Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser gets its icy feeling from menthol and eucalyptus, the two ingredients that sabotage this otherwise very good, water-soluble cleanser. The 2% salicylic acid is useless against blemishes in this product, not only because of a too-high pH but also because of its brief contact with skin. This cleanser also contains a rather drying, irritating cleansing agent and is but one more example of how anti-acne cleansers tend to overdry and needlessly irritate, rather than help heal, blemish-prone skin. Note that the 2% salicylic acid this cleanser is medicated with will be rinsed down the drain before it can benefit your skin.
Get an invigorating clean with a blemish fighting formula containing salicylic acid. Oil, dirt, and make-up don't stand a chance against this refreshing liquid cleanser that helps to stop blemishes cold and leaves your skin feeling fresh and vibrant.
Active Ingredient: 2% Salicylic Acid; Other Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauric Acid, Betaine, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Glyceryl Oleate, Sodium Hydroxide, Polyquaternium-7, Menthol, Disodium EDTA, BHT, DMDM, Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Fragrance
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.