The Holy Grail of Facial Care

Okay guys. I found it. A perfect facial cleanser.

I have struggled with combination skin and acne since I was about twelve, and it seemed like absolutely nothing helped. I tried ProActive, Neutrogena, and a variety of off-the-wall products. While they all had their benefits, none of them were perfect. If one helped with my acne, it dried out my skin. If my skin remained soft and supple, I had to deal with redness and bumps. Sometimes, the products did nothing, which was the most frustrating thing of all.

Anyway, I was getting ready to go to Mexico for Spring Break a few weeks ago and I was looking for a face wash I could take in my carry-on, that wouldn’t spill. As I walked up and down the face wash aisle, trying to make this crucial decision, something different caught my eye. It was the Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar. I had never thought to use a bar as a facial cleanser before, but after hearing about the benefits of charcoal for your skin (as well as a teeth whitener), I figured it was worth a shot.



The first time I tried it, my skin was dull, sweaty, and dirty from four hours of plane rides, a night in the airport, and an afternoon of margaritas on the beach. However, after lathering the bar up in warm water and scrubbing my face with it, my skin felt completely renewed. The bar has exfoliating properties, with natural peppermint oils that give your skin an incredible cooling sensation, which felt amazing on my tired, slightly sunburnt skin.


After rinsing it off, my face felt softer and smoother than ever before. While it was initially a little shinier than I would prefer, it left my skin with a nice subtle glow the rest of the day.

It’s true that this is the best facial cleansing product I’ve ever used, but I don’t recommend exfoliating your face every single day. I would suggest alternating use of the bar with a liquid or cream cleanser. In addition, I make sure to moisturize my face with oil-free moisturizer after each exfoliation.

Give the Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar a try, and let me know what you think!

You can buy it at your local grocery store or here at


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