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Dr. Brandt Skincare pores no more® pore refiner primer

What it is: An effective primer that instantly* mattifies shine and minimizes the look of pores. What it is formulated to do: A cult favorite for six years, pores no more® pore refiner primer is Dr. Brandt’s quick fix for flawless, photo-ready skin at any age and during any season. This miracle base creates the perfect canvas for your makeup application. It acts as an invisible barrier to prevent makeup from clogging pores and as a velvety primer to absorb excess oil and blur fine lines and imperfections while improving the longevity of makeup. Your skin will look and feel smoother, more uniform, and perfectly shine-free. *Individual results may vary.
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Questions & Answers for Dr. Brandt Skincare pores no more® pore refiner primer

Question
Does it only reduce the apperance of pores while applied on face? Or do pores reduce over time regardless.
asked 6 years ago
mrlnfrrr
(Lakewood, Ca)
on pores no more® pore refiner primer
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes, dimethicone is a silicone.
answered 11 months ago
DearSherry
(West Virginia)
answer 2
This product will instantly reduce your pore size. With regular use with the 3-step skincare regimen which consists of cleanser, pore effect cream, and pore refiner, you will get a better overall long-term result. Also, his vacuum cleaner is amazing to use 2-3x per week to deep clean pores and slough off dead skin cells.
answered 5 years ago
newride
(Ooltewah, TN)
answer 3
I think this one only refines your pores when you're wearing the product. Try using the moisturizer which has a more long term effect. This one is for daily use under your make up while the other one is applied at night.
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
babidollface
(CA)
answer 4
I can only speak from my experience, but my pores only appear smaller while actually wearing the product. I've been using it approximately 3 months.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Aenea12
(Virginia Beach, VA)
answer 5
pores no more, when applied, makes my pores look smaller. The pores do not shrink with the continued use of the product.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
espressolee
(New Jersey)
answer 6
It reduces the appearance of large pores. You would use it daily or whenever you might apply powder.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
2KatPT
answer 7
I have found it works best when it is on the face. I take good care of my skin and get microdermabrasions on regular basis, so hard to say which treatment shrinks my pores.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
GRosso
(Omaha)
answer 8
Yes! The appearance of your pores will instantly be much less. I am use the Dr. Brandt Pores no more cleanser and that it designed to reduce the size of the pores over time for a long lasting effect.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
txsweetheart86
(Houston, TX)
answer 9
I think it only fills in pores temporarily.
answered 6 years ago
eandimom
(Medina, Ohio)
Question
Sensitive and acne prone skin - Question about Dr. Brandt pores no more
I was thinking about using this product, but wondered if it contained parabens and also if it is good for acne prone skin or does it make acne worse?
asked 5 years, 5 months ago
Anonymous
(Chicago, IL)
on pores no more® pore refiner primer
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
This product is not safe for acne-prone skin. It contains a product (Octyl Palmitate) that is highly comedogenic, which means that it is veyr likley to cause breakouts, even on skin that is not prone to breakouts. I have found this amazing website that has set up a search engine for facial products that pull out what ingredients are not safe to use on acne prone skin. It has saved me a lot of time and money and helped me weed out what products were actually creating more problems for my face rather than treating my skin.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
BK222
(New Orleans, LA)
answer 2
If you are sensitive, I'd be more concerned about the Lavender Oil and Tea Tree Oil. Both can be irritating to sensitive skin. I'd look for something else.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
katy6832
(Indianapolis, IN)
answer 3
No parabens and should improve your acne prone skin. However, it is recommended to use this product with Dr. Brandt's 3-step skincare regimen, cleanser, pore effect, then pore refiner. Also, the vacuum cleaner should be used 2-3x per week to deep cleanse pores and slough off dead skin cells. Will not cause dryness or peeling as with other products. An incredible skincare system.
answered 5 years ago
newride
(Ooltewah, TN)
answer 4
In my experience this product can clog pores. I ended up with major acne problems. Stopped using it and my skin is almost back to normal. Thank goodness for Sephora's awesome return policy because this stuff is too expensive to just throw away!
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
toya0517
(Hanover, MD)
answer 5
I would not recommend this because I have the same skin problems and I bought this to try and it didn't work at all. I ended up having to return it, I'd recommend Clinique's pore refiner, it's really good.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
momo56301
(Evansville, IN)
answer 6
To be honest I don't think it helps acne. I have it and it didn't help
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
divari
(RI)
answer 7
Not sure about the parabens, but it has improved my acne breakouts. It seems to really decrease oil on face, and smoothe pores. It can be a little drying on my hands, but perfect for my face.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
glamourchique
(Virginia Beach, VA)
answer 8
I have ance prone skin and it seems to help. It also helps with oil control.. It really is great stuff, really hides large pores...
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
kristinspaul
(Rochester, MN)
answer 9
The Dr. Brandt Pores No More Refiner does contain parabens but is formulated without sulfates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic dyes, petrochemicals and phthalates. The product is safe for acne prone skin and will also help in reducing oil and mattifying your skin.
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
Question
use to very oily skin, now seems very dry
I use the bare minerals makeup and primer , my face still seems dry.
It seems like this product is for oily skin. Can anyone suggest what I should do?
asked 6 years, 2 months ago
Debco14
(Cape Coral, FL)
on pores no more® pore refiner primer
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
This product is designed for combination/oily skin. You may want to move into Dr. Brandt's lineless line for all skin types. The pore refiner will NOT dry your skin out and is an excellent makeup primer.
answered 5 years ago
newride
(Ooltewah, TN)
answer 2
I used the same combo as you- Pores No More and Bare Minerals. My face became very dry.

