[Review] facial pore cleansing strips

Hello everyone,

following up on my introduction to skin care and skin care routine blog posts, today I want to review a bunch of facial cleansing strips for you.

Within skin care, pore cleansing is an important step. Besides facial pore cleansing strips, there are also a couple other tools to help you get rid of those ugly white and black heads that sit underneath our skin. This way you will be able to get and maintain the smooth and clean skin you are looking for.

I bought and tried a bunch of different pore cleansing strips and want to present my results to you today.

There will be no gross, graphic content, so don’t worry to click and read more.

In this post:

  • introduction
  • overview and review of the strips I have tried
  • pro tips to using pore cleansing strips
  • conclusion: what I think + favorite
  • alternative pore cleansing tools/products

Disclaimer: advertisement – the following products were bought and paid by myself.

Let’s get started on the facial cleansing strips.

There are several different brands that offer pore cleansing strips. The most common ones might be the nose strips, but there are some brands that also offer strips for your forehead, chin or even cheeks.

In Germany you can get facial and nose strips from different brands at drugstores like DM, Rossmann or Müller. They differ in price but are mostly used the same way. Usually you can see a how to image as the one shown below.

You start off by cleansing your face and opening your pores. You can either do that by using really warm (almost hot) water to cleanse your face or do some steaming. This way you add hot water into a bowl, placing your face over it and using a towel to cover your head and the bowl. I usually stay like that for 10 minutes.

When your pores are open you add water to the area you are targeting and place the strip on top. Make sure to wet it properly and press the strip on to your skin. The water and film of ingredients on the strip will interconnect and dry down within 20 minutes. After that you should slowly peel off the strip. Doing it slowly will make sure that you won’t just rip off the strip and leaving the dirt behind, but really get all the dirt off.

Now the most important part is to close your pores again. You can either wash your face again – using really cold water for the last 1 of rinsing or sliding an ice cubes over your skin. You will get used to it and it will help against new dirt getting into your pores quickly. I always rinse my face with cold water before continuing with my toner, essence, serum, sheet mask and moisturizer because it will help you get a nice complexion.

Below you can see that shortly after using a strip, the circle starts again. Oil is produced again and dirt might get into the pores as well. That’s why it is advised that you use a nose strip once a week, for example.

 

I have tried several nose and facial strips and want to tell you which ones worked best for me.

Overview and review of the strips I have tried

small selection of what I’ve tried

 

  • Bioré black and white nose strips (~6 €)
  • KOSÉ Softymo black nose strips (~4 €)
  • NIVEA nose and face strips (~4 €)
  • Rival de Loop pure skin nose & face strips (~2 €)
  • Essence pure skin face strips (~2 €)
  • Essence pure skin nose-strips (~2 €)
  • Balea soft & clear face strips (~2 €)
  • Balea soft & clear nose strips (~2 €)
  • Balea facestrips clear-up (~3 €)
  • Balea Aktivkohle nose strips (~3 €)
  • ISANA Young Active Clear Antibakterielle Anti-Mitesser Face Strips (~2 €)
  • ISANA Young Nose Strips Aktiv Kohle (~2 €)
  • Montagne Jeunesse natural charcoal nose strips (~3 €)
  • Synergen extra strong clear-up strips (discontinued)

 

Biore Nosestrips

KoseNosestrips

While I was living in Japan I used and really liked the Bioré nose strips and the Softymo nose strips from Kosé. Until recently both weren’t really accessable in Germany unless you wanted to order them rather expensive online. Luckily at least Bioré has now a small range of products available in Germany (DM and Rossmann) as well. Their white and black nose strips are part of the range, which makes me super happy! I will review a couple of their products in one of my next blog posts.

Anyway, they both do a great job removing impurities, I especially love the black ones because you can really see all the gross stuff that is hiding in your pores.

I have looked for equally good strips in Germany and tried quite a few. Sadly my search was really unsatisfying. The only ones that are kind of working are the NIVEA nose & facial strips. Yet they are not completely satisfying.

