Pore Strips are nifty little paper patches you apply to your skin anywhere that blackheads are a problem. The adhesives on the strip stick to the blackheads and remove them from the pores when the strip is removed. There are multiple commercial brands to choose from but recipes are out there on how to make your own pore strips. But are homemade pore strips effective – do they really work?
- Better for you – made from two natural ingredients and nothing else. No worries necessary about what are in the commercial adhesives.
- Better for the earth – homemade means very little packaging waste, and a small carbon footprint.
- Saves money – you can make your own pore strip solution for pennies, versus an average around $0.50 per store bought strip
- Easy – super easy to mix up and apply
- Applies to pores better – the homemade goop can easily be spread into any crease where you have blackheads, while the commercial strips come in very limiting shapes and sizes
- Takes a looooong time to completely dry
- Removes all the fine little hairs from your face, along with the top layer of skin, which hurts. Sometimes a lot.
- Didn’t do a great job of removing the blackheads.
Here I am, almost 32 years old, and the blackheads have shown no sign of surrender. Grr. I keep hoping I’ll grow out of them. Perhaps by the time menopause rolls around? Until then, it’s constant battle to try keeping my pores clear, and preventing them from turning into bigger pimples.
I’ve used pore strips in the past, and while they seem somewhat effective, they are super expensive. And they never worked that great for me anyway. Getting the little pasty strip to lay just right on your individual nose shape is always a little tricky. And there always seem to be some blackheads left, which makes me feel like the money was somewhat wasted.
I was excited when I came across a recipe for homemade, all natural pore strips. Well, it’s not really for pore strips like you buy in the box. It’s more of a goopy gel you mix up, spread over your skin, and peel off when dry. This dried goop is supposed to pull out the blackheads just like the store bought pore strips.
It was super easy to make. Just mix together a little milk and gelatin, then spread over your face with a cosmetic stick, or spatula, or whatever you have around. (More comprehensive instructions here). Go about your business making dinner, or watching a move, or whatever, until the goop has all dried.
I spread the pore gel all over my nose, under my chin, top of my cheeks, and up along my temples: all the usual places blackheads could be lurking for me. It took about half an hour to completely dry, which was longer than I expected. And friends, peeling that goop off was not fun! It hurt a lot. Like ripping a bandaid off your entire face. Ouch!
Upon close inspection of the strips of dried goop coming off my face, I did indeed see some blackheads. I also saw lots of little fine hairs (I guess I should have done my upper lip while I was at it!). There were still a fair amount of blackheads in my skin. And my face turned red and tender wherever the strips had been, making me think I also lost a layer of skin with the blackheads.
Overall, the homemade pore strips worked about as well as the store bought for removing blackheads. But the strips were very painful to remove, and took a layer of skin with them, making my face red and angry for the next day. I don’t think I’ll use pore strips of any kind again, as I find manual extraction to be the easiest and most effective way to remove them. Or you could just ignore them, which is my most commonly utilized strategy…
Have you ever tired the DIY strips? What else do you do to fight those blackheads?