Blue Agave + Baking Soda Whipped Nourishing Detox Mask
Biore’s Blue Agave + Baking Soda Whipped Nourishing Detox simply cannot purify pores and detoxify skin as claimed, and its irritant-laden formula will likely cause more harm than good.
This blue cream mask comes in a blue squeeze tube that’s supposed to hammer home the point that it contains blue agave, but the extract isn’t that color, and there’s barely any of it in here. The same can be said of the baking soda that’s advertised as being another star ingredient in this product.
What’s more prominent in this mask is fragrance and menthol, ingredients that are not helpful for the combination skin this is designed to help. Both fragrance and menthol can cause irritation that increases oil production, making clogged pores more of a concern (see More Info for details). In fact, you can feel a tingling/cooling sensation while this mask is on, a sure sign that skin is being irritated.
What about the claim that this detoxifies skin? Skin care simply doesn’t work that way: only your liver can detox your body. While this does contain salicylic acid—an ingredient that can penetrate deep into pores to truly unclog them—it’s formulated at a pH above what’s optimal for it to effectively act as an exfoliant (it should be between 3 and 4). Plus, this is rinsed from skin after just five minutes, and salicylic acid is more effective in a leave-on product (see More Info for the scoop on that as well).
- Barely any of the star ingredients are present in this formula.
- Contains irritating fragrance and menthol.
- Formulated at a pH that isn’t optimal for the salicylic acid to act as an exfoliant.
- Salicylic acid is more effective on pores in a leave-on formula.
- Cannot detox skin as claimed.
Irritating Ingredients: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and/or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice!
Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.
Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.
A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for your skin to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don’t get lulled into thinking that if you don’t see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.
Generally, it’s best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there’s no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.
References for this information:
Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385
Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
BHA in a Rinse-Off Product Making Exfoliating Claims:
This cleanser contains salicylic acid, an ingredient that when included in a well-formulated leave-on product work beautifully to gently exfoliate skin. However, in a cleanser, scrub, or a rinse-off mask, it’s far less effective, if effective at all, because it is removed before it can begin to work.
So, if you’re hoping this mask will provide exfoliating benefits, think again. On the other hand, salicylic acid can provide hydrating benefits during its brief contact with skin.
Experience an intense, cool, pore-tingly clean while you de-stress with Biore Whipped Nourishing Detox Mask, with natural Blue Agave + Baking Soda. Specially formulated for combination skin, this creamy mask helps eliminate impurities, lifting away dirt and oil to purify clogged pores. Skin is left instantly clean, refreshed and ever-so-nourished.
Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists for every product on the company Web sit; improved cleansers.
Weaknesses: Known for their pore strips, which aren't as helpful as they seem; lots of products that contain alcohol and/or menthol, neither of which improve the look or function of pores; the sole sunscreen option lacks the proper UVA-protecting ingredients.
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.
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