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Pore Control Cleanser

Sale priceR 440.00 ZAR



A scientifically formulated skincare solution designed to regulate sebum production, thereby mitigating pore congestion. It employs a 3% concentration of Salicylic acid, a renowned anti-inflammatory agent, which works diligently to alleviate skin irritation and redness. This ingredient is also known for its potent anti-bacterial properties, effectively cleansing the skin of stubborn impurities.

A distinguishing feature of this cleanser is its inclusion of Medical Grade Aloe Vera, a natural ingredient revered for its skin-nourishing capabilities. Aloe Vera imparts soothing and hydrating effects, particularly beneficial for skin dehydrated due to other acne treatments.

Pore Control Cleanser is a balanced blend of scientifically proven ingredients that synergistically maintain skin health. It normalizes oil production, dislodges sebum plugs, reduces inflammation, and nourishes the skin, making it a comprehensive solution for maintaining a clear and healthy complexion.

Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid, a renowned beta hydroxy acid (BHA), stands as a cornerstone in the realm of dermatology and skincare due to its exceptional keratolytic and comedolytic properties. It has a unique ability to penetrate oil-laden hair follicle pores, making it particularly effective in treating acne-prone and oily skin types.

Salicylic acid works by dissolving the type of skin debris that clogs pores and causes acne, namely sebum and dead skin cells. It's a mild anti-bacterial- and a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, which help to reduce the redness and swelling associated with breakouts.

What sets salicylic acid apart in dermatological treatments is its ability to exfoliate the skin not just on the surface, but within the pores themselves. This is due to its oil-soluble nature, allowing it to penetrate deep into the pores and dissolve the keratin plugs that lead to blackheads and whiteheads.

Furthermore, salicylic acid also has the capacity to adjust the pH of the skin, creating an environment less favorable for the growth of acne-causing bacteria. Salicylic acid's efficacy in treating various skin conditions, particularly acne, has been extensively documented in the scientific literature. Studies have consistently shown its ability to reduce acne lesions, both in terms of count and severity. Additionally, salicylic acid is highly recommended for its effectiveness in treating other skin conditions, such as psoriasis and dandruff, due to its ability to soften and remove scales and flakes from the skin.

Physiological Effects of Salicylic Acid
  1. Keratolytic Action: Salicylic acid is known for its ability to exfoliate the skin by dissolving the intercellular 'glue' that holds skin cells together, helping to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores.
  2. Comedolytic Effect: It is particularly effective in reducing comedones (blackheads and whiteheads) by unclogging pores and preventing the formation of new comedones.
  3. Anti-inflammatory Properties: Salicylic acid reduces inflammation, which is beneficial in treating acne and other inflammatory skin conditions.
  4. Sebum Regulation: It helps to regulate oil production, making it a valuable ingredient for managing oily and acne-prone skin.
  5. Penetration Enhancement: Due to its lipophilic nature, it can penetrate sebum-filled follicles, making it effective in treating acne located deep within the pores.
Role in Managing Dermatological Conditions
  1. Acne Vulgaris: Salicylic acid is a cornerstone in acne treatment, effective in both preventing and treating existing acne lesions.
  2. Psoriasis: Its keratolytic properties make it useful in softening and removing scales associated with psoriasis.
  3. Warts: Salicylic acid is commonly used in the treatment of warts due to its ability to exfoliate and remove the thickened skin.
  4. Seborrheic Dermatitis: It helps in managing seborrheic dermatitis by reducing scaling and redness.
  5. Keratosis Pilaris: Salicylic acid can aid in smoothing the rough bumps associated with keratosis pilaris.
  • Zaenglein, A. L., Pathy, A. L., Schlosser, B. J., Alikhan, A., Baldwin, H. E., Berson, D. S., & Thiboutot, D. M. (2016). Guidelines of care for the management of acne vulgaris. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 74(5), 945-973.e33.
  • Kornhauser, A., Coelho, S. G., & Hearing, V. J. (2010). Applications of hydroxy acids: classification, mechanisms, and photoactivity. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 3, 135.
  • Zander, E., & Weisman, S. (1992). Treatment of acne vulgaris with salicylic acid pads. Clinical Therapeutics.
  • Gupta, A. K., & Nicol, K. (2004). The use of sulfur in dermatology. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology.
Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is well-regarded for its medicinal applications and has been a staple in skincare and health for centuries. It’s rich in vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and amino acids, contributing to its many skin benefits.

