Silver Powder. What a mysterious, intriguing name for a skincare product. It tells you everything and nothing at the same time. It also makes you think of some old concoction created centuries ago for some noblewoman who wanted to give her skin that pretty moonlight glow (the sunkissed look was so not hot back then), rather than a modern skincare product designed to unclog pores.
Yet, that’s what it’s supposed to do and, according to the many rave reviews this powder has received, it seems to be doing it well too. But there’s also a minority that claims Mario Badescu Silver Powder clogged their pores even more. So, what’s the deal with it? Is it a friend or foe of blackheads?
What Mario Badescu says
For excessive, stubborn blackheads, this oil absorbent powder will help to unclog congested pores. Prevents blackheads and promotes a healthier complexion. You will see a remarkable difference after one application.
How to Use: Once or twice a week dip a water dampened cotton ball into the powder and press on nose, chin and congested areas on the face. Wait 10 minutes and wipe off with toner or astringent.
Full Ingredient List
Calcium Carbonate, Kaolin,Zinc Oxide
Kaolin and Calcium Carbonate
Kaolin is a type of clay composed of a hydrated silicate of aluminum. Non-irritating and gentle enough even for people with sensitive skin, it has oil-absorbing properties. Calcium Carbonate is another oil-absorber too.
Excess oil contributes to the formation of acne. Oil, or sebum, is simply the skin’s natural moisturizer, but when too much is produced, it is not able to flow out of the pores freely, as it is supposed to. Instead, it stays inside them, together with the dead skin cells that can’t get out either, and bacteria. This clogs the pores and causes acne. By absorbing this excess oil, Kaolin and Calcium Carbonate can prevent the pores from clogging. But they can’t remove all the gunk that is already inside them.
Zinc Oxide is my favourite sunscreen agent, but that’s not the reason why it is included in this formula. This white mineral also has whitening, thickening, and lubricating properties. But, in people with very sensitive skin, can also clog pores. While this affect only a small minority, it explains why it worsened blackheads in some people.
Final Considerations On The Formula
While this powder can help reduce one of the factors that contributes to blackheads and acne, it’s not enough, on its own, to keep the pores free of all the gunk that accumulates in them. And it can also be very messy to use. You have to mix the powder with water, and getting the right consistency can be tricky. Add too much water and the mixture will become too runny and slide off your face. Use too little and the mixture will be so thick it won’t adhere well to the skin. Is it really worth it going through all that trouble when you can simply use a well-formulated BHA (Salicylic Acid) exfoliant, such as Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid, which can control oil production and remove dead skin cells, freeing pores completely, and, preventing them, with regular use, from getting clogged up again?
The Bottom Line
Mario Badescu Silver Powder contains oil-absorbing ingredients that can help prevent new blackheads from forming, but won’t get rid of those you already have. That’s why I think you are better off using a BHA exfoliant that, in addition to regulating oil production, can get inside the pores and unclog them. The Silver Powder, imo, is useful only to people with very oily skin, for whom a BHA exfoliant alone may not be enough.
Have you tried Mario Badescu Silver Powder? If so, how did it work for you?