DIY Homemade All Natural Pore Strips Review – Do They Work?

3 out of 5 leaves

3 out of 5 leaves

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?

The Good:

  • 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

The Bad:

  • 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.

My Experience

Homemade Pore Strips – perfectly shaped just for your face

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.

Milk and Gelatin are all you need to make your own 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?

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14 Responses to DIY Homemade All Natural Pore Strips Review – Do They Work?

  1. calliope says:

    Two things have helped me with the blackheads issue: BHA cream and/or The oil cleansing method. The day I combined the two was a happy happy happy day 🙂
    The cream that works the best is from Paula’s Choice line (and I’ve tried everything under the sun).
    The oil cleansing method I use 2-3x per week or whenever I have a breakout and the next day my skin is glowing and my nose is crystal clear.
    What won’t work are stripping cleansing gels that supposedly are made for blackheads and very harsh peelings. They do work, oh for about an hour or two, and then your skin is worst than ever.

  2. Adrienne says:

    Ouch! That doesn’t sound like fun. You might want to try this recipe instead — I’ve used it several times with better results and no pain. Scroll down to the “Homemade Peel-Off, Pore-Strip Mask Recipe.” Good luck!

  3. Hummm…are you sure you didn’t get it on too thick? It shouldn’t take that long to dry and the sample looks awfully thick. A thinner layer would dry sooner and might not make your skin so red as the solution wouldn’t be on for so long. And if ever a homemade peel off mask/pore cleaner is hurting when you try to pull it off. STOP and RINSE it off instead. It will have loosened the gunk and should wash away any blackheads.

  4. lol I’m the queen of good ideas…..after the fact! lol Sort of like the pithy remark that you think of 2 days after an unprovoked, rude remark that someone, minding your business for you, makes. Don’t we wish we would think of these things at the time they happen? I know I do.

  5. Lol! Victoria, you are too funny! 🙂 Loved the article, glad you were willing to try this one out, now I don’t have to! Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday! 🙂

  6. I love this post. Thanks for sharing it with Adorned From Above’s Blog Hop.

    I have read this and wanted to try it, but never seemed to have time. I use the pore strips also. In fact I just used one yesterday. I have found that I have to get my nose wet as I am doing it to get it to get the blackheads, but it still doesn’t get them all.

    Calliope’s suggestions are great. I do use the oil cleansing method several times a week and it works great, but I have never tried BHA. I may have to try that also.

    The Crunchy Betty recipes are always great, so I will try anything that she puts out.

    Thanks again for sharing with Adorned From Above
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    Joye and Myrna @ The Busy Bees

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  9. Thanks so much for sharing at Wednesday’s Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
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  11. Lisa Lynn says:

    Sounds painful. I go with the ignoring them tactic too 🙂 Congrats on being featured on Wildcrafting Wednesday!

  12. Biljana says:

    In order to effectively remove blackheads, (and not provoke inflammations AKA Pimples) you need to understand how your pores work. Think of them as a hole, this hole has Sebaceous Glands attached to it. These glands produce sebaceous oil (waxy substance we all know as a blackhead) and fill up your little holes. Once exposed to air, they oxigenate and turn black 🙂 Pore strips are useless and very bad for your skin as they strip off your natural pH balance and only the head of your blackhead, which leaves a whole lotta waxy stuff inside your pore still. Sure way to break out as now you have open pores and bacteria to enter as they please. Regular mild cleansing, toning, and moisturizing goes a long way, with a facial scrub at least once a week or a chemical peel every once in a while. You want your skin cells to rejuvenate and expel to the surface of the skin which in turn promotes healthier pores, guaranteed! If you don’t have time to see an esthetician or the money to afford facials, they should be able to steer you in an economical way of caring for your skin.

  13. Marlene James says:

    When you mentioned that sometimes the strips leave behind gunk I found that if you exfoliate WELL the day before they work better. Also I use them 1st thing out of the shower as the heat and steam seem to “open” my pores. I take off the plastic backing and lay them on the edge of the sink before I shower. As soon as I’m done I hop out wasting no time with towelling off apply a lil more hot water to my nose run my finger tips over a towel and then apply. I’m not sure I’m game enough to try to make my own strips when I have found what works. I like change but somethings I can’t bring myself to mess with. And I use Biore nose strips for BOTH my nose and chin. The nose ones “fit” better on the chin than the rectangle ones.