5 reasons why you shouldn't use pore strips for blackheads

We all do it. Once we see the black speckled dots appear on our noses, we bring the nose strips out. I admit it. It’s satisfying to rip that nose strip off and gawk at all that “grime”, but here’s the problem- the blackheads come back again!

Besides just sweeping the problem under the rug, here are 5 top reasons why you should reconsider using a pore strip:


Pore strips contain chemicals and synthetic ingredients that may irritate the skin.

A quick look at the ingredients from one of the more popular Biore strips lists:


The first ingredient, Polyquaternium-37, is a hairspray-like substance, which sticks to your pores to remove the buildup. But it also stretches the pore, which leads to even greater buildup and bigger blackheads!

Commercial pore strips also usually contain parabens, and that’s an absolute NO since it can be absorbed through your skin.

Pore strips can damage more sensitive, thin skin and even pull out both skin and hair. That’s why there’s a warning within the instructions to only use nose strips about once a week. Overusing nose strips can make your skin actually look worse. The skin can get irritated, turning red.

If you have more sensitive skin or a skin disorder, Polyquaternium-37 may even cause breakouts and irritation. Some people have even experienced broken capillaries, or the tiny blood vessels that help in microcirculation of the blood. This is because when you tear off the pore strip, the first layer of skin may be damaged. Worst of all, broken capillaries are permanent and may even make your skin wrinkle faster.

They’re only a temporary fix because they don’t prevent blackheads. Blackheads are formed when oil, dead skin, and dirt naturally collect in pores. Nose strips get rid of only the top black layer, but the rest of the blackhead still remains in the pore. That’s why you’ll need to repeat the process again and again.

Sometimes, pore strips can also lead to bad habits because people depend on them. Making sure that you gently wash your face daily (remove that makeup and sunscreen before you go to bed!) is an easy way of keeping the skin healthy

Pore strips are simply inconvenient.
Did you know that many people don’t use pore strips the right way? You’re actually supposed to “steam” your pores open before applying a pore strip. You can do this while showering or filling a sink with very hot water and bending your face over the steam. If you don’t, the pore strip may not work well. But honestly, who has time for this?

It’s not an eco-friendly solution. Think about how many pore strips you use each year, and how many that will add up to a life time. Even though a pore strip is small, it’s still a type of waste that’s easily preventable.


So, what should you use instead of a pore strip?

There’s a lot of home remedies that you can use, but using an activated charcoal bar soap is the easiest, convenient, and eco-friendly way. Our starry night bar fits this bill.

    1. Activated charcoal is an all natural ingredient that’s amazing at removing impurities, including blackheads. Read more about that here!
    2. Because you use soap everyday, you don’t even need to change your routine. Plus bar soap that’s good for both face and body means you only need to buy one bar.
    3. Bar soap typically doesn’t involve plastic packaging, so the waste footprint is much more environmentally friendly than something like a facewash.

    We’ve gotten a ton of reviews on this bar and you should check them out. We’re also offering 20% off to any first time buyers who may be interested!

    "I ordered the starry night bar to help pull some of the black heads out of my face. I'm pretty sure my face is already looking better." - ★★★★★ Brittney

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