[REVIEW] Etude house Bubble Pore Cleansing Patch (Before and After)
Review #3 of my ‘‘trying blackhead killing products’’ journey (read #2 here). I used to use pore patches all the time, but then noticed they were way too rough on my skin and would probably make the problem worse in the long run, so when I saw the bubble pore cleansing patch that claimed to achieve the same efficacy of blackhead patches minus the sticking effect, I was sold on trying it.
What you get: 1 nose strip
Price (use this link): 2.6$
Texture: Smooth cotton fabric strip
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Dipropylene Glycol, Methyl Perfluorobutyl Ether, Methyl Perfluoroisobutyl Ether, Ammonium lauryl sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Betaine, Sodium Polyacrylate, Butylene Glycol, Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Xanthan Gum, 1,2-Hexanediol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Carbonated Water, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Lactobacillus/Soybean Ferment Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance
SOME INTERESTING INGREDIENTS:
Paeonia Suffruticosa Root Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Origanum Vulgare Leaf Extract, Chamaecyparis Obtusa Leaf Extract, (most extracts on the list)… : Antioxidants, stimulate circulation, promote collagen production, inhibit inflammation, inhibit bacterial growth.
Carbonated Water: No significant scientific research has been done, but most facialists seem to support the possibility that the carbonation helps to break up dirt and oil embedded in the pores, essentially pushing out impurities.
Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract: Natural exfoliant, anti-inflammatory.
Citrus Paradisi Fruit Extract (Grapefruit) : Antioxidant and antibacterial.
HOW TO USE IT ACCORDING TO THE INSTRUCTIONS:
Start with a properly cleansed and towel dried face.
Apply bubble pore patch to dry skin over your nose and cheeks.
Wait 10/15 minutes, for the patch to bubble up. Once bubbles are generated, remove patch.
Gently massage the remaining bubble essence into skin then rinse off with lukewarm water and continue your skincare routine.
The patch is very soft and is bigger than most patches I’ve used on my nose area. Be careful when you open it up as it’s so saturated in serum that it will probably ooze out if you’re not. As soon as you open up the patch, it starts to bubble, first moderately and then a lot. You’ll feel a comfortable tingling of bubbles popping as a thick layer of foam forms while you wait for the 15 minutes to be over.
CONCERNING THE CLAIMS:
‘‘Carbonate Grapefruit water bubble therapy boosts your mood with a refreshing grapefruit scent’’: I mean the scent is nice but did it boost my mood? Not really, it wasn’t DIVINE. It was cute, nice, not more.
‘‘Cleans up all the skin impurities on the butterfly zone nose area, unclogs all the skin impurities deep down the pores’’: ALL of them? No. Most to some of them? Yes. Which is more than I could ask for considering this isn’t even remotely abrasive, I did not pull on my skin, I did not scratch at my skin, I did nothing, the blackheads (most/some of them) just melted away in 15 relaxing minutes. The more you used this mask, the more you’re bound to have a clearer T zone, so routine is key here.
‘‘Powerful pore tightening, carbonated grapefruit water bubbles deliver massage effect to pores to tighten them.’’: Some of the ingredients of the formula supposedly have pore tightening effects, but nothing too strong is mentioned in their characteristics, as for the effect I personally witnessed, I didn’t notice any change in the size of my pores, they were cleaner so they naturally looked tighter but I don’t feel like this was due to them actually being tightened. Multiple uses of the product might yield such a result and I’ll be sure to edit this post in the future if I notice this.
So I’m someone that likes to figure out why my skincare works, ‘‘bubbles delivering a massage to tighten up’’ my pores doesn’t really sit well as an explanation for me, I did some research and this is what I found: carbonated water bubbles could supposedly be pushed down into your pores, break up the oil and dirt there, and thus unclog your pores. The rest of the ingredients on the list probably administer a cleansing and moisturizing effect to your skin, which is why you’re left with a bit brighter and clearer skin after the application. Furthermore, it’s important to point out that the patch itself is made out of organic rayon (95%) which is a cellulose fiber and bamboo charcoal (5%). Bamboo charcoal is known for binding to dirt and pulling it out of pores, which consequently also makes them appear tighter since they become cleaner.
I really enjoyed the etude house bubble pore cleansing patch, I usually stir clear of nose patches as they tend to loosen pores even when they do get the job done and are usually too abrasive, but this was a great surprise and I would definitely buy it again as it works well.
Fun to use
Can be used on sensitive skin
Makes your T zone very clean after 15 minutes
Smells good to me
Product has a high probability of oozing from the packaging when you open it.
Score: 3.9/5 --- I’m really satisfied with this and would definitely buy again. It would have gotten a full score if it had gotten rid of all of my blackheads.
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