Following is a short review with notes I took while I tried them.

    • Bioré black and white nose strips (~6 €)
      worked well for me, though price is a bit high
      face strips I usually don’t use, so the white ones in the set are not worth it for me

 

    • KOSÉ Softymo black nose strips (~4 €)
      my favorite, work very well; great price
      white and blackheads are clearly visible on the strip

 

    • NIVEA nose and face strips (~4 €)
      work pretty well on the nose, but not the chin or cheeks

 

    • Rival de Loop pure skin nose & face strips (~2 €)
      disappointment, didn’t do much for me

 

    • Essence pure skin face strips (~2 €)
      disappointment, didn’t do much for me

 

    • Essence pure skin nose-strips (~2 €)
      disappointment, didn’t do much for me

 

    • Balea soft & clear face strips (~2 €)
      disappointment, didn’t do much for me

 

    • Balea soft & clear nose strips (~2 €)
      disappointment, didn’t do much for me

 

    • Balea facestrips clear-up (~3 €)
      all didn’t really work well, blackheads were still visible on the nose

 

    • Balea Aktivkohle nose strips (~3 €)
      were ok, but not overwhelmingly great

 

    • ISANA Young Active Clear Antibakterielle Anti-Mitesser Face Strips (~2 €)
      were ok, but not overwhelmingly great

 

    • ISANA Young Nose Strips Aktiv Kohle (~2 €)
      were ok, but not overwhelmingly great

 

    • Montagne Jeunesse natural charcoal nose strips (~3 €)
      were ok, but not overwhelmingly great

 

  • Synergen extra strong clear-up strips (discontinued)
    disappointment, didn’t do much for me

 

#1 black KOSÉ strips (less money for a better result)
#2 black Bioré strips (great result for a bit higher price)
#3 white Nivea strips (okay result, for an ok price)

 

Pro tips to using pore cleansing strips

  • cleanse your face
  • open your pores
  • wet the area properly
  • press on the strip properly
  • let the strip dry thoroughly
  • peel the strip off slowly
  • close your pores with cold water or an ice-cube

 

Conclusion: what I think + favorite

Like I said, my favorite pore strips are coming from Japan. Both, the black Bioré strips and the Softymo from Kosé work very well on my nose. The ones you can get here in Germany compare pretty well. As you can see above, the KOSÉ ones are my number one, but from the ones you can get in Germany I like the black Bioré and Nivea ones the best.

Before the Bioré ones were available here I liked to use alternative pore cleansing tools.

 

Alternative pore cleansing tools/products

These tools should always be used with caution. Make sure that you know how to use them, because if you don’t you can hurt your pores and skin.

First up is a professional comedone extractor.

These can help you get rid of zits and pimples, but mostly whiteheads/blackhead. They are usually used by professional dermatologists and are made of stainless steel, which makes them easy to clean and disinfect.

It is really important that you use this properly. You place it almost flat, but with a slight angle against you skin, then press and slide over the area where you want to remove sebum or dirt. I also clean my tool afterwards and use disinfectant to get rid of bacteria.

Another tool is the portable, rechargeable suction device like the Panasonic EH2513P-P.

The name basically tells you what this does. It sucks out the things that you manually removed with the extruder above. Only thing you should be careful with is not using it longer than 30 second on one area, since this might cause bruising.

There are also lots of charcoal based products that you apply on the area, letting it dry and peeling it off.

Daiso Japan offers a cleanser and face mask, which I usually like to apply to my nose only. At DM in Germany you can get a small pack and similar product, which is the Balea soft and clear peel-off mask.

 

Like I said before, I have sensitive skin so using these on my entire face would not only be painful but also a waste. The only area I need thorough pore cleansing is my nose.

I have used the stainless steel extruder and the product from Daiso and they both work very well for me.

I hope this post was helpful for those of you who like to use pore cleansing strips, but are overwhelmed by the range. Of course not all products work the same for everyone, but I still hope I could save you some money this way. What is your experience with the products above?

 

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