Do pore strips work?
Pore strips have been proven to effectively remove up to one week of dirt, oil, and pore buildup in a short period of time. Studies have shown that by treating clogged pores in the early stages, acne lesions can be prevented from worsening.
Pore strips are pieces of cloth with an adhesive backing designed to remove open comedones from the skin. Open comedones, or blackheads, occur when oil found in the pores is exposed to oxygen and becomes oxidized, resulting in a distinctive darkened appearance.
Pore strips can be an effective complement to your solid skincare routine, particularly for the removal of blackheads and blocked pores. For best results, these strips should be used immediately after skin has been exposed to moisture. The optimal times to apply pore strips are after a shower or when the skin has been exposed to steam. Moisturizing the skin during these times helps the pores slightly open, loosening any plugs and making them easier to remove.
There are some popular misconceptions regarding the limitations of pore strips. It is important to note that pore strips should not be used for removing whiteheads, as these are closed comedones, nor can they be used to treat actively inflamed or cystic acne. It is important to note that pore strips should not be used to treat skin that has been inflamed due to burns or other irritant sources.
Pore strips should not be used daily. For best results, it is recommended to use no more than once a week. If pore strips are not suitable for blackhead treatment, there are alternative options such as chemical exfoliants or detoxifying face masks. The combination of Alpha-Hydroxy acids (AHA) and Beta-Hydroxy Acids (BHA) with Tea Tree Oil can help to reduce pore size, allowing for diminished oil accumulation. AHA’s are beneficial for exfoliation, while Tea Tree Oil is a natural antibacterial. Regular use of retinol can help promote clear skin, as it encourages faster cellular turnover.
How Do Pore Strips Work?
Pore strips are designed to remove blackheads, which are essentially blocked pores caused by the accumulation of skin oils, dead skin cells, and dirt. The blockage can appear in the form of a darkened surface due to shadowing from a deeper clog within the pore.
To unclog pores, an adhesive strip or cloth can be applied to the skin of the nose to stick to and remove sebum, dead skin, and dirt that is trapped in the pores. The adhesive acts like a magnet, allowing it to draw out all of the impurities embedded in your pores when you remove the cloth. The result is a buildup that resembles a mountain-like formation on the strip.
Are Pore Strips Bad for You?
When using any skincare product, it is important to assess if the product is suitable for your skin type. Those with sensitive skin should consult their dermatologist prior to using pore strips. Additionally, pore strips should not be used on sunburned areas as this may result in further irritation due to the delicate state of the skin. If you are taking retinoid medications, your skin may be more sensitive to irritation. Pore strips are an effective way to unblock pores; however, if you have any questions about the effect of certain medications on your skin, we suggest consulting with a dermatologist.