Does nose pore strips work? What are some of the best brands out there? Are there homemade alternatives that could as well be equal to the task? This article explores all this and more.
Do they work?
Nasal strips are widely marketed as a solution for clogged nose pores and the associated blackheads. With so many products out there failing to live to their promise, however, it is not hard to see why so many people are asking the question, “Do nose pore strips work?”
According to the WebMD website, they can help to make the skin look healthier and reduce the perceived size of the pores. These simple products work by forming a bond with cosmetics, dirt, and oil molecules clogging the nose pores and when peeled off, it comes out with them.
Shannon of Practical Skin Tuition, however, has a different opinion with regards to the effectiveness these strips in eliminating blackheads. She says that not all blackheads are flush with the surrounding skin and the ability to bond with the grim in the pores may be limited.
Even when nose strips are able to hold on to and pull the grim in the pores, Shannon says that liquid oils will still remain inside which means that it is just a matter of days before the blackheads creep back in again. Shannon thinks dissolving blackheads with steam and enzyme masks during a facial is the best remedy for blackheads.
All in all, they may help you get a smooth looking, clear nose that is free of blackheads albeit for a just a few days or weeks. Just follow the instructions carefully to avoid skin irritation that may come with overuse. Keep in mind also that their effectiveness will vary from one person to another.
How to use them
You may have already picked up by now that nose strips are thin Band-Aid-like products with an adhesive material on one side through which they stick to the nose.
To use it, all you have to do is to stick ton the while wet (it won’t stick if dry), leave it on for 10-15 minutes, and finally peel it away.
The strip will come out with tiny hair-like projections that constitute the dead skin cells, dirt and oil mixtures from your pores. It is kind of like waxing the nose that removes pore debris instead of hairs.
Before and after pictures
Nothing offers better insight into typical results to be expected from a treatment than good before and after pictures. As part of this research, we sought to find out some nose pore strips before and after photos and this is what we came up with:
Best brands review
For this section, we will focus on reviews of Biore Nose Strips which are arguably the best brand out there – for the purpose of pore cleansing as opposed to breathing improvement for which Breathe Right Nasal Strips would take the day.
As at the time we are writing this article, Biore Deep Cleansing Nose Strips had a rating of 3.9 out of 5 on the official Biore store on Amazon based on 448 customers review and 4.1 out of 5 on Ulta.com.
Here are some of the reviews left by real users of the product.
“I did notice a product by Biore which were strips that unclogged pores and left skin looking a lot healthier”
Here is another review from a satisfied and verified customer at Ulta,
“It really takes out the blackheads! You can SEE them!”
To take any bias out of our review, here is a review from one dissatisfied customer,
“These NEVER work for me. I’ve tried them again and again… I follow all the directions and even always attempt to use them after I’ve taken a really hot shower and my pores should be “open.” No luck, they never pull anything out.”
All said and done, Biore seems like a great bet for blackheads judging from customer feedbacks and ratings.
Purederm Nose Strips are also growing in popularity. They are touted to be a single step cleansing treatment for clogged nose pores and blackheads.
As is to be expected, the strip works by lifting dirt and oils from the pores which leave your pores clear and open and your skin looking better. They are also touted to tighten pores after continued use; this reduction in nose pores is, however, more perceived than real as Debra Jaliman, an NY based dermatologist, points out.
PureDerm Deep Cleansing and PureDerm Botanical Choice (with tea tree oil) are the two most popular products in the PureDerm line.
According to the manufacturer, Biore Nose Strips are formulated to clean nasal pores and get rid of oil, dirt and other debris in the pores and in so doing reduce the appearance of blackheads. They are also touted to help “reduce” large pores on nose.
This product is allegedly dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic but some people have reported irritation after prolonged use. It is thus critical that you follow the instructions provided on the packaging carefully, especially with regards to skin preparation and duration of use.
Homemade or DIY
Saving a few dollars is an interesting perspective in this hard economic times. With the long-term cost of using nose strips for blackhead removal likely, to sum up, to dozens if not hundreds of dollars, it may delight you to discover how to make DIY ones
Here is a nice homemade nose pore strips recipe that is reported to help reduce the appearance of blackheads and improve overall skin health:
Gelatin and milk mixture has been shown to be very effective in reducing the appearance of blackheads on the nose.
- Get a packet of unflavored gelatin and mix it with enough milk to make a paste
- Place the paste in the microwave for 10 seconds
- Apply the pastes all over your face, paying close attention to the nose
- Peel the paste after 5 minutes of drying. The paste comes out smoothly just like commercial ones.