Even if you’ve never used a pore strip before, chances are you’re familiar with them. They’re extremely popular with teens but have really expanded their reach with the internet’s pimple and pore extraction craze. However, do they really work? Are they even good for your skin? Our Estheticians weigh in on the subject.
Nose strips or pore strips remove top layers of dead skin cells and blackheads by using a strong adhesive. Similar to Band-Aids, nose strips will extract anything on the surface of your nose – including hair, dirt, and oil. However, these strips won’t do anything to prevent the buildup of oil and blackheads from occurring in the first place.
In terms of their effectiveness, this varies by person and how they are used. For instance, if the person doesn’t wet their nose with warm water or fails to ensure the strip sticks to all the creases of the nose, they likely won’t get great results. Additionally, for people with very small pores or dehydrated skin, pore strips are probably not for them. When used properly, the most nose strip will clear the pores temporarily.
While pore strips seem to be a harmless quick blackhead fix, they can actually be pretty bad for your skin. The strips use a strong adhesive to pull all the gunk out. Therefore, when pulling this adhesive off, your skin can be left looking flaky, red and inflamed. Pore strips can also cause spider veins and broken capillaries on areas with thinner skin around the nose. On top of all this, people love overusing pore strips. If at all, pore strips should be used only once a week. However, a lot of people think the more the better and use them all the time. This overuse strips our skin of our skins natural oils. These natural oils are essential to keep your skin healthy and balanced. Not to mention the sensitivity and irritation that comes along with the harsh frequent use of these strips.
With that all being said, pore strips aren’t the worse thing in the world. If you absolutely want to use them, make sure you are doing it properly. Of course we always recommend leaving those pesky blackheads to the professionals for safe and effective pore extraction. Coming in for a professional facial treatment regularly can keep those pores clearer longer. ZONA includes steam and extractions in every facial service!