asian cosmetics beauty review Wishtrend

Review: COSRX BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum

15. June 2015

Despite the fact that my main skin concern is dry skin, which has improved greatly since I’m using asian skincare and an asian inspired skincare routine, I still have another skin concern which is in correlation with increasing age: enlarged pores :’D I have visible pores in my T-zone, especially on my nose and what would be nicer than to make them appear smaller. Of course using BB/CC creams and or primers hides them, still it would be nice to have them smaller even without makeup. For that purpose I have started to use the COSRX BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum, a daily useable serum containing BHA to gently deep cleanse pores. After using it for around 50 days (maybe more, but I was inconsistent), here is my impression:

COSRX BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum

COSRX is a affordable Korean brand “offering good quality beauty items for 10 years”. The brand name is composed of COS for cosmetics and RX for prescription. Brand like Ciracle and C20 (yes, the famous vitamin C serum) are also part of COSRX. One of the rather popular skincare lines from COSRX are the AHA/BHA skincare products. I’m using the COSRX BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum in combination with the COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner I reviewed previously. The packaging design of all the COSRX products is simple and similar. They all come in a white cardboard box with a black area where the product name is written in. The rest of the cardboard box contains very detailled descriptions in English and Korean. You can click on the image below to enlarge and read the description.

COSRX BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum

The cardboard description also contains the rather short ingredient list of the COSRX BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum. The ingredients are also listed on COSDNA, if you want to check upon them >>here<<. The main ingredient of this astringent serum is White Willow water, which makes 80 % of the ingredients. Since it is an astringent serum for removing the sebum from clogged pores the second ingredient is alcohol, but although I have dry skin and usually too much alcohol in products makes my skin feel irritated I don’t have that feeling here. I focus for the application on my T-zone mainly, too. The Beta salicylate, the BHA, makes 0.5 % of the ingredients, and helps to exfoliate the troubled areas and smoothen the skin. Condition for the BHA to work is a low pH. The serum itself has a pH of 6-7 according to my meassurement, it says 7 on Wishtrend. Therefore it is important to use a preparation toner with a low pH before. Apart from these ingredients the COSRX BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum contains Hyaluronic acid for moisturization and Zinc Oxide for UV protection. Nevertheless, you should keep using sunscreen during daytime when using BHA/AHA products!

COSRX BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum

The COSRX BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum contains 100 ml in a pump bottle made of sturdy, frosted plastic. You see an orangy liquid through the bottle. When you receive it, you will notice floating white particles in the liquid and some white residue on the bottom of the bottle. This is the sebum absorption powder as stated in the description and you have to shake the bottle before every use of the serum, so the powder dissolves in the solution. The serum is made for all skintypes for daily use in the morning and evening, but if you have very sensitive skin COSRX suggests to only use it in the evening and 2-3 times a week. Since it is an astringent serum to remove oil and clogged pores I use a cotton pad to swipe the serum over my target areas. It is important to also leave the product until it is fully absorbed, so the effect of the ingredients is not weakened.

COSRX BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum

The bottom of the bottle has the production and the expiration date printed on and you will find further Korean description on the body label of the bottle and below the sticker. The serum has a shelf-life of 12 months.

COSRX BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum

I use a couple of pumps on my cotton pads while applying the serum. The serum has a clear, runny consistency and a light alcohol-scent which dissapears super quickly and leaves a scentless finish. The serum absorbs quickly, too, and is not sticky.

COSRX BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum

The immediat effect of the COSRX BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum is definetly the deep cleanse of the pores. Even after double cleansing this astringent serum shows some dirt on the cotton pad used. The area around my nose looks cleared up and the pores look less visible, which is only ahort time effect. But what about longterm effects of this serum? As I said at the beginning, I did not use this product religiously day and night, but I’d say I used it for around 50 days in total, maybe more. I’m half-through the bottle now. Below you can see a closeup of my nose starting from the first day I used it up to today. Despite the different lightening conditions you can see that the pores appear less deep. From only looking at the mirror I thought there are no huge changes, but seeing the closeup convinced me, that if used regulary I’m sure that the effects are even better to see. At the moment I do not use any other BHA/AHA products apart from this serum and the Treatment Toner, but I want to start using Mizon AHA serum in the evenings now. Let’s see how all the three (together with my OST Vitamin C serum) work together.

COSRX BHA Summer Pore Minish Serum

The COSRX BHA Summer Pore Minish clearly fulfills its purpose as astringent serum for deep cleansing pores. It immedieatelly makes the pores appear smaller and clearer and even on longterm you can see some changes. If used regulary day and night I’m sure the results will be even more visible. I’d say this is a good BHA serum for people with sensitive skin to start with. I’m in love with it and so far it fits nicely into my skincare routine. Let’s see how it works in combination with a stronger AHA serum and if I will keep repurchasing it or not. You can get the COSRX BHA Summer Poire Minish Serum with a volume of 100 ml from Wishtrend for 13.80 US$. It seems the product is currently out of stock!

Check out my other reviews for COSRX products >>here<<.


You Might Also Like

  • Evelyn 16. June 2015 at 1:54

    I’m inlove of some products I’ve been using, and also want that too, keep minimizing pores without having to use a primer or a bb cream. But I’m balancing priorities and maybe I’ll try C21.5 first and then this. Bha has changed my life :P

    Have a nice week!

  • winda 16. June 2015 at 7:19

    it looks like this is a good product, I would put this product in my wishlist <3 thank you for sharing

  • Maevamilk 16. June 2015 at 9:44

    I’ve bought the BHA blackheads power liquid and I hope it will work as well!
    Your reviews are always so detailed!

  • Kristin Adair 16. June 2015 at 21:50

    Thank you for reviewing this! So detailed :)

    Memebox just put together a Cosrx box and this item is inside. So, I think I might go for it! My skin also has enlarged pores and I have always struggled with oiliness and blackheads.

  • Bijin+Blair 17. June 2015 at 7:25

    Wow your pores look so much cleaner! Not that they were bad before, but they look better now. I must give this product a look, my pores need it!

  • Courtney B 18. June 2015 at 2:53

    I was really hoping this would be as good as every other Cosrx product I’ve tried. I’m glad to see that’s the case!

  • Ari 29. June 2015 at 20:59

    I have large pores, so this is definitely something I need! I’m glad it’s effective :)

  • Mizuchan 2. July 2015 at 16:57

    I’ve seen this posted several times and it seems to be working great! Now I wanted to get this as well!

  • Classy Simple Life 2. February 2016 at 14:42

    I plan buy this serum but I wasn’t sure if this one can work good on my skin. I have visible pore over the face even my skin is normal-dry and sensitive. I use HadaLabo AHA/BHA face wash and Cure but I don’t see spectacular effect :( I hope this serum will help me to solve my problem. From last 5 years I use most of Asian skin care and make up products and I’m definitely crash on Asian skin care routine – best regards :)

  • rani 16. March 2016 at 9:07

    Hi, i wanna ask u if i can use Racoon hydrogel eyepatch after using BHA Summer Pore minish serum?or have to wait , if i have to wait, how long do i have to wait before using eyepatch? looking forward to ur reply :)