Boys and girls with combination/oily skin, take heed: I have found something that smooths out the pores and keeps shine at bay! It is reasonably priced, and it contains salicylic acid to help solve the problem instead of simply covering it up. In other words, I can’t oversell Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner!
I am all for a healthy and radiant complexion, but my T-zone clearly needs no help to achieve that look. I have to focus on tackling blackheads and keeping that shine under control instead. Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner claims to give the skin a more refined texture, make pores less visible (it also claims to “close pores,” which as you might already know, is a false claim since pores simply do not “open” or “close”), and prevent pores from being clogged.
Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner comes in a 30ml/1 oz squeeze tube, and it goes for around 15, 16 euros here. The clear lightweight lotion is very lightly-scented. The consistency is a lot more fluid than silicone-based primers, but not as runny as some water-based ones. It is very easy to spread this out.
Once spread out, Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner sets to a matte finish. It does a great job obscuring pores and giving the skin a uniform texture. I have been using it for months. While I can’t properly assess if it prevents my pores from being clogged (I do not wear makeup on a daily basis, so I do not use this on a daily basis), I have a little story to tell you. On my way back from Taiwan last November, I forgot to pack the tube of La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo in my clear plastic bag. Naturally, my skin had to grasp the opportunity and start forming a painful spot on my chin 36,000 feet in the air. Since this was the only thing I had at hand that could possibly help, I slathered some on and went to sleep. That spot was gone before I landed! While I wouldn’t replace Effaclar with Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner, I am inclined to believe that to a certain extent, the acid works.
The instructions specify that Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner has to be applied before cream, but since I use it as a primer, I apply this on top of my skincare products. Not only does it instantly make pores look smaller and skin texture more refined, it does keep shine at bay for several hours longer than most other primers I have tried. A lot of primers can fill the pores out, but not many of them really keep sebum production in check.
Bottom line: If you are tired of silicone-based primers that fill the pores without regulating sebum production, Bioderma Sébium Pore Refiner is a product you really should consider. For me, it is primarily a primer, but it does have some skincare benefits. Bioderma offers samples (which is how I got to know this one), so see if you have access to the brand at a pharmacy nearby!
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