Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Bioré Pore Strips: Are they worth the hype?

Biore pore strip on multicoloured background

Let’s start with the fact that I don’t suffer badly with blackheads. I do get a breakout of them occasionally, as I have done recently, but it’s generally not a continual problem for me. When I had a recent breakout, I decided to pick up a pack of the much coveted Bioré Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips. They were on offer at £3.99 in Boots, as opposed to nearly £10 for a pack of six, so if there was any time to try them it was going to be now.

I just want to say – I gave this product a fair chance. I used three strips, over a few weeks, in three different settings. Did they work for me?

Absolutely not.

First time I used it was with my friend Michala. Having only really used these strips once before when I was younger, I didn’t really understand what I was doing, and I really begrudge reading instructions for what just seemed to be a strip of cloth with glue on it. So I cleaned my nose with a bit of hot water, and threw on the strip. After about fifteen minutes, when I felt like I had papier mache on my nose, I carefully tore it off. A word of warning to anyone who does decide to try them: DO NOT PUT THEM TOO FAR UP YOUR NOSE. It clings to your under-eye skin like a bitch, and can be very painful to remove. I was excited to see what this strip had pulled out of the depths of my pores, and was very disappointed. Yes, there were a lot of little things stuck to the strip that I first assumed to be little blackheads. On further inspection, all it had done was ripped out most of the fine hairs on my nose at the root, and judging by the redness of my nose, the top layer of skin too.

The second time I used it, I used it with my boyfriend Dave, because I made him. Again – nothing.  It seemed to work a little better for Dave, so maybe it is just me. However, nothing was removed from my nose but hair and skin. I was getting really pissed off at this point, feeling like I’d just completely wasted my time and money. To add insult to injury, the day after I found my nose and cheeks had become incredibly oily. I brushed this off as maybe the strips were pulling the oil out of my pores, but now that I think about it, I’m not buying it.

Biore pore strip in use
Attempt 3 - In all my unedited glory

The third time I used it, I gave myself a little facial. I washed my whole face with my normal cleanser and steamed my face, then put on a blackhead strip. My thinking was that if anything was going to help the blackhead strip work, it would be steaming my face. If that was meant to open my pores, then it would be perfect for the strip to grab any blackheads and rip out those suckers. But wouldn’t that leave me with open, gaping pores? Well, we’ll never find out because of course, nothing changed. I geared myself up to be impressed, as surely I had done something wrong the first two times. But nope, still nothing but hair all over the strip.

Biore pore strip after use
My camera literally could not pick up anything on the strip, but trust me, there was nothing of note.

The long and short of it is, I really did not like the Bioré strips. Maybe it’s just the brand, maybe it’s my skin, but I’m pretty doubtful of those things. I've heard Bioré have some great face cleansers, and I wouldn't be averse to trying any of them, but I’m of the opinion that there isn't much point in products that claim to just rip out your blackheads. Even if they do, that’s surely not the best way to take care of your skin.

Have you ever used any blackhead strips? What did you think?

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1 comment :

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