Have blackheads that are driving you nuts? Pore strips can be a great option to get rid of them, but you have to make sure you’re using the pore strips right.
Make sure to ALWAYS cleanse your skin before using any blackhead removal strips. The cleansing will decrease the oiliness of your skin and help the strips be the most effective. It’s best to use the strips after you take a warm shower. If a full bath or shower’s not an option, try to expose your skin to warm steam (But not too warm: You don’t want to burn yourself — always keep your face at least a foot-and-a-half away from hot water and never steam for more than five minutes).
Before you apply the pore strip, make sure your skin is totally wet. If your skin’s dry, the pore strip won’t stick! Next, you need to leave the blackhead removal strips on the skin for at least 20 minutes to get the optimal effect. Some other tips: Never use pore strips near your eyes — the skin near your eyes is too thin and sensitive for that. The pore strip can tear, leaving a very painful wound. Ouch. Using pore strips can be awesome, especially if you’re seeing results (Less blackheads = Always a win), but never do the pore strips more than once a week. You don’t wanna overdo it! Also, it can be super fun to make your own pore strips, but just know that they’ll be less effective and less safe than commercial pore strips you can buy at stores.
If you wanna know all the pros and cons, here they are. The pros:
They’re effective at removing blackheads, of course. There’s also no risk of damage to your skin from pinching and squeezing blackheads yourself. They’re also super simple to use and easier to store than blackhead bottles and creams.
The cons? Well, they can irritate sensitive skin, and they can absolutely hurt the delicate skin around your eye area if your not careful. Some people find them to be painful, too — everyone has a different pain tolerance, so you’re the judge on what works for you. They’re also not a completely permanent solution — the strips can remove your existing blackheads, but that doesn’t mean they’re gone forever.