Blackhead Removal Hacks: Dermatologists Say Yay or Nay to 5 DIY Options
The internet is having a moment with any sort of blackhead removal—hello, Dr. Pimple Popper. YouTube is flooded with videos showing people evacuating muck from there skin, from a tiny plug of goo being pulled from a pore to grotesque expulsions of pus-filled, cheese-like cysts. I get it. It’s so satisfyingly gross. Recently, this online obsession started to invade my offline life. My friends have been asking me about DIY blackhead removal hacks that they’ve seen on Pinterest, Youtube, or Instagram, asking for my “expert” opinion. The two key points to their inquiry: Is it safe and does it work?
To be honest, I didn’t know the answer. But I’m wary of most DIY experiments on the internet, especially when they’re performed on the sensitive skin of your face. So, I spoke with two different dermatologists to get their take on the most popular DIY blackhead removal hacks. Some did not pass the doctors’ standards for safety and efficacy (I’m looking at you Elmer’s glue). And those that did get the green light, I put to the test. Check out which hacks worked, which ones didn’t, and which were too questionable to even test.
Before we go any further, these are the popular online blackhead hacks that dermatologists told me are absolutely, positively a bad idea. Please don’t try these at home. (I didn’t.)
Don’t: Elmer’s glue pore strip
The blackhead hack I was most anxious about testing out was not dermatologist approved—phew. This hack has been making its rounds on the internet for quite some time. The glue is meant to act as a pore strip, drying to the area and peeling off, supposedly taking some dirt with it. But both dermatologists I spoke to advised against this one. “With glue, there are ingredients in it that may cause allergic or irritant skin reactions,” explains RealSelf contributor Sejal Shah, M.D. “It may also clog your pores causing more blackheads.” Dermatologist Manjula Jegasothy, M.D., claims that she’s seen patients develop strong contact dermatitis after giving this hack a try.
Don’t: Toothpaste, baking soda, and water mask
Though toothpaste, baking soda, and water sound like they make a harmless combo, there’s plenty that can go wrong—and not all that much likely to go right. People have been using toothpaste as a DIY acne spot treatment for years, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Baking soda is no magic potion either. “Toothpaste and baking soda can both be very damaging to the skin, causing dryness and irritation,” explains Shah. Jegasothy adds, “I have seen more patients have problems from applying toothpaste to their face than to have ever successfully treated their blackheads.” Verdict: Not worth it.
Don’t: Vaseline, plastic wrap, and manual extractions
The last blackhead hack the pros shot down is anything that involves doing extractions at home. Extractions are when a person unclogs pores by pressing and squeezing the skin to force out whatever’s in there, and they should only be done by estheticians and facialists. While extractions could potentially help clear blackheads, DIY attempts can be very harmful to the skin. An improper extraction can cause redness, irritation, and maybe even scarring. The internet might tell you that if you slather on a layer of Vaseline on your face, cover the area with plastic wrap, and put a hot towel over it, it will open the pores and soften the debris for easy extractions. Um, wrong. “It may be a great option if you are struggling with dry skin,” Shah says. “However, applying Vaseline to the skin may actually promote the development of clogged pores and acne.” Which is, of course, exactly the opposite of the point.
Now that our “don’ts” are out of the way, here’s what happened when I put a couple derm-approved DIY solutions to the test.
Courtesy of Emily Rekstis
DIY Blackhead Strips | Women’s Best Blog
Ever noticed those little black dots on your nose? Stop squeezing and try this amazing home remedy instead!
First, what are blackheads? The small, dark spots on your skin are clogged pores filled with bacteria, dead cells and oil clumped together. The difference between a blackhead and a white head is simply whether the pore is open or closed. If the pore is open, the plug of skin cells oxidizes as it is in contact with the air, which turns it black. So, in fact, blackheads are just pimples that don’t have skin over them.
If you have blackheads, you can remove them with expensive pore-clearing strips available at drugstores, or you can save your money by making your own pore strips at home with a few items from your household.
To avoid blackheads in the first place, eat a healthy diet and make sure you provide your body with vitamins and minerals. Add healthy foods like our green superfood smoothie to your nutrition plan. You can also use supplements to preserve your skin. Find many vitamins and minerals on our Women’s Best sports nutrition page.
Egg white for blackheads
Egg whites are great for temporarily tightening pores, thus reducing chances of future blackheads, and will also remove current blackheads. Egg whites are also rich in nutrients for your skin and are less drying than some other home remedies for blackheads.
DIY Nose Strips – What you need:
- Egg white
- Paper towel
- Small bowl
How to make your own egg white pore strips:
Remove any makeup and wash your face with warm water. Warm water will open your pores and will make it easier for the pore strip to attach to dirt inside the pores.
Separate the egg white from the yolk and put the egg white into a container.
Place a large piece of paper towel in the bowl. The paper should be thoroughly soaked in egg white. Alternatively, you can use a makeup brush to spread the egg white directly on your face, stick the paper on the problem area, and then apply an additional layer of egg white on top.
Apply the paper with egg white on your nose or other problem areas. You can also use one large paper towel or piece of toilet paper to cover more of your face. This makes the process quicker and easier.
Allow the paper with egg white to harden on your face. It should harden so that it sticks to your face. This might take about 10-20 minutes.
After 10-20 minutes, slowly remove the blackhead strips from your face. Start from the edge when peeling it off. Do not pull it off too quickly.
After removing the egg white pore strips, rinse your face with cold water (in order to close your pores) and apply moisturizer.
