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
Meredith E.
28 reviews
I am very conflicted about this bar- when I use it minimally it works wonders and leaves my skin radiant and off when in conjunction with my other skin care products. However, my skin is fickle and will start breaking out significantly if I use it for a day too long. I've started to just use the bar twice a week and follow up the next evening with a moisturizing and soothing facial mask. I've used it for two months now and don't believe that this product has helped much with my acne, but I will continue using it.
Emily O.
Holland Patnt, NY
64 reviews
So I found this bar to be wayyy too gritty for my face, I wasn't expecting it be exfoliating. However, I've been using it for my body and I love it! I used to get a zit on one of my shoulders maybe once a month but not anymore. I only use it one a week and it keeps my skin feeling nice.
Patty S.
Manhattan Bch, CA
54 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Absolutely love this bar! I had never tried a charcoal anything and I can't believe I hadn't! It almost instantly makes your face feel so fresh! My fave felt AMAZING after I washed it all off. Highly recomend Bioré Charcoal Bar ☺️ :)
Krystal L.
Edison, NJ
73 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
My new favorite facial cleanser. The only thing i don't like is that i don't have a place to keep it to keep it clean lol
It really cleans, it has a minty refreshing feeling and after it looks like i put a primer on.. Really the pores are smaller and my face is glowy and matte.
Erika W.
257 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
My current beauty obsession. Use this twice daily for my face to cleanse skin after makeup removing wipes in the morning and at night before bed. It is harder unless it's wet and gets more lathery for a nice clean feeling. It helps with blackheads especially on the nose area.
stefani v.
Wise, VA
80 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
I love this product! It is a great price for a good amount of product. It has a very minty smell and feel when you use it. And it leaves your face feeling refreshed and cleansed of all the nasty junk that causes all of those imperfections. I will definitely be repurchasing.
Paige E.
Oceanside, CA
21 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I love this bar, it's helped clear up my face so much! I use it morning and night and it's made a big difference. I was trying so many different types of skin care products and this one beats them all. It really gets in your pores good. Plus it's fairly cheap at Walmart.
Ashley D.
San Diego, CA
4 reviews
Best I've ever tried. This charcoal bar I use in the shower, and it makes miracles. My pores on my nose and surrounding area are really bad and I've tried so many face washes and pore strips that never completed the job correctly. This bar cleans up my pores so when I put my make up, it goes on flawless. Highly recommend.
luree W.
Shasta Lake, CA
100 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Out of the numerous different cleansers I've tried the Biore charcoal bar is my new favorite. You feel the clean feeling as soon as its put on your face. And it feels like there's little beads doing some work. After rinsing it off it was the cleanest feeling I've ever gotten from a cleanser. I would recommend it to everyone.
Tara F.
Syracuse, NY
96 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I purchased this product on sale at Ulta. I have used the Biore charcoal strips and the baking soda wash but I was very upset to find how rough this bar is. It scratches the skin and leaves your skin feeling raw and damaged. I would not recommend this to anybody. 
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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