How to Make Pore Strips More Effective

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Blackheads form when skin secretions, or sebum; bacteria; and skin cells block the openings of hair follicles. The unwanted blackheads form mainly on the T-zone -- the nose and area of the forehead between the eyes -- because of the concentration of fine hair follicles. Pore strips work by ripping the blackheads from the hair follicles.

Things You'll Need

  • Salicylic acid
  • Washcloth
  • Cotton ball

Wash your face with a cleanser that contains salicylic acid, concentrating the cleanser on the nose, forehead and cheeks. Rinse the cleanser away with warm water to open the pores. Salicylic acid helps prevent future breakouts and blackheads.

Soak a washcloth with hot water, and set it on your face for at least five minutes. The warm water opens the pores further, allowing greater access to the pore-clogging skin cells, bacteria and dirt.

Wet the skin on your nose, forehead or anywhere that is affected by the blackheads with a water-soaked cotton ball. The pore strips require water to activate the adhesive.

Apply the pore strip, and smooth it down with your index finger. Continue to smooth the pore strip to remove any ripples or air bubbles.

Allow the pore strip to remain for at least 15 to 20 minutes, or until it is completely dry. Once dry, pull the pore strip away slowly. Avoid ripping off the pore strip quickly to prevent damaging your fragile skin.

Rinse away any remaining adhesive with cool water. The cool water also closes the pores, preventing future blackheads.

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