A GENIUS DIY Pore Strip Recipe to Banish Blackheads, Naturally
When we think of natural beauty experts, the name Indie Lee immediately springs to mind. With a namesake collection of chic, all-natural skincare products and a passion for all that’s green, Lee knows exactly how to tackle skin issues without resorting to harsh chemicals. When we presented her with our persistent blackhead dilemma, we weren’t surprised when she suggested DIY pore strips. She promises these three-ingredient strips will remove dead skin cells, clear away impurities, and even minimize the size and appearance of your pores. Best of all? Unlike store-bought versions, these DIY strips will work for all skin types—yes, even sensitive ones. Follow the instructions below to create these at home!
1 drop of tea tree oil
1 tsp. of xanthan gum
1 tbsp. distilled water
1. Apply a warm towel over your face to open your pores.
2. Heat distilled water over a double boiler.
3. Slowly add the xanthan gum to the water, constantly mixing with a craft stick to get a thick paste.
4. Add a drop of tea tree oil and mix well.
5. Remove the paste from the burner and allow it to cool. Make sure to test the mixture and make sure it isn’t too hot before you apply it to your face!
6. Apply the paste to areas of concern, then add a strip of tissue or depilatory tissue over the paste and let it dry.
7. Add another thick layer of the paste, followed by a second strip of tissue, and press it firmly into your skin as this layer dries.
8. Repeat this step until you have five layers.
9. Allow the strips to dry completely and harden (it will feel like papier-mâché).
10. Gently peel up from the outside, towards the center, until the entire thing is peeled off.
11. Rinse your face with tepid water, pat dry with a clean towel, and apply an alcohol-free toner, like Indie Lee’s CoQ-10 Toner ($32), over the area to close your pores.
12. Repeat no more than once a week for optimal results.
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7 Ways To Make Pore Strips More Effective
I’m a huge fan of pore strips. There are few things more satisfying on this earth, IMO, than peeling off and examining a pore strip. All of that gunk that comes out of your face? So gross, yet so exhilarating. But are there ways to make pore strips more effective than they are already? Because I’m all about pulling out everything except my actual nose. So to find out the best ways to attract even more blackheads to a pore strip, I scoured the Internet and emailed with Jessica Jeong, marketing manager at MISSHA.
According to Jeong, “Pore strips only remove blackheads at a superficial level and should really only be used as a last line of defense.” But even so, there are still a handful of ways to improve their efficacy. Of course, not every method is actually expert-approved. So if you decide to test out some of these different techniques, do so with caution.
Between using pore strips, Jeong recommends “maintaining a regimen that includes regular chemical and physical exfoliation to keep blackheads at bay.” That way, you really can get the most out of each pore-strip treatment. If you’re looking forward to seeing more sebaceous filaments and blackheads on your strip each time though, here are seven ways to help do it:
Start With A Clean Canvas
Try: Origins Zero Oil Pore Purifying Toner, $22, Sephora
So your pore strip can really adhere to blackheads instead of any surface oils, Jeong says it’s important to always start with totally clean skin. A quick way to do this is to run some balancing or purifying toner over your nose or any other area before applying a pore strip.
2. Use Steam
Try: Lush Tea Tree Toner Tab, $2, Lush
To help open your pores a bit, Jeong also recommends steaming your face prior to using a pore strip. Doing this, she says, will help your pores loosen their grip on any debris that is clogging them, making that debris easier to extract.
3. Pull Against The Grain
Try: Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, $8, Amazon
Instead of pulling your pore strip off from left to right or vice versa, it’s actually best to pull it off from bottom to top, says Jeong. She explains that “Going against gravity ensures a tighter grasp of the pore strip’s adhesive on the blackhead. ” Meaning even the direction you remove your strip can help extract more blackheads.
4. Try Baking Soda
Try: Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda (Pack of 6), $12, Amazon
While Jeong does not endorse using baking soda on your face, many pore-strip enthusiasts say it’s a total game changer. This method involves making a paste of baking soda and water and exfoliating your nose with it before applying a pore strip. However, because baking soda can be quite abrasive and is alkaline, it may not be the best for skin. If you’re unsure about using it, try a patch test on your arm first and/or talk to your dermatologist. Still curious how it works? Check out this tutorial.
5. Or A Clay Mask
Try: SheaMoisture Beauty Hack Aztec Bentonite Clay, $10, Ulta
Another way to prep your nose before using a pore strip is with a clay mask. Although this method is also not recommended by Jeong, the idea behind it is that the clay will absorb any remaining oil from your pores and start to draw out the dirt and debris clogging them. When you apply your pore strip, this should make it easier for the adhesive to really stick to all of the sebaceous filaments and blackheads still in your skin and pull them out. Again, if you’re unsure about this method, be sure to talk to your dermatologist first. And check this out if you want the full tutorial.
6. Press From Both Sides
Try: boscia Pore Purifying Black Strips, $28, Sephora
Something so simple yet surprisingly effective to try the next time you apply a pore strip is to not only press it down onto your nose, but put your thumbs in your nostrils and press up at the same time. You’ll essentially be pinching the strip on your nose, but it will help get those sebaceous filaments and blackheads to stand out from your pores a tiny bit more and stick better to the strip.
7. Try A System
Try: MISSHA Super Aqua Mini Pore 3-Step Nose Patch, $3, MISSHA
Of course, if you want a simpler method of encouraging your blackheads to GTFO, a pore system is the way to go. These two-to-four step sets will help prep your pores for removal, actually remove your sebaceous filaments and blackheads, tone your pores, and help prevent future clogging. And without you having to deal with lengthy or messy preparatory steps.
Regardless of your preference though, these methods will totally help you get even more satisfaction from your pore strips. So get ready to ogle them more than you already do.
For Blackhead Removal at Home
Before paying an arm and a leg for commercial pore strips, try this homemade gelatin pore strip recipe and blackhead tape to remove blackheads and save money.
DIY Blackhead Removal
I had an intimate relationship with Biore® Pore Strips in college. Staring at my pores in the mirror was the perfect way to avoid all the reading and studying on my to-do list, and I was convinced my pores needed some serious attention. In 1998 pore strips were a staple on my grocery list, but they are a luxury I don’t leave space in my budget for any longer.
