The Really Effective Way To Use Pore Strips

If you’re not familiar with pore strips (or nose strips) then you probably belong to the lucky group of individuals that don’t have huge black spots on their nose. But, to those who have been through every drug store, trying out every brand of pore strip but not really getting the result they expected, this is for you guys. People who have been using pore strips for years in removing blackheads know what this is all about.

What Usually Happens

You put on your nose strip, carefully reading and following the instructions on the back of it. “Wait for a few minutes until it dries”, says the instructions. During this short wait, you imagine your flawless nose — the black spots being totally gone.

DING! Your timer rings. It’s time to get your strip off. 1-2-3 pull. Again. 1-2-3 pull. You look at it and…not much changed. Those pesky black spots are still there and there hardly any on the strip. What gives??

The Right Routine = The Right Results

Yes, it is a big let down when that happens and know that you are not doing anything wrong. The fact is, the dirt just won’t come out! Not to fret though, here’s a really great routine that you could try to minimize those disappointing moments. Here’s how to use your pore strips or nose strips effectively to remove your blackheads:

Before going to step 1, you’d probably need to heat some water up and just let it boil until you finish doing the first step.

Step 1:


The first thing you need to do is to wash your face. This will remove the oil and dirt from your skin. This will also help your pores open up. It doesn’t really matter what type of soap you’re using as long as it’s facial soap (soap with exfoliants work too). Most body soaps do not have the right formulation to be used on the face.

Step 2

I'm thirsty. No wait, the water isn't meant for drinking...

I’m thirsty. No wait, the water isn’t meant for drinking…

This is where we use the boiling, steaming water. NO we won’t splash it directly on our face. What we need is the steam! Grab a bowl to put the water in and allow your face to hover over it for 3-5 minutes.

Step 3


Take the pore strip that you have. And, this is where you follow the instructions on the back. It would be great if you have the bigger kind that covers the sides of your nose.


You have to make sure that you thoroughly wet the area that the pore strip will cover. Water activates the sticky agent on the strip and it will help you mould the strip correctly for a snug fit.

 Step 4:


Once you have the strip on, flatten the creases and make sure to really get it on the sides of your nostrils.



It doesn’t have to be perfect but you do have to make sure that the strip sticks on the areas that count.


  • icey

    delirious ideas, you have a nice concept but your two recommended articles are garbage.

  • Lyka

    may i know what pore strip do you use? thank you! 🙂

  • lingering

    even after this I couldn’t get all of them out. Got more of them, but not all of them. I think mine are too deep-seated to get out with the strip, it’s been a lingering problem for years now.

    • How often do you use pore packs? Did you try dabbing your face with warm water first?

  • Joe

    I don’t have toner but I can do everything else. Would I still be able to do this properly? Is there an alternative to using toner?

    • Lia

      It’s not crucial but toners can be a very important part of one’s skincare routine (especially if you have oily skin/are prone to blackheads)There are lots of toners made for men (though I can’t really imagine what the difference would be aside from the packaging)

      If you don’t have any, there are some DIY recipes online made from diluted vinegar, lemon juice, tea, etc., you’ll just have to test them out and see what works best with your skin.

  • Lana

    how fast or slow should you peel off the strip?

  • Emily

    This was a great tutorial! Thanks so much for it.

    I’ve used pore strips before and been disappointed by them. However after following the instructions provided – washed my face, steamed my face for 4 minutes or so, and then used the pore strip – when I pulled it off it was covered in gross little dirt extractions. I also followed and appreciate the after-care instructions. It reminded me of when I used to go to the dermatologist and have my face sprayed with cold steam after they did extractions there. The only thing I might suggest is to use filtered water ice instead of tap water ice. You don’t want your open pores soaking up gnarly stuff from your tap water. The next time I do this I might even by a little spray bottle, fill it with filtered water and put it in the freezer a little bit prior. Thanks again.

    For anyone curious, the strips I used were Biore “Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips” The results weren’t AS dramatic as the photo at the top of the article, but they definitely worked.

    • Thank you for sharing your experience with us Emily!

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  • Hello Christopher, yes it is. In fact, we use pore strips to get rid of blackheads on our cheeks as well. But remember not to over-use pore strips. Once or twice a week would suffice!

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  • DIY Gal89 !!

    i did everything the steam, washing your face, everything. It still didn’t work. i still have TONS of black heads on my nose…! Why isn’t anything working?