I don't know what it is about getting older, but let me tell you: the "fun" that you had during your teen years doesn't end at 25! This time last year I was going through the worst breakouts I'd had in over 10 years and thankfully while my skin has recovered since then, it's definitely edged into more normal/combo territory than normal/dry. As such, I've been constantly battling daily shine that lurks up on me past the 3 pm mark. I try to pass it off as "glow" but when you're soaking through 2 blotting sheets from just your forehead and nose alone, it's not attractive!
Enter in Bioderma's Sebium Pore Refiner. This multi-tasking treatment is designed to combat oily skin conditions on multiple fronts:
- Tightening oversized pores
- Smoothing and refining skin texture
- Prevent future breakouts
While the Sebium Pore Refiner is intended for blemish-prone skin, it's gentle enough for most skin types to use except if you're particularly sensitive.
The primary ingredients in this product are:
- Methyl methacrylate crosspolymer - a film former that absorbs excess sebum (oil)
- Dipropylene glycol - a solvent with properties that help give products a slippery, spreadable texture
- Cyclopentasiloxane - a silicone that gives a light, spreadable texture and which helps fill in fine lines
- Cyclohexasiloxane - another silicone that basically does the same thing as cyclopentasiloxane and acts as an emollient thanks to its film-forming properties
Other ingredients of note are Fomes officinalis, aka mushroom, extract (skin conditioning), Salicylic acid (fights blemishes), Gingko biloba extract (anti-aging), Laminaria ochroleuca, aka brown kelp, extract (anti-inflammatory and moisturizing). For those who are also on the watch for these things, this product does contain mineral oil near the end of its ingredient list.
Price & Packaging
A 30 ml tube is available at drugstores like Shoppers Drug Mart. I couldn't find exact pricing, but this sells for around $26 on Amazon. I like how slim this tube is as it makes it easily stowed in a purse for touch-ups.
Thankfully I didn't have to test this out on any actual blemishes at the time, so I mainly wanted to try this for its skin refining, pore and shine minimizing properties.
Since it's not scientifically possible to "close" pores, I wasn't expecting much with the Sebium Pore Refiner and I was right. At the very least, it's salicylic acid should help keep pores from clogging, which can give them the appearance of being enlarged.
In terms of skin refining and shine minimizing, I think the Sebium Pore Refiner actually performed decently well. Although the instructions say to apply the Sebium Pore Refiner before your moisturizer, I prefer to apply it after, similar to a primer. With all its film-formers, if you apply this before your moisturizer, you could dry out your skin as your cream won't be able to penetrate.
The Sebium Pore Refiner gives my skin a nice smooth base that helps foundation apply easily. It also gives my skin a velvety finish that lasts for a good 4 hours. Even past that 4 hour mark, my skin is markedly less shiny than without the Sebium Pore Refiner.
As a straight-up skin treatment, I wouldn't say the Sebium Pore Refiner had any long-lasting change on my skin's texture. Instead, I'd say it is more similar to a mattifying primer, but unlike the primers I've tried, it feels super lightweight and absorbs well into skin.
Buy - serves as a great mattifying primer with skincare benefits