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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 Ipca Acne - Oc Advance Oil Control Moisturizer Biofficina Toscana Purifying Face Serum NIOD Mastic Must No Make Up Refine Today Pore Refining Serum SKIN ALPHABET Clear 1% Mastic Facecream Tarte Sugar Rush™ Don’T Hate, Hydrate Oil-Free Moisturizer HighDroxy Porify Solution Apivita Replenishing Firming Face Oil Every Man Jack Volcanic Clay Face Scrub Oil Defense Lira Clinical Ice Balancing Lotion With Psc SU:M37 Secret Repair Toner Chanel Blue Serum Hylamide Booster;Pore Control Nu Skin ageLOC Tru Face Essence Ultra BABOR Matte Finish Resibio Serum ISDIN Si- Nails Ilia True Skin Radiant Priming Serum Indy Beauty Intense Moisturising Night Cream Too Cool For School Rules Of Mastic Mild Cleanser SU:M37 Secret Repair Emulsion Chanel Blue Serum Eye Essence Strong Hardener Nail Treatment Advanced Ilia Liquid Light Serum Highlighter Ilia Liquid Light Serum Highlighter Iwostin Purritin Active Cream Typology Exfoliating Serum 10% Glycolic Acid IOMA Mon Sérum Tatcha Water Cream Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray 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 Skin Chemists Advanced Brightening Lotion Too Faced Born This Way Setting Powder skinChemists Advanced Brightening Toner Hey Honey Propolis & Echinacea Herbal Toner Tone It Up SU:M37 Secret Repair Concentrated Cream Too Cool For School Rules Of Mastic Ix Drop Repair Serum Tata Harper Boosted Contouring Eye Balm Brillare Oil Away Face Wash Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation Too Faced Primed And Poreless Pore Blurring And Mattifying Powder