January 29, 2010

Sana Pore Vacuumer Hot Gommage Review

So your nose is ridden with blackheads and you need a way to clear that gunk away right?

What you need is hot, Charlie’s Angel type chicks with flame throwers to vacuum those evil suckers out.


I dunno that’s what Sana told me I needed.


Sana is a Japanese brand which produces several sub brands including the Excel Cosmetic line. The collection features many gimmicky skin care items and makeup bits and bobs. I say gimmicky because some of Sana’s products are just too go to be true. You may recognize the brand if you’re 1. Japanese 2. Just Asian 3. Love Japanese products or 4. You remember my review of the Sana Hiaruronsan Collection.

Needless to say Sana makes some great stuff but indeed some of products are a tad on the gimmick side of the fence and don’t work. For example the new Sana Pore Vacuumer Hot Gommage leans towards the gimmicky.

Products like this are very poplar in Asia and I’ve tried my fair share of them. What is it?


Basically it’s a heated scrub for your nose which you rub on. As you rub the product heats up and supposedly proceeds to do astounding tricks by opening pores and whisking away blackheads. Ohhhh, Ahhh!

I personally don’t believe it really opens up my pores with the little heat it produces. If you’ve used the Biore self heat masks before this is basically the same sort of formula but meant for your nose. The heating action is very brief so in that time I doubt it’s opening up and whisking away my stubborn blackheads, call me a skeptic.

Now the product is meant for the sides of your nose or as they refer to it the wings of your nose. This is a good thing as a majority of my blackheads reside here. But meh it sadly does nothing for these or the really stubborn ones on the end of my nose.

Overall, I actually love the product as I like the heated sensation of scrubbing my nose but it’s a mere placebo effect where I am convincing myself it’s doing something when in fact it’s not. If anything at all it does mattify my nose which is sometimes a tad oily along the sides and I feel like it actually works a treat as a prep prior to using a nose strip.

It retails for 9,45 yen (around 10 bucks USD) which is exactly what I paid for it however it’s about and around the Internet for $14.99 and above. You can grab it at Sasa for retail though.

It’s worth a try in my opinion. Kinda a silly fun product to keep around. And who knows if you’re pores are less stubborn than my own it might actually work!

Disclosure: The following item was purchased by me for review purposes (and because I like flinging my money at makeup products of any kind) on Musings of a Muse. For further information please see my FTC Guidelines or my Disclosure/Disclaimer posts.

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  • suz

    I was looking to get this but I got enough stuff for my nose to last me a life time and the strips you wrote a review on πŸ˜€

    off topic: yay ordered my urban decay alice in wonderland book of shadows. ordered it on sephora..since it was sold out on urban decay :/

    • the Muse

      suz LOL I hear you! Same here!

      YAY! glad you got it πŸ˜€ can’t wait to hear your thoughts when it arrives!

  • Taryn

    I have been sucked in by so many of Sana’s gimmick products, and just about every single one had to do with magically eliminating blackheads.

    This scrub was a sad disappointment. The only way to get rid of the buggers is to get a strong peel, like salicylic acid, or to manually extract them. Nothing else works. πŸ™

    • the Muse

      aw hells yes taryn me too! πŸ™‚ even SA doesn’t work for my more stubborn ones!

  • InΓͺs

    I must confess that I laughed at the name a lot when I saw it on AdamBeauty :p It’s a shame that it doesn’t work, though!

    • the Muse

      LOL ines! It has that weird packaging that makes me giggle.

      Ya but oh well feels nice on my nose haha!

  • Chelsea

    Hey there! Have you found anything that really gets rid of blackheads on the nose? I’ve tried all of the Biore line and sadly they don’t work, not even the strips. =( Thanks!

    • the Muse

      hi chelsea have you tried silver powder from Mario Badescu? I have a review up somewhere. It works great especially when followed up with a nose strip!


    Do you recommend another pore cleanser without such scary packaging? LOL

    • the Muse

      not really stephanie lol not much works to be honest! good old nose strips are about the best results I’ve seen πŸ™‚

  • Greentea

    Hmm.. I’m quite surprised that this doesn’t work in many of you, ‘coz I think it works pretty well on me, leaving a smooth texture after use… It works well on my sister and my friends too!

  • luci latte

    You’re right the stuff in this tube isnt as amazing as its name is!

    I used it 6-8 time last week and noticed a slight increase in smoothness and decrease in pore size but the product dried out my cheeks (I have combo skin) so much that they went red and hurt.

    Maybe 3 times a week as a general upkeep would be better?

    • the Muse

      Luci I actually tossed it into the makeup graveyard :-/ just doesn’t work πŸ˜›