[Review] Be The Skin: BHA+ Pore Line, Solution for pores & dead skin cell

Nature, more than just imagination…is
in the BE THE SKIN!

Be The Skin

Hello beauties!

A huge thanks to Stylekorean, once again giving me this unforgettable experience trying new skincare products from new to well-known brands. I would not have gone this far without them.

If you guys read on my previous review on [Skincare Routine] Brighten Blemished Skin & Pore Care With Innisfree, my health condition was not in a good condition. So I didn’t do any review after that because my spine was killing me. The side effects after spinal anesthesia really got me for almost 4 weeks. I’ve experienced some back pain, numbness, or soreness, headaches accompanied by nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and a stiff neck after the procedure for two weeks. I can still experience back pain if I stand or sit too long.

This time review is about a new skincare line from Be The Skin, which is actually a new brand to me. I’m very excited to share my skin journey with Be The Skin: BHA+ Pore Line where it helped clear up my congested skin due to “maksne” (mask acne which developed due to wearing a face mask the whole time in the hospital ward for 3 days) and even out my skin texture during my postnatal confinement.

my congested skin due to “maksne”

I only used this set which consists of BHA+ Pore Zero Cleansing Foam (1% Willow-BHA), BHA+ Pore Zero Toner (85% Willow-BHA), BHA+ Pore Zero Serum (1% Willow-BHA), and BHA+ Dark Spot Zero Cream (1% Willow-BHA) for whole three weeks skincare routine, then slowly added other skincare product that contains a high amount of moisturizing effect to balanced my dry skin’s moisture plus to ensure all this set can be well incorporated with other brands too. I’m aware that sometimes our skin cannot “go” with one full set product line itself, there was time where our skin show amazing progress with adding other products too. So this line does not have any problem when used together with other products brand.

BUT !!! I am actually impressed by how well this line itself managed my skin condition at that time (congested pores, rough texture, dull skin). TBH it was hard to describe each of the product’s effectiveness since I used all four products in one routine. What I can conclude here is that this line really does what it claimed for: the concept of zero to remove impurities and dead skin cells, soothe irritated skin and make it clear and bright skin.

You guys can refer to my BEFORE and AFTER skin photos below. I’m really grateful that this line actually does great for my skin although my skin is on the dry side. But please do take note, what might work for me might not/or work for you or vice versa.

Curious about this line?

Read below each of the product details. Since I am new to this brand, so it’s best to get to know a bit about the brand itself. Let’s go!

Brand Story


The beauty pursued by BE THE SKIN is implemented through the “beauty of perfect harmony”. Under the philosophy of “True Beauty Begins Inside”, BE THE SKIN would evolve into a global beauty brand for all people. With love and consider nature and study skin affinity from the perspective of nature. BE THE SKIN will handle from the view of their beloved customers who value more natural and cleaner energy of nature. To help both domestic and overseas customers have healthy and youthful skin, BE THE SKIN is committed to serving them as a light and comfortable beauty brand by paying attention to all their voices including little and segmented ones.

BHA+ Line Background

Natural Herbal Energy Cosmetics

✓ Enhanced natural energy cosmetics making your skin clean, smooth and moist with nature-derived willow BHA™
✓ Safety and effects have proven through skin irritation and brightness tests
✓ Contains the concept of zero to remove impurities and dead skin cells, soothe irritated skin and make it clear and bright

For Whom?

  • Those who want to keep their skin as smooth as baby’s skin
  • Those who are concerned about their skin which often gets oily and irritated
  • Those who pursue minimalism and simple living
  • Those who want to have clean and clear skin tone
  • Those who prefer mild but still effective cosmetics
  • Those who want to stay influential on social media with cool and hot products
  • Those who are determined to use proven cosmetics or those with actual efficacy-related data

Why BHA+ ??

BHA+ line made with nature-derived BHA™! Which is mild BHA care keeping sensitive skin healthy and youthful.

Why Willow-BHA ??

The nature-derived BHA extracted from white willow bark is a special substance developed by BE THE SKIN, which soothes irritated skin in a pure and clear fashion and smoothly takes good care of various irritations and dead skin cells which can cause early skin aging.

Product Design

  1. Clear and fresh image ➖ Green natural energy-emitting design such as Willow-BHA
  2. Zero Symbol ➖ Intuitive and sensory design
  3. Builds trust with Lab No.

Basic Usage

source : Be The Skin

BHA+ Pore Zero Cleansing Foam
(1% Willow-BHA)

🛒 Where to Shop ▶ STYLEKOREAN

What is it :

~ Eliminates sebum and impurities cleanly and makes your skin moist and youthful.