Aloe vera contains polysaccharides, which are crucial in its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties. These polysaccharides help bind moisture into the skin, making aloe vera an excellent hydrating agent for dry and damaged skin.

One of the key benefits of aloe vera is its soothing and healing properties, particularly beneficial for burns, abrasions, and skin irritations. It has been shown to accelerate the healing of minor burns and reduce skin inflammation. Various studies have supported its effectiveness in treating first- and second-degree burns, highlighting its role in enhancing collagen synthesis and skin regeneration.

The anti-inflammatory properties of aloe vera is attributed to compounds like glycoproteins and polysaccharides. These compounds help in reducing pain and swelling associated with skin irritations and wounds. Aloe vera also contains aloin and emodin, which provide analgesic, antibacterial, and antiviral properties, further extending its therapeutic potential.

Aloe Vera has numerous physiological effects on the skin due to its rich composition of vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and amino acids. The presence of antioxidants such as vitamins C and E, along with beta-carotene, contributes to its anti-aging benefits, helping to improve skin firmness and keep the skin hydrated.

Physiological Effects of Aloe Vera
  1. Moisturizing and Hydrating: Aloe Vera enhances skin hydration, making it effective for dry and dehydrated skin. Its mucopolysaccharides help to bind moisture into the skin.
  2. Wound Healing: It accelerates wound healing by enhancing collagen synthesis and cross-linking. This effect is particularly useful in the healing of burns, abrasions, and cuts.
  3. Anti-inflammatory Properties: Aloe Vera contains compounds like aloin and anthraquinones that have anti-inflammatory properties, making it beneficial in reducing skin inflammation.
  4. Antimicrobial Activity: It possesses antimicrobial properties, which help in preventing infections in wounds and burns.
  5. Antioxidant Properties: The presence of vitamins C and E and beta-carotene provides it with antioxidant properties, which can help protect the skin from free radical damage.
  6. Soothing Effect: Aloe Vera is known for its soothing effects on the skin, particularly in conditions like sunburn.
Role in Managing Dermatological Conditions
  1. Burns and Wound Care: Its wound healing and soothing properties make Aloe Vera effective in the treatment of burns, including sunburns, and minor skin abrasions.
  2. Acne Treatment: Due to its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, it can help in the treatment of acne.
  3. Eczema and Psoriasis: Its moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and soothing properties are beneficial in managing symptoms of eczema and psoriasis.
  4. Aging Skin: Aloe Vera's antioxidant properties and ability to improve collagen production can help in reducing the signs of aging.
  5. Skin Hydration: It's a common ingredient in moisturizers and other skin care products for its hydrating properties.
  • Surjushe, A., Vasani, R., & Saple, D. G. (2008). Aloe vera: A short review. Indian Journal of Dermatology.
  • Maenthaisong, R., Chaiyakunapruk, N., Niruntraporn, S., & Kongkaew, C. (2007). The efficacy of aloe vera used for burn wound healing: A systematic review. Burns.
  • Rajeswari, R., Umadevi, M., Rahale, C. S., Pushpa, R., Selvavenkadesh, S., Kumar, K. S., & Bhowmik, D. (2012). Aloe vera: The miracle plant its medicinal and traditional uses in India. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry.
DermExcel™ | Pore Control Cleanser
Pore Control Cleanser Sale priceR 440.00 ZAR
  • Excessive Sebum Production: Regulate sebum production. Helps to balance and normalize the skin's oil production, preventing excessive oiliness that may lead to inflammatory skin conditions, incl. acne, and rosacea.
  • Congested Pores: Dislodge sebum plugs from clogged pores. Targets and removes sebum plugs, unclogging pores and preventing the formation of blackheads and whiteheads.
  • Skin irritation and redness: Anti-inflammatory action that reduce skin redness and irritation.
  • Acne Breakouts: Sebum regulation, Comedolytic- and Anti-inflammatory action makes Pore Control cleanser effective in targeting acne breakouts.
  • Maintenance of Skin Health: Regular usage can help maintain the overall health of the skin by controlling oil production and keeping pores clean.
  • Dehydrated Skin: The inclusion of Medical Grade Aloe Vera in the formulation makes this cleanser suitable for individuals with dehydrated skin, as Aloe Vera is known for its hydrating and soothing properties.

