purity made simple pore extractor mask
Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask is a clay-based scrub that also functions as an absorbent mask while claiming to eliminate blackheads and reduce pore size. Unfortunately, the formula has quite a few drawbacks, and does little to improve blackheads. In fact, it might just make them worse!
Housed in a squeeze tube, the thick, paste-like texture is difficult to spread. The amount of clay works well to absorb excess oil, but the unevenly-shaped scrub particles feel abrasive and can easily irritate skin (not to mention you can't scrub blackheads away).
Once rinsed, you will see a far less oily complexion and reduced appearance of large pores, just like what most clay masks provide. But these benefits are temporary, of course, just like they are for all oil-absorbing masks.
Although Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor Mask contains salicylic acid, a brilliant ingredient for dealing with blackheads, the amount is below what research has shown to be ideal. Another issue is that this product's pH is too high for the salicylic acid to work its magic on clogged pores.
The biggest disappointment is the fragrance, which is prominent and poses a strong risk of irritating skin. Irritating oily skin stimulates more oil, making blackheads and large pores worse! See More Info for details.
Last, because nothing in this mask gets to the root of blackheads, any reduction in them will be superficial and brief, kind of like when you mow over a weed in your yard instead of pulling it out, roots and all. A well formulated, leave-on product that contains salicylic acid can accomplish this without all the problematic ingredients and texture this product has. When combined with a well formulated mask, you get the best of both worlds.
- Absorbs excess oil.
- Refines the look of large pores.
- Fragrant formula poses a risk of irritating skin.
- Paste-like opaque texture is tricky to spread.
- The scrub particles can feel too abrasive.
- Doesn't get to the "root" of blackheads.
- The pH of this product is too high for the salicylic acid to be optimally effective.
Research has clearly established that when skin is irritated, the oil gland at the base of each pore is stimulated to make more oil, creating a perfect environment for breakouts, white bumps, and clogged pores to get worse.
Using a product that is gentle and completely non-irritating is without question the only approach to taking the best care of your skin; doing otherwise hurts your skin—this is true even if you cannot see or feel the damage taking place.
It is also vitally important to use products that research has shown are beneficial for oily skin, clogged pores, and breakouts. The gold standard over-the-counter ingredients for these concerns are salicylic acid (BHA) and benzoyl peroxide.
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Journal of European Dermatology and Venerology, May 2014, pages 527–532
Journal of Dermatology, May 2012, pages 433–438
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Strengths: Relatively inexpensive;some of the best products are fragrance-free; very good retinol products; selection of state-of-the-art moisturizers; innovative skin-brightening product.
Weaknesses: Irritating and/or drying cleansers; average to problematic scrubs; at-home peel kits far more gimmicky than helpful; several products contain lavender oil; several products include irritating essential oils;the majority of makeup items do not rise above average status.
Believe in miracles. That's the "lifestyle" branding statement philosophy makes, which is an approach that is decidedly different from their former positioning, which encompassed family values and spirituality along with a dash of department-store lan and endearingly clever quips. The miracle angle may grab your attention, but the company is also quick to point out that its history is steeped in providing products to dermatologists and plastic surgeons worldwide (so, in addition to miracles, philosophy has a serious side, too). Although its heritage may have included providing clinically oriented products to doctors,we have yet to see or hear of any medical professional retailing philosophy products. And that's a good thing because, by and large, most of philosophy products are resounding disappointments. Moreover, several products, including almost all of their sunscreens, contain one or more known skin irritants. We would be extremely suspicious of a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who recommended such products to their patients, and even more so if they actually believed some of the more farfetched claims philosophy makes.
Interestingly, when you shop this line at department stores or at the cosmetics boutique Sephora, what you'll notice is the preponderance of food- and drink-scented bath products, all in vivid colors or cutely boxed for gift-giving. It seems that somewhere along the way, the company decided to promote these nose-appeal products while downplaying their more serious-minded, simply packaged skin care. Perhaps the body lotions and bubble baths have become philosophy's bread and butter. Given the hit-or-miss nature of their facial-care products, that's not surprising. Then again, they've also heavily promoted their anti-aging-themed Miracle Worker products...
So what's to like if you're into the vibe philosophy puts out? Well, this is still a line with some well-formulated staples, including an AHA product, some retinol options, and a handful of state-of-the-art moisturizers. The products that get the most promotion at the counter are the ones you should avoid, such as the at-home peels, scrubs, pads, and anti-acne products. However, the somewhat confusing, conflicting image philosophy presents shouldn't keep you from considering their best products, but it's not a lifestyle brand in the sense that using the entire line will somehow bring you a more joyful existence, or significantly improved skin. The philosophy line is now owned by Coty, a cosmetics brand primarily known for their fragrances. Their acquisition of philosophy is their first major foray into a widely-distributed skin care brand.
For more information about philosophy, call (800) 568-3151 or visit www.philosophy.com.
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