Was disappointed with this item, have used other brands that remove blackheads more effectively! Next I'll be trying the egg yolk technique with toilet paper - as illustrated by lots of You Tube users!!
I couldn't wait to try this after watching youtube videos of all the gunk coming off of people's noses but this unfortunately did not live up to my expectations. I have big pores on my nose and blackheads all over the tip and this pulled out one or two of them if lucky. I used the whole packet over a few months and had the same result each time. If anything it just made my nose really smooth. I also tried the CVS brand pore strips with the same result. I guess pore strips don't work for me :(
I loved this when it first came about, but now, I regret it so bad. It worked great for when you are hitting puberty and just want to get rid of the black heads FAST, but as you continuously use this product, it will have a side effect. It will enlarge your pores each and every time you use it. Now my blackheads on my nose will NOT stick on the strip and they are more noticeable then ever. The only way I can get rid of them now is by using the blackhead removal tool (which hurts like bloody hell) just trying to remove those clogged pores now. I have always expholiated my skin as well as washed it with a cleanser in the morning and at night before I go to bed to wash away the impurities or outside pollution particles.
These things are great! I'll be buying a new box soon! I've always been very prone to blackheads, especially on my nose and chin. These strips pull them right out, leave my skin tingly fresh, and make my pores look smaller. Though the strips don't remove ALL of the blackheads at once, more and more are removed with each use. An exfoliating scrub beforehand seems to improve their performance. My skin is sensitive, and I won't lie: peeling them off can be a little painful! However, if you can handle tweezing or waxing facial hair, then you should be able to handle this . The results are definitely worth the pain and the price.
I do buy this regularly, but I need to try something else. However, these hurt to pull off (I do follow instructions clearly) and don't remove the blackheads on my nose, and the face strips don't even touch the ones on my chin.
For its price, I think it's doing a pretty good job. The critical part is to wet your nose THOROUGHLY - meaning, not just splashing water but actually making it wet like you just came out of the shower. As for the effectiveness, it's good as I can see the gunk on the entire strip after taking it out but they're mostly small/little. Not sure if my nose is not dirty enough or the strip is not effective enough lol. It leaves an itchy feeling after usage for about 2-3 hours though but it's bearable.
I used these, both this brand and generic, on and off for years. It does what it claims to do. I battled blacheads on my nose since the 6th grade and while this worked, they always came back. As I've gotten older and developed much drier, more sensitive skin, these became too harsh for me to use. I looked for and found an alternative to clear the pores on my nose. I read on the skin care board how oils dissolve oils and since I had Extra Virgin Olive Oil on hand, gave that a try. I massaged it in for 2-3 minutes a few nights in a row and all the blackheads were gone. No squeezing, no pulling on my skin. That was 3 yrs ago and no recurrence. It does not have the same "hey pores I'm gonna annihilate what's in ya then view and gloat over my conquests," kind of feeling these strips have, but my now older, very dry skin could no longer tolerate these. I'm giving this a 3 as it mostly does what it says but in general, even for younger oily skinned gals, I think there are alternative methods that work better for less money and are not as harsh on the skin. You really can get rid of blackheads on a more permanent basis.
The price of these things sure adds up...personally, I get the pack for nose and forehead, since I can just use the forehead ones on my nose, too. That helps me save on these. I compleately LOVE these. My nose used to have so many blackheads and it was just awful. One day I finally decided to try these, and I hated them at first. HATED them. In fact, I was going to write a negative review on them when I saw some people on here saying you can't just splash your nose with water, but you have to literally SOAK it untill it's dripping, then put it on. Also, and this is kinda a no brainer, I use steaming hot water when I soak my nose, Sometimes, if I see a bad bout of blackheads popping up, I do a steam facial before using this. Anyway, once you put the actual strips on, wait for it to become paper mache like, then slowly peel it off. If you're like me and don't use enough water on your nose, then it will hurt like crap to rip these babies off. But seriously, I love these, and credit my backhead free nose to these. I will always repurchase.
I LOVE THIS!! I have been using this for over 5 years to fight blackheads on my nose. I can't believe how much crap and gunk is in my nose. Follow the directions carefully. It says to wet your nose and then place the stip on it. I tend to use my fingers to continue to have this hang on to my skin on the nose until it gets hard. I especially hold this on the corner between your nosetrils and your actualy cheek area. . I think that because I am breathing it tends to get lose and doesn't take all the crap out of my pores. I don't have to do this when I do my forehead or chin. Then you wait for it to get hard..usually 5-7 minutes and then with a slight tug peal it away!! And there goes all the crap that even with my daily skincare cleansing/treatment it's till cloggs up!! I use this about 2x a week and more in the summer when I tend to sweat a little more. Yes they are expensive at the drugstore but try ebay and they are dirt cheap!!
While this product did not completely clear away all of my blackheads on my nose it did a pretty good job at getting the 'gunk' out. It is somewhat intriguing to look at what is left on the strip afterwards, which is mostly blackheads and tiny hairs. I usually use this product about once a week to get a deep clean that my cleanser cannot do. Overall I would buy this product again.