Salicylic acid is a well-known oil-soluble acid that is the gold standard in treating blackheads and enlarged pores. This exfoliating superstar can unclog pores and balance blackhead-prone, oily skin by working inside the pores to clear out dead skin cells that clog them. Sarcosine joins forces with BHA to further improve combination skin-related problems such as excess oil production.
Cruelty-free | Vegan | Fragrance & Essential oil free | Gluten-free | Malassezia-safe | Pregnancy-safe
Who is it for?
how to use it?
Apply a few drops to the face before other serums and creams. Use once a day or every other day in the AM or PM.
Shelf life: 2 years from production (unopened), 8 months PAO (period after opening)
Ingredients & Research
Salicylic acid aka BHA (2%): An oil-soluble exfoliating superstar that can unclog pores and balance blackhead-prone, oily skin. It is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Sarcosine: An amino-acid derived ingredient that works as a so called 5α-reductase inhibitor helping to normalize oil-production and pore size.
Allantoin: A classic skincare ingredient known for its skin soothing and skin protecting abilities.
full inci list:
Aqua (Water), Pentylene Glycol, Dipropylene Glycol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Salicylic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Sarcosine, Allantoin, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA
Leslie Baumann, MD, Cosmeceuticals and Cosmetic Ingredients, 1st edition, Salicylic Acid, p301
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Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2010; 3: 135–142., Applications of hydroxy acids: classification, mechanisms, and photoactivity
Nam, Gaewon. "Stratum Corneum Exfoliation Effect with Hydroxy Acid according pH." Journal of the Society of Cosmetic Scientists of Korea 42.4 (2016): 413-420.
Bashir, S. J., et al. "Cutaneous bioassay of salicylic acid as a keratolytic." International journal of pharmaceutics 292.1-2 (2005): 187-194.
Kornhauser, Andrija, et al. "The effects of topically applied glycolic acid and salicylic acid on ultraviolet radiation-induced erythema, DNA damage and sunburn cell formation in human skin." Journal of dermatological science 55.1 (2009): 10-17.
This product is a miracle. I've been fighting blackheads around my nose area for years. When I started using Porefectly clear, the difference was so visible, it is unbelievable. I just put a little drop every morning :) it's fine for my sensitive skin as well
please don’t ever change the formula! this is the best bha i have ever used. my whiteheads are gone whenever i put this on and it has improved my skin texture. i tried expensive ones but this serum performs best. love that it’s not drying or watery. keep it up g&g <3
This is my next love of this brand. The blackheads go away, but I don't even know that I have it on my face. Does it dry you out salicylic acid? Try this!
I gotta say it: I was very unimpressed and mildly annoyed when Geek&Gorgeous launched this product. "Another BHA serum?! Just what the world needed!" was what I thought. But I love trying new products so I gave it a shot. And boy was I wrong! I have tried many different BHA products in the past and none of them really did anything for my skin. I was pretty sure that Salicylic Acid as an ingredient just isn't for my skin. But this little, inconspicuous serum did it for me. Don't get me wrong: It's not a miracle worker or anything, but it visibly cleared my skin and is just so wonderfully uncomplicated to use. Now what are you waiting for? You really have to give this a try!
a lovely product to use at a great price.