Gongjinhyang: Soo SooYeon Balancer

Average rating from 1 Ratings
3.0

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Quick Product Notes
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Paraben-Free
Sulfate-Free
Alcohol-Free
Silicone-Free
EU Allergen-Free
Fungal Acne (Malassezia) Safe

Notable Effects & Ingredients


Promotes Wound Healing from 1 Ingredient(s):
Panthenol

Anti-Aging from 1 Ingredient(s):
Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

Ingredients Related to Skin Types
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Dry Skin
5
1
Oily/Acne-Prone Skin
1
Sensitive Skin
2

Ingredient Safety Breakdown (EWG Health Ratings)

  • Low Risk
  • Moderate Risk
  • High Risk
  • Unknown
77%
2%
2%
19%

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Product Ingredient List

(Showing first 5 of 52 Ingredients)
EWG CIR Ingredient Name & Cosmetic Functions Notes
1
Water
(Solvent)
4
Alcohol Denat.
(Solvent, Masking, Viscosity Controlling, Antifoaming Agent, Antimicrobial, Astringent)
Bad for Dry Skin
Bad for Dry Skin
Bad for Sensitive Skin
Bad for Sensitive Skin
Alcohol
Alcohol
1
A
Dipropylene Glycol
(Solvent, Masking, Fragrance, Viscosity Controlling, Viscosity Decreasing Agent)
1
A
1,2-Hexanediol
(Solvent)
2
A
Glycerin
(Solvent, Perfuming, Fragrance, Humectant, Viscosity Decreasing Agent, Hair Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Denaturant)
Good for Dry Skin
Good for Dry Skin

Latest User Reviews

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Good product, but contains alcohol denat.
Skin Type: combination Skin
Skin Concerns: Blackheads, Large Pores, Sensitive Skin, Dehydrated Skin

Some background on my skin before I review my experience with the product: I have combination skin: oily in the T-zone, dry everywhere else, and sensitive skin around my mouth and chin (only discovered this recently).

I received a travel size set (balancer, emulsion, and gel cream) at a local retailer during one of their promotions. I was really excited to try The History of Whoo and this skincare line. The packaging is cute, the product contains a light fragrance, and the product is absorbed quickly.
Unfortunately, this product contains denatured alcohol (aka alcohol denat.), which I did not know at the time that would cause severe dehydration and flakiness on the sensitive part of my face.

I tried the travel set of products one morning and all seemed well until the afternoon. I was experiencing some itchiness and irritation around my mouth and chin, but didn't think anything of it. Fast forward another hour or so and the irritation has become worse. I got home from work and that area was inflamed and was noticable reddish-pink color. I immediately wash off my face, pat dry and put on some aloe to reduce the reaction. For the following 1.5-2 weeks, the skin around my mouth and chin is super dry and flaky. My lips were also chapped as a result of the denatured alcohol disrupting my moisture barrier.

On the non-sensitive parts of my face, the balancer absorbed well and did not dry me out. It made my skin feel soft and lightly moisturized. I wasn't oily in my T-zone or dry on my cheeks. It was a great base to begin applying essences, serums, emulsions and creams. After using the rest of the travel size on my cheeks and forehead, I would say that this is a decent product. However, for those with sensitive skin or a history of adverse reactions to alcohol denat., steer clear of this product/skincare line as most (if not all) of the Soo SooYeon (aka Super Hydrating line), contains denatured alcohol.