This microdermabrasion-in-a-jar-type scrub can be needlessly abrasive unless used very gently. The base formula helps cushion skin, but not to the extent where caution isn’t advised. This rinses quite well and is best for normal to slightly dry or oily skin. Because it’s present in only a tiny amount, Melissa officinalis extract is not cause for concern as an irritant. Although this is a serviceable scrub, its benefits are not preferred over those of a well-formulated AHA or BHA product. If you’re already using an AHA or BHA exfoliant, a scrub isn’t necessary. And with regard to this product, you can get the same “scrub” results just using a washcloth with your daily cleanser; it really doesn’t take a second product.
Renew and restore your skin by removing dull, rough surface skin cells with Even Smoother exfoliator. As new cells emerge, you’ll see instantly softer, brighter skin with a more even tone and texture.
Water, Alumina, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Arachidyl Alcohol, Trilaureth-4 Phosphate, Cetyl-Pg Hydroxyethyl Palmitamide, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Nymphaea Coerulea Flower Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Disodium Rutinyl Disulfate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Arachidyl Glucoside, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Dmdm Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, 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.