If you’re unfamiliar, these small white strips can be applied to your face and allowed to dry. When removed, dirt and oil are pulled from your pores, cleaning and making pores less noticeable.
The downside to commercial pore strips? You will pay about $9 for 14 of these little things. (I’m not sure how I ever justified this.) The ingredients are also a negative–in addition to parabens, some of the other ingredients raise a red flag. Also, they can adhere too strongly to your face and end up feeling like they are ripping your skin off. Ouch!
Making Your Own Pore Strip
These pore strips can easily be made at home using only two ingredients. Matt and I tested these out in true DIY guinea pig fashion. Although I didn’t think we got the exact results a commercial pore strip offers, they did pull some dirt and oil from our pores. (And there were no tears because our skin remained intact, and they’re completely non-toxic.)
Gelatin Pore Strip Recipe
What you will need:
Combine milk and gelatin in small saucepan and mix together. Heat on stovetop until mixture starts to thicken a little. The mixture should be warm – not hot – before applying to face. Also, be sure to apply a hot cloth to your face (and dry face thoroughly) before applying. This ensures your pores are open allowing for maximum cleansing.
Using a cotton swab or makeup brush, spread mixture onto nose or other problem areas in a very thin layer. Allow to completely dry on your face before peeling off. It should feel very stiff when completely dry.
Note: Pore strip is not ready to remove if it feels rubbery or soft. If applied too thick, or not allowed to completely dry before removing, your homemade pore strip won’t be effective.
Blackhead Tape and Other Options
Now that I’m not a teenager I no longer obsess about clogged pores, but I still like a pore treatment now and again. No gelatin in the cupboard? Before the advent of pore strips, I figured out that a piece of Scotch® tape gives the same result. I called it “Blackhead Tape.”Who knows why I had tape on my face in the first place, but it was a great accidental discovery. (Although I’m pretty sure the adhesives in Scotch® tape are anything but “natural.”)
I have also heard of Elmer’s® Glue being used in the same way, although I have yet to try it and have not researched the ingredients.
Please post below if you have tried other natural do-it-yourself blackhead removal pore cleansers!
You should also try making these DIY Pore Strips.
Make Pore Strips More Effective with 2 Household Ingredients
If I could rewrite pore-strip commercials, the ending would go a little something like this:
Actress removes strip and makes a grossed-out face at all of the gunk it took out. She then leans into the bathroom mirror and makes a grossed-out face at all of the blackheads still left on her nose. Fade out.
Don’t get me wrong: I like pore strips, and appreciate the fact that they get rid of blackheads without any painful squeezing. And I really like that scary-yet-oddly-captivating moment when you get to look at all of the gunk the strip pulled out of your pores. I just wish they worked a little better. Strips never even come close to removing all of my blackheads and frankly, what’s the point if they leave more dirt and oil in than they take out? So imagine my intrigue when I came across this video entitled “How to: Make Pore Strips More Effective” by MAC makeup artist and YouTuber known as MakeupByMichyT.
In the video, Michy demonstrates how to make a “desincrustation (or disincrustation) solution”—which makes blackheads easier to remove by loosening up clogged pores—using only baking soda and water. I immediately ran into my kitchen to mix up a batch. An apprehensive 20 minutes later, I gingerly peeled the strip back and found that…it worked! The solution-plus-strip combo removed at least twice as many blackheads as a strip on its own. Seriously, you have to try this!
You Will Need
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 1 cup of water
- 2 flat cotton rounds or pads, like these
- 1 pore strip
1: Stir the baking soda into water and soak cotton pads in the mixture.
2: Squeeze excess liquid out of pads, and press firmly onto your nose and cheeks to form a tight seal. Leave on for 10 minutes, then pull off.
3: Re-wet your nose with the baking soda–water mixture and apply the pore strip. Wait per the directions.
4: Remove, and kiss TONS of blackheads goodbye.
Tip: Resist the temptation to add more baking soda to the mixture. This makes the solutions less effective, since the baking soda build-up keeps the strip from adhering to skin.
How pore strips work and the 10 best pore strips of 2021
While perusing the skin care sections of stores like Sephora, Walmart and Ulta Beauty, you’ve probably stumbled upon pore strips marketed as a remedy for pesky blackheads and gaping pores. They’re sold by brands such as Biore, COSRX and Peace Out, and come in shapes that specifically fit the nose, chin and forehead. According to board-certified dermatologist Hadley King, MD, pore strips can temporarily remove the top layers of dead skin cells and blackheads by using an adhesive. However, King noted that pore strips won’t prevent the buildup of either over time.
So, are pore strips worth it? We talked to medical experts about the benefits of pore strips and whether or not they actually work.
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What are pore strips and how do they work?
Board-certified dermatologist Harold Lancer, MD, said pore strips aim to remove debris that accumulate within pores, which includes dead skin cells, oil, wax, mixed yeast and bacteria. According to King, some of these clogged pores become blackheads, or appear black when the dead skin cells and oil stuck inside are exposed to air.
Pore strips are often made from a woven material that’s coated with an adhesive, allowing the strip to stick to wet skin. After it’s applied to the face, the pore strip dries within 10 to 15 minutes, after which you pull it off, consequently removing anything that sticks to the strip.
Despite the ability to remove some debris, Lancer called pore strips “a very brief oasis for the acne-prone person.”They may reduce acne development for about one day, but they should be used as a part of a larger skin care program. King also noted blackheads are normal and will continue to occur.
How to buy pore strips
Lancer said pore strip use for individual consumers involves trial and error — what works for one person might not work for another. Depending on the type of skin you have, pore strips will vary in their effectiveness. Lancer recommended using pore strips sparingly in a skincare regime. Instead, he suggested using a mechanical exfoliant — like a face scrub or mask — to rid the skin of dead cells.
