Bioré Charcoal Pore Minimizer is a newcomer to the pore cleansing game. I have tried Bioré pore cleansing nose strips before, but I was intrigued by this formula. It is infused with natural charcoal and micro-crystals and promises results with just one use!
As Bioré writes on the bottle, pores filled with dirt and oil can magnify their appearance, making them look larger and more noticeable. It can be difficult, however, to find an exfoliator that cleanses and smoothes without drying out the skin.
I love that this Charcoal Pore Minimizer activates with water. Just dispense one pump into wet hands and work into a rich lather. Massage gently and immediately rinse thoroughly.
I do think it will be best suited for oily skin types since it absorbs excess oil so efficiently, but I have normal to dry skin that is easily clogged around the nose and chin. For this reason, I exfoliate at least once a week. I started testing this Charcoal Pore Minimizer without much expectation, but I am impressed! After walking around all day in Tokyo's intense humidity and then sitting in dehydrating plane air for 10 hours straight, an embarrassing amount of clogged pores on my nose had sprouted up. This Bioré scrub smoothed my skin and left my pores visibly smaller!
I have tried plenty of mid-range and high-end charcoal-based skin care in the past. I never found any of those scrubs, masks, and cleansers worth their price tags, but for $10 a pop, this Bioré Charcoal Pore Minimizer is a must-have. For optimal results, 2-3 uses per week is recommended. That may be more appropriate for oily skin. On my normal to dry skin, I think once a week all over the face and once more on problem areas like the nose will be best!
We all experience clogging no matter our skin type (oily, combination, normal, dry), so I highly recommend this scrub to everyone!
Many thanks to Bioré for their sponsorship!
All opinions and recommendations are expressly my own.