Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar


4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars61%
  • 4 Stars23%
  • 3 Stars11%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%


Bar soap that exfoliates and washes away grime and pore-clogging gunk. 

Charcoal? For my face? You bet. Natural charcoal is known to degunk pores. Infused with refreshing peppermint oil and exfoliating jojoba beads, this unique formula works to make skin smooth and 2.5x cleaner than a basic cleanser.

  • With Natural Charcoal, known for its ability to draw out and trap deep-down impurities

How to Use:

Wet hands with warm water and work bar into a white lather. Massage lather gently across face. Rinse thoroughly. Use up to twice daily. If dryness occurs, reduce usage.


For external use only. Avoid eye contact. If contact occurs, rinse thoroughly with water. Keep out of reach of children.

How it Works:

  • The natural charcoal powder draws out impurities
  • Scrubbing jojoba beads gently exfoliate for smooth skin
  • Natural peppermint oil leaves skin feeling tingly fresh


Sodium Palmate, Water, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Palm Kernel Acid, Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Carbon, Coco-glucoside, Sodium Chloride, Jojoba Esters, Galactoarabinan, Tetrasodium Edta, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Charcoal Powder.

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Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar
Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar
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  • "Love love love this stuff!!! I recommend this to anyone who suffers acne. It will definitely help to clear the blemishes asap!! It's about 8 bucks which I don't think is too overly priced for this." in 178 reviews
  • "I was searching for a new gentle cleanser to try and there was a coupon on this bar for 2 dollars off making it 4 dollars and some change at walmart. I figured it wouldn't hurt to try it.. but i fell in love. i have pretty big pores and i have combination skin. This soap really does get down in my pores and clear out all of the dirt in my skin. It has a peppermint like feel to it, and it definitely doesn't feel good if it gets in your eyes. I love it though. I use it while I am in the shower because I feel like the heat opens my pores and really allows this to get in there and get all the dirt out, then I follow my normal routine. witch hazel and moisturizer. " in 100 reviews
  • "So before trying this cleansing bar, I had tried soooo many facial cleansers. My skin had started breaking out horrible when I started using the clarisonic. I couldn't get anything to calm the breakouts. I found this by accident while in Walmart. So I thought well I'll try a bar, thinking that maybe some chemical in the liquid cleansers was contributing to my breakouts. OMG my face is like a night and day difference! I hope Biore never discontinues this bar! Smells great too! Minty fresh. Doesn't over dry and removes make up great. Just be careful around eyes. " in 48 reviews
Ronie k.
Aurora, CO
56 reviews
If I'm being honest I was pleasantly surprised by this product. I just purchased it today and after trying it out I don't regret the decision for a single second. For the most part the products I have tried out which claim to clear out pores never deliver, this one on the other hand did. It works just like a normal bar of soap and it's pretty easy to put on the skin. once I massaged it gently into my face and nose I began to rinse it off. One of the things I noticed is that it takes a bit of effort to wash it out. It has a interesting texture not quite slimy but different from a usual soap ( not unpleasant) especially if you are using your hands. However, once the rest of the soap is washed off and dried (be careful about your eyes, I got some in and because of the minty essence it was a bit difficult to open up) my skin felt so refreshed! With the added mint it felt cool in a good way. My pores, surprisingly enough did look a lot cleaner then before ( I also rubbed the soap in really well on my nose just to make sure it gets in there) Afterwards, it looked really clean (they looked tighter (washed with cold water to close them up) and it had that clean nose shine XD I followed with a moisturiser which I do after any face wash but for the most part it was moisturizing in and of itself. I'll continue using it and track the results but I am really happy with the product and would definitely recommend! Bioré Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar
Sara T.
Dumfries, VA
23 reviews
This is the only thing I use anymore to wash my face!  All too often I will try a product and even if I like it, I"ll try something new that has come out to see how it works...with this product there is no more of that!  I have repurchased many times and will continue to do so.  I love how it exfoliates and it keeps breakouts at bay.  It has a nice minty scent AND it last FOREVER!  When I'm out I just grab this bar at Target and I'm on my way.  No more seeing if there is anything better...THIS is IT!
Keesha W.
24 reviews
I am OBSESSED with this product. My face randomly started breaking out of nowhere, and it was really really bad. I had huge places on my face and it looked awful. I purchased this, and after three days my face was completely cleared up! It smells good, you can feel it working! It’s truly my favorite!
Talia L.
Lakewood, OH
69 reviews
I exclusively use Biore charcoal products as a cleanser. I have a relatively low-maintenance skincare routine and I try to keep it as natural as possible so I usually opt for charcoal based cleansers. I absolutely love this product. It keeps my oily skin regulated without drying it out and it really helps clean my pores. Will always purchase this again!
Michaley A.
Comstock Park, MI
54 reviews
I have been using the last few days and I must say I love it😍 you can feel it working and cleaning out your pores! My pores definitely don’t hide so it’s nice to have a product that really gets in there and cleans my skin!
Dani M.
Altamonte Spg, FL
276 reviews
I wanted to switch up the cleanser I used in the shower and I'm really glad I found this little bar of magic! I use this daily on my face, as well as my chest and back. It has a wonderful peppermint smell and leaves my skin feeling so soft after use. I have noticed I have less blemishes than with the previous cleanser I was using, only time will tell if it will eventually clear everything up entirely. But with my experience thus far I would highly recommend anyone with oily skin or acne to try this out. At the price point, what's there to lose!
Chenoa B.
311 reviews
I really enjoyed this product. I like the exfoliation and cooling feeling, but I did not like the over drying feeling. I felt super clean after each use but I had to definitely moisturize after which is something I don't do often. 
Haley B.
47 reviews
i would only recommend using it about once-twice a week because the exfoliation on this is INTENSE. but it is amazing. it feels so tingly and great, definitely does a good job and deep cleansing, and clears break ups fast. did i mention the tingly minty feeling? its great
Makenzee R.
Mesa, AZ
51 reviews
If you can’t afford the more expensive lines of skin care this is a good exfoliating cleanser, especially for oily skin. I use it twice a day morning and night and in a matter of days you’ll see results and weeks your skin will be clear! If your face starts to get too dry though only use it once a day and make sure you are moisturizing! Charcoal can be a bit rough since it’s an exfoliant, if you don’t have very oily skin or if you have sensitive skin. 
Victoria B.
Iowa City, IA
47 reviews
This stuff is AMAZING for clogged pores and acne-prone skin. I have had every skin problem in the book and this was so helpful with my blackheads. Of course it didn't get rid of them fully but what face wash is going to do that? It is amazing for the value and I would definitely recommend it for acne prone skin. I used accutane so I don't have acne anymore so I have switched face washes. This will not be good for you if you have dry or sensitive skin.
Kelsey M.
35 reviews
I have the Biore charcoal gel style cleanser. I was wondering if this bar works better, worse, or the same as the gel style cleanser? Is the bar too harsh for sensitive skin?
Jordyn G.
Harrisburg, PA
63 reviews
Does this exfoliate? And do you think this could take the place of a daily cleanser?
Georgeanna J.
11 reviews
How well does this soap work? Does it leave the face feeling clean?
Alison H.
Ashland, PA
Is this good for combination skin?
Kelsey W.
Wheelersburg, OH
98 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
Does this product work to reduce blackheads?

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