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Are Blackhead Strips and Pore Strips Good or Bad for Skin?

5 Scary Reasons You Should Never Use Pore Strips

Many people think pore strips are a safe way to remove blackheads and treat large pores , but here’s what you need to know before you plaster that strip across your nose.

What Makes Pore Strips Bad for Skin?

The adhesive on blackhead strips largely contributes to the irritation and damage associated with these treatments. The sticky coating that attaches to the debris within pores leaves the complexion looking flaky, red and inflamed. Pore strips can also cause spider veins and broken capillaries around the nose. What’s more, if you use a blackhead strip over a damaged pore, it could tear the skin, resulting in unsightly pore or acne scars.

Alternative to Pore Strips

The HydroPeptide Bambusa Blackhead Banisher Pore Perfecting Nose Mask features the convenience of a nose strip without the harmful adhesive. Instead of simply pulling out the contents of a pore and risking damage, this purifying mask minimizes pore appearance by exfoliating the skin with volcanic ash and charcoal powder. This approach clears pores without drying out skin, and this blackhead strip alternative gently lifts from the skin to prevent irritation.

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Are Pore Strips Safe for Those with Skin Conditions?

Not only are nose strips bad for those with sensitive skin, they also worsen other skin conditions. Pore strips exacerbate rosacea-prone skin , especially if they contain irritating ingredients like alcohol and astringents. They also aggravate extremely dry skin, eczema and psoriasis .

Do Pore Strips Remove Blackheads?

When pulling the nose strip off, they often only remove the tops of nose blackheads, along with healthy skin cells. Eliminating the debris within pores can also make them appear larger because they’re more exposed, instead of refining or minimizing them like exfoliators and cleansers do. Even if you remove nose blackheads and unclog pores on the nose with pore strips, they become clogged again soon after. They may even make the area oilier if dried out skin overcompensates by boosting its oil production.

Alternative to Pore Strips

Cleanse with LovelySkin LUXE Clarifying Gel Cleanser, and apply LovelySkin LUXE Acne Care Gel to exfoliate skin, providing both short-term and long-term results. Unclog pores on the nose with this combination of salicylic and glycolic acids to achieve results that last. The Acne Care Gel provides controlled exfoliation to rid skin of dead cells and debris while leaving behind the natural moisture a healthy complexion needs to thrive.

LovelySkin LUXE Acne Essentials Duo. LovelySkin LUXE Clarifying Gel Cleanser and LovelySkin LUXE Acne Care Gel. Skin Care. Cleanser. Face Treatment.

Can Removing Blackheads on the Nose Lead to Infection?

While no one wants clogged nose pores, removing the debris with blackhead strips makes open pores more susceptible to infection. After unclogging pores on the nose,, they may collect bacteria, dirt and other impurities. This issue exposes the main concern with blackhead strips: pores do not stay clear. At the first sign of an infected pore—inflammation, tenderness and pus-filled sores—see your dermatologist to prevent lasting damage and scarring.

Alternative to Pore Strips

To prevent pores from becoming infected, keep them clear by using a treatment with salicylic acid , like the Obagi CLENZIderm MD Pore Therapy. It purifies skin and leaves the complexion completely clean. Using this toner after cleansing prevents breakouts, minimizes the appearance of pores and gets rid of impurities.

Obagi CLENZIderm MD Pore Therapy. Skin Care. Face Treatment.

Did you know it’s impossible to shrink pores? However, while you can’t shrink them, you can make them look smaller! Find out how to minimize pores on our blog!

Let us know what other burning beauty questions you have for Dr. Schlessinger! Let us know in the comments below! Share this blog with your family and friends on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter using @LovelySkin or #LovelySkin!

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