Nothing can be more irksome and disgruntling as being confronted with a blackhead ridden nose, every time that you stare in the mirror. Akin to the tiny flakes of pepper scattered across a half boiled egg, it catches your attention straight away and makes your large pores look even more glaringly obvious. Determined to eliminate these pesky blackheads, you hastily put a pore strip on your nose. And as you catch a glimpse of all the gunk gathered on the pore strip after peeling it off, you can’t help but feel smug. Good riddance to those awful blackheads.
But are the blackheads really gone? We hate to break it to you but contrary to perception, pore strips are not exactly the most effective mediums when it comes to removing blackheads. Now, before you scoff and write it off as a ludicrous assumption, hear us out. Yes, it’s undeniable that pore strips have always been our default go-to fix when dealing with annoying blackheads. They are convenient, cost-effective and provide a mildly cathartic effect whenever we rip it off our noses to find dirt and oil on them.
But the thing is — unknown to many, the efficacy of a pore strip tends to be limited and when used excessively, may even bring about various skin issues. In order to get a better understanding of why this happens, let’s first briefly touch on what a pore strip is and how it works. Basically, the pore strip aids in removing any debris, sebum and grime from our skin by getting them to adhere to the sticky side of it. After which, they are then promptly extracted from our skin when we peel off the pore strip. Asides from that, throughout the process, fine hairs and dead skin cells will also be removed, thus resulting in supposedly cleaner and smaller looking pores. Made of insoluble material, the pore strips work best on a slightly wet surface.
As such, it’s not difficult to see why pore strips are so well-received among the masses due to its user-friendly nature and easy accessibility. Thus, this brings us to the question, ‘are you pore strips truly useful?’ With that in mind, let us move onto some factors that you should consider when using pore strips and how they may affect your skin when used excessively.
Things To Take Note Of When Using Pore Strips
The act of using pore strips might seem like a no-brainer but there are still some stuff that you might want to pay attention to. One important point would be to cleanse your face beforehand. After which, sprinkle some water on your nose to facilitate the sticking of the adhesive side of the pore strip to your skin. Without this step, the pore strip may not be as effective in pulling out the gunk from your nose when it’s taken off. After which, let the pore strip remain on your nose for 20 – 25 minutes before gently prying it off.
Unlike what is commonly believed, violently ripping the pore strip off doesn’t make a difference in the amount of blackheads, sebum and dirt extracted from the pores. So, take heed when removing your pore strips and do it gently so as to not cause yourself unnecessary pain. Then, cleanse the affected area and dry it off with some tissues or a clean towel. After which, the end result is allegedly unclogged pores and the reduction in the size of any prominent looking enlarged pores.
Sounds like a dream come true? Well, we would love to agree except that there are a few factors that you might want to consider with regard to using pore strips along with some repercussions that may occur with frequent usage. Here they are:
Does Not Address The Root Of Your Blackhead Problem
Although it may seem like all the gunk, debris and oil are completely removed from your nose pores whenever you use pore strips, it’s actually quite the contrary. In fact, most of them remain embedded in your pores, steadily accumulating over time and being filled with sebum, hence resulting in blocked and stretched out pores all over again. This is because the pore strip is only able to remove the upper layer of grime and sebum and as blackheads tend to be lodged deep within your pores, chances are that a significant portion of it will still linger around. As such, the probability of developing blackheads again in the same areas is highly likely. Thus, it is evident that pore strips is not a long term solution to dealing with blackheads and are less effective than they seem.
May Irritate Sensitive Skin and Trigger Allergies
As some pore strips contain alcohol, fragrances and artificial colouring, it may aggravate your skin, especially if it’s sensitive or if you have a pre-existing skin condition such as rosacea or psoriasis. This is because your skin tends to be more delicate and thin when you have such skin conditions, thus making it more prone to irritation as well as injury. At the same time, the adhesive nature of pore strips might also bring about an allergy attack for individuals that are sensitive to it. As such, you might want to think twice about using pore strips if you have sensitive skin or a current skin issue.
May Cause Your Skin To Dry Out
While it might be satisfying to remove all that sebum and gunk out of your nose pores, regular usage of pore strips may dehydrate your skin and cause it to become flaky and red. Therefore, be sure to follow up with a cleanser and moisturiser after using a pore strip to lock in moisture into your skin.