Review: Aesop Control Anti-Blemish Gel

This is a year of blemishes for me. I started off the new year with a couple of irritating milia seeds. Now that they are gone (read How to Get Rid of Milia Seeds), I got two pimples forming in the space between my eyebrows.

They appear as red and raised mounds just under the surface of the skin. It does not look like they are about to break through the skin, but rather they remain as persistently red, tender and swollen bulges. Lurking under the cover of skin like a volcano about to erupt in a week. And…does anybody know why pimples always have to appear right in the middle of the face?

I have heard so much about Aesop. A cult skin, hair and body care brand from Australia, Aesop marries plant and lab-based ingredients to give the highest quality and greatest antioxidant properties to their products. A few months back, I remembered walking into an Aesop outlet Millenia Walk with my girlfriend, and sampled their anti-blemish gel, Control. Now with this blemish problem, I decided to try it again.


Control is Aesop’s astringent and soothing gel that calms skin imperfections without stripping or dehydrating the skin, used to address sporadic spots and blemish-prone skin.

This apparent zit-zapping gel contains strong blemish-fighting ingredients such as Salicylic acid, Vitamin C, and  ‘made with 15 essentials oils‘ says the retail assistant. I am not sure how she claims 15 essential oils because I can only make out 7 oils (in blue text below) from the ingredients list. The rest of which are components or by-product extractions of pure essential oils. Anyhow, it is just me fussing over details.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Water (Aqua), Polysorbate 80, PEG-150 Distearate, Niacinamide, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Bisabolol, Ormenis Multicaulis Oil, Salicylic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Benzalkonium Chloride, Lactic Acid, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Leptospermum Petersonii Oil, Zingiber Officinale Root Extract, d-Limonene, Citral, Linalool, Geraniol, Eugenol.


Main ingredient is aloe vera juice (not water). Good start.

How to use: Apply as a spot treatment after cleansing your face. Twice a day.

I liked this product the moment I had my first squeeze from its tiny 9 ml aluminum tube. The gel was of good consistency: smooth, clear and mildly thick – not watery, not creamy and not slimy. It is suppose to have a slight floral scent, but I can’t smell a thing. After about five minutes, I get a slight biting sensation on the spot I applied. Slowly, a smile spreads across my face. It is working! And I can feel it. This sensation lasts for a few minutes, then goes away.

When applied overnight, size of the raised mounds have reduced significantly. Though the redness remained, the color had turned from a fiery red to a dull plum color, and the mounds had completely flatten out. The good thing about this gel is that it is transparent. Applying it onto the skin under my makeup for daytime wear was not a problem.

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Retail price: S$29 per 9ml tube. Available at all Aseop outlets in Singapore.

Editor's Rating

Consistency & Absorbancy 8.0
Packaging 8.0
Bang for Your Buck 9.0
A gentle yet effective anti-blemish gel.
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