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Warming Anti-Blackhead Cream Cleanser
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4.5 fl. oz. for $7.49
Last Updated:02.26.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Warming Anti-Blackhead Cream Cleanser contains the mineral zeolite, which causes an exothermic (heat-generating) reaction when mixed with water. That may feel interesting but it has no benefit for the skin, so this ends up being more gimmicky than anything else and isn’t preferred to other cleansers in our Best Products section. The 2% salicylic acid is rinsed down the drain before it can impact skin, and the lack of cleansing agents makes this a poor choice to remove makeup. At best, it’s a mediocre, fragranced cleanser for normal to dry skin. The warming sensation cannot affect blackheads at all.

Claims

This soothing, self-heating formula cleanses away pore-clogging dirt and oil as it helps control blackheads and prevent acne. Effectively wash away stubborn dirt, oil, and make-up with a powerful formula containing salicylic acid and pore-opening warming clay.

Ingredients

Active: Salicylic Acid 2%, Other: Zeolite, PEG-8, Butylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Cellulose, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Polyethylene, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteth-20 Phosphate, Dicetyl Phosphate, Cetyl Dimethicone, Hydroxypropylcellulose, BHT, Fragrance, Blue 1 Lake

Brand Overview

Biore At-A-Glance

Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists for every product on the company Web sit; improved cleansers.

Weaknesses: Known for their pore strips, which aren't as helpful as they seem; lots of products that contain alcohol and/or menthol, neither of which improve the look or function of pores; the sole sunscreen option lacks the proper UVA-protecting ingredients.

This drugstore line wants you to know it is serious about keeping your pores unclogged. They pledge that their products will rid your pores of the dirt, oil, and grime that can cause them to enlarge to "manhole-sized proportions." Although that size is clearly an exaggeration, most of the claims Biore makes also stretch what's possible. For example, neither their products nor the manner in which they function take into account the fact that pore size is more often than not genetic and controlled to a large extent by the oil glands that lie beneath the skin, which are themselves controlled by hormone activity, and none of that can be affected from the outside in.

None of the Biore products can shrink the oil gland or help keep it unblocked, and that is the only surefire way to reduce pore size. One of the bonuses of taking prescription Accutane for acne is that in most cases the patient's pore size becomes remarkably smaller due to the manner in which this potent drug works internally. We are not suggesting anyone should take Accutane simply to shrink large pores. But we do suggest it would be better to stop believing that skin-care products that claim to do so are the answer. Effective skin-care products (including some items in the Biore line) can remove or absorb excess oil, which makes pores less noticeable, and a well-formulated cleanser will remove grime and surface oils without drying skin, which temporarily makes pores look slightly smaller. And believe it or not, sun protection plays a role in pore size. As skin becomes more sun damaged, it becomes thicker and unable to exfoliate normally. The buildup of dead skin cells coupled with thickened skin can make pores expand. This can be remedied by using a well-formulated AHA or BHA product along with daily application of a broad-spectrum sunscreen—products that Biore lacks.

That's the extent of it, which is why to a large extent (no pun intended) pore size is something that you must learn to live with, because beyond avoiding sun damage and trying Accutane, there is little that can be done to change it. However, the outlook isn't as bleak as it may seem. With conscientious skin care and proper use of makeup, you can successfully minimize the appearance of pores and prevent them from enlarging any further.

For more information about Biore, call (888) BIORE-11 or visit www.biore.com.

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01.21.2013
It is warm and it smells nice. But there's better products out there.

The warming thing sounded cool and helpful and was very WOAH when I used it the first time. But other than the scrubbing action, it doesn't seem very helpful. Another unwise investment on my part. But it does smell delicious.

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