If you’ve ever suffered from blackheads on your t‐zone then, chances are, you’ve found yourself reaching for your trusty pore strips (sometimes called nose strips). After all, is there anything more satisfying than ripping one from your nose and seeing all the gunk that’s come straight from your pores? And they probably appeal to the part of you that wants to watch spot‐popping videos on YouTube, right? Well, despite their appeal, there are actually lots of reasons you should be thinking twice before using traditional pore strips.
What causes blackheads?
Our oil glands secrete a substance called sebum, which is an oil found on the surface of the skin. This sebum can mix with dead skin, bacteria and other debris on our skin’s surface, before getting into the pores and building up. When this build‐up is exposed to the air, it oxidises and turns black, forming a blackhead.
Do pore strips work?
The answer to this question isn’t a simple yes or no. Technically, nose strips can successfully remove at least some of the build‐up from your pores. Traditional blackhead pore strips appear to work because they’re partially made from a strong adhesive, which rips off the top layer of dead skin along with the bacteria, oil and debris that become oxidised in pores to form blackheads. However, this visible blackhead is only the surface of the problem. What traditional, sticky pore strips don’t do is reach deep down into the pores and tackle the root of the problem, which means your blackheads are likely to keep coming back over and over again.
Are pore strips bad for your skin?
The adhesive in traditional pore strips can irritate your skin, or even damage it. This is particularly likely if your skin is sensitive or thin. Overly‐aggressive removal can tear your skin and even remove hair. This can leave your skin looking irritated and red. Pore strips have also been linked to causing broken capillaries and spider veins, which can be permanent.
Do pore strips make pores bigger?
Contrary to popular belief, pores don’t open and close in reaction to what you put on your face. However, using a sticky nose strip can leave pores appearing larger, as the top of the blackhead is ripped away leaving the pore exposed. This can leave your pores sensitive and vulnerable to infection.
The best way to remove blackheads
Using deep cleansing products in your skincare routine can help in the battle of the blackheads. Look out for salicylic acid, which effectively treats oily skin and has excellent pore‐clearing abilities. The complete Neutrogena® Blackhead Eliminating range contains salicylic acid and helps to prevent blackheads by acting on clogged pores and reducing excess oil.
An alternative to pore strips
If you are looking to help fight blackheads like never before, try the new Neutrogena® Blackhead Eliminating Strip to Scrub. To use this one‐of‐a‐kind blackhead solution:
- After washing your face, dry your hands and remove the strip from its packaging and paper backing.
- Apply the strip to a wet nose with dry fingers, and leave on for 1‐2 minutes.
- Wet the gel strip and massage into skin to scrub the blackheads away! Rinse thoroughly.
The Neutrogena® Blackhead Eliminating Strip to Scrub instantly targets existing blackheads and can even help to prevent future blackheads. This innovative solution targets like a strip and cleans like a gentle scrub for smoother, clearer skin. Unlike traditional pore strips, Strip to Scrub doesn’t strip skin and helps to visibly reduce the appearance of pores for a refined complexion. Non-comedogenic and dermatologist tested, they are suitable for daily use.