Etude House AC Clinic Intense Red Spot Balm Review

September 14, 2015

Today, I will be reviewing Etude House's AC Clinic Intense Red Spot Balm!

As you may or may not know, I bought two things from Etude House a while back, the other thing being the Etude House Wonder Pore Deep Foaming Cleanser (click here to read review).

I quite enjoyed that product, so please read through my review!

Without further ado, let's continue with this review!

Disclaimer: This is my honest review! I bought this product with my own money (unfortunately T.T) and was not paid at all to make this post.


This product is from Etude House's AC Clinic line, which targets problem skin. They started off with just the normal wash, toner and moisturizer combo, but afterwards they also added more products such as their Intense Red Spot Balm and their Intense Pink Powder Spot. Last year I was actually planning on getting the toner but for some reason that I can't remember, I didn't. *Probably because I was broke/still am broke tho*

The complete AC Clinic line. I want the toner!

The Pink Powder Spot is for active/live pimples and I've read a lot of reviews on how its super great at removing pimples. I was actually interested in that product but the sales girl at Etude recommended me to get the Red Spot Balm instead. This was because she said that I don't look like acne is my main concern right now, but acne SCARS. 

The Red Spot Balm is a spot treatment that claims to be able to supply blemish care with fast care and brightening benefits. The sales girl at Etude said that it can be applied both day and night.

I did some research about it afterwards and I've seen a few reviews saying that this was good for getting rid of pimples too. Other people also use it on pimples that they've popped to get rid of the redness.

Since the sales girl DID say that this product was intended for use on scars as well, I'm assuming that I can apply it on a daily basis. This product is also non-comedogenic so it will not block your pores!


I bought mine at the Etude House in Gurney Plaza. It costs RM84 (with GST) for 20g and comes with a 30 Acne Foam Cleanser. I know that for 20g RM84 is reaaaaally expensive (for my student wallet), but there was a buy one free one promotion so it kinda cost me half of what it really cost. (Am I making sense). I suggest, however, that you do your research first and see if you can buy the products for cheaper prices online.


The balm comes in a glass tub so make sure to not drop it. You get a spatula for hygienic scooping as well. Just make sure that the spatula is clean! I find that tubs are horrible and the spatula made me really happy ^^

The overall packaging is green and WHO CAN RESIST ETUDE HOUSE PACKAGING, LIKE REALLY. Etude shall always win in packaging!


On the back of the box it says that the balm is formulated with Salicylic Acid (a common ingredient in acne products) and Hinoki Cypress.


The texture of the balm is really thick. I feel like its very dense and that its concentrated. It is white in colour and disappears after being absorbed without leaving any sticky residue. After application you feel this minty feeling that disappears after it has absorbed.

As for the smell, it smells like how you would imagine you normal balm to smell like (although the smell is subtle). It smells minty, medicinal-like and sterile.


On the back of the box it says: Apply spot treatment directly to pimples and blemishes, after using gel lotion. Avoid excessive facial rubbing.

Now I didn't have a the gel lotion from their AC Clinic line but I do have my Hada Labo lotion. My skincare routine usually goes like: 

Toner - Essence - Lotion - Acne Treatment - Serum - Moisturizer

So I applied the balm after lotion followed by my scar fading gel after it absorbs. You only need a veeeeeeeeery little amount because its quite smooth, glides easily and spreads quite well. Compared to other products in the AC Clinic line this product is not Daily, but Intensive. I don't know if that means you can't use it everyday, but since I have a lot of blemishes I will most probably use it on a regular basis.


I found this product to be good with calming inflamed skin, but that's the only results I could find. There were very little visible effects and although it may have antibacterial effects, I can achieve much better effects with my other acne products.

I didn't break out at all from using this product, but I feel that since you only need very little product on your face, its very bothersome to use the spatula to get that small amount and split it into further smaller parts.

As for the wash, I quite liked the scent and it was a normal cleanser for me. I didn't find anything to like about it, but nothing to hate as well.


This product for me Not bad because it didn't break me out and it DID calm down my inflamed skin somehow. It doesn't have much visible effects, however, and the price is definitely very heavy for the lackluster results that I got.

As for the wash, I might get a full sized version if I ever see a half price promotion or a wallet friendly price in the future.


Since this product requires very little to product to be applied onto the face, I believe that this will last me quite a while, but because of the price...I guess I won't really repurchase this unless I have extra cash. I feel that it might have an effect on my skin on the inside, but as far as visible results, there was very little.

So that was all for my little review of this product! If you wish to read more of my product reviews, click here!

As always, thanks for reading!


  1. Hi Eros si,
    I wanna ask you
    1- what are the products that you find as the best and are using them for a long time or go back to them no matter what other products you use?
    2- how much time do you give your skin (face) to absorb a product before applying the other? For example in your case the toner then the lotion then the serum ... etc
    Thank you in advance these will help me a lot 💜💜

    1. 1. So far the products that I really like/have used for a long time/have repurchased are:

      - Hada Labo's Whitening Lotion
      This is a great product as the texture is light and moisturizes the skin very well due to the hyaluronic acid. If I were allowed to use only 3 products it would be a cleanser, a toner and this!

      - It’s Skin’s VC Effector
      This serum is a bit thick in texture but it works great with brightening the overall skin tone and fading old acne scars.

      - OXY’s Anti Pimple Mark Gel
      This spot treatment is a favourite because it has proved to be effective and is cheap as well.

      - Aloe Vera Gel (Either Nature Republic or The Face Shop)
      I find that my skin feels its best after using aloe vera gel. I use it as moisturizer after my skincare routine and most times when I’m at home I’ll apply this to my face as well.

      2. I usually apply each product and wait for about 10 to 20 seconds for it to absorb, except for serums. Serums are more concentrated and need some time to absorb fully, especially if you’re using/layering 2 or more serums. A serum has a specific role, so I would suggest you to wait 2-3 minutes before sealing your face with a moisturizer afterwards. I would also suggest using your palms to pat or tap you products into your skin instead of rubbing (except for spot treatments).

      I hope that answered your questions! 😊 Please feel free to ask more if you're still curious! 😃

    2. Thanks a lot 💖💖💖 your answers are really helpful 😙

  2. Hello sir. I use the wonder pore set 10 in 1 i have an oily/acne prone skin. Do you think iam using the right set?

    1. Hi Andrei, thanks for commenting! Do you mean the cleanser? If yes, then I think it should be okay. I used it before and it worked great on my oily skin. However, I prefer using the AC Clinic Cleanser!


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