[REVIEW+B/A PICS] Rohto Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti Spot Essence

Rohto Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti Spot Essence Review:

I have been battling with acne since my childhood, and on top of having to deal with annoying, painful, unsightly blemishes, I also have to deal with the dreaded aftermath: Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation, also known as PIH. After I discovered vitamin C products and their abilities to fight PIH I decided to incorporate them permanently in my routine. So how does this little tube perform against that dreaded PIH? Let’s find out.


+ The Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti Spot Essence suppresses melanin production and prevents spots and freckles.

+ It prevents acne and breakouts, and the uncomfortable burning sensation from sunburns; it tightens, cleanses, and recalibrates the skin.

+ Key in maintaining healthy skin and keep it moisturized.

+ It is recommended for use on oily skin.


The active ingredients in this essence are Ascorbic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, and Thymol.

Ascorbic Acid is the most common form of vitamin C found in beauty products and it’s also the most researched for its benefits on the skin. Thymol is a known to be antimicrobial and antibacterial. Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate is a derivative of licorice with strong anti-inflammatory properties.

The rest of the ingredients are:

Water, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ethoxydiglycol, Alpinia Katsumadai Seed Extract, Butylene Glycol, Disodium Edetate, EDTA, Viscosity modifiers, Fragrance.

Rohto Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti Spot Essence Review

Volume: 20  ml.

The product comes in a plastic tube. It comes packaged in a cardboard box with an instructional manual on the inside.

How to use:

Being an essence, it can be used after cleansing and toner/lotion. You can follow up with your serums and moisturizers of choice. It can be applied as a spot treatment or all over the face.

The product can be used at night or in the morning; some studies have shown that vitamin C can maximize the effectiveness of sunscreen, so don’t be afraid to use it during the day!

My skin type:

For reference, my skin is combination: oily and dehydrated. I’m also acne prone and have sensitivities to certain ingredients.

Rohto Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti Spot Essence Review:

Rohto Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti Spot Essence Review

Vitamin C serums and essences oxidize inevitably. There are two elements that contribute to faster oxidation: formulation and storage. The Melano CC essence wins at both aspects.

Vitamin C products are often formulated with vitamin E and ferulic acid, which make the formula more stable. You will also see them packaged in dark tinted glass bottles, meant to protect the product from light. It is advised by some products to be stored in cool, dark places, like your refrigerator.

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Rohto Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti Spot Essence Review

This is not necessary with the Melano CC essence. The plastic, silver-colored tube allows no light to come in contact with the product. The squeezable dispenser also prevents a large amount of oxygen coming in contact with the essence.

When it comes to the formula, the Melano CC contains tocopheryl acetate, which is a vitamin E acetate, that helps stabilize the essence and contains antioxidant properties.

Rohto Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti Spot Essence Review

The texture of the Melano CC is something that I would describe as “almost oily”. It is certainly not oily that it sits on top of your skin for hours, but it’s not light or watery enough to be absorbed right away. Despite being a little oily, it is not sticky at all. Once it has absorbed it leaves no tacky feeling.

The fragrance is something you may recognize as that “orange juice” sort of smell that many vitamin C products have; there’s also a slight herbal scent to it, probably attributed to the thymol. It is not an aggravating fragrance, it’s pretty mild and it goes away quickly.

I have been using this product since December of last year. It is worth noting that 4 months later, the liquid comes out as clear as the first day I opened it.

Within the first few days of use I started noticing results. At this point I wasn’t using any acids or brightening products in my routine, relying only on the Melano CC essence to help me fade my PIH.

Rohto Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti Spot Essence Review

These before and after pictures are taken two weeks apart. I think the results speak for themselves.

This is a product that I cannot recommend enough, if you’re an acne prone person and are looking for a product that can help you fade those annoying dark spots, it is definitely worth trying and it won’t break your bank.

At an approximate of $15 USD per 20ml, the Melano CC Essence is an affordable and efficient product to include in your routine.

Would I repurchase this product? Absolutely. Even if I am willing to try other vitamin C products, I know the Rohto Melano CC essence is a reliable product I can go back to whenever I need to improve the appearance of my skin.

Where to buy:

Amazon Prime | eBay | Yesstyle

Have you tried Rohto Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti Spot Essence?

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16 thoughts on “[REVIEW+B/A PICS] Rohto Mentholatum Melano CC Intensive Anti Spot Essence”

  1. Hi Vic,

    Do you have additional serums that you apply on your face after you put the Melano CC Vitamin C serum? Or is this the only serum that you use before moisturizer and sunscreen?

    • Hi Jan!

      I use this before a thicker essence and I follow up with moisturizer and sunscreen.

      Thank you for reading!

  2. hi!! I´m in between of buying this or the c20 serum that is 100% pure vitamin c wich one do you think can fade my acne marks faster,?

    • Hi Ingrid!

      I have actually tried both. The C20 works really well for me too, I really like it. It would depend on your skin which one performs better. Although if I have to make a recommendation I would tell you to go with the Melano instead.
      The problem with the C20 is that it oxidizes very fast, you’ll probably end up with a halfway full bottle of oxidized serum. Also, the C20 contains niacinamide, which in conjunction with vitamin c can cause flushing on some people.

      The C20 is not a bad product, but it’s unstable, so keep that in mind.

  3. Hi,
    Did you used melano cc all over your face? Or for the acne marks only? Is it better to used it all over my face? What do you think? Thanks in advance!

    • I’m so late in replying, I’m truly sorry 🙁
      If it’s still helpful, I use it the serum all over the face. Since I’m interested in the anti-aging benefits of vitamin c (collagen production) I use it on my nasolabial folds, forehead and of course in any place that I have hyperpigmentation. It’s a small tube so you may run out of it fast if you use it all over, if you want to make it last you could use it as a spot treatment only. Thank you for reading 🙂

    • Hi, Uma!
      Yes, you can apply the product either in the morning or at night. Once you feel the product has absorbed you can follow up with any other product like serum, essence, moisturizer. I do not recommend to use a heavy occlusive over it (like vaseline) because from my experience it can tint your skin orange a bit if you apply that, or use any acids after it, but apart from that you can follow up with your usual routine.

  4. Hello dear
    I’ve oily skin with spot and acne, pimple.
    Can I use this?
    Can you please suggest Which serum should go after this essence? Or can I skip the serum part?
    Can you also suggest me a toner to go with it?

    • Hello, Janat! Sorry for taking so long to reply, I don’t get e-mail notifications anymore.
      Yes, this is perfect for all skin types and skin with acne.
      Any hydrating serum or essence that you like can go after this, just make sure to wait until this is dry, around 10 minutes and then apply your serums or go directly to a moisturizer.

    • Hello, Mary, thank you for reading.
      While some doctors can prescribe topical application of products to reduce the discoloration, if the underlying cause of the hyperpigmentation in the underarms is related to insuline resistance, hormonal imbalance or even genetics, the darkness will come back. That being said, you can give it a try but it may be irritating to the skin, especially right after hair removal.


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