So I quite recently discovered a cool little trick to use with pore strips. This method will greatly improve the results, because we all know that Biore Pore Strips are expensive, and let’s face it, they aren’t always very effective at removing all of those blackheads.
Also note that this method works well with homemade pore strips as well and makes them work even better! It’s truly the BEST way use any type of pore strip.
In the video below I explain how to use this simple trick to ensure that you get every last blackhead out. It really is the ultimate pore strip secret =) check it out below…
Ultimate Pore Strip Secret – Steps to Unclogged Pores Using Biore Pore Strips
Things You Will Need
Begin by opening your pores. You can do this by steaming your face over a bowl of hot water, during a shower, or even over the sink by holding the hot water cupped in your hands over your nose a few times.
Your pores will appear larger when they have opened.
Wash your nose (or the area you plan to use the pore strip) with a cleanser that has NO moisturizing properties. You want that “squeaky clean” feeling. I DON’T recommend using this cleanser on your whole face as it will aggravate your acne, just use it on your nose.
Be sure to wash your nose for a good minute to ensure that you really get into the pores. The goal is to make the tops of the blackheads as adhesive as possible.
Apply a thick layer of bentonite clay to your nose. Make sure to really get every pore. The Biore Pore Strip needs the blackheads to be as sticky as possible, so make sure you really get the clay in there.
Allow the clay to dry for 15-20 minutes. You’ll know it’s dry when it begins to crack a little and you see little oil dots all over your nose.
Before you rinse off the bentonite clay, get your pore strip ready beside the sink. I just take it out of the pouch it’s in and lay it on top of it. If you don’t do this, you may find it difficult to open the pore strip pouch with wet hands. Not to mention your pores will rapidly close while you’re trying to get it open.
Thoroughly rinse off the bentonite clay with very warm water. Your goal is to open up your pores again so that the glue on the Biore Pore Strip can adhere to the blackheads better.
While your nose is still wet, apply the pore strip and press firmly onto the nose. You want the glue to really stick to the blackheads. This may sound weird, but you can place your thumb on the inside of your nose while pressing the pore strip firmly on the outside of that nostril. I find that this really gets the strip to stick to the blackheads in the difficult area. make sure you nose is clean before doing this 😉
Allow the pore strip to dry completely. You’ll know it’s dry when it feels very stiff like very stiff like concrete. You can check it by tapping the pore strip. If it’s dry it will make a sound that indicates a hard surface.
Gently grab the upper outer corners of the pore strip. Begin pulling it off up and away from the skin. This ensures that you are going to pull out the blackheads in the most effective way possible. Try to peel it off as slowly as you can because blackheads can easily tear in half, leaving the end of it still in your pores! If this happens, you can use a good pair of tweesers to grab the remaining blackheads, but be sure that they are sanitized and do not not dig into the skin. Anything left can easily be buffed away by using a good face exfoliant.
Once you have peeled of the Biore Pore Strip, you may notice some residue, or maybe even a couple “broken blackheads”.
Simply use a facial scrub the remove them. I will usually use the scrub for about 30 seconds. Don’t scrub too hard.
Rinse with cold water and apply some jojoba oil. Jojoba oil will not clog your pores and will heal and nourish your skin. You can also close the pores with an astringent like witch hazel and then follow it with your moisturizer of choice.
I recommend using pore strips once a week to keep your pores nice and blackhead free!
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