Review: Atopalm Real Barrier Control-T Spot Solution Mask ★★★★☆
Atopalm Real Barrier Control-T Spot Solution Mask is a 2-step mask targeted at sensitive and blemished skin.
Step 1 is a sheet mask that’s soaked in essence with tea tree oil as the main ingredient. Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory and soothing properties, perfect on a blemished and irritated skin.
This is where I find the mask pack really unique. Step 2 is a strip of acne patches meant to be used after the sheet mask to protect the affected areas from further contamination. It is formulated with a patented Natural Protector (KR Patent No. 10-0910747) which is a complex of natural extracts including Salix Alba (willow) Bark Extract, Origanum Vulgare Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Lactobacillus/ Soybean Ferment Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract and Scutellaria Balcalensis Root Extract.
This mask came at the perfect time because my skin is feeling dry and congested with a couple of underlying pimples. I’ve cleansed, exfoliated, and toned my skin. Find out how I normally prep my skin for masking.
Out of the first packet, I caught a faint tea tree scent. I personally do enjoy tea tree scent but if you don’t, then you might not like this because I can still smell it when the sheet mask is on my face.
The yellowish sheet reminded me of a bandage gauze. It had a medium thickness and medium softness. According to Atopalm, the material is made with Sarcandra Herb, which is the cause of the yellowish tint to the fabric.
Essence was clear and had a gel consistency. There was no essence left in the packet after the sheet mask has been removed.
Fit was great! It was large enough to cover my entire face with some excess. The holes were also of the right sizes and were lined up perfectly with my features.
Adherence was good if I stayed still. A slight movement will left it from the skin. Other than that, the fold lines did not pop up and air bubbles did not surface throughout the wear.
I took the mask off after 30 mins, the edges were starting to turn white and dry out.
There was lots of essence left to massage in, leaving behind a dewy and slightly tacky finish.
My skin felt very hydrated and moisturized from the layer of tacky film on my skin. There was no change to my skin tone, i.e., no brightening effects. The greatest improvement I saw was how calm my skin looked. However, I noticed my skin getting drier. After an hour, my skin felt tight and needed moisturizer for relief.
One thing that got me very puzzled is the overly moisturizing finish. Yes, dry skin do get pimples too but it most occurs on oily skin types. If so, shouldn’t the finish be lighter and more matte to cater to oily skin? If absolutely necessary, oily skin types can use this mask at night and may even have to wipe off the excess with a toner to get rid of the overly thick feeling.
The second pouch contained a strip of 16 acne patches in 2 different sizes. Acne patches are something I really like even on non-acne days to protect my acne-prone cheek from being contaminated by my pillow and the environment. I think having something like this is an awesome idea for a 2-step mask pack targeted at blemished skin. I’m so sick of getting a high pH cleanser in a multi-step mask pack.
Unlike the popular Cosrx Acne Pimple Patch, the material of these patches are super thin and not of the hydrocolloid type. They reminded me more of A’pieu’s Nonco Tea Tree Spot Patch.
Can you tell I have 4 acne patches on? Not even I can tell.
Here is a close up picture of a large acne patch on my cheek. It was really hard to spot.
I was happy to have 12 acne patches left after this for later use. However, I ran into the issue of proper storage. It would be great if the mask pouch that contained this acne patch strip came with a resealable lock or something, both for environmental, hygiene, and convenience purposes. Another thing I noticed was the lack of grip for these acne patches to firmly stick to due to the thick finish. By the end of the day, my acne patches had moved around.
As mentioned above, these patches are not the hydrocolloid type so they’re unable to draw out impurities. However, the blemished areas on my cheeks did receive the protection they require to calm down and go away.
Below is a side by side comparison of the before and after pictures.
I love the concept of this 2-step mask but I think both steps still have room for improvement. I will use this mask pack a little differently the next time round, allowing time for the finish to dry down before sticking the acne patches on and having a clean zip lock baggie ready to store the rest of the acne patches. I’d still recommend giving this a try but just take note of the things I mentioned above. Check out more Atopalm reviews here.