Pore strips are commonly used to remove blackheads and dirt from the skin’s pores and improve their appearance. The adhesive in these strips helps remove dead skin cells and makes your skin smoother. You may have used pore strips for the nose, chin and forehead – common spots for blackheads. But does it work? Follow the topic to find out the answer.
How do pore strips work?
Pore strips are usually made of an adhesive that is applied to the skin, generally on the nose where the pores are larger. These strips contain ingredients, such as salicylic acid, to help remove pimples and blackheads. These strips stick to oily threads and blackheads inside the pores and pull them along with the upper layers of dead keratin cells called keratinocytes. In other words, these strips exfoliate the pores and extract the blackheads.
However, pore strips do not reduce pore size or prevent blackheads from forming. Here is a guide to use it properly.
How to use the blackhead remover pore strip
Step 1: Wash your face
Wash your skin well with a facial cleanser to clean the dirt and oil from your face.
Step Two: Steam
Steam your face for 3 minutes, or use a hot towel for 5 minutes to loosen oil and dirt from inside your pores.
Step Three: Apply the tape
Before using pore strips, read the instructions and directions. Peel off the plastic cap and place the smooth side on your nose. Press it lightly to ensure proper application. At the same time, apply the strips to your chin, forehead, and other places that are prone to blackheads. Allow the strip to dry for a few minutes until it becomes hard, wait 15-20 minutes for the strip to become dry. This ensures that the tape adheres to the skin properly and pulls out as much sticky material as possible.
Step 4: Remove the tape
Slowly and carefully begin removing the tape from the edges. Do not pull or tear it as it may damage the leather. You can wet the tape before removing it. The blackheads should be visible on the pore slice once removed.
Step 6: Wash your face
Rinse your face with water to remove any remaining sticky residue. You can apply an ice cube wrapped in a cloth to reduce redness and swelling. Then use a toner. However, the following care is equally important to ensure clear and smooth skin.
Use a serum containing salicylic acid to prevent blackheads and acne. It also prevents the pores from getting filled with more sebum or oil. You should also use sunscreen.
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Do dermatologists recommend pore strips?
No, dermatologists usually do not recommend the use of pore strips. Because it can hurt the skin, causing an allergic reaction. Also, Pore Strips do not prevent or treat any condition effectively. Instead, it’s a quick fix for removing gunk from deep within your pores.
That’s why most dermatologists recommend salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid, as it treats the current problem and prevents future blackheads. However, if you are in a hurry or looking for a quick fix, you can use pore strips.
Here are some tips to keep in mind while buying it:
Women with sensitive skin should avoid pore strips. Those with oily and acne-prone skin should look for pore strips that contain BHA to help modulate excess oil production.
Warning: Avoid pore strips if you suffer from skin conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema. Pore streaks can aggravate the condition. And never use Pore Strips on inflamed or damaged skin.
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