You’ve seen the videos. And you have a weird fascination with seeing what ends up on that strip after it’s been on your nose for fifteen minutes.
Blackhead removal strips for your nose has been around for a while but only recently exploded onto the main stream media stream. I counted the other day, I saw the same damn blackhead strip removal ad on my Instagram timeline nine times IN ONE DAY. And yes, I am on Instagram a lot, we all have our vices.
As with most things that suddenly becomes immensely popular, there will be varying opinions ranging from absolute endorsement to total hatred. As with blackhead removal strips, skincare experts have argued that the pore strips are ultimately ineffective and bad for your skin.
Curious to know how much of this pore strip shade was based on truth, I did some research. Here’s what I found:
How do these babies work?
Pore strips contain ingredients that, when mixed with water, create a dense glue-like adhesive. The pore strip hardens as it dries, and the adhesive attaches to the top layer of dead skin cells, dirt, hair, oil and blackheads. All of the above is the gunk you find on the used strip. But despite what it looks like on that strip, very little deep cleansing happens, which is why you feel you need to use the strips regularly. (Refinery29)
If you are using high quality strips, it can remove the superficial part of the blackhead, but it still also removes hair, skin cells and possibly the top layer of the surface of your skin as mentioned, which, really, isn’t ideal as your skin serves as a layer of protection from dirt, parasites and bacteria.
Okay Carina, but do the strips actually cause damage?
Touch the area the nose strip was placed. Feels less congested, smooth and soft, right? The reason your skin feels soft is because the top layer of cells and hair was stripped away. These strips have the potential to tear your skin, aggravate conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis and seborrhea, and cause break outs. As mentioned, very little to no deep cleansing usually happens. Allergic reactions are also par for the course.
These strips can cause serious damage to your skin if you have sensitive, thin, acne prone or a pre-existing skin condition. They don’t cleanse deeply and can break capillaries. If you suffer from blackheads, rather let an expert remove it during a facial or steam your skin to soften your dermis and then remove it. Sticking strips on and ripping off a protective layer of skin is not the way to go for flawless skin.
But I like using them!
Ultimately, you are an adult. Decide for yourself if you want to use blackhead strips or not. After doing my research, I will be giving it a skip. My almost 27-year-old skin ain’t risking it. 😉
Disclaimer: This post is not intended to discredit anyone’s opinion. If pore strips work for you, then by all means keep using it.