Tested on animals:Yes
Laneige has a history of formulating irritating cleansers; unfortunately, Deep Pore Cleansing Foam follows that trend. Of chief concern is the potentially irritating cleansing mix, compounded by fragrance.
The mixture of fatty acids (stearic, myristic, and lauric), combined with the alkaline potassium hydroxide, has the potential to irritate skin—especially if you get this into the eye area. While the high amount of glycerin may offset the potential to irritate, it also makes it very difficult to rinse completely from skin. In short, this is not a gentle cleanser!
Making matters worse, Deep Pore Cleansing Foam contains potentially irritating fragrance components that add to the already-plagued formula. By the way, if you're curious about the "detoxifying pores" claim, we debunk that in the More Info section.
All of the points above, combined, earn this cleanser a "just don't go there" status.
For effective, yet gentle, cleansing options, see our Best Cleansers list.
- Contains irritants that can potentially damage skin.
- Fragranced formula + harsh cleansing agents can be sensitizing.
- Will sting if it gets in the eyes.
Despite the claims of many a cosmetics company, you cannot "detox" your skin. In fact, brands making this claim never specify which substances their product supposedly banishes—which makes sense, as your skin isn't capable of storing any sort of toxin to begin with. An actual toxin is a poison, and we're talking REAL poisons, such as those produced by plants, animals, insects, reptiles (think snake venom, or bee stings), or other organisms.
So-called toxins cannot leave your body through the pores or through your skin, whether sweat or other means—they're broken down and removed by the kidneys and liver. Heavy metal toxicity, for example, can't be "sweated" or otherwise drawn out of skin; it requires medical treatment to remove them from the body.
Regardless of the skin concern you're battling, "toxins" aren't to blame—and if you're serious about wanting results, stick to what the research says really works (and ignore fairy tales told about "detoxifying" plant extracts).