Pore strips can also have additives like fragrances or colorants, according to King. She suggested reading the ingredients on the box before purchasing a product, and said to be cautious about anything in question, especially if you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin. King recommended applying moisturizer to the skin after using a pore strip, which can help combat dryness.
10 best pore strips
1. Biore Original Deep Cleansing Pore Strips
King called Biore’s pore strips “classic” and noted that if used routinely, they may reduce the overall appearance of pores. Instead of adhesive, Biore’s strips rely on water-activated cationic bonds, a so-called “magnet” for blackheads, according to the brand. The strips are available for the nose, face and chin. Biore also sells strips infused with Blue Agave and Witch Hazel.
2. Livaclean Pore Strips
King said that charcoal is porous and may help to absorb excess oil (though she noted any beneficial effects of the ingredient are marginal). Both she and Lancer previously recommended the Boscia Pore Purifying Charcoal strips, but they are currently sold out. One top rated alternative is Livaclean’s charcoal pore strips, which received a 4.1-star average rating from nearly 300 reviews on Amazon. Although they cost approximately $16, you receive 60 pore strips per pack.
3. Jolvka Blackhead Remover Pore Strips
Jolvka’s pore strips are marketed toward men and can be used on the nose, forehead and chin. They contain salicylic acid, an additive that King said penetrates into pores to remove sebum. Salicylic acid helps prevent pores from becoming congested and can help remove clogs that have already formed, making these pore strips great for those with acne-prone skin.
4. innisfree Pore Clearing Detoxifying Nose Peel Off Strips
Although reviews for these peel-off strips are limited — they have a 4.3-star average rating from four reviews — innisfree is a popular skin care brand and the brand claims its strips are dermatologist-tested. They utilize volcanic clusters from the Jeju Island off the coast of South Korea to help extract dirt and grime trapped inside the pores. Each pack comes with six pore strips designed for the nose.
5. Yes To Tomatoes 2-Step Nose Kit
This 2-in-1 nose kit from Yes To utilizes a charcoal cleanser that is infused with a combination of salicylic acid and tomates to help reduce blackheads. The single-use nose mask comes in a small package, which is useful if you need a quick skin fix on the go. Lancer said single-use face masks and pore strips like this one may be valuable to individuals with limited access to their usual skin care regimens, like frequent travelers. After using a cotton swab to spread the mixture onto the nose, place the accompanying pore strip on top and let it sit for approximately 10 minutes.
6. HydroPeptide Bambusa Blackhead Banisher Pore Perfecting Nose Mask
Designed for the nose, this pore strip is infused with charcoal, antibacterial volcanic ash and antioxidant-rich bamboo extract, additives that work to reduce the size of pores. It also contains aloe, sacred lotus flower and allantoin, a chemical compound known for hydrating and protecting skin from irritation. These ingredients soothe skin and reduce redness that may occur during treatment.
7. TonyMoly Strawberry Nose Pack
To thoroughly treat blackheads, this product contains three strips that together leave pores clean and smooth. The first strip dissolves sebum to open up pores, prepping skin for the second strip, which removes blackheads and dead skin. The third pore strip cleans and soothes skin while tightening pores, utilizing ingredients like sage, peppermint oil and tea tree oil.
8. Peace Out Pore Treatment Strips
Peace Out’s pore strips lift dirt, excess sebum, oily wax and dead skin cells up from within pores. They are infused with vitamin A, which minimizes and refines the appearance of pores after they’re cleaned. Peace Out packs include four pore strips that specifically target blackheads and four that contain DMAE, a compound that works to diminish the look of enlarged pores. The brand also offers Peace Out Acne Serum, an acne product that contains salicylic acid and helps treat blemishes.
9. Starface Life Off Pore Strips
Each bright yellow Starface pore strip is infused with aloe vera extract, which helps calm any potential inflammation caused by removing the pore strip from the face. Starface claims this product is gentle enough for those with sensitive skin to utilize in their skin care routines. The pore strips are also Leaping Bunny certified and free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, fragrances and dyes, according to the brand.
10. Pacifica Cosmic Vanish pore strips
These pore strips are made with non-comedogenic hemp seed oil, meaning it does not cause acne. It also features tea tree oil, which offers both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits to the skin, and witch hazel extract, which can help calm redness and regulate oil production.
How to use pore strips
Pore strips work best for people with non-sensitive skin that is oily and prone to blackheads.
- King does not recommend using pore strips if your skin is sensitive, or if you have conditions such as rosacea, eczema or seborrhea, each of which could react negatively to both the common types of adhesive in pore strips and to the friction entailed in using them.
- King does not suggest using pore strips more than once a week because the adhesive can cause irritation to skin.
- King said to follow instructions on the box carefully, and to make sure you don’t leave the strips on for too long — if the strip has completely dried out by the time you peel it off, it’s more likely to traumatize or tear skin.
Lancer added that pore strips cause the normal skin cell barrier shield to be removed, which can lead to unwanted inflammation for those with sensitive skin.
3 skincare alternatives to pore strips
If you’re looking for an alternative to pore strips or products to help enhance their efficacy, consider these three drugstore recommendations.
St. Ives Blackhead Clearing Face Scrub
For those who struggle with blackheads and whiteheads, King suggested using a product with salicylic acid — like this face scrub, which also contains charcoal to help draw oil out of skin.
Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Face Pads
Wipe your face with these pads after working out to avoid the buildup of dirt and oil in pores. The pads contain salicylic acid to combat acne, and King said they are a great product to use on the go or while traveling.
King said retinoids are an important component of any skin care regime. Retinoids increase the turnover of skin cells and reduce their “stickiness,” making them less likely to clump together and clog pores. This adapalene gel is available over the counter.
