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Nose strips (also known as pore strips) are basically the O.G. version of today’s beloved, pore-cleansing black charcoal masks. They’ve been around since the ’90s, and if you’re a millennial, you probably remember the iconic Bioré commercials, in which models with supposedly clogged pores placed the little strips over the bridge of their noses to get rid of blackheads and congestion.
Because ’90s trends are back in the realm of fashion, I think it’s a timely moment to bring some of the decade’s best skincare products. Sure, these adhesive nose strips may be a staggering 20+ years old, but that certainly doesn’t mean that they’re not effective.
Just like modern-day peel-off masks, the quasi-gross results that come from treating clogged pores with a nose strip are actually embarrassingly satisfying—even I can admit it. In fact, if you do a quick internet search, the used nose strips covered in sebum, dirt, and grime dominate most of the results.
It may be kind of nasty, but to be honest, I can’t bring myself to look away, and apparently, I’m not alone in my bizarre fascination by it. Aside from their visceral appeal, these old-school strips actually do what they promise to and definitely can prevent clogged pores from becoming bonafide blackheads.
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1. Biore Witch Hazel Extra Cleansing Strips
The O.G. nose strip modernized thanks to the addition of witch hazel, which helps to further cleanses and refines pores. You’ll be able to see instant results with this blackhead remover. You get 18 strips with this set.
2. Auslka Charcoal Pore Cleansing Strips
These charcoal-infused strips help extract dead skin, sebum, and other impurities before they turn into unsightly blackheads. The strips will help you control your oily skin.
3. HOLIKA HOLIKA Pore Strips
Dedicate a whole evening to clearing out your pores with this K-Beauty pore-cleansing strip system. The first step aims to open up your pores, the second step extracts the blackheads and impurities while the last step softens and hydrates your skin. Just note that the entire treatment system a minimum of 35 minutes, which is longer than other pore strips.
4. Bioré Nose+Face, Deep Cleansing Pore Strips
If your nose isn’t your only problem area when it comes to clogged pores, you should check out this set. There are larger pore strips that are meant for your forehead or chin. Instead of ripping your skin, these pore strips are specifically designed to bind only to your blackheads, so you won’t be damaging your skin while using them.
5. Deep Cleansing Blackhead Pore Strips
Get rid of those stubborn blackheads with these cleansing strips. The strips are hypoallergenic and designed for all skin types. The alcohol-free strips are heavy-duty and claim to be twice as strong. In order to get more of those strips, some reviewers suggest cutting little divots into the nose strips, so they fit the shape of your nose better.