Another skin issue that has continued to plague me into my twenties are open pores. For treating my open pores, I love me some Korean drugstore products. Judging from the abundance of pore treatments available from Korean brands, I feel as though they know a thing or two about refining pores and eradicating blackheads. More mainstream brands such as Tony Moly and Dr. Jart+ are widely available at Sephora and Ulta but for my Skinfood, Etude House and Holika Holika staples, I turn to Amazon. Reason being, I have never had an issue with products arriving damaged, I always get what I paid for and in a timely manner. Also, there is a higher probability that product ingredients will be listed on Amazon and you won’t have to guess if the picture of the pig on the package indicates it as being an ingredient. Many mainstay ingredients in Korean beauty products aren’t this scary though and often include egg whites, tomatoes and honey. Not to mention, the packaging on lots of these products is simply adorable!
First off, lets talk about one of my favorite pore treatments, Holika Holika’s Pig Nose Clear Blackhead 3-Step Kit. These adorable little ‘kits’ trump any other pore strip I have tried leaving my nose smooth, my pores tight and overall refreshed. There are so many things that I love about this product, the strips are huge as is my nose and I feel as though they are much more substantial than US brand pore strips. They are already damp for you, wetting your nose enough to make a pore strip stick should be an easy process but I never quite mastered it. Finally, the three step process while a time investment just seems so much more effective. So how does it work? Step 1, is goopy and citrusy and meant to open up yours pores to prep them for extraction. As said before, I have open pores already so I cannot attest to this honestly but it definitely loosens up the gunk. Step 2, is more in line with a Biore strip and this one is for the actual extraction of blackheads and yes, it works. Step 3, is a gel that tightens those pores up and soothes your skin. The overall process requires 40 minutes roughly and I tend to use this kit once a week. If you have sensitive skin, that first strip is going to tingle a little but I have never suffered any peeling or abnormal redness. For pore strips, it might feel like an investment but definitely worth it.
Another treatment that I absolutely love, Skinfood’s Egg White Pore Mask that no, does not smell like eggs. I use this every other day in the AM, I apply it on my way into the shower and remove on the way out. This mask tightens your pores up and makes your skin glow. It does not make your face feel overly tight as has been my experience with other egg white masks. Some reviewers have listed this as a con but I feel that this product is preferable for those of us with delicate skin. The texture of this mask feels glorious like meringue which, being made of egg whites is apropos. Part of the reason I decided to give this a go was how amazing it looks in the product picture, I knew it would feel fabulous on my face. A little goes a long way and you get a whole tub!
Lastly, Dr. Jart+’s PORE MEDIC Pore Minish Primer is my go to primer for pretty much any occasion. One complaint about this product is some days it stings but other days it doesn’t. I have a pretty hard and fast rule about not using beauty products that burn my face but am willing to make an exception here as it does not happen all of the time and my dermatologist OK’d my continued use. This primer is a slick, lemony scented gel and you only need a pea-sized amount. One thing to note, I cannot wear this under UD’s Naked Skin BB as the two combined react to each other and make me look like I have snot all over my face – ew. These two things aside, this product leaves you with an almost pore-less canvas that stays matte all day. The cost per quantity is comparable to other luxury brands’ primers but I feel I use almost half the amount each day due to the exemplary results.
You might say I am ‘porenoid’ (haw, haw) but I really hate my visible pores and would try anything short of a chemical peel to get rid of them. I’ve had definite improvement to stubborn pores on my chin and cheeks using these various products and will continue to use religiously. Still searching for that Shangri La product but rest assured, when it does drop, it will be coming straight out of Korea.