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Homemade Pore Cleaning Strips | Customer Reviews
I bring to your attention a simple and very cheap method for removing sebum, dirt and other pores from pores.
Attention! in the post there are photos of the result of cleaning (so as not to be unfounded) so I ask the faint of heart not to look
1. Starring milk and gelatin. Both that and another will take quite a bit. I have regular 2% milk, I haven’t tried skim milk, but I think it will work too.Gelatin – necessarily tasteless, in no case strawberry or orange, otherwise the nose will turn red.
2. Mix milk and gelatin in a 1 to 1 ratio. Half a teaspoon is enough for the nose and chin.
3. Pour into a microwave-safe mug, pour in the same amount of milk as gelatin.
4. Stir, the result should be such lumps, not liquid.
5. Put in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. It turns out this is such a liquid, liquid, with bubbles, similar to pancake dough.
6. Take an unnecessary brush, I have it for concealer, apply to the desired places. I have a nose and a chin 🙂 It is better to apply a thicker layer and wait a little longer, because this way it will harden like one mass, and then it will be easier to tear off with one sheet.
We are waiting for it to dry, about 10 minutes. We tear it off. Here’s what happened. It’s disgusting, of course, to wear this in the pores, but it’s good that you can remove it)
Then, as you like, you can apply a mask or serum to consolidate the effect.I like to use a cleansing mask from Nyuks after such a cleaning, it seems to me that it cleans up perfectly.
So, the method was tested by me, it works no worse than the purchased strips, but its cost is cheap.
I hope it will be useful to someone, if you have any questions, I will be happy to answer.
Update: I am writing for those who are too lazy to read all comments:
1. there is an opinion that both strips and this method and in general any mechanical effect on sensitive skin can provoke rosacea! I did this several times only on the nose and on the chin (not very large areas, and the skin is thick there), there were no side effects yet.So whoever has light, thin and sensitive skin – be careful, experiment wisely!
2.If there is no microwave oven, you can simply heat the milk in a saucepan and mix with gelatin in the required proportion
3. with water, they also say it turns out, but miloko will be softer for the skin, probably.
How to use the cleansing strips correctly and how effective they are | Beautician
Nasal Cleansing Strips
Nasal Cleansing Strips
At one time, I often used strips to cleanse the pores on my nose.It seemed to me that this is an effective way to cleanse.
Yes, the strips really cleanse the pores. This happens due to mechanical action.
It doesn’t matter which strips you choose. They all work according to the same principle. The end result depends only on the strength of the stickiness of the strip and on the correct application.
How to use the nasal cleansing strips
Every pack of cleansing strips has a short instruction manual, but there are some nuances that will help increase the effectiveness of the procedure.
First you need to wash. Most of the manipulations with the skin of the face should be done after cleansing. In this case, washing is necessary in order not to drive dirt from the skin into the pores using adhesive tape.
If there are a lot of blackheads, it is advisable to steam the skin by washing with warm water or holding a towel soaked in very warm water on the area of the wings of the nose.
I will say right away that the cleaning strips only help to deal with blackheads.For example, “white” dots accumulate in the hollow of my chin – these are also clogged pores, they are just white. I bought special cleansing strips that are suitable for the chin area and there was no result at all.
Moisten the wings of the nose and the nasal septum with water. In the instructions, I have never met what temperature the water should be, but I always moistened it warm.
Nasal Cleansing Strip Adhesive Side
Nasal Cleansing Strip Adhesive Side
Stick the strip to the nose with the adhesive side.It is important that it fits snugly against the skin and that there are no blisters.
It is most convenient to attach the middle of the strip to the bridge of the nose, and then stick it on the wings of the nose.
All strips act through mechanical action. Essentially, they pull the blackheads out of the pores.
Typically, the nose strip should be kept on for 10-15 minutes. During this time, it dries out, becomes more solid.
The withdrawal process is not the most pleasant moment. We all have tiny hairs on our nose that are invisible to the eye. So the strip, when removed, pulls out all these hairs. Many, seeing them on the strip, take them for torn black dots.
Remove the strip from the edges to the center without sudden movements. Torn black dots and many small hairs will be visible on the sticky side.
Tissue Side Nasal Cleansing Strip
Tissue Side Nasal Cleansing Strip
The pores need time to close.You should not immediately apply cream or other care to the wings of the nose, as this will re-clog the pores. But rubbing your face with a soothing tonic is a good option.
How effective is it to get rid of blackheads with strips
It makes sense to use strips regularly if there are a lot of blackheads on the nose. Then the mechanical method using strips will significantly reduce their number.
The main disadvantage of the strips is that when removing the strip we also remove a tiny layer of skin cells. That is, the method is minimal, but traumatic for the skin.
I used to use strips about once a week. Now I have found ways to get rid of blackheads that are more humane for my sensitive skin, and I will talk about them in one of the following articles.
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Do blackhead patches work?
Even if you have never used blackhead patches, it is likely that you have heard of them. The cleansing strips are as pleasant to use as a sheet of face masks or acne patches.If you add to this their supposed ability to remove dirt, then you understand their popularity.
Sejal Shah, a New York-based dermatologist and founder of Smarter Skin Dermatology, compares blackhead strips to strong adhesive plasters – those that, when ripped off, take with them all the dirt that has settled in the pores. To get a clearer idea of how this product actually works, here are four trusted experts.
What the cleansing strips are made of
Despite the number of different patch options, they are all made from the same basic ingredients. “The strip itself is made from an ‘insoluble woven substrate’ that’s the same paper-like material,” says Ginger King, a cosmetic chemist based in New Jersey. On the back is a layer of polymer that adheres to the oil plugs that plug the pores, and a non-sticky resin to help the patch stick to the nose.
