Pore pack nose strips: effective or harmful?
I know the Biore Pore Pack Black does what it promises. My husband uses this on a weekly basis and loves to show me his “masterpiece” each time! It does remove his blackheads but still, I wouldn’t want this on my nose. First of all, I never had much luck with nose strips and second, I just think it’s not too good for my skin because the one or two times I tried, the skin around my nose area hurt quite badly.
Pore pack = band-aid?
Anyway, why I’m writing about the Biore Pore Pack is because I just read about pore strips in Paula Begoun’s Don’t Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me. According to Paula, pore strips only remove blackheads superficially and not very well. In her words, “You place a piece of cloth with a sticky substance on it over your face, as you might do with a Band-Aid, wait a bit for it to dry, and then rip it off.”
I thought that was quite funny – comparing nose strips to band-aids. But guess what? I took a look at the box of Biore Pore Pack Black and found this warning:
Caution: Avoid using on sunburned, swollen, pimply, rough, dry or eczema skin. Avoid using around the eyes. Do not use if skin is sensitive to bandages. If skin irritation occurs, stop using.
In fact, Polyquaternium-37, the ingredient used in Biore Pore Pack Black, is a film former and hair fixative, something that is used in hairspray. No wonder Paula wasn’t impressed.
“If the instructions are followed closely you can see some benefit in removing the very surface of a blackhead. In fact, you may at first be very impressed with what comes off your nose. Unfortunately, that leaves the majority of the problem deep in the pore.”
Short term fix with no long term benefits
Personally, I think such pore packs or nose strips are a great short-term fix. However, they do not provide long term benefits. I see blackheads on my husband’s nose a few days later whenever he uses such strips and even though it stated that the pores on the skin will become less noticeable, I don’t really find so. If anything, this is bad for the pores around the face near to the nose.
Well, I guess it’s fine to use this in moderation and not frequently. In addition, you should avoid such pore packs if you have sensitive skin or spider veins around the nose area. According to Paula, such products are particularly unsafe if you’ve been using Retin-A, Renova, Differin, AHAs, or BHAs, are having facial peels, taking Accutane, or if you have naturally thin skin or any skin disorder such as rosacea, psoriasis or seborrhea.
But for me, I’m still steering clear of such pore pack nose strips and rather stick to using Cellnique Pro Sebum Gel to remove my blackheads. Although I’m not sure if the gel provides any long term benefits, but at the least, I do not need to rip anything off my skin!