So I just watched a video on facebook where this lady made her own face mask from activated charcoal and ELMER’S GLUE. Glue y’all. I can’t even make this up. She purposely tortured herself to basically make a home-made pore strip. But here’s the real scoop, pore strips are a horrible idea for your skin.
When I was a younger and much oilier girl, I used pore strips regularly. I also used an astringent that burned my face because that’s how I thought you knew it was clean. But when we know better, we do better, so let me lay some knowledge down on you.
- Pore strips irritate and tear your skin, and can actually make your pores appear larger. No big deal right? Everyone wants bigger pores. Wait…ummm….that’s not right. Your skin is an elastic, and if you regularly pull and tug an elastic, it will stretch out. That’s science. Stop pulling your skin. Right now.
- They only remove the top layer of grossness from your pores. Leaving the rest of the grossness behind to ferment and become a blemish, more blackheads or worse.
- They strip your skin of natural oils, which, if you’re an oily person, causes your skin to make MORE OIL.
- They can cause spider veins and broken capillaries on your face from the tugging and pulling.
- They cause a sympathetic reaction that actually can cause MORE blackheads. When you rip the top layer of gross off, your pores are left open and appear larger. They then fill up with more gunk, looking worse than when you started, so you (you guessed it) use ANOTHER pore strip. Genius marketing. Don’t fall for it.
So what can you do to get rid of blackheads? Here’s some strategies that won’t make you look worse.
- Simple and consistent skin care. Cleanse and moisturise, morning and night. Trust me, 2 weeks of this will have you glowing.
- Clay-based masks are great for gently cleaning out pores. Just make sure it’s not a peel-off mask.
- Exfoliating either chemically (like AHA or salicylic acid) or mechanically helps to clear away dead skin cells so they don’t inadvertently become trapped in your pores. Make sure your exfoliator has round scrubber beads. Some scrubs have jagged particles that can cause micro-fissures and tears in your face.
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