While this industry is not often subject to change, there have been some interesting additions recently. For example, volcanic ash patches to cleanse supposedly more pores (like The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Volcanic Ash Nose Strip).Many patches are sold with other products (for example, Mizon Let Me Out ByeBye Blackhead 3-Step Kit), and others use dyes and fragrances, so if you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin, read the composition carefully when purchasing.
How the blackhead patch works
“The cleansing strips remove the top layers of dead cells and blackheads with a very strong adhesive,” says Sigel Shah, and then notes that this is exactly how they are similar to adhesive plasters, which we can remove. grab your hair and skin.The patches will rip everything off the surface of the skin – including hair, dirt and oil – but Shah says they won’t protect pores from re-contamination.
Adam Friedman, associate professor of dermatology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, supports Shah’s position. “They won’t stop the blackheads from reappearing and won’t shrink the pores,” he explains. – “Just a temporary cosmetic.”
Are the lines stretching out really black dots?
You bought the packaging in the store and after using it you enjoy the view of miniature stalagmites and stalactites lined up on an adhesive surface.But don’t get too attached to them, because they may not be what you think they are.
According to Ginger King, the little dots you are trying to get rid of are actually called keratonic plugs correctly. They are made up of dead cells, dirt, hair, and oil. Blackheads or comedones, which are oxidized sebum that clog your pores, are just one type of keratonic plugs that go deep into your skin.
Cleansing patches work only at a superficial level. They will remove the top layer of dirt and oil, but they will not completely remove the hardened plugs from the oxidized sebum – that is, they will not completely remove the blackheads you made a purchase to get rid of.
So, unfortunately, you cannot get rid of blackheads this way
However, you can make the skin smoother, because dirt and oil are drawn from the upper layers of the skin (but no effect on the cause of their occurrence).To prevent comedones, you need to do a deep exfoliation or sign up for a cleansing session at a professional salon. Often in such salons they use special tools for cleaning pores – cosmetic loops. They do not injure the skin, do not leave scars and are very comfortable, therefore, if desired, they can also be used completely safely at home. (It’s Skin Acne Extruder is here to help you).
Many reviews say that patches help to shrink pores, but in fact, patches do not actually reduce pore size with patches. All you can do is not stretch them even further if you regularly cleanse your face of dirt and dead cells with scrubs (for example, with the Secret Key Lemon Sparkling Peeling Gel).
If you still feel great satisfaction when looking at the piles of dirt pulled out of the pores, continue to use the plasters – they do no harm. (We recommend Ciracle Blackhead Off Cotton Mask).
How to use the nasal strips correctly
As we found out, the patches do not help by themselves, but what if you include them in the cleansing process as one of the steps? Then getting rid of blackheads becomes possible, but leaving should be regular, and you should not expect an instant result.New York-based dermatologist Shari Marchbein emphasizes that the strips should be used once or twice a week, as the pores quickly become clogged.
The instructions on the packaging of the patches are usually extremely simple, especially if provided with illustrations, but there are many nuances that affect the effect of your care.
Step-by-step instructions for cleansing your pores are as follows:
- Wash with warm water and use a facial cleanser.At this stage, it is important to steam your face to open up the pores. Tony Moly Egg Pore Blackhead Steam Balm can help with this.
- Moisten the skin with water or a damp towel. It will also open up your pores and make it easier to remove accumulated dirt. The nose must be wet for the adhesive to work when it interacts with water.
- Carefully peel the strip off the plastic layer. You need to stick it on the nose with the side that was in contact with the plastic.
- Make sure your nose is still wet and stick the product to your skin.The arrow-shaped, rounded end should point downward and cover the tip of the nose.
- Use your fingers to spread the edges over the skin. If there is enough moisture on the skin, the patch will stick to it. When air bubbles appear, simply press on them and hold until they disappear. The material should adhere to the skin as tightly as possible. If it doesn’t adhere enough to your skin, try pressing with wet fingers.
- Wait 10-15 minutes. Over time, the surface will harden just like papier-mâché.Try not to touch it or wrinkle it.
- When the time has elapsed, pick up one edge and gently pull upward away from the nose. Do not try to pull it off quickly, otherwise it will hurt and you may not be able to pull out most of the dirt.
- If removing the patch is painful, then you’ve probably been waiting too long. Use a damp cotton swab to touch one end, and then try to pick up the edge and slide the stick under it. Once you succeed, set the Q-tip aside and try to peel off the strip again.
- Wash with cold water and cleanser. You’ve gotten rid of the pore-clogging dirt, but there may be a sticky substance on your skin. It is best not to use hot or warm water as this can irritate the skin. After removing any glue residue, rinse your nose again with cold water and use a pore-tightening product to keep them from getting dirty again. (We recommend It’s Skin Power 10 Formula Po Effector serum)
Blackhead patches for other areas of the face
It is not only the nose that can be cleared of comedones, but the chin is also a problem area.Adhesives for this area are presented in much smaller quantities than for the nasal area, but they are also on the market. (For example Etude House Black Charcoal Chin Pack).
If you want to perform the procedure for the whole face at once, the Secret Key Black Out Pore Peel-Off Pack or Elizavecca Hell-Pore Clean Up Mask will help you. Before using such masks, as in the case of nasal patches, you must first steam and cleanse your face, and after removing the mask, use a pore-narrowing agent.
Plasters are surface temporary cleansing of pores from accumulated dirt. For a longer lasting effect, it is better to include additional products in the process of dealing with blackheads that will prepare the skin before using the strips, and then tighten the pores after removing impurities. You can search for such funds separately from each other, or you can use ready-made kits, such as Tony Moly Homeless Strawberry Seeds 3-step Nose Pack. And naturally, do not forget to cleanse your face every day and regularly exfoliate dead cells so that the skin of the nose remains clean for as long as possible.
Blackhead stripes: a waste of money or an effective remedy? We asked experts
Even those who have never used a nasal cleansing strip are likely familiar with them. Many people remember Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries, who tried to get rid of blackheads with this tool.We asked the experts if strips for comedones, clogged pores and excess sebum help.
