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Pistacia Lentiscus Gum

Also-called-like-this: Mastic Gum, PoreAway
What-it-does: absorbent/mattifier

Official CosIng Information


Mustic gum is an aromatic resin coming from the bark of a tree that grows on the Greek island of Chios. It was traditionally used as a chewing gum to clean the teeth and freshen the breath thanks to its anti-microbial properties.

As for modern skincare, it is the active ingredient in a skin care complex trade named PoreAway, that is claimed to tighten dilated pores and reduce shine. It works by blocking 5α reductase type I, an enzyme that has an important role in the sebum-producing process (by converting testosterone to dihydrotestosterone, aka DHT, that is the main sebum producing hormone in the skin). 

Do not expect miracles though: according to the in-vivo test conducted by the manufacturer, 2% PoreAway refined pores only by 8% after 14 days and 15% after 28 days. We are not sure if this is a change that you can really feel and see on your skin, or if it's just a "statistically significant change" that can be measured in the lab. 

Products with Pistacia Lentiscus Gum

BIOSSANCE Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil NIOD Mastic Must No Make Up Refine Today Pore Refining Serum Tarte Sugar Rush™ Don’T Hate, Hydrate Oil-Free Moisturizer Apivita Replenishing Firming Face Oil SU:M37 Secret Repair Toner Chanel Blue Serum Hylamide Booster;Pore Control BABOR Matte Finish ISDIN Si- Nails Indy Beauty Intense Moisturising Night Cream Too Cool For School Rules Of Mastic Mild Cleanser SU:M37 Secret Repair Emulsion Chanel Blue Serum Eye IOMA Mon Sérum Tatcha Water Cream Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Serum SU:M37 Secret Repair Concentrate Apivita Wine Elixir Renewing Lift Night Cream Tatcha Silken Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Spf 35 Pa+++ Tatcha The Water Gel Too Cool For School Rules Of Mastic Facial Tonic Apivita Wine Elixir Wrinkle & Firmness Lift Cream (Light Cream) Apivita Wine Elixir Wrinkle & Firmness Lift Cream (Rich Texture) Apivita Wine Elixir Wrinkle Lift Eye & Lip Cream SU:M37 Secret Repair Concentrated Cream Too Cool For School Rules Of Mastic Ix Drop Repair Serum Tata Harper Boosted Contouring Eye Balm Laura mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation Omorovicza Silver Saviour Lotion Bring Green Orange Pore Cream Skin79 Non-Chemical Sunblock Spf 50 Pa++++ Too Faced Born This Way Foundation Emma S. Ageless Day Cream Spf 15 Filorga Hydra-Filler Mat Moisturizer Gel Cream Tata Harper Boosted Contouring Serum Filorga Time-Filler Mat Perfecting Care Skin79 Cleanest Rice Cleansing Oil A'pieu Nonco Mastic Relaxing Gel Foam Tata Harper Elixir Vitae Eye Serum COLLAGEN BY WATSONS Hydro Balance Active Toner This Works Evening Detox Clay Mask Too Cool For School Rules Of Mastic Ix Enhancer Tata Harper Elixir Vitae Dr. Jart+ Porecting Solution Bubbling Charcoal Sheet Mask Dr. Jart+ Dermakeup Dis-A-Pore Beauty Balm Hanskin Bio Origin The Eye Cream Skin79 Green Tea Clay Mask