made of 70% tea tree exact and a bunch of botanical ingredients. In other words, the amount of tea tree extract in this little bottle is more than water so it is several times more potent than water-based mist. I spotted a lot of skin-benefiting ingredients like niacinamide, witch hazel extract, anise fruit extract, cucumber extract, oleanolic acid, aloe vera juice, and citruses. If you look them through, you will find that most of these are anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidizing ingredients. Niacinamide is particularly famous for its ability to brighten up the skin and improve the elasticity on the skin. Oleanolic acid, an ingredient extracted from olive leaves, are also found to have anti-aging and elasticity-improving benefits in addition to its anti-microbial property. And we are very familiar with cucumber and aloe vera juice extracts both of which are commonly used skin soothing and moisturizing nannies in a lot of skincare products.

This is the only toner my bf will use because of how convenient it has made his life. He shares that this toner is not that special because he doesn't feel any difference with or without using it. But as his personal beautician, I would argue that it has made other products penetrate better and deeper whenever I am using this toner on his face. And it is totally non-drying if compared to many other astringent toner in the market hence is worth-trying. 

Leejiham LJH Tea Tree 90 Essence


This is a lightweight serum, or essence made of 90% tea tree extract to soothe and hydrate the skin. Perfect for sensitive, acne-prone, oily and dehydrated skin. This is a cult favourite and has been raved by many people over the internet for its ability to reduce blemish without drying out your skin. Also my bf's holy grail essence.


This essence is super lightweight that gets absorbed instantaneously into the skin. It may not be as moisturizing as moisturizing serum but you will definitely feel that it has filled out all those cracks and dry lines deep within your skin.

INGREDIENTS
(from Glow Recipe)

Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Trehalose, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Methyl Gluceth-20, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Bambusa Textilis Stem Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol.

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS AND PERFORMANCE

This is a super potent, waterless essence made of 90% tea tree extract. It contains a bunch of gentle moisturizing and skin repairing ingredients like cellulose gum, hyaluronic acid, trehalose, tremella mushroom extract, and so on. Sea buckthorn extract, a powerful berry extract with malic acid, acetic acid and vitamin C inside are also added to heal and soothe the skin. The ingredient is also rich in natural vitamin E and essential fatty acids to regeneration cellular damages resulted from burns, eczema, wounds and free radical damages. Summer lilac extract, an anti-oxidant is also added to protect the skin from sun damage and external stressors. Basically, this essence not only moisturizes, it also protects and promotes healing of the skin.

Let's call this the miracle solution to acne and blemish. My bf said he has suffered lesser acne breakouts ever since he starts adding this into his routine. It has become something he has to use everyday in addition to Kiehl's Oil Eliminator Shine Controlling Moisturizer. Both products help to calm, hydrate and protect his skin from any stressors that might lead to breakout. He loves it and cannot live without it!

Leejiham LJH Tea Tree 80 Cream


This is an anti-acne and moisturizing cream made of 80% tea tree extract. Pretty lightweight and will work well for dehydrated skin.


The cream comes in the form of gel and cream hybrid but is more towards the cream side. It is not really oily but you can still feel the moisture kicking in. It has a pleasant herbal scent that I enjoy but will form a smooth film over the skin as you blend it out. You will feel hydrated, softened and soothed by its unique formula.

INGREDIENTS
(from Glow Recipe)

Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Extract, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Betaine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Potassium PCA, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Extract, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Stearic Acid, Sodium Polyacrylate, C18-21 Alkane, Trideceth-6, Panthenol, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate

INGREDIENTS ANALYSIS AND PERFORMANCE

The ingredients of this cream is more or less the same as the toner and essence, with more emollients and less botanical extracts. 80% of the cream is made of tea tree extract, the rest are emollients, humectants and slip agents including shea butter, panthenol, potassium PCA and so on. This contains mainly indian fig, centella asiatica, sea buckthorn, thyme, witch hazel, lavender oil and tea tree oil. Indian fig is a skin conditioner used to treat scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) in ancient times. It is a powerful firming ingredient and has been used as an alternative to Botox because of its firming qualities. It is also used to protect, smooth and moisturize the skin. We have talked about centella asiatica, sea buckthorn extract and the rest previously so I am not gonna repeat it. Basically, this is a moisturizing and soothing gel cream designed specifically for those with dehydrated, sensitive, acne prone and normal/dry skin. It will form an occlusive seal on top of your skin to prevent any good ingredients from escaping as well as to protect it from external damages.

My bf doesn't like this as much as Kiehl's oil-controlling moisturizer. He finds this oily and he doesn't like anything occlusive on his skin. For him, a good moisturizer must be mattifying even though it might not be hydrating or protecting enough. I guess it boils down to personal preference when it comes to choosing a moisturizer. My younger sister, on the other hand, enjoys using this on a daily basis. She has combination skin with lots of blackheads and occasional breakouts. She said that this is enough to keep her skin happy as to prevent future breakouts although it doesn't really help to get rid of her blackheads.

FINAL THOUGHT



Skincare products for dehydrated, oily and acne-prone is a very tricky thing. My bf never knows that he has dehydrated skin until he met a Kiehl's consultant who tested his skin. He always thought that he has oily skin and has been constantly washing his face in order to remove those sebum within his pores. It is not until he meets this that he finally gets a proper solution for his acne. These LJH tea tree products are lightweight enough for oily skin, yet hydrating enough for dehydrated skin. They contain tea tree extracts and a lot of skin soothing, anti-oxidizing and protecting ingredients. Since they are very lightweight, they are suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin. But finding out the reasons that cause breakouts is more important than finding the right set of acne-care products for yourself. As long as the root cause is there, nothing can really make a difference. These products can only reduce and minimize breakouts not permanently eradicate and solve it. Do keep this in mind when searching for your best oily and acne-prone skincare solutions! Good luck!


packaging: ★★★★
scent: ★★★★
texture: ★★★★☆
ingredients: ★★★★☆
performance - cleansing foam: ★★★☆
performance - mist toner: ★★★★
performance - essence: ★★★★★
performance - cream: ★★★
general impression (comment): ★★★★☆

You can get this from: Koreadepart | Glow Recipe | Birchbox
[Disclaimer] This is NOT a sponsored review. Products are purchased with my own money. All copy right of contents and images in this article is strictly mine.
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