Understanding how the pores are arranged and functioning
Pores are the physiological channels of the skin. Absolutely all people have them and are noticeable to a greater or lesser extent. Photos in magazines and selfies on Instagram, passed through filters, inspired many of us with the idea that pores are ugly and on “perfect skin” they are not. But this is not the case. It is normal to have noticeable pores, – says Elena Pasternak, head of the medical department of the official representative office of the Sesderma brand in Russia, a dermatologist and cosmetologist.
The ducts of the sebaceous and sweat glands also enter the pores. The walls of the pores are lined with cells of the epidermis – keratinocytes, which are constantly renewed. Also in the pores is sebum, which is secreted by the sebaceous glands. For some, this process is more intense, for others it is slower. It all depends on the amount of sex hormones – they regulate the secretion of sebum.
During the life of the skin – its renewal and the work of the sebaceous glands – dead cells accumulate in the pores, which impede the flow of sebum onto the surface of the skin.These cells can mix with sebum and impurities from outside and clog the follicle.
As explained by dermatologists, blackheads form when the opening of a hair follicle becomes clogged or clogged with dead skin cells and oil. They are oxidized by the air and become dark, hence the name “black dots”. The task of the cleansing strip is just to “hook” these dead cells, dirt and eels tops.
How pore strips should (in theory) work
The patch-like strips, when used correctly, remove the head of comedones.The composition may contain anti-inflammatory components, soothing components that soften the stratum corneum. They can be used as needed, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, – explains the leading cosmetologist of Mixit “Laboratory of Modern Cosmetics” Irina Galko.
The expert advises to pay attention to the individual characteristics of the skin – in case of its increased sensitivity, the frequency of use should be reduced. And in general, owners of thin, sensitive, irritated or damaged skin with rosacea and a decrease in turgor should refuse stripes.
According to experts, one of the main ingredients to look out for is Polyquaternium-37. It is a substance used in hair sprays that, when applied to the skin, causes pores to dilate, making the situation worse. Alcohol also belongs to the same components.
According to Adam Friedman, professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Public Health, the stripes will not prevent new blackheads from developing.
They only have a temporary effect.This solution is ineffective in the long run, especially if you use the strips once a week, , he notes.
The strips work as a mechanical removal of blackheads, but they do not have a sebum-regulating and anti-inflammatory effect. If it is removed incorrectly, the duct of the sebaceous gland is sometimes injured, which can cause the appearance of inflammatory elements, – says Elena Pasternak.
Maria Fadeeva, founder of the Face Fit network of face lifting studios, co-author of the online marathon “Make a Face” Maketheface, agrees with her. ru.
Strips help for an immediate effect, but usually do not solve the problem at all. It is also important to consider that after the procedure, the cleaned pores are even more open to new bacteria. It is important to immediately narrow them down – wash with micellar or cold water. After that, you can use the cream,
– the expert advises.
But do they really remove blackheads?
It all depends on how you use them. If you apply them without first wetting the skin of the nose with warm water, or if the strip adheres unevenly to the area of the nose, then you will probably not be able to achieve good results.You also need to leave them for 10-15 minutes so that the glue can “pull” all the dirt from the pores.
The skin must be cleaned beforehand and the stratum corneum is softened so that the removal of the epithelial cells of the follicle is more effective. Softened with acids such as AHA and BHA, proteolytic enzymes (enzymes), hydrogenating gels. These products will help prepare the skin for the application of the Pore Cleansing Strips, – says Irina Galko.
From time to time, the strips still do their job, but the pores become dirty again.Major problems such as enlarged pores and increased sweat gland activity are not addressed with strips.
Bottom Line: When used correctly, the strips can temporarily clear pores and make them less visible.
Which is better to use for cleansing pores
Dermatologists agree on this issue. The main thing is regular skin care.
– Daily cleansing, make-up removal and deep cleansing of the skin to eliminate hyperkeratosis and comedones.
– Use of scrubs, gommages or chemical peels for home use, which are selected depending on the type of skin.
– Visit to a beautician for chemical peels and atraumatic face cleansing.
– Correctly selected cosmetics, namely the form of the cosmetic product. So, with seborrheic skin, it is better to choose products with a light structure (gels or emulsions).
– Balanced proper nutrition.
What should be in the composition?
Do not forget about the use of products with sebum-regulating and keratolytic action: clay, AHA-acids, charcoal, algae and plant extracts (horsetail, burdock, nettle), components containing linoleic acid are also useful.
Exfoliation is an important step in the care. Thanks to it, the surface of the skin is leveled, its texture improves, the ducts of the sebaceous glands are freed from accumulated sebum and corneocytes, and the outflow of sebum is restored. For this, cosmetics containing proteolytic enzymes (enzymes) are used, – says the Mixit expert.
AHA acids can help too. They not only cleanse the epidermis from dead cells, but also normalize skin regeneration.And salicylic acid is an excellent assistant in the fight against blackheads, as it is fat-soluble. It penetrates deep into the pores, dissolving sebum and dead cells, that is, from which comedones are formed. Some dermatologists also recommend using retinol products.
Maria Fadeeva also recommends products with honey or gray massage.
This service is very popular in our studios, because in addition to the maximum lifting effect, it helps to cleanse the pores.Honey fully acts as a scrub, and due to the effect of sticking and detaching fingers from the skin of the face, it creates a vacuum for the pores that pulls out the sebaceous plugs. As a result, honey opens the pores and provides them with deep cleansing, as well as nourishing the dermis. After the procedure, blood circulation is also increased, metabolism is accelerated,
– Recommended by an expert.
Do you use any nasal cleansing strips?
