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Not sure why they have missed out the 'Strips' in the title, but the other reviews discuss the strips and the Biore Pore Perfect Ultra range are predominently strips, so here we go... Not impressed with these. I have really stubborn blackheads and I am on the desperate search something that will clear them. At £7.99 for 6 strips, I have been refusing to buy these for as long as possible. They are simply too expensive! And I was very wary of whether they would work. (I had tried nose strips from other brands, and hence the sceptism). However, Biore have been working on their packaging and are slowing releasing the ones with the new packaging, and hence, the old packaged ones are on special promotion for £4.99 ! Still a bit pricey, I think, but if they really work, I suppose they would be worth the £7.99 in the long run. And so I bought them... Followed their exact instructions, pat water on the pre-cleaned area that is to be treated (nose area), and then apply the sticker-like strip... It says to leave for about 10 minutes, but I left mine on for about 20 (to make up for the really stubborn blackheads...). But no, unfortunately, it just wasn't as effective as I had hoped. When I pulled the strip away, you could see some of the 'gunk' that it had drawn out but these were more from the less problematic areas - most of my blackheads were still there.... I put this down to my blackheads being really stubborn, so of course, I gave it more tries a few days later. This time I really prepped my face, washed, cleansed it, even applied a warm mask to make it easier for them to come out - but still, to my disappointment, a lot was still left unmoved. I have three strips left, so I will keep trying. But it shouldn't really take this long to see effective results, nevermind all the precleansing procedures I have to go through just to get it to work. Perhaps I just have a very serious case of blackheads... In that case, this is definitely not going to work for those who have really stubborn blackheads. Only more suited for those who from time to time get a few blocked pores - however, at £7.99 for 6 strips, this is certainly very expensive for treating only minor skin problems. I wouldn't recommend this for sensitive skins either, this works by the chemical reactions that take place when it is applied, and it does bond quite well onto the skin, so when you come to peel it off, it does take some effort and therefore, your skin does take to some battering. My skin was left quite sore after each peeling, and taking into account that I do try to take it off very gently... Another disappointment.
Recently I told you about my pampering day when I used the oh so painful Immac wax. Well, another product I dug out of my full to the brim toiletries box (note: not bag, I buy so many toiletries in the average month that I now have to use a box! lol) was a pore refining treatment from Biore. I wasn't really expecting much of a result from these as I've been blessed with really clear skin, in fact the last spot I had erupt on my face was about 8 years ago - apart from the one that came up the day before I was due to get my photo taken for the newspaper but I don't put this down to being a spot I put it down to sods law... Anyway, Biore Face Perfect Face Strips are basically a little fabric strip that you stick either on your forehead or chin and, after leaving it for a while, you peel the strip off it lifts dirt and blackheads out of your pores. I don't have a blackhead in sight but here in Birmingham we've got very high pollution and I thought it wouldn't do me any harm to give my pores a good clean out. Biore Face Strips come in a small box containing 6 navy blue sachets which each contain one strip. Also in the box is a very detailed instruction sheet, which on closer inspection is just a way Biore have found to advertise their many) other products. Each sachet is printed with instructions for using the strips so I didn't bother to keep the instruction leaflet or box. The amount of stuff I've got in my box, space is of the essence! Opening one of the foil sachets, I see a white strip which is approximately 1 inch wide by 3 inches long. I wouldn't normally bother you with dull as dishwater measurements but my reason for telling you this will become apparent later on in the op. I've decided to use the strip on my chin as I don't have the notorious oily T-Zone which affects a lot of women across the forehead, nose and chin but I find my foundation clogs the pores in the middle of my chin sometime s so it sometimes looks like my skin is in poor condition. As per the instructions, I wash my face and then thoroughly wet the area on my chin where I'm going to stick my strip. I stuck the strip to my chin and sat back in a bath full of bubbles and waited for it to stiffen, which indicates it's dry and ready to be unpeeled. If only everything took 15 minutes to stiffen and was still stiff after use, eh girls. Now, I take a looooooot longer than 15 minutes in the bath (and this particular evening Mark came in to *ahem* scrub my back) so the strip was in place for a three quarters of an hour before I peeled it off. While it was stiffening, it pulled my skin quite taut and the feeling wasn't altogether pleasant although it was completely painless. To peel the strip off you must peel from the edges into the centre of the strip in all directions as this allows more gunk (for want of a better word!) to be removed. It tells you on the sachet that if the strips sticks too strongly to your skin or if causes any discomfort at all it can easily be removed by thoroughly wetting the strip and peeling it off. My strip peeled off really slowly and easily (as should all strips...) and I quickly threw some cold water in the general direction of my chin to stop any redness. I've used a similar product in the past which was made by Oxy, but with Oxy Blackout you get a strip which is basically sellotape for skin! I remember using Oxy Blackout a few years ago and pulling the strip off felt similar to my waxing experiment! Using Biore is much less painful and I also felt the strip stuck better to my skin, which I think is because these strips are fabric whereas the Oxy strips were clear plastic and didn't attach itself properly to the contours of my face. Then I looked at my used strip. MY GOD. Now as I said, I've got good clear skin. I use exfoliators, soap free cleansers, face cream and any other lotion and potion which claims to make me ins tantly more beautiful. So you can imagine how shocked I was by the amount of gunge I had come off on the back of my strip! There is no way that this is caused by sloppy cleansing of my face so I can only assume that pollution, not removing my make-up properly and having pores that carry magnets to attract dirt! The back of the strip was covered in little white flecks which otherwise would have been left festering in my face... The skin on my chin under where the strip had been felt lovely and smooth afterwards and it actually did look clearer. My pores looked a bit bigger than usual but a quick dab of astringent on cotton wool soon shrunk them down to normal. Running my finger over my skin it felt cleaner, clearer and strokably smooth. So after this amazing discovery where I revealed all the gunk which I didn't know existed in my skin, I decided another 15 minutes in the bathroom was in order to use another strip on my forehead. Unfortunately, by this time Mark had gone to the shop so I had to suffer my own company for a quarter of an hour! Remember I told you the measurements of the strips? My forehead is bigger than 1" x 3" and I didn't want to waste 2 strips so I stuck it on the centre of my forehead just above my eyebrows. But this miffed me a little bit. This wasn't a cheap product and there is no way Biore could be classed as a cheap brand. Yet, it expects me to use two strips out of six for one treatment and when you consider I've already used one strip on my chin that means I'd be using half the packet in one fell swoop. You could say I got into a strop over the strips. Anyway, the strip I used on my forehead didn't have as much gunk on as the one I'd removed from my chin but it did make my skin smoother. I found my forehead went redder than the skin on my chin had, but this faded after 15 minutes or so, and the strip was slightly harder to remove and there was a horrible pulling sensation as I peeled the stri p off. I assume this is because the skin on your forehead is thinner than on your chin and so more sensitive. It was painless however and more of a yucky feeling than anything. I brought my Biore strips from Boots and it cost £7.50 for 6 strips, the Oxy Blackout I've used in the past cost around £3.99 for 15 or 20 strips although the treatment wasn't as effective as the Biore. Biore suggest you use the strips as part of your face care every three days (but no more often than this) but I find that the clean, unblocked feeling in my pores lasts over a week so tend to use it on a weekly basis. Biore also do a range of cleansers, nose strips and loads of blemish fighting treatments. You can find a full list of