The solution that worked for me (after trying many options) was (1) exfoliation (using Clairsonic), (2) moisturize (currently using First Aid Beauty), and (3) Smashbox HALO hydrating powder.

I really love Pores No More and have tried many primers (I know it's not labeled as a primer but works as one, and keeps my makeup fresh all day). I have not found my skin to be more or less dry from it. I have not found any of the primers/pore refiners to measure up, and I have tried a LOT of 'em!

My suggestion would be exfoliate and moisturize if you need to, but definitely try HALO.

You could also try using a foundation-illuminator combo- I use Smashbox's HD Foundation mixed with Fresh Twilight Freshface sheer, illuminator/primer. It is hydrating and really helps with the dryness.

My skin is in really good condition (I had recently tried going back to Bare Minerals because of the healthy condition my skin is in, and it just did not work... after 2 days my skin was very, very dry... love the stuff but not for dry skin).

Hope you find something that works for you!
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
serainlosangeles
(Los Angeles)
answer 3
I too have to moisturize as I have combination skin in order to keep from being dry. I like the dermalogica active moist.
answered 6 years ago
macarle
(Bartlesville, OK)
answer 4
I also bought the BE primer (for oily skin one) and it was the worst. It was like I put glue on my face, then when it dried it flaked and peeled really bad. I am a huge BE fan, and have loved all the products that I have purchased from their line, but this one was a big disappointment. I tried the "pores no more, pore refiner at my local sephora store and fell in love. Keep in mind though that its not really a primer, but maybe could be used as one. My skin is soft, yet very matte afterwards, and it last. i have a huge problem with oil. I put on makeup, and 2 hrs later Im so oily in the Tzone area, this is definetley worth the price, it works great!
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
makeupaddict31
(Salt Lake City, UT)
answer 5
I don't have oily skin and I do not find the product to be "drying". I have used another pore refiner that was drying. I would say that you should give it a try!
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
49Forever
(Norfolk, Virginia)
answer 6
I think it made mine a little dryer too but I just got a couple new moisturizers to try and it helped a ton! I'm obsessed with Boscia's Daily Hydration - it's oil free so when you put it on, your face doesn't feel greasy or anything and it feels really light. I also really like Philosophy's Hope in a Jar. It feels soooo good on your skin. I usually use that one at night because it's a little thicker, but it really helps my skin feel better in the morning! Hope this helps!
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
smtam
(Renton, WA)
answer 7
I would say use a good moisturizer before you apply the product. It really tends to remove excess oils.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
yenieuq
answer 8
I use it and my skin is combination. My nose areas is sort of oily but not heavily. I think you'd be fine!
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
sara318
(Kennewick, WA)
Question
Does this product contain silicone?
asked 5 years, 8 months ago
hiitsmecristina
on pores no more® pore refiner primer
8 answers
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answer 1
Yes, dimethicone is a silicone.
answered 11 months ago
DearSherry
(West Virginia)
answer 2
no silicones. An amazing product.
answered 5 years ago
newride
(Ooltewah, TN)
answer 3
No silicon
answered 5 years ago
topnotchgirl
(Fenton, Missouri)
answer 4
YES IT DOES!
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
cedez4ever
(Madison, MS)
answer 5
No
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
bighairleigh
(Ramsey, NJ)
answer 6
The ingredient dimethicone is a sillicone, pretty much anything listed that has "cone" at the end of it is a form of sillicone. Sillicone is generaly safe but might not be good for some with oily skin, the sillicone lays on top of the skin giving a silky texture but it keeps moisture as well as oil trapped underneath. Makeup primer works really well because of the sillicone.
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
racerx102
(Pottstown,pa)
answer 7
Yes, that is what gives this its silky texture and then leaves the face soooo smooth.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
hun625
(Northwestern, PA)
answer 8
The ingredients listed on the box does not have "silicone" as one of them. I am not sure what dimethicone crosspolymer is?? There are several other ingredients that end in -paraben.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
joanla
(Chautauqua, NY)
Question
Why does it make my skin peel?
I have combination skin and don't normally have any dry or flaky patches. However, after I use this product, I get dry flaky patches in some places and end up having to scrape the product off, or putting more moisturizer on top of it, which kind of seems to defeat the purpose. I use plenty of moisturizer.

