Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator Review

Dr. Brandt Skincare PoreDermabrasion™ Pore Perfecting Exfoliator

During the Fall and Winter months, when my skin tends to be slightly drier, I’ll typically put a little more time and attention into my skin routine – especially when it comes to exfoliating and moisturizing.   At first glance, the Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator looked like it might be the perfect addition to my Winter routine to buff away the occasional dry spots and keep my skin feeling smooth.  But before we get into my results and review, let’s find out a little bit more about this multi-tasking exfoliator.

Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator

What It Does

According to the brand’s website, the Dr. Brandt Skincare PoreDermabrasion is a “unique professional-grade physical and chemical exfoliator and pore perfector in one”.  The PoreDermabrasion exfoliator claims to minimize enlarged pores while smoothing and evening skin’s texture.  The exfoliator also works to deeply cleanse pores while it strengthens and tightens the look of pores by removing congestion and impurities.

In short, the benefits include:

  • deep cleansing pores
  • refining the appearance of pores
  • strengthening pore walls and tightening
  • smoothing and evening skin texture

 Dr. Brandt Skincare PoreDermabrasion™ Pore Perfecting Exfoliator

The Ingredients

Water, Alumina, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Lactobacillus Ferment, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Carbomer, Methyl Gluceth-20, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Microcitrus Australasica Fruit Extract, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Fruit Ferment Filtrate, Amyris Balsamifera Bark Oil, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Salicylic Acid, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Alcohol Denat., Sodium Hydroxide, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Iron Oxide (Ci 77491), Sodium Oxide.

How to Use the Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion Exfoliator

Step 1: Dampen your skin with water, and then slowly and gently massage in the exfoliator for one minute.
Step 2: Leave it on for 1-2 minutes to activate deep cleansing.
Step 3: Rinse off and pat dry.

Recommended usage is 1-2 times per week, allowing 3 days between applications.

 Dr. Brandt Skincare PoreDermabrasion™ Pore Perfecting Exfoliator

Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting Exfoliator Review

As an exfoliator…

Right off the bat, I noticed a difference in the texture of my skin after every use.  The PoreDermabrasion Pore Perfecting exfoliator did an excellent job of buffing away dead skin and really smoothing out the rough spots.  At the same time, I found the tiny exfoliating particles, or ‘micro-size pharmaceutical grade crystal’, to be extremely gentle on the skin. For purely its exfoliating abilities, I’d rate this product 10 out of 10. 

As a deep cleanser and pore perfector…

In terms of the Dr. Brandt PoreDermabrasion pore cleansing and tightening abilities, my results were a bit mixed.  I have combination skin, and noticed that the PoreDermabrasion exfoliator worked best on the oilier areas of my face, which makes sense since it’s featured in the oily skin & pore solution kit on Dr. Brandt’s website.  In those particular areas, where my pores are quite enlarged, the PoreDermabrasion exfoliator unclogged and reduced their appearance.  I started to notice smaller, clearer pores after just 2 weeks (or 4-5 uses).

Now, it doesn’t explicitly say anywhere that this product is recommended for only oily skin types, which I think it should.  For me, the formula further dried out the dry/less oily areas on my face.  It ended up causing my skin to flake and breakout here and there.

Final Thoughts

Since discovering how this product affected my skin, I’ve been using the PoreDermabrasion only on my T-zone, where I’ve been seeing a gradual, yet noticeable improvement in the look of my pores.  Will this become part of my Winter skincare routine?  Quite the opposite actually – I see this working best for me as a pore cleanser and perfector in the Summer months when my skin is more oily overall.  But if I do decide to use this in the Winter for its exfoliating benefits, I’ll probably use it no more than once a week, and follow up with a heavy moisturizer afterwards!

For anyone who’s looking to try out the Dr. Brandt Skincare PoreDermabrasion exfoliator, just make sure to first take into consideration your skin type.  If you have oily skin some or all year round, then go for it – I find the PoreDermabrasion exfoliator works very well to both de-congest, unclog, and tighten pores over time.  However, for those with drier skin, or drier-turning skin in the Winter, I’d suggest using it minimally (maybe once a week max) as it can be overly-drying.

The Dr. Brandt Skincare PoreDermabrasion exfoliator retails for $55 for 2oz, and is available online at Macy’s, Sephora, and the Dr. Brandt website.

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