Biore UncIogging Scrub is intended to address one major step of acne treatment: opening skin cell “doors.” When sebum, dirt and oil can’t leave the skin, pimples and blackheads are able to form. Dead skin cells are a primary cause of blocked pores and Biore Unclogging Scrub works to remove them. The main ingredient is salicylic acid in a 2% concentration.
How effective is the unclogging scrub?
Unfortunately for Biore, their official website makes contradictory claims. First they state that their scrub purges pores of dirt, oil and blackheads. Then they continue with the comment that Biore Unclogging Scrub is a good pretreatment for people using Biore’s deep pore-cleaning strips. The pore strips, which are sold separately, look a bit like Band-Aids. They pull debris from pores.
Well… if the Biore Unclogging Scrub truly “purges” pores of unwanted materials, then nothing should be left behind for the pore strips. This isn’t a stand-alone product.
What are the ingredients in Biore’s Unclogging Scrub?
The main ingredient in the facial scrub is salicylic acid. The concentration is 2%. The Biore scrub also contains dozens of mostly synthetic ingredients, including fragrance that isn’t hypoallergenic. Here’s the ingredients list from the Biore website:
WATER, SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE, GLYCERIN, GLYCOL DISTEARATE, SYNTHETIC WAX, PEG-6 CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC GLYCERIDES, ETHOXYDIGLYCOL, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, CETYL ALCOHOL, PEG-12 DIMETHICONE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, SODIUM LAUROYL LACTYLATE, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, XANTHAN GUM, FRAGRANCE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, MENTHOL, BENZOPHENONE-4, FERRIC FERROCYANIDE, IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE.
What do customers say in Biore reviews?
Reviews of Biore’s Unclogging Scrub are mixed. Some consumers like its softening and cleaning power but admit that it doesn’t adequately fight bacteria deep down in the pores. A separate product is definitely needed as an adjunct.
Other customers find the product to be a complete waste of money. Plain soap and water could be just as effective despite the 2% concentration of salicylic acid. It’s possible that some of the ingredients such as synthetic wax ironically work against the formula and cause irritation.
Would you recommend Biore’s Unclogging Scrub?
Biore’s Unclogging Scrub is an OK face wash but shouldn’t be regarded as an anti-acne solution on its own. This product costs about $8 and could be a good enough value when combined with other Biore products.
This cleanser definitely isn’t meant for the increasing number of customers who care about natural skincare ingredients. Some ingredients in Biore and other conventional drugstore products (e.g., propylene glycol and iodopropynyl butlycarbamate) are associated with irritation in a small percentage of users. The FDA limits the concentrations of these chemicals in consumer products. We might regard sensitive users as proverbial canaries in the coal mine.
What are some more effective alternatives to Biore Unclogging Scrub?
Plenty of modern acne treatments provide the best of both worlds: proven acne fighters like salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide plus time-tested herbs that soften skin, improve circulation and help clear toxins from the body. Some that we’ve given good reviews include Exposed, ClearPores, and ZenMed Derma Cleanse.