Does this happen to anyone else? Doesn't really seem worth it, it if just creates another skin problem.
asked 5 years, 2 months ago
jclo82
on pores no more® pore refiner primer
8 answers
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answer 1
I have combination skin. This works great on my oily areas and I love it. But even with moisturizer on my drier areas it seems to flake if I put too much on. Try using less product on the dryer areas, this has helped me
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
Pinksequence
(Portland, Or)
answer 2
When you skin peels, it is NOT the pore refiner. Your skin needs exfoiliating to slough off the dead skin cells. This product is designed to be used as a makeup primer and can be used throughout the day to combat shine. It does refine your pores, but should be used as the 3-step regimen in Dr. Brandt's skincare instructions, cleanser, pore effect, then pore refiner. The vacuum cleaner should be used 2-3 times per week to deep clean and slough off dead skin cells.
answered 5 years ago
newride
(Ooltewah, TN)
answer 3
I have combination skin too, and I think how this works is by basically inhibiting your skin from producing oil. I got a full-blown skin irritation from this product, it was like a sunburn! Our skin should produce oil, that's what keeps it moist. Maybe you could try just using it on your T zone? For me, after 5 days of trying to recover, I've discontinued using this product.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
dsuffix
(Seattle, WA)
answer 4
Maybe you should try it on the oily parts of your face ie your t-zone and do not use on the places that can be dry ie forhead.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
jayjinx
(Washington, DC)
answer 5
I feel that this product is geared towards people who have oily skin rather than dry skin. I've never had a problem with peeling after I have put this product on my face. I only use one pump for the entire face so you don't need to use a lot.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
mlallen
(Wichita, KS)
answer 6
This was happening to me as well, so now I use mine after my moisturizer, and only dab a small amount across and slighty beside my nose, where my pores are most visible. This helps keep the matte look without the flake.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
arkansasrunner
(Arkansas)
answer 7
No, my skin did not become dry.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
kapka
(Quebec, Canada)
answer 8
I think this product works best if you have oily skin bec. it does absorb the oil.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
mh2o
(Pembroke Pines, FL)
Question
How is this product compared to Benefit POREfessional?
the Porefessional works magic, but it seems to end up cakey. Can anyone give any feedback that has tried both? Thanks
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
skincarevirgin
(Lexington, KY)
on pores no more® pore refiner primer
7 answers
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answer 1
Benefit's version makes my skin look worse. It actually fills in my pores making them stand out and look bigger.
answered 1 month, 1 week ago
maryanny143
answer 2
Benefit Porfessional has a tint to it and is very light. I love it, however nothing compares to the mattifier in this or in the smashbox one or the Becca age pore primer. I switched from Porefessional and use currently the Becca one but I find that it is very much like the Dr. Brandt. Love them both.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
kristinkilburne
(Louisville, Kentucky)
answer 3
I have not found the Dr. Brandt Skincare "pores no more" product to be "cakey" at all. It goes on very smoothly. I have not tried the other brand you mention
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
123goodcats
(wilmington, de)
answer 4
the product is not at all oily - I have never tried benefit but I love this product - it makes your skin feel very smooth and make-up goes on beautifully over it so I guess you could use it as a primer as well as for its original purpose.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
Boteca
(Healdsburg,CA)
answer 5
Pores No More was the best pore refiner I found. I used it as a primer (pores disappear and skin is smooth for nice foundation or powder application. Now that my skin has been dry, I switched to BB Cream.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
serainlosangeles
(Los Angeles)
answer 6