Active ingredients

  • Salicylic acid
  • Aloe Vera

Full ingredient list

Aqua, Hamamelis virginiana, Polyethylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Salicylic acid, Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexylglycerin, Aloe barbadensis, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium EDTA

Resistant skin

(Able to tolerate Pore Control Cleanser in its most potent form)

  • Use morning and evening.
  • Apply on dry skin. If you apply your cleanser to dry skin, you can circulate the cleanser over your eyes without burning or stinging.
  • You may slightly dampen your fingers to help with spreading. If you have resistant skin, you should not use too much water while cleaning, as water will alter the pH of the cleanser - rendering it less potent.
  • Keep the cleanser on your skin for 3 min or longer. Tip: Keep the cleanser on your skin while you brush your teeth/bath or get dressed.
  • Remove the cleanser with a clean, lukewarm face cloth or the microfibre face sponge. This will also help to remove excess makeup and loose peeling skin.


Sensitive skin

(Unable to tolerate Pore Control Cleanse in its most potent form yet)

  • Use only in the evening. Wipe your face in the morning with a lukewarm wet facecloth or microfibre sponge. This will help remove dead skin dissolved and loosened by the cleanser.
  • Apply cleanser to a wet face. The water will help to neutralize the cleanser to decrease its potency. Be careful to apply the cleanser around your eyes, as the water may cause the cleanser to run into your eyes, which will sting. Rather avoid the eye area and remove eye makeup (if applicable) with your microfibre sponge with a small drop of cleanser mixed with water lathered into the sponge.
  • Keep the cleanser in contact with your skin for 1 min or shorter.
  • Remove the cleanser with a clean, lukewarm face cloth or the microfibre face sponge. This will also help to remove excess makeup and loose peeling skin.

Pore Control Cleanser


Targeted Acne Treatment

Effectively reduces acne breakouts by eliminating acne-causing bacteria and managing inflammation.

Sebum Regulation

Control and normalize the skin's oil production, reducing pore congestion and breakouts.

Blackhead Removal

Dissolve and extract cellular debris from clogged pores.


Reduce inflammation related to acne, rosacea, and premature aging due to its potent anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Nourishes and Hydrates the Skin

The Medical Grade Aloe Vera included in the formulation helps to nourish, soothe, and hydrate the skin, particularly beneficial for skin that may be dehydrated from other acne therapies.


The cleanser offers anti-bacterial activity, helping to clean the skin from resistant congestion and impurities and preventing acne formation.

Pore Control Cleanser


Acne / Breakouts

Aging Skin

Shaving Bumps

Clogged Pores

Enlarged Pores

Rough Skin Texture

Sensitive Skin

Red & Inflamed skin

Pore Control Cleanser




Customer Reviews

Based on 753 reviews
Chantelle Bam
Very Happy

My little 2 year old suffers from keratosis Polaris on his arms and legs, I found the cleanser and cream did start making a difference. It was only a tester size but I will definitely be getting a bigger size to continue the treatment. It was gentle enough not to burn him, but did make a difference to his skin. And I received a free lip treatment which was very thoughtful from the company.

Cheryl de Villiers
Get Rid of Blocked/Enlarged Pores with Pore Control Cleanser

I often get unsightly blocked/enlarged pores on my nose. A month ago, I started using Dermexel's Pore Control Cleanser. After only a few days I could see a marked improvement. This is an excellent cleanser for the entire face as it is very effective without being harsh on your skin.

Anneke Viljoen
Renewal Facial Cleanser

Absolutely loove this product!

Awesome cleanser

Great cleanser i use it daily, and it brightens up my skin immediately.

Charnè Schoeman

Gebruik Dermexcel vir die afgelope 3 jaar en kyk nie 'n dag terug nie. Ek het baie gehuiwer aan die begin, want ek is 'n gewone salaristrekker in die hartjie van die Karoo - elke sent moet omgedraai word...maar ek het vasgebyt en ogies toegeknyp en vandag sal ek my laaste sentjie uithaal vir my produkte. Geen produk in my verlede kon werk soos hierdie produk nie. Ek beveel dit ten sterkste aan. Knyp ogies toe aan die begin, want sodra mens dit begin gebruik kan jy slim koop en dan werk dit nie duur uit nie. En dis waar - "less is more". Prokukte hou lank omrede mens so min op 'n **** hoef te gebruik. Dankie Dermecxel - naas my man - my 2de liefde!

Schané Van Zijl
Renewal Facial Cleanser

Best product i have ever used! I immediately saw results and my skin is fine and soft, no breakouts anymore! Best product i used in years!




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