Product Review: Meishoku Bigansui Medicated Lotion

Meishoku Bigan Lotion (Medicated) 80ml, US$11.75
Meishoku Bigansui Lotion (Medicated) 80ml, US$11.75

One of the many ‘perils’ when you try many different cosmetic products so often is a bad reaction! You may get a rash, burn, redness, and in many cases, pimples, when a product contains something that doesn’t agree with your skin. For the past two weeks, I had three budding zits on my forehead and one on my cheek that I couldn’t get rid of, even when I used my tried and true peel pad from Philosophy (Microdelivery Mini Peel Pad) which contains lactic acid. I managed to isolate the culprit – Physicians Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls – but the budding zits were not budging even after I discontinued using it. So I bought Meishoku Bigansui Medicated Lotion from alphabeautyuk on ebay, and thankfully it arrived in just 5 business days.

Meishoku Bigansui Medicated Lotion is for unclogging pores and preventing acne. It arrived in a small, heavy blue glass bottle, which was well packed by alphabeautyuk in triple bubblewrap. I have come to completely rely on this fabulous seller and adambeauty for most of my beauty products nowadays, when I am not buying from Sephora! Anyway, it’s not a lot of product, just 80ml, but for the four little zits I had and I am not acne prone (too old for that :P) so I only needed it to take out the most pressing problem.

In Japan, this drug-store level product only costs 735 Yen, which is about US$9 and change. Meishoku Bigansui is an old product and has helped countless teenagers battle zits since 1885(!).

I could read a little bit of Japanese and it says that the fragrance is a herbal scent, which it is, but it is very strong and the alcohol content felt strong too, because it gives you that instant cooling sensation (kind of like menthol – or the Vicks chest rub). But the scent isn’t unpleasant – just strong, herbal kind of strong. I don’t know if it’s because of the dark blue glass bottle and/or the herbal scent but this gives a real apothecary feel to the product, which is kind of neat. I know I complained about Skinfood’s Buckwheat Face Powder having a strong scent (which, by the way, I still dislike), but that was highly artificial; the Bigansui is very herbal.

Well, I cannot believe that a US$9 product actually works. The very first time I used it, it zapped my 3 zits on my forehead overnight; they were flat and not budding or to become real zits anymore. I looked in the mirror and said WOW to myself! The one on my cheek completely disappeared, as if nothing ever happened.

I continued to use it in the morning, and night, for two more days, and all the zits from using Physicians Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls were GONE. Not even a trace – no scar, nothing, just smooth skin!

So, that is the great part. Honestly, I can’t remember any acne products actually worked that well.

The drawback is that the herbal scent is very strong, and if you have very sensitive skin, this might be a little abrasive with the alcohol. Unlike many acne products though, this doesn’t make my skin peel or dry out my skin. Which is nice because my skin is already dehydrated to begin with, and I can’t afford to dry out my forehead which will only accentuate the fine lines.

I only used very little of this by the way, and now that I am already zit-free, I will keep this at hand just in case!

My rating: 5 out of 5.

Ingredients: (English translation according to
Active: Salicylic Acid, Homosulfamine
Also contains: propylene glycol, geraniol alcohol, fragrance

8 comments on Product Review: Meishoku Bigansui Medicated Lotion

  1. nami
    June 14, 2012 at 12:27 am (5 years ago)

    thanks for the review ..i also need something like this for my occasional breakouts.i also have read great reviews for sulwhasoo restorative ampoules for clearing up acne but never bought it because of iits price
    by the way joseibi this price includes shipping as well?

    • Joseibi
      June 14, 2012 at 8:25 am (5 years ago)

      Hi nami,

      Adambeauty is cheaper, the product itself is US$12.5 plus $2 (registered mail) shipping so a few dollars cheaper than buying on ebay. This is strong stuff, but it works! 🙂

  2. Za
    November 29, 2012 at 10:10 am (4 years ago)

    I love your reviews ! I’ve been following your blog since my sophomore year in high school and now I’m a junior in college 🙂

    I’ve been breaking out like crazy and decided to order this since Sasa was having a sale for only 8 dollars. Can’t wait to try it!

    • Joseibi
      December 5, 2012 at 10:16 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you Za!! How sweet! 🙂

      This really does work…but not without side effects. It dries out your skin so you will need to use some hydrating products. You can also try Haba’s Squalane which is known to be very good with acne and acne prone skin too. 🙂

  3. Joyce Ho
    July 19, 2013 at 11:38 pm (4 years ago)

    Sorry, How do you apply the product and how often, before or after moisturiser?
    And thanks so much for the review, super helpful

    • Joseibi
      July 25, 2013 at 10:40 am (4 years ago)

      Hi Joyce – this is essentially a toner, so you use it after cleansing and before moisturizer 😉

  4. Joyce Ho
    July 19, 2013 at 11:40 pm (4 years ago)

    Sorry, just want to ask, how do you apply the product? how often and before or after moisturiser? I just want to make sure :))

    And thank you for the amazing review…super helpful.

  5. Jenny
    September 17, 2015 at 10:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been eyeing this product after seeing it rank no.1 in Cutie magazine. I’m going to give it a try! (cuteshanghai.blogspot)


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