PRODUCTS I 🖤 AND BELIEVE IN : Dr. Brandt Pores No More Vacuum Cleaner 👃🏼
I am in a constant, daily struggle with the gigantic pores on my nose. I'm not even exaggerating. During my day job writing skincare packaging, when I refer to pores as enlarged, I'm thinking about my own. Even the serum from a sheet mask will clog these pores. It's become so obvious with so many post-sheet mask blemish lessons learned, that I literally fold the nose flap up now rather than infusing the skin on my nose with all that juicy serum goodness! Sad, but true.
But, there's good news! I literally haven’t had a single blemish on my nose in over a month. It’s no coincidence that the day I discovered pores no more® Vacuum Cleaner® Pore Purifying Mask from Dr. Brandt was the beginning of the end of the battle — though the war goes on. Until Vacuum Cleaner, my nose broke out on the regular — once a week if, as the Brits say, I’m being honest! What’s described as “a cooling pore-purifying mask that breaks apart stubborn dirt and oil to unclog pores and shrink their appearance for a clean, less-shiny complexion” is hashtag truth! I don’t know what I did before this tiny tube of miraculousness came along. Oh, yes I do! I was using salicylic acid acne treatments to shrink blemishes after the fact. Vacuum Cleaner is all about taking preventative measures. Like taking your vitamins to stay healthy. Going to the gym to keep from gaining weight. Paying the electric bill to prevent the lights from going out and sitting in the dark muttering to yourself, "what was I thinking?!" I use it 2-3x per week for 5-10 minutes and ain’t seen a zit since!
So what's in this tiny tube of paradise for pores?
Well, of course at the heart of the formula is salicylic acid. There's no better treatment for unclogging pores and treating acne. There's a reason it's regulated as a drug by the FDA. I believe the allowable limit is 2%. Hence, the cap on The Ordinary's Salicylic Acid 2% Solution! More would likely burn the skin. Vacuum Cleaner isn't just "sal acid" though. It's a complex of pore-unclogging salicylic acid, exfoliating glycolic acid and skin-soothing botanical extracts. And while I'm no fan of denatured alcohol or essential oils like lavender oil in my skin care and on my face, the one and only time I'll make an exception is when the formula is being washed off — as with Vacuum Cleaner. If it's in a serum, moisturizer or other leave-on treatment, I prefer to avoid it.
The ingredients comprising Dr. Brandt's Vacuum Cleaner:
Water, Silica, Butylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Mannitol, Alcohol Denat., Xanthan Gum, Cellulose, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Glycolic Acid, Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium Edta, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid, Oleanolic Acid, Acrylates Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Iris Florentina Root Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Rosa Multiflora (Rose) Fruit Extract, Ci 77007 (Ultramarines), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide) , Ci 77120 (Barium Sulfate).
My journey through the world of skincare treatments to address pores went beyond Vacuum Cleaner — with two other excellent discoveries. Those include the popular Purity Made Simple Pore Extractor from Philosophy and the brand new Clinique Blackhead Solutions Self-Heating Blackhead Extractor. Both are really well formulated treatments for pores. I cover all three in great detail on my IGTV channel on my @skincarma IG page — as well as in the video below. But Vacuum Cleaner is my preferred go-to treatment. If you have a concern for enlarged pores, and particularly if you find yourself battling blemishes as a result of clogged pores, I highly recommend it. It worked for me, solving a longstanding problem. And maybe, just maybe, I'll start lowering the nose flap on those sheet masks and show my nose some love.
📺Check out my IGTV channel for a video review and to see it in action!