Down To The Pore? I’m Not So Sure…
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Hi there! It’s Emily, one of Collin’s sidekicks!
I am a HUGE fan of skincare products. From cleansers to masks to serums, I try A LOT of different brands and formulations, especially new and trendy products getting lots of media attention. While some work and others don’t, there’s one skincare product that I just cannot seem to get behind – blackhead pore strips.
You probably know what I’m talking about; the curvy fabric-like stickers that stick to your nose and pull out all the gunk that gets buried within your pores. The main reason people (and I) reach for these strips is to get rid of blackheads.
To my dismay, I have NEVER had pore strips work for me! And not just one kind, I’ve tried the regular Bioré Strips, the ultra version, the charcoal version, and my latest attempt was forgoing Bioré all together and giving Formula 10.0.6 Down To The Pore a try. I thought, “I love this brand’s face masks… maybe I’ll love the blackhead products.” These strips were by far the least effective 😫.
I followed the instructions exactly, making sure I have enough water to help the strip stick and giving it enough time to fully dry. I’ve even tried steaming my face first to help loosen up the pores. But no matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to get that super satisfying peel off moment where all the little oily bits stick to the paper-ish strip like gross inverted icicles 😷. Am I the only one who is mesmerized by those slow motion blackhead peel off videos? 😳
As you’re reading this, you might be thinking there’s still some user error on my end. Well, that could totally be likely, but it seems I’m not alone – I’ve read countless reviews stating the same poor results with the strips, though there are others that praise these little blackhead miracle workers.
Even though I’ll continue calling upon the Formula 10.0.6 brand for some of my favorite skincare products, the Down To The Pore strips will not be making the cut. I should toss the rest of these strips in the trash, but I’m going to hold on to them. Maybe someone will come along with great advice to maximize their effectiveness! But until then, I guess I’ll just embrace my blackheads.
Have you tried these pore strips? Did they work for you? Do you have any other recommendations?
Please be kind in the comments. 🙂
Written by Emily for Hip2Save. Emily lives in Buffalo, NY where she spends her time drinking lots of coffee, scouring the internet for deals, and tackling DIY projects. She’s a big believer of self-care and living the fullest life possible, all while saving money of course.