girl uses pore strip to get rid of blackheadsThere are few questions that surprise me. What surprises me about this particular question is how often I hear it from the guys that come in for facials. I’ve even answered this question from guys while watching football.

The short answer is, no, pore strips don’t work. [Tweet this!] But if you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I don’t have a short answer for anything in skin care.

Pore strips are used by wetting a strip of fabric with a special adhesive and applying it to the nose. It then forms a bond with any blackheads. When you remove the strip, the blackheads are supposed to be pulled out of the skin and removed with the strip.

Blackheads are created by a build up of excess oil and sebum that collect in the pore. The surface oxidizes and turns dark. I’ve talked about how blackheads are formed in more depth in other posts.

So why doesn’t a pore strip work?blackhead cross section

Some people will argue with me and tell me that they see something on the other side of the pore strip after they’ve removed it, but most of that will be hair. And even if you did get a clog, there is still more debris in the pore. Mostly I think that pore strips just irritate skin and make it more sensitized. The only way to truly get pores clear is to get manual extractions in a facial. Save the money you’d spend and invest in a facial or a good, pore detoxing product.




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5 Responses

  1. I definitely have to disagree with you. I started using tretinoin a couple months back which is making me break out like crazy. And when I use pore strips, especially on my forehead, I can pull out tons of blackheads. Probably like 50 sebum plugs on a strip. I can also tell that it’s all been extracted because I can see tiny holes where the pores have cleared. So maybe you are using them incorrectly, I suggest doing it after a steamy shower to let your pores open.

    1. Thanks for your comment. Respectfully, I disagree. My post is based on my personal experience (and yes I’m using them correctly) and what I’ve observed amongst my clients. You may just be in the minority with your success. I have met other people that swear by pore strips.

    2. I also disagree. I use a strip every two or three weeks and am amazed at what it will pull out.

  2. Thanks for the tip! I had a feeling the strips weren’t working and now it is confirmed. I plan to read your other black head post next to see what I can do about this problem. xoxo

  3. I also disagree. I’ve used them and they work. This method seems to be a lot better that squeezing or poking at them because it doesn’t damage or bruise the skin.

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