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Steam Activated Cleanser
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5 fl. oz. for $7.49
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:02.26.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Steam isn’t good for your skin. It can cause capillaries to surface, resulting in persistent redness or thread-like broken blood vessels. Steam also doesn’t open pores, because pores do not have an open/close feature like window blinds. Concentrated steam causes the skin to become engorged with water, which swells pores, but that’s not the same as opening them. Even if steaming skin was somehow good for it (one more point: steaming doesn’t purge toxins from skin, either), this cleanser is terrible and the claims are silly. For example, if steam is what it takes to improve skin, then why not just enjoy that during a hot shower? Why would this cleanser be needed? Steam Activated Cleanser isn’t a product anyone needs. It contains a very drying detergent cleansing agent along with peppermint and menthol. Chalk this up to another problematic product from Biore.

Claims

Our exclusive formula uses the power of pore-opening steam while you shower, dissolving dirt, oil & make-up, then lifting them away — reinvigorating your skin with a fresh, clean, and vibrant difference that you can see and feel. Oil-free.

Ingredients

Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Ammonium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Acrylates Copolymer, Glycerin, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Withania Somnifera Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Mannitol, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Chromium Oxide Greens, Iron Oxides, Potassium Hydroxide, Benzophenone-4, Menthol, Menthyl Lactate, Polyquaternium-10, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Fragrance, Blue 1

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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