Healthy Pores Review


All of the products in this acne treatment system contain ingredients that can irritate the skin.

Healthy Pores is an acne treatment system you can also find sold as ClearPores in the United States and Canada. It consists of an herbal supplement that “flushes out toxins,” a daily skin wash for opening clogged pores, and a protection cream that “draws moisture into” your newly rejuvenated skin.


  • Healthy Pores is a company that is also known as ClearPores in the USA and Canada.
  • Healthy Pores makes honest claims for its products, that they reduce breakouts, not that they cure acne.
  • Healthy Pores offers a three-step system for treating acne, a daily supplement, a pore cleansing facial wash, and a skin protection cream.
  • The problem with all three of these products is that they contain ingredients that can irritate your skin. If you have oily skin acne and you don’t break out when you are exposed to botanical ingredients or cleansers, Healthy Pores might be worth a try.
  • If you have acne on dry or sensitive skin, you may get better results from Exposed Skin Care.

The makers of Healthy Pores make a statement that very few manufacturers of acne treatment systems dare to share with the public. They state that their system is not a cure for acne. As they correctly point out, no product cures acne. All products can do is to reduce the frequency and severity of acne breakouts. Some acne care products, however, are much more effective than others. Let’s look at what Healthy Pores can do for you.

Healthy Pores Daily Supplement

The first step in fighting acne in the Healthy Pores system is a daily nutritional supplement. It contains
aloe vera, Atlantic kelp, burdock root,cayenne, echinacea, licorice root, red clover, sarsaparilla, and partially dehydrogenated cottonseed oil. There is nothing in this list of ingredients that helps fight acne from the inside out, and there are some ingredients that can actually make acne worse in most people.

Atlantic kelp is high in iodine. Our bodies need iodine, but too much iodine can cause the skin to break out. People who consume too much kelp are also at risk for hyperthyroidism (excessively high thyroid function), which can cause a wide range of health problems.

Echinacea relieves inflammation, but it can also interfere with the action of birth control pills, making pregnancy more likely. Licorice root in excess can cause water retention and high blood pressure. And partially dehydrogenated cottonseed oil is anything but a health food. It’s high in the omega-6 essential fatty acids that are turned into inflammatory hormones, and most cotton is harvested after application of defoliant chemicals.

It’s just not possible to recommend this supplement, but let’s take a look at the rest of the system.

Healthy Pores Deep Facial Wash

The second step in fighting acne in the Healthy Pores system is twice-daily use of the Deep Facial Wash. This product promises to remove the bacteria that cause acne. It claims to encourage dead skin cells to slough away to stimulate production of new skin from its basal layer. It promises to remove excessive sebum so there is no more shiny skin, and to stop the formation of whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples.

The manufacturers promise that Healthy Pores Deep Facial Wash will prevent future breakouts and restore the natural pH of the skin. The cleanser also contains, they say, nutrients that will speed healing.

The ingredients in the Deep Facial Wash include water, bisabolol, cetaryl alcohol, flaxseed extract, glycerin, glyceryl stearate, parabens, salicylic acid, and vitamins A and E. Salicylic acid is a great product for breaking up the protein glue that holds dead skin cells to the surface of the skin and for stimulating the production of collagen beneath the skin. The problem with this product is that the salicylic acid is at the wrong pH—and even if were at the right pH, it is rinsed away before it has a chance to act.

Vitamin A helps rejuvenate skin with minimal risk of irritation, although vitamin E stimulates the production of sebum that can clog pores. You don’t need to worry about any unwanted side effects of either vitamin in this product, however, because both antioxidant vitamins break down about as soon as you open the bottle.

Glycerin and glyceryl stearate help draw water to the skin, but they are rinsed off before they can trap moisture in the skin. And both bisabolol and parabens can cause skin inflammation and irritation.

If you have oily skin but you don’t tend to get pimples, and you don’t have eczema, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, or skin allergies, this product would be OK. But it’s no better than many other products that cost a lot less. Now let’s look at the third step in the system.

Healthy Pores Skin Protection Cream

The third step in the Healthy Pores acne treatment system is the Skin Protection Cream. It’s advertised as fighting inflammation and leaving the skin feeling smoother. It’s supposed to keep pores from clogging, limit the growth of acne bacteria, and moisturize the skin to give it a vital look.

The Skin Protection Cream contains water, isopropyl palmitate (a form of vitamin A), propylene glycol, salicylic acid (or beta-hydroxy acid/BHA), soy extract, paraffin, parabens, and potassium hydroxide (a chemical similar to lye). Like many other acne products, it contains a great skin protection ingredient, salicylic acid, in a form that can’t do any good. In this mixture, the addition of potassium hydroxide leaves the pH too high for the salicylic acid to loosen dead skin cells or lighten brown spots. And the potassium hydroxide also neutralizes the isopropyl palmitate—but it ensures no one will have any stinging or burning from the use of the cream. It won’t hurt your skin. It just won’t work for your skin.

Healthy Pores advertising says that no scientific studies have found a clear link between diet and acne (although there is strong evidence of a link between consumption of dark chocolate and breakouts of pimples). The company does not claim Healthy Pores is a miracle cures. Its advertising states that there may be visible improvement in the complexion in 7 to 14 days, but that complete results usually take 90 days. And the company does not claim that their system cures acne, only that it controls it.

Should You Try Healthy Pores?

Healthy Pores states that “your skin must be clear in 90 days or we insist that you let us return your money.” That’s a higher ethical standard than most purveyors of acne treatments follow. You don’t have any financial risk in trying Healthy Pores. And you don’t have substantial risk of side effects unless you have dry, sensitive skin that tends to break out in small pimples or if you have rosacea. You just might get a good result if you have oily skin and you don’t tend to break out when you are exposed to fragrances or perfumes.

If you do have sensitive skin, however, you might want to try another system that comes with a one-year money-back guarantee, Exposed Skin Care.

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