90,000 Face cream at home – “Home strips from blackheads (photo)”
I read reviews about the “propeller” strips, so I wanted to buy – although I used to take it, but from another manufacturer, and the effect did not quite live up to expectations. … and quite by accident I found how to make similar strips at home from improvised means))))
As the saying goes, everything ingenious is simple – you just need a teaspoon of ordinary gelatin and about the same amount of milk to dilute everything to the state of thick glue. All this porridge in the microwave for 10 seconds. or just gently warm it up on an ordinary stove – literally before our eyes, the gelatin melts and turns into such a sticky-honey mass. It is immediately hot, you have to wait a couple of seconds to cool down a little.As in all cases of fighting blackheads, it is better to steam the face in advance. You can apply with a brush, and I smear (on the nose and bridge of the nose – I still have problems there) with an ordinary coffee spoon. 10-20 minutes – depending on what “density” you have a layer of this solution on the face, all this is neatly peeled off like ordinary film masks. Not all points have moved away from me, but more than half are accurate.
The only negative – the smell is just disgusting , you can of course drop a drop of essential oil (and on top of the mass on the nose, stick a strip of a regular cloth napkin – to further facilitate the peeling process and make the strips look like store strips), but the savings are tangible. Purely by myself, I judge – if the skin easily “gives” clogged pores to store strips, then such gelatinous strips will also cope, and if, of course, your black dots are not exterminated by any means, then gelatin will not pull them out (the case of my husband, who, apart from squeezing out, nothing Well, after all, it is advisable to treat the uncorked holes with something antiseptic and a cream, so as not to dry the skin.
From experience: Essential oil is still not necessary – the skin will be steamed, the pores are open, and even a small drop of essential oil will be absorbed very quickly and can cause burns, etc.Because it is very concentrated. I am sitting right now with a red nose (it burned a little – but the smell of orange was divine …) …
Should I use the nasal cleansing strips – Wonderzine
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A few years ago, Instagram captured strips for cleansing pores of various shapes, colors and even odors. Users of social networks chose their own, glued it on their nose and demonstrated how they easily and cheaply get rid of “blackheads” and excess sebum. By the way, if you ask the question why we clean the skin on the nose, it turns out that open comedones or blackheads are not external “clogged dirt”, as many think, but the result of clogging of the pores with sebum and dead cells.Due to the contact of such a sebaceous plug with air, its contents are oxidized, and a noticeable black dot appears on the skin. The color of the point is given by the same substance that is responsible for tanning – melanin. We decided to find out if a cosmetic product works for cleansing pores and why it is so important for us to cleanse ourselves in general.
cosmetic chemist, co-founder of the brand InnSkin
Pore strips work like a patch: they stick to the surface of the skin and capture the contents. I was developing such a product for another brand. The main condition: the strip must be sticky to “hook” dead cells, dirt and the tops of blackheads. Therefore, we took as a basis polyquaternium-37, a polymer that, when mixed with water, forms a sticky substance. The composition, of course, includes components that work with pores – salicylic acid, coal, tea tree, but with such a low concentration and external action, they have no particular effect.
The strips work superficially, despite the visual effect of sebum “stalactites” on the stripped off strip.They rip off the “head” of the eel, and the tail remains in the depths of the pores. If you have thin, sensitive, irritated or damaged skin, it is better to refuse strips. The same applies to skin with rosacea. If you want to clean your pores or get rid of open comedones, choose a gentle, non-traumatic exfoliation.
Dermatologist “Open Clinic”
Pore Cleansing Strips can damage the protective lipid barrier that prevents moisture from evaporating from the skin’s surface. It is no coincidence that after you tear off the strip, the area of the skin underneath it turns red. And I would not call such cosmetics effective, after all, they only remove dirt and dead cells from the surface of the skin, and, for example, cannot cope with comedones.
I would classify the strips as aggressive products – they create a sebum deficiency and deprive the skin of its natural protection. And the sebaceous glands soften the top layer of the skin. I recommend developing a comprehensive strategy for cleansing and exfoliating your skin.Use peels with glycolic or salicylic acid. Another working ingredient is white clay, which absorbs excess sebum and removes impurities.
If each of us has pores and fat in them, why are we ready to rip off layers of skin, just to clean out imaginary dirt from them? The market for “cleansing” services is largely focused on people prone to neuroticism. It is enough to intimidate customers with slags, toxins, bad karma or clogged pores, and they immediately run for goods and services that ensure cleanliness. Cleansing is generally some kind of magic word, with its help brands successfully sell many useless and sometimes unsafe things.
The sources of all neuroticism are fear and guilt. Sometimes it is connected with the body (I am fat, ugly), with the appearance (I am imperfect, spoiled) or with spirituality (I am sinful, vicious). And then the person compulsively clears or cleans something from something (the need to constantly clean up the house, for example), but does not find peace and after a while again feels imperfect.
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How to use the cleansing strips for your nose correctly.
How to use the nasal cleansing strips correctly.
If you are not familiar with nasal cleansing strips, then you probably belong to the happy group of people whose skin is not prone to blackheads. But, for the most part, we all came across cleansing strips for the nose, but few people know how to get the maximum cleansing effect.
Before proceeding to the first step, you must pour water into a container and bring to a boil.
The basal rule is cleansing. It is necessary to wash using face cosmetics, various foams, mousses, gels. This will remove oil and accumulated dirt from your skin. It will also help your pores to open up.
After thorough cleaning, we use hot, only boiled water.No, we will not splash it on our face. We only need steam. We take a container with water, bend over to the steam, and wait 3 – 5 minutes for all the pores to open. The main thing is not to lean too close, as the steam can burn.
Take strips for cleansing the nose (or for another area). Moisten the skin with warm water, then apply and smooth the strip. Make sure the cleansing strips fit snugly against the nose and do not bump or bump. So, you should also make sure that the strip is well moistened with water.