Biore Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar is a new follow up product to last year’s Biore Pore Penetrating Charcoal Cleanser (which I really liked). I’m a big fan of charcoal type products! I love Lush Dark Angels, adore Coal Face, and I think that MAC Volcanic Ask Mask is the bees knees.
Last year, I actually really enjoyed Biore’s Charcoal Cleanser too but many people weren’t so keen….! If you experienced problems with it I likely wouldn’t recommend a purchase of the Biore Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar as it has some of the same ingredients including peppermint which isn’t exactly kindly to your face (and really an unnecessary ingredient anyway!).
The Biore Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar in theory sounds amazing. It’s created with charcoal powder which is fabulous for giving your skin a nice deep cleanse. This is promoted and marketed as a cleanser that will de-gunk pores.
It’s a big chunky bar as you can see which you wet, work into a lather, and simply smooth the later onto your face to cleanse. I’ve used it a month and my dry skin seems a ok with it! It smells like spearmint gum and for me, I find the smell quite nice. However, even I can admit peppermint isn’t exactly good for your skin. I personally think they include the ingredient in the mix because it gives that “tingly OMG I’m so super clean” feeling but technically we all know the tingle doesn’t mean your skin is any cleaner! I wouldn’t say it was terribly exfoliating for me nor would I say it was something I’d use to remove my makeup however, in the shower, for quick AM cleaning I like it well enough. The lather up has tiny jojoba beads which I was worried would irritate me but they actually feel like grittier pieces which is nice for really basic exfoliation. My skin doesn’t feel tight or extra dry after use and I didn’t experience any break outs.
However, I see it being a nightmare for sensitive skin. The peppermint will likely make your face red, possibly break you out, or cause a rash. My skin is fairly resilient so I didn’t experience the issue but it’s something that’s worth mentioning if you’re sensitive.
The idea behind this is great but the actual ingredients aren’t fabulous for your skin unfortunately!
Biore Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar is available now at drugstores or Ulta.com.