Full Ingredients :

Water, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Glycol Distearate, Potassium Hydroxide, TEA-Lauryl Sulfate, Stearic Acid, Lauryl Betaine, Glyceryl Stearates, PEG-100 Stearate, Lauric Acid, Beeswax, Lauryl Glucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Bisulfite, Ceteareth-60 Myristyl Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Polyquaternium-7, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA, Methylpropanediol, Prunus Davidiana Extract, Salvia Hispanica Seed Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Prunus Mume Fruit Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Silkworm Cocoon Extract, Fragrance

Positive Effects :

Dead skin cell care from green fruits extract (shine musket + green papaya + green apple + green plum)
Moisturizing skin from Mexican chia Seed extract
Discharge of wastes from Prunus davidiana extract
Smooth skin texture from Willow-BHA

🚫 No artificial colours, no mineral oil, no parabens

Texture and Scents :

Elastic creamy formula. When mixed with water, it formed lightweight and airy microbubbles. Has subtle fragrance smells.

My Experience

A mild BHA cleansing cares together with green fruits from shine musket, green papaya, green apple and green plum that gently removes greasy sebum, effectively cleanse away makeup residues and wastes in pores while keeping my skin smooth and moist without feeling tightness after washing. I noticed this cleanser did form a natural protective film made with wild oak and Mexican Chia Seeds which make the skin moist and comfortable.

To me, this is a mild and gentle exfoliating cleanser that can be used daily from normal to oily-combination skin type, problematic skin and can be beneficial for sensitive skin because it has completed skin hypoallergenic test. So you guys can use it with confidence without worrying about irritation. But if you guys have very dry skin, I would not recommend using it daily. Twice a week is enough.

Since I just stayed at home (self-healing), I only applied sunscreen throughout the day therefore I used this cleanser daily during nighttime only. There was no double cleansing in my skincare routine. So far this cleanser doesn’t irritate my skin and after three weeks my dull and congested skin becomes more clean and clear. Definitely the perfect cleansing for whitehead + blackhead + acne care.

It’s helpful to wash the face twice after the first wash where sebum secretion is active, such as the T-zone area, U-zone area and areas with a lot of pores on both sides of the nose.

BHA+ Pore Zero Toner
(85% Willow-BHA)

🛒 Where to Shop ▶ STYLEKOREAN

What is it :

A toner formulated with a high content of 85% of naturally derived Willow BHA™, which quickly calms irritated skin and absorbs it freshly and softly. Deeply cleans the dead skin cells and wastes in the deep pores.

Full Ingredients :

Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Alcohol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Citrate, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid, White Willow Bark Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Propanadienol, Tromethamine, Glycolipid

🚫 No flavors No artificial colors No mineral oil No parabens

Positive Effects :

Invigorating skin from Propanediol
Moisturizing skin from Mexican Chia Seed
Smooth skin texture from Willow-BHA

Texture and Scents :

Unscented toner with a watery-essence-like formula that wets the skin.

My Experience

This mild toner with a mild peeling formula contains 85% nature-derived willow-BHA™ that can be used comfortably every day without worrying about irritated and stressed skin. Again, this mild BHA care is suitable for all skin types except for very dry skin!

For the first two weeks I used this toner daily during both morning and night and noticed it helped a lot in smooth out my skin texture by exfoliating dead skin cells and even out my skin complexion. The next third week I used it only in night routine followed with other hydrating products due to my dry skin condition. I’m so relieved that it doesn’t irritate my skin but I don’t want to over-exfoliating my skin since I also used a cleanser from this BHA+ Line.

With consistent while adding other hydrating products during midday and night routine, I noticed it helped manage my new maskne at my upper lips area and lessen the appearance of sebum secretion especially on the nose area. The watery-essence-like consistency absorbs quickly into my skin by patting method and it helps keep my skin moist and increase my skin’s moisture contents. BUT I love to pour the toner onto cotton pads and gently wipe along with the skin texture to deep clean any residues left after cleansing. You can see some leftover gunk on my skin has been wiped off.

Can be used as a sheet mask. Wet the mask sheet with sufficient amount of toner, attach to face and use it in form of a mask pack. Recommended to remove within 15 minutes.

BHA+ Pore Zero Serum
(1% Willow-BHA)

🛒 Where to Shop ▶ STYLEKOREAN

What is it :

Formulated with 11% naturally-derived Willow BHA™ and AHA to provide smooth and clean fresh skin with zero sebum and pore care.

A green serum that naturally-derived chlorophyll (chlorophyll component) extracted from green plants provides green freshness and natural energy and provides comfort to the skin.

Full Ingredients :

Water, Butylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Propanediol, Glycerin, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Amylopectin, Dimethicone, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-6 Laurate, Xylitol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Myristyl Glucoside, Arginine, Carbomer, Allantoin, Glycolic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Chlorophyllin-Copper Complex, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Madecassoside, Asiaticoside, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid

Positive Effects :

Sebum control and pore care with AHA, Oenothera, Pueraria lobata var. thomsoni, pine needles, Ulmus davidiana var. japonica NAKAI. complex
✓ Anti-inflammatory & Soothing with Centella Asiatica leaf extract
Smooth skin texture with Willow-BHA
Vitality care with chlorophyll that provide green freshness and natural energy to comfort skin

Texture and Scents :

Lightweight green viscous serum consistency with subtle smells.

