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Papa Recipe Blemish Serum Review

This is a sponsored review with affiliate links. All opinions are my own.


Papa Recipe Blemish Serum promises to hydrate, brighten, improve the look of wrinkles and dry areas, and help with hyperpigmentation. The star ingredients are 10 kinds of hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump, niacinamide to help with pore appearance and pigmentation, galactomyces ferment filtrate to moisturize and refine texture, and adenosine to improve the look of fine lines. The serum is available on Amazon (get 10% off until March 6th with code 10blemish).


This might be the largest serum I’ve ever owned, at the impressive 150ml / 5.07 fl oz size. That’s large enough to use on the problematic areas of the body if you so choose.

Papa Recipe Blemish Serum bottle

How to use:

  • Apply after cleansing and toning

  • Gently smooth over the face and neck

  • Pat in for best absorption

  • Follow with moisturizer (and SPF in the morning)

  • Can be used morning and / or night


Papa Recipe Blemish Serum is a light, colorless gel that spreads very easily. It’s not greasy or oily in any way. I notice a bit of a scent - it’s mild and doesn’t stick around for long. I enjoy it. I don’t see any fragrance in the ingredients, so it’s probably the natural scent of some of the components (a reminder that fragrance free doesn’t mean scent free). The serum layers well over toners and essences and works fine under sunscreen and makeup - no pilling or other issues.


My impressions

Until recently, I associated Papa Recipe with sheet masks, and never had any of their other products. Well, I’ve been missing out. I’m enjoying this serum - it’s a pleasure to apply, doesn’t cause any oiliness or congestion, isn’t sticky, and works well for day or night (I mostly use it at night, simply because I have more time and energy then).

Papa Recipe Blemish Serum on top of its lid

I have combination skin with some oily and dry areas, freckles, a few wrinkles (I like to call them fine lines, but technically there’s no difference), and occasional breakouts / redness. Papa Recipe Blemish Serum does a great job at plumping fine lines (especially on the forehead), and I’ve even applied it around the eyes with no irritation or side effects (patch testing is a good idea). My skin feels very soft and nourished. As far as pigmentation, I can’t isolate the effects of a single product since I use various ones to address my freckles and some post-inflammatory spots, but niacinamide is a wonderful ingredient in general, not just for pigmentation but also for the appearance of pores and even the signs of aging.

Papa Recipe products

I will gladly keep using this serum (probably for a very long time, because the bottle is so generously sized). And if you are looking for a good body product to address some of the same concerns like pigmentation and dryness, then I think this is a good option. I have never seen a serum in such a large bottle before.


I have some other Papa Recipe goodies in my arsenal that I am testing or about to test, so keep an eye on the blog for future reviews. Click #PapaRecipe hashtags to see all of the reviews I’ve done for that brand.


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Papa Recipe Blemish Serum ingredients: Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate, Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Isopentyldiol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Bakuchiol, Allantoin, Panthenol, Adenosine, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Dimethylsilanol Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Hyaluronic Acid, Potassium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Acerola Cherry Ferment, Lactobacillus/Wasabia Japonica Root Ferment Extract, Lactobacillus/Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Ferment Filtrate, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, Saccharomyces/Viscum Album (Mistletoe) Ferment Extract, Saccharomyces/Imperata Cylindrica Root Ferment Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propanediol, Xanthan Gum, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Disodium EDTA, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Carbomer, Tromethamine, PVM/MA Copolymer


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