Whenever you are offered something that will clean out your pores, I think you should take it. So, when I was offered the chance to take the Biore Pore Unclogging Challenge, I decided to give it a shot. While my skin is pretty clear, I definitely have some pores on my nose and forehead that always seem to be clogged no matter what I do. Granted, only I can see them with the help of my magnifying mirror, but they are there and they bother me.
I remember when Bioré strips first came out. Every girl I knew was obsessed with looking to see how much would come out of their pores! I admit that I'm not a "regular" user, meaning I'm not applying strips to my nose every week. I do however always have a supply on hand, and I probably use a strip once every six to eight weeks.
The 2 week challenge consists of 2 products, which with regular use will help to exfoliate your skin while the strips pull buildup out of pores.
Pore Unclogging Scrub
The Pore Unclogging Scrub promises to provide gentle exfoliation with a beta hydroxy acid (the Salicylic acid) and small microbeads. It really is a nice scrub. It has a light lather, feels great with use and rinses off easily. It doesn't irritate my skin or cause after wash tightness. Overall I do like this scrub and I used it everyday for the past 2 weeks. It really is a good scrub.
But, a word of caution: Before you buy this scrub you should smell it in the store. I did not like the smell, it really smelled like something I should not mention here. Others don't seem to mind the smell as much. It's up to you, I just recommend you flip the top and smell it before buying it.
Ingredients (check the cleanser post for more info)
Active Ingredient: Salicylic acid 2.0%
Inactive Ingredients: water, sodium cocoyl isethionate, glycerin, glycol distearate, synthetic wax, PEG-6 caprylic/capric glycerides, ethoxydiglycol, cetyl alcohol, PEG-12 dimethicone, sodium lauroyl lactylate, menthol, benzophenone-4, propylene glycol, xanthan gum, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, diazolidinyl urea, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, sodium hydroxide, fragrance, blue 1 lake, yellow 5 lake, yellow 5, blue 1
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Deep Cleansing Pore Strips
I initially thought that these were the same old strips that I've used for years. But, it turns out that my strips that I had at home already were just "cleansing strips", they weren't deep. Really, how much of a difference can there be? I use them in the same way (apply to a wet nose, allow to dry and then peel off). But, it was during the peeling off phase that I did think these were different. Things were pulled out even more than usual, and it definitely felt like it! Just another word of caution: there is some pain when you pull these off, but it doesn't last very long. It will be better if you apply the strip evenly without any fold in it to begin with.
After 2 weeks of Bioré I did have improvement in my pores! My skin was smooth and looked great!
Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips at Total Beauty
Pore Unclogging Scrub at Total Beauty