My Experience

Performance: lightweight serum formulation that spreads smoothly and soft on my skin with providing a refreshing feeling of use especially during hot sunny days. It quickly runs through well on hydrated skin, leaving skin soft without tackiness. Feels lightweight on the skin.

Skin Reaction : So far there’s no bad reaction on my skin, no purging or even breakout

Stings/tingles Sensation:  Non

How often I would reach out : during morning, mid-day and night routine

Immediate Effects: refreshing feels on skin and control sebum regulation

Outtake :

I really love this serum texture colour of sage green which is my favourite shade of green 😉 (that’s a bonus point huhuhu). From the ingredients list, it contains fragrance in it but the scent is just subtle and will diffuse as the serum fully absorbed into skin. So far after three weeks of use with two weeks of full usage and alternately with other serum for a week, so far it doesn’t irritate my skin or show any bad reaction.

For the first two weeks, I noticed this serum when applied together with BHA+ toner, it helped smooth out rough skin texture and my congested pores become less visible. It doesn’t leave any stickiness or tackiness when applied but still provides minimal hydration to my dry skin. I noticed my skin tone was more bright and even. It has high healing and anti-inflammatory properties of four effective ingredients of Centella Asiatica (Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, Madecassoside and Asiaticoside) together with patented ingredients (Oenothera, Pueraria lobata var. thomsoni, pine needles, Ulmus davidiana var. japonica NAKAI. complex) that help control sebum production and acne occur.

I found myself reaching this serum more often. Just can’t wait to empty this one and update you guys.

BHA+ Dark Spot Zero Cream
(1% Willow-BHA)

🛒 Where to Shop ▶ STYLEKOREAN

What is it :

Wrinkle improvement & whitening dual functional cream that intensively cares for dark spots to prevent skin regeneration and partial spots and blemishes from taking place by removing the melanin pigment that accumulates due to aging, along with dead skin cells.

A cream that comfortably calm irritated skin by strengthening skin barrier.

Full Ingredients :

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Niacinamide, Sorbitan Stearate, Sucrose Cocoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, PVM/MA Copolymer, 1,2 -Hexanediol, Illicium Verum (Anise) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stearic Acid, Cholesteryl Macadamiate, Phytosteryl Macadamiate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Adenosine, (-)-alpha-bisabolol, Tranexamic Acid, Betaine, Allantoin, Panthenol, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Polyglutamic Acid, Cynanchum Atratum Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Zinc PCA, Ethyl Hexanediol, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Copper Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Oligopeptide-1, Oligopeptide-2, Methionine, Cysteine, Madecassoside, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, Biotin, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Serine, Arginine, Fragrance

Positive Effects :

Intensive dark spot care, preventing freckles and impurities
Brightens skin through turn-over
Makes your skin firm and supple by tightening loose pores and skin tissues
Soothes irritated skin by reinforcing a skin barrier

Texture and Scents :

Soft white cream consistency that has the same scents as the serum but lighter smells.

My Experience

Performance: a soft and lightweight cream formulation that melts and spreads smoothly on my skin without feeling stickiness. It absorbs well on and feels lightweight on the skin leaving a soft hydrated finish.

Skin Reaction : So far there’s no bad reaction on my skin, no purging or even breakout

Stings/tingles Sensation:  Non

How often I would reach out : during morning and night routine

Immediate Effects : skin feels moist and hydrated

Outtake :

What I love about this cream is the slim tube packaging with narrow tip that easy to control and dispense out the product and also its small size that is great for travel-friendly. Another thing about this spot cream which I like is the formulation itself. Usually, my skin would reacted to BHA ingredient that contain in any moisturizer or cream but not this one. After three weeks of consistent used together with other products from this line, I noticed it helped managed my “maskne” (mask acne), where the redness around acne became lessen and the pus started to grow covering the red bumps and it pops on its own.

I used this dark spot cream on my whole face since my skin looks so dull and pretty much looks like a lifeless person hahahaha 😂😂 It does provide hydration to my dry skin but as for dryer flaky skin I don’t think this spot cream is enough. It does minimize the appearance of maskne redness and old pigmented scars.

The main ingredient of Tranexamic Acid is actually a brightening powerhouse that was said to boast some of the most superhuman benefits in terms of addressing discoloration. Therefore, it’s heaven-sent for anyone dealing with melasma, hyperpigmentation,1 acne scarring, or purple-y red-splotched complexions [1]. I might repurchase this one as soon it’s empty.

Special Tips:
1- For wrinkle improvement and whitening : apply 1 more time to absorbs at area with wrinkles, freckles, or blemishes.

2- Clean and elasticity pore care : mix cream and serum at a ratio of 2:1 and reapply it around sagging and dull pore to clean and elastically care for inside of pores and areas around pigmented pores.

Please read in context with my disclaimer.

[1] https://www.byrdie.com/tranexamic-acid-for-skin

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