Having a good cleanser is a must when it comes to any skincare regime. I have experimented with many in the past and have had mixed results. Recently I bought the Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser and wanted to share my experience.
As I was scouring through the beauty section aisles, I couldn’t help notice the dark grey, clay-like colour bottle. Upon closer inspection, I read the info on the label which mentioned how charcoal is known for its ability to draw out impurities and trap them. Being curious and wanting to know if it really works, I decided to take the plunge and purchased the product. I had never used a ‘charcoal’ cleanser before, though I did have a positive experience with a charcoal face mask.
My Skincare Regime & Skin Type
I follow a decent skincare regime. However, the pores on my nose do get clogged, especially during the summer months. In addition to my daily cleanser, I use a face scrub twice a week. But instead of relying on the face scrub to work it’s magic, I was looking for a cleanser that could remove more dirt and grime but at the same time safe enough to use daily. I do have a few blackheads. Though they are not so obvious it would be nice to get rid of them. Finally, I would describe my skin type as combination.
The Product – What it says on the bottle…
Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser claims to ‘draw out and trap 2x more dirt and impurities than a basic cleanser. It claims to purify your pores and leave your face deeply cleaned and make your skin tingly-smooth. Pores are twice as clean just after one use’.
- With Natural Charcoal
- DERMATOLOGIST TESTED
Ingredients – Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium laureth sulphate, Cocamidopropyl, Betaine, Sorbitol, Laureth-4 carboxylic acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, Parfum sodium hydroxide, Menthol, Polyquaternium-39, Disodium edta, Charcoal powder, Mannitol, Cellulose, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, Sodium benzoate, Salicylic acid, Ci 77499.
On the product label, it states the cleanser is great for those with oily skin.
The cleanser comes in a plastic see-through bottle. The colour of the gel is light charcoal, while the texture, I would describe as being medium to thick in consistency. The bottle comes in 200ml which I purchased from Superdrug for £5.29. You can also buy it from Boots and other well known beauty stores.
My overall experience has been positive. Even though it states on the product that it is ‘great for oily skin’, it works well on my combination skin. The cleanser has a pleasant cold, minty smell. It’s not overpowering to the senses but does give that clean fresh feel. As soon as I apply to the face and lather up, I can feel the charcoal working and I instantly get this tingly sensation on my skin.
How to Use: For optimum results, simply wet your face then apply a few pumps on to your hands. Lather this in circular motions around your entire face and neck. Make sure to focus especially around your nose and forehead as the pores in these areas are more likely to be clogged. The gel-like liquid which is medium to thick in texture will spread and sit nicely on to the skin. Leave on for at least 30 seconds, allowing it to penetrate into the skin. Then wash off and pat dry. I find it washes off pretty easily as well.
For even better results, I would recommend steaming your face, or if you are in the shower allow the moisture of the warm water to open up your pores. By applying the cleanser this way, it will really get inside and pull the dirt out at a deeper level.
In my experience, after washing my face, I do get that exuberant clean feel. I would describe it like splashing cold water but in a nice way. My skin feels tight and I do notice my pores feel super clean.
I feel you can use the cleanser all year round. But those who suffer from oily skin or those like me who in the summer months get excess oil and grease around the t-zone area, this cleanser is amazing. I find it controls the oil really well and gives you grease-free skin that looks healthy.
In comparison to other expensive cleansers, I think the Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser does well.
Like most things in life, there are a few downsides and the Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser is no different. For example, some cleansers like the Obagi Nu-Derm foaming gel which I’ve used in the past really brightened my skin and gave it that radiant look. This doesn’t do this unfortunately. But then again it doesn’t claim to in the first place.
Those with sensitive skin, there is a chance you may experience breakouts. Most obviously the cleanser is designed to draw out impurities at a deeper level and as a result could dry out the skin. Some users have complained of seeing pimples or having a bad reaction after using the product. In such cases, I would recommend using a mild cleanser instead, such as the ‘Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Face Wash Gel‘. Also, a good quality moisturiser to hydrate the skin is essential. In my case, I didn’t see any breakouts nor did it dry out my skin.
Lastly, there aren’t any microbeads in the product. With some cleansers this additional ingredient helps to slough off dead skin and reveal a smoother appearance.
The price is reasonable at £5.29 and you get 200ml worth of cleanser. I can vouch it does clean the skin very well and you instantly get that cool effect. Those with oily skin or clogged up pores, this product is a game changer and will really help give you better skin. Would I buy this product going forward? Definitely. In fact, this is the cleanser I turn to when I start experiencing excess oil or a really shiny forehead!
Let me know in the comments section your experience with this product. Has it improved your skin?