What’s the Real Deal with Pore Strips?
Pore strips are earning a popular following lately. While it is fun to use, some critics are also questioning how effective this skin care regimen is? Does it really have harmful effects on the skin?
How do pore strips work?
These strips contain ingredients that create a dense, glue-like adhesive when mixed with water. As it dries, the ingredients harden and the adhesive attaches to the top layer of your skin, including the dead skin cells, dirt, oil, hair and blackheads. This is how these strips are able to clean the surface area of your nose. This means that there is very little to none of deep cleansing going on.
“Pore strips work by removing the superficial portion of the blackhead. The adhesive will stick to the upper portion including the oil or sebum and pull the ‘material’ out. While these pore strips may successfully remove portions of the blackheads instantly at the time of application, there is no evidence that the strips treat blackheads from recurring on a consistent basis.” (Brian Zelickson, MD)
Can pore strips cause skin damage?
A number of the side effects associated to the use of these products include skin irritation that may trigger breakouts and claims that these applications can break capillaries. Fortunately, dermatologists have debunked the latter.
“Pore strips will not break capillaries. The thin red lines that we call broken capillaries are actually enlarged surface blood vessels. These vessels form from a variety of stimuli, and the tendency to develop them is partly genetic. The factors that trigger broken capillaries include rosacea tendencies, sun exposure, high hormone levels, and repeated skin irritation and inflammation.” (Craig Kraffert, MD)
So, basically, pore strips work but only superficially and temporarily. For a long-term solution to your skin care needs, dermatologists suggest using a gentle exfoliating product with salicylic acid or clay masks.