I have pretty decent skin. I have occasional breakouts and it acts up from time to time, but overall, I’m fairly happy with it…with the exception of the minefield of clogged pores on my nose.
I’ve tried tons of clarifying masks. You name it, I’ve tried it. With the exception of a professional facial with extractions (ouch on the skin and on the wallet), nothing has worked and my desperation has increased.
In this desperation and based on good reviews on the Sephora website, I picked up the Caolion Premium Hot & Cool Pore Pack.
It’s a two-step pore cleansing system, and although I’ve tried it on the whole face, I find it’s most effective on my nose where I have the most congestion.
The first step warms to deep cleanse the pores, and the second step cools to tighten and smooth skin’s appearance. The two containers are screwed onto each other, kind of stacked. Gimmicky, I know. But hang tight, because I’m impressed.
The first step is the black, warming cleansing mask. You rub it on clean, dry skin for a few minutes, and then leave it on for another ten minutes or so. Then you rinse it off with lukewarm water. (Don’t rinse it off with hot water, because the mask is already hot and that’ll just be uncomfortable. Trust.)
It’s a little bit gritty, and certainly warm. After I remove it, I definitely see a difference in my skin – the bumpiness is virtually gone. Also – and this is gross, and don’t do this, do as I say not as I do – if I squeeze the pores, nothing comes out. This is the kind of clear-pore result I’ve only ever gotten from professional extractions!
Then I apply the second step, the white cooling/smoothing/tightening mask. Now, Caolion claims that this will “close” your pores. But as Caroline Hirons says, pores ain’t doors – they don’t open and close. Whatever this mask step does, though, it cools the skin and leaves it looking smooth and bright.
Another aspect of this mask that I’m super pleased with is the price tag. It’s only $32, and I’d say definitely worth way more.
A word of caution, though: a few days after using the mask, I will get a lil’ breakout situation in the area I applied it. It’s always a whitehead, though, which leads me to believe that the mask helped to bring the icky stuff to the surface.
Regardless of that, I’m definitely happy with this and cannot recommend it enough if you suffer from clogged, congested skin!