The fact that this product is packaged in a component with separate “chambers” for its moisturizing and sunscreen components is of no special benefit for skin. The sunscreen portion needs (and contains) some of the same ingredients found in the moisturizer side, so the separation is a gimmick. Moreover, the concept of dispensing a sunscreen and moisturizer at the same time isn’t helpful for skin. That’s because you’re diluting the sunscreen as you mix it with the moisturizer, so you will not be getting the SPF stated on the label. You’re better off using a daytime moisturizer or foundation with sunscreen where everything is blended together and the blended combination was tested to ensure the sun protection stated. The sunscreen part is okay on its own, but the moisturizer portion is a mediocre option for normal to oily skin. If you use this product as directed, its sun protection is most likely hindered by the hokey dual-fusion dilution concept. This product also contains a potentially irritating amount of Melissa officinalis extract.
A nourishing moisturizer in one chamber and sun protection in the other. Together, they strengthen & defend your skin without ever making it feel greasy.
Active: Zinc Oxide (3.9%), Octinoxate (3.0%), Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cetyl-Pg Hydroxyethyl Palmitamide, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Nymphaea Coerulea Flower Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Disodium Rutinyl Disulfate, Peg-3 Dimethicone, Polyacrylamide, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Stearoxy Pg-Hydroxyethylcellulose Sulfonate, Dimethicone/Methicone Copolymer, Laureth-7, Propylene Glycol, Iron Oxides, Disodium Edta, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Tropolone, Fragrance, Green 5, Yellow 5, Green 3
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.