Biore Free Your Pores Charcoal Pore Minimizer Cleanser/Exfoliator — review, pics, swatches

Hello, Beautiful!

Even though I’ve been sticking with the Dr. Dennis Gross skincare routine to keep my acne under control, I can’t help but try other skincare products from time to time… after all, I am a beauty blogger and my curiosity far exceeds my ability to self control. I especially love anything that seems unique and/or seems like an easy add-in to my current routine.

I don’t currently use an exfoliator in my routine (I have peels and masks, but not an actual exfoliating cleanser), so when I received the Biore Free Your Pores Charcoal Pore Minimizer in the mail, I knew it would be an easy add-in.

Biore Free Your Pores Charcoal Pore Minimizer Info & Review

Cost: $5.99 to $9.99 depending where you shop (3.11 oz full size)
Availability: Available at Target, Ulta, and everywhere Biore is sold.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Kisses


Infused with natural charcoal and micro-crystals, this innovative polisher cleans pores by drawing out oil and washing dirty away. Activated with water to gently exfoliate. Skin is left smooth and pores are left clean.

Use 2 to 3 times a week.

Biore Free Your Pores
Charcoal Pore Minimizer


It’s dispensing “pump” (not sure what else to call it) reminds me of a toothpaste dispenser… you remember them, right? Am I crazy for thinking that? Do you see it too?

When you press down the little cover lifts up and the product comes out.

It’s black in color and has little micro-crystals to gently exfoliate skin.


This product is intended to be used 2 to 3 times per week. Seeing as how I can get lazy on skincare, I was aiming for twice a week. I’ll be honest, one week I used it once and the following week I forget all together (see what I mean about how I can get lazy with a skincare routine?!).

I did test this out over almost two months prior to writing this review. I didn’t notice any skin reactions to using this product, which was a good thing.

The exfoliation was gentle, but it wasn’t so gentle that it was weak. It definitely made my skin feel softer and I do think it cleaned out my pores nicely.

I personally found this helpful to use after wearing a lot of heavy makeup… it made my face feel cleaner and like every ounce of makeup was gone (I cleansed prior to using this).

I don’t know if the micro-crystals are best for the skin… there’s been a lot of talk about certain things being used that could actually do more damage than good. Damage we can’t see at eye level, but damage that can be seen under special microscopes. So on that topic, I really can’t comment. I can just comment and say that I didn’t have any reactions using this.

I think this is a nice drugstore exfoliator… it’s a great add-in to any skincare routine, since it’s not a daily use product.

I would recommend this to those that have more congested skin.

Now let me know what you think…

What do you think of this product? Have you tried this, or would you consider adding this to your beauty wish list? Discuss in the comments below!
xoxo with love & beauty,
Crystal Valentine

Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. However, these products were sent to me for consideration. I am not being paid to make this post, nor has the company influenced me in any way. I have made this post because I wanted to, not because I had to. These are my honest opinions, thoughts and experiences.