I have both products as samples. I would say Benefit's version is not as long lasting. And I like that Dr. Brandt's has tea tree oil and is more of a skincare product. Also, Dr. Brandt's is not "cakey" at all.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
selahscott
(Los Angeles, Ca)
answer 7
When you apply it you should press and smooth it into only the areas where you have enlarged pores and desire even tone. It should not be smoothed over the entire face. It can roll into tiny tubes if its not pressed and smoothed onto skin. Using about a half pump smooth it with your finger tip no farther then 1 inch segments. I used to have the problem too.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
deanajean
(Gainesville, Fl)
Question
How to use?
Would i use this over my makeup or under?
asked 7 years, 10 months ago
Lilian
(Irving,TX)
on pores no more® pore refiner primer
7 answers
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answer 1
This product is designed to be applied before makeup application; however, it can be used throughout the day to combat shine.
answered 5 years ago
newride
(Ooltewah, TN)
answer 2
I use after I moisterize and before applying mineral powder foundation, bronzer, blush etc. It is great, I use it as a primer.
answered 6 years, 6 months ago
marshagirl
(Oshawa, ON)
answer 3
I don't think the packaging explains how this product should be applied. I first put on my moisturizer, let that absorb 1 or 2 minutes, apply foundation (let that dry a bit), apply Pores No More, then finally set it all with powder. As to techniques for applying - my three methods depend on how my skin is looking that morning 1) either stippling it with a foundation brush, 2) pulling your skin taut (high) and applying the product downward to fill in your pores, or 3) just use it as spackle and deliberately fill each acne scar ( i have 4 major ones). Hope that helps!
answered 6 years, 10 months ago
geeez11
(New York)
answer 4
One of the many great benefits of pores no more is that it is so versatile, it can be used under your makeup, moisturizer or other facial treatment as well as afterward and throughout the day as needed.
We suggest that you try it several different ways to see which one suits your skin's needs best.
answered 7 years, 3 months ago
malissa
(miami, fl)
answer 5
I use it under my mineral makeup. I let it set for a minute or so and don't rub it in, just basically pat it on.
answered 7 years, 9 months ago
CosmeticGirl
(Charleston)
answer 6
I use this under my makeup, almost as a primer. I use powder foundation over it, so it works for me because it doesn't smudge away with the application of the rest of it.
answered 7 years, 9 months ago
mn2258
(Amherst, MA)
answer 7
Either. You should use this after you moisturize and before you apply your makeup. During the day, if you need a touch-up you can reapply this by carefully dabbing it over your makeup. You need a light touch, though, to make sure you don't smear your makeup.
answered 7 years, 9 months ago
trinny
(Charleston, SC)
Question
how long do results take?
I chose this product over the Korres anti shine due to the recommendation I received, but still shiny, should I keep using or send it back?
asked 6 years, 3 months ago
lkhb
(Shawnee, KS)
on pores no more® pore refiner primer
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
This product can also be used throughout the day to combat shine. Just apply a small amount to fingertip and pat on your areas of concern. Amazing.
answered 5 years ago
newride
(Ooltewah, TN)
answer 2
No problems like that...it shrank my pores and no black heads here!
answered 5 years ago
topnotchgirl
(Fenton, Missouri)
answer 3
The product should INSTANTLY mattify you and if it doesn't it is not the product for you. I did try DDF and that really didn't work for me at all. Not all products work for everyone. This made my daughters face break out right away.... but not on me... go figure... Anyway... return it if it's not working.. there is no break in period with this product in my opinion....
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
tennisgirll
(Wilmette Illinois)
answer 4
I still get shiny too. I've yet to find anything that works. I guess you're supposed to just reapply it.
answered 6 years ago
eandimom
(Medina, Ohio)
answer 5
Personally, I think this works better as an instant gratification product opposed to a product that actually minimizes pores over time. I use it as a primer before my makeup and it works really well but when I don't use it, my skin doesn't look nearly as good. I don't know about any one else's results, but that is what I've noticed. I've heard that Ole Henrikson's Truth Serum and the Sheer Transformation work wonders on transforming your skin so maybe exchange it for one of those and see what you think! Hope this helps!
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
smtam
(Renton, WA)
answer 6
pore refiner should deliver instant gratification. Just pat (don't rub) a small amount on areas of concern before makeup or after makeup as a pore perfector and oil absorber. Some reviewers mention that they need to reapply several times a day due to their oily skin condition.
If you've followed the recommended usage and it's still not delivering the results you were hoping for, we are sorry to say maybe it's not the solution for your skin's needs.
answered 6 years, 3 months ago
malissa
(miami, fl)
answer 7
Hope this helps....I take poresnomore to work . It glides over my t-zone to cover the shine mid-day. Just a small dot is enough for me.
answered 6 years, 3 months ago
refuz2havfun
(Lagrange.Ohio)
Question
which of the dr brandt pores no more can be used as a face primer for under makeup to best give skin an even look?
asked 6 years, 3 months ago
Customer122
on pores no more® pore refiner primer
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
The Pore No More Refiner should be used as a makeup primer. Also can be used throughout the day to combat shine.
answered 5 years ago
newride
(Ooltewah, TN)
answer 2
The Dr. Brandt pores no more pore refiner will give your makeup a flawless appearance. It goes on like silk, makes your pores appear much smaller and your skin overall look flawless.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
txsweetheart86
(Houston, TX)
answer 3
I use the Pores No More Pore Refiner under makeup as an acne fighting, pore smoothing primer. It can also be used over makeup, throughout the day, to cover up pores!
answered 6 years ago
Lindsg
(Austin, TX)
answer 4
I recommend the pores no more pore refiner. It is working for me!
answered 6 years ago
skindeep01
(allentown, PA)
answer 5
The Pores No More Pore Refiner is definitely the best to use as a primer. I use it every single day before I put on my makeup and it makes my skin look literally flawless! I also love to use it on days that I don't want to wear any makeup. I'll just put it on after my moisturizer and it makes my skin look so good! I would recommend it to everyone!
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
smtam
(Renton, WA)
answer 6
Dr. Brandt Pores No More Pore Refiner
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
quairaus
(New York, NY)
answer 7
This is what you are looking for! The pores no more - pore refiner is the best solution for a primer, just read the reviews. It's versatility also allows for touch ups throughout the day as needed.
answered 6 years, 3 months ago
malissa
(miami, fl)
Question
Would I wear this under or over sunscreen??
asked 6 years, 2 months ago
SaritaBonita44
(Miami, FL)
on pores no more® pore refiner primer
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
This product should be your last step before applying makeup application. It is designed to minimize pores and smooth and even out skin tone.
answered 5 years ago
newride
(Ooltewah, TN)
answer 2
I would wear this OVER sunscreen....
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
jckjrk
(Arlington Heights, IL)
answer 3
Wear it over your sun screen. Give the spf a few minutes to dry/soak in. Then apply pores no more. Give it a minute to set, then apply your foundation and/or the rest of your makeup.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
ttorie
(Queen Creek, AZ)
answer 4
I use over my sunscreen/moisturizer. It is a "finisher" and works well over my other skincare products.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
Rebaso
(Chesterfield, MO)
answer 5
You would wear this under sunscreen.
answered 6 years, 1 month ago
greenandclean
(Boston, MA)
answer 6
I wear my sunscreen/moistuirzer combo closest to my skin, always. (So it goes on first). Then I apply this Pores No More on my nose, and then a light dusting of powder. Works great.
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
sara318
(Kennewick, WA)
answer 7
I have been wearing it under my spf. I usually let it dry and then apply spf
answered 6 years, 2 months ago
ilovemyyorkie
(New York, NY)
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