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IT Cosmetics

Bye Bye Pores Leave-On Solution

6.80 fl. oz. for $ 34.00
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IT Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Pores Leave-On Solution is a product we don’t recommend leaving on skin for any length of time – in fact, it’s so problematic it’s best kept off of skin!

Housed in a plastic bottle, this somewhat milky-looking toner has a lightweight, fluid texture that feels refreshing and absorbs quickly. Among the ingredients are oil-absorbers silica and kaolin plus a smattering of skin-soothing ingredients. But that’s where the positives end.

The negatives start high up the ingredient list, with alcohol in second place. Though alcohol provides a temporary mattifying and “de-greasing” effect on oily and combination skin, the long-term impact results in more oil, not less, because of the drying effect it has on skin (see More Info below for details).

Making matters worse is the inclusion of fragrance, plus additional fragrance ingredients, and witch hazel water, all of which put skin at risk of further irritation. The surprising fact? Irritation – even if you can’t see or feel it happening – can trigger processes that result in damaged skin (see More Info for details on that as well).

What about the salicylic acid this contains, and its ability to impact pores? There’s not much present here to be effective in that way, and even if there were, the formula’s pH of 4.5 is slightly above the pH 3-4 range that’s optimal for exfoliation to occur.

All this adds up to a product that’s more likely to have you saying hello to skin problems instead of bidding them goodbye. Skip this, and select a far gentler option from our selection of best BHA exfoliants or best toners.

Pros:
  • Texture is lightweight and absorbs quickly.
  • Includes some absorbent and skin-soothing ingredients.
Cons:
  • Contains a high amount of drying denatured alcohol.
  • Includes fragrance and fragrance ingredients which put skin at risk for irritation.
  • Witch hazel water puts skin at additional risk for irritation.
  • Salicylic acid is at too low of a concentration for exfoliation to occur.
  • Salicylic acid is not at the optimal pH for exfoliation to occur.

More Info:

Alcohol-Based Skincare Products: Research makes it clear that alcohol, as a main ingredient in any skincare product, especially one you use frequently and repeatedly, is a problem.

When we express concern about the presence of alcohol in skincare or makeup products, we’re referring to denatured ethanol, which most often is listed as SD alcohol, alcohol denat., denatured alcohol, or (less often) isopropyl alcohol.

When you see these types of alcohol listed among the first six ingredients on an ingredient label, without question the product will irritate and cause other problems for skin. There’s no way around it—these volatile alcohols are simply bad for all skin types.

The reason they’re included in products is because they provide a quick-drying finish, immediately degrease skin, and feel weightless, so it’s easy to see their appeal, especially for those with oily skin. If only those short-term benefits didn’t lead to negative long-term outcomes!

Using products that contain these alcohols will cause dryness, erosion of skin’s protective barrier, and a strain on how skin replenishes, renews, and rejuvenates itself. Alcohol just weakens everything about skin.

The irony of using alcohol-based products to control oily skin is that the damage from the alcohol can actually lead to an increase in breakouts and enlarged pores. As we said, the alcohol does have an immediate de-greasing effect on skin, but it causes irritation, which eventually will counteract the de-greasing effect and make your oily skin look even more shiny.

There are people who challenge us on the information we’ve presented about alcohol’s effects. They often base their argument on a study in the British Journal of Dermatology (July 2007, pages 74–81) that concluded “alcohol-based hand rubs cause less irritation than hand washing….” But, the only thing this study showed was that alcohol was not as irritating as an even more irritating hand wash, which contained sodium lauryl sulfate. So, the study is actually just telling you that one irritant, sodium lauryl sulfate, is worse than another irritant, alcohol.

Not all alcohols are bad. For example, there are fatty alcohols, which are absolutely non-irritating and can be beneficial for skin. Examples that you’ll see on ingredient labels include cetyl alcoholstearyl alcohol, and cetearyl alcohol, all of which are good ingredients for skin. It’s important to differentiate between these skin-friendly alcohols and the problematic alcohols.

References for this information:
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology, November 2008, pages 1–16
Dermato-Endocrinology, January 2011, pages 41–49
Experimental Dermatology, June 2008, pages 542–551
Clinical Dermatology, September-October 2004, pages 360–366
Alcohol Journal, April 2002, pages 179–190

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

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Bye Pores Leave-On Solution is a skin-improving daily toning treatment that works to mattify and smooth skin while minimizing the look of pores. The lightweight, leave-on solution features a unique Skin-Mattifying Complex formulated with kaolin clay that works to absorb excess oil and control shine for a balanced complexion. Non-comedogenic and infused with silk, coconut water and rice protein, it leaves your skin feeling smooth and refreshed!

Aqua/Water/Eau, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Propanediol, Silica [Nano]/Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Kaolin, Zinc Gluconate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Parfum/Fragrance, Menthoxypropanediol, Cocos Nucifera Fruit Juice/Coconut Fruit Juice, Hamamelis Virginiana Water/Witch Hazel Water, Allantoin, Hydrolyzed Silk, Avena Sativa Kernel Flour/Oat Kernel Flour, Linalool, Salicylic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Limonene, Citric Acid, Soluble Collagen, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Disodium EDTA, Trisodium EDTA.

Strengths: Excellent color products, standout foundation and concealer options, impressive highlighters.

Weaknesses: Can be on the pricey side; has a few makeup products with exaggerated anti-aging claims.

IT Cosmetics (the IT stands for Innovative Technology) is the creation of Jamie Kern Lima, a former Miss USA pageant contestant and TV news anchor. Lima founded IT Cosmetics in 2008, selling her products in boutique stores and on QVC, then expanding into Canada in 2009. Since then, the line has gotten a lot of exposure with featured reports and stories on network television, including prominent mentions on the ABC reality show Dancing With the Stars.

The labels on most IT Cosmetics products reveal a variety of age-defying claims centered around ingredients like antioxidants, peptides, vitamins, and collagen. Those are indeed great additions to any cosmetic product, but unfortunately, the combination of compact or jar packaging among the formulas that include those helpful ingredients isnt a good thing.

Air exposure compromises ingredients like antioxidants and peptides, rendering them useless. While that doesnt affect the quality of the makeup, it is worth noting if you were hoping for an anti-aging edge from IT Cosmetics antioxidant-boosted blush or powders.

Of course, IT Cosmetics does have products that are absolutely worth checking out. The line boasts an excellent range of color products, highlighters, foundations and many more worth consideration. As with any line that has a mix of standouts and caveats, shopping using our reviews to guide you is a great way to ensure youll at least get your moneys worth, and your skin will be the better for it.

For more information on IT Cosmetics, visit www.itcosmetics.com.

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