Can I be honest here?
The name Silver Powder makes me think more of a scammy concoction some snake oil salesman whipped up in his kitchen than a professional skincare treatment to unclog pores.
But if it works, I’ll take it. Does it?
Work, I mean. Here’s the truth about Mario Badescu Silver Powder…
Kaolin and Calcium Carbonate
Kaolin and calcium carbonate are oil-absorbers.
Here’s the deal: when your skin pumps out too much oil, the excess gets stuck in the pores. Here, it mixes with your dead cells and other crap to form clogs. If there’s an infection, you get pimples. If not, you “only” get a blackhead or a whitehead.
Remove the excess oil and no acne shows up. That’s a job for oil-absorbers. Kaolin and calcium carbonate soak up excess oil, preventing it from clogging your pores.
But – and this is a big but – they can’t remove all the gunk that is already inside them.
Wait, isn’t that a sunscreen filter?
Yep. But that’s not all it does. Zinc Oxide ain’t here to protect your pimples from the sun. It’s here because of its whitening, thickening, and lubricating properties.
The catch? High amounts of zinc oxide can sometimes clog pores. It doesn’t happen often but if you’re one of the few people who have this reaction to zinc oxide, Silver Powder ain’t the best pore unclogging treatment for you.
What Else Do You Need To Know?
Absorbing excess oil is all Mario Badescu Silver Powder does. But excess oil is only one of the factors that contribute to acne.
You know where I’m heading with this. It’s a handy tool to have in your anti-acne arsenal, not the silver bullet that will rid you of acne forever.
Actually… let me rephrase that. It’d be a handy tool to have in your anti-acne arsenal if it weren’t so damn 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 becomes so runny, it’ll slide right off your face. Use too little and it’ll be so thick, it won’t adhere well to the skin.
I think I’m sticking with clay masks.
The Bottom Line
If you’re the DIY type on the lookout for an oil-absorber to keep your pores free and pimples from coming back, Mario Badescu Silver Powder may be worth the hassle for you. But don’t expect it to unclog pores that are already clogged. This is about prevention, not cure.
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