Dr Brandt’s PORES NO MORE Pore Effect Refining Cream Review

September 27, 2012

I don’t know how I lived without Dr Brandt’s PORES NO MORE Pore Effect Refining Cream, but I’m pretty sure it will be a staple product for my skincare for a long time. My biggest pet peeve about my skin is that it is prone to congestion since my teenage years. It is getting a lot better compared to how my skin was, but the nose and the chin areas are still subject to blackheads, and to combat that I always have a facial done with extraction at least once a month.


If you have seen my previous skincare posts (here or here), you would know that products with AHA/BHA/Retinol have always been a core part of my daily skincare routine. The products that were featured in my previous posts have all improved the congestion by a certain extent. But I thought Dr Brand’s Pore Effect Refining Cream makes the biggest improvement! Having said that, it is not a miracle product as it will not totally diminish anything and nor will it give you pore-less skin (if you already have visible pores). But I have been using this product on and off purposely, and I noticed that my skin appears noticeably more clear when I was using it. In summary I really like this product because:

– It has a creamy texture and gives a nice slip when applying it over the face.

– It feels mild on my sensitive skin with no tinge and no irritation, and it doesn’t dry my skin out after long term use.

– It has a lovely floral tea tree oil scent (some other AHA/BHA products have smelt rather disgusting).

– Most importantly, it works! I have done a comparison – I started using this product on my skin which was completely  clear after the extraction. My skin stays clear (and I mean no blackheads at all on my nose for 3 weeks) for a much longer time than with of other products.



Bottom Line: I never expect any over-the-counter product to provide a poreless complexion and completely unclog pores. I judge this type of product purely based on how much it improves, and how long it keeps my skin clear after I deep cleanse with an extraction. And so far Dr Brandt’s delivers the biggest improvement to my skin!

I bought mine here, and it is also available at Sephora.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Dovey September 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm

This sounds wonderful Reika (esp the scent)! I also agree on the idea that though there are no miracle products, there are better ones.


Jess October 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I got this today after reading your review, Reika!
My (clogged/enlarged) pores have always been a great issue of mine, but after having tried so many different products targeting this problem, I have kinda given it up, as I just couldn’t see any real/visible improvement, so yeah…

I wonder how you use this product. You surely apply it after the serum, but do you use this cream as the last step on your whole face? Or do you follow with another moisturizer to finish it off? Also, are you using it every single night?


Reika October 14, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I use it every morning and night!
Yep I applied it after serum but before my moisturizer. If my skin doesn’t feel dry I’d just use this one as my moisturizer.
Hope you will like it 🙂


Kristine November 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Hey Reika, I just received this order in yesterday, and something weird happened…it caused this weird tingling sensation that freaked me out. At first I thought it was burning our stinging, so my first instinct was to wash it off, but instead I decided to ride it out and see what this feeling was because it wasn’t quite burning or stinging. It ended up kind of feeling like a dead leg tinging feeling that went away in a minute or two. It really was an odd feeling. I am using multiple products right now, so I thought maybe it was a reaction between this and my other products, so in the morning I tried applying this first with nothing else to see what would happen, and there was that feeling again. Luckily I’m not having an allergic reaction but I was wondering this happened to you at all as well?


Reika November 10, 2012 at 10:53 am

That’s odd! No, I didn’t have the tingling sensation happened to me. Is this your first time using products with Salicylic Acid? My skin is very robust as I’ve been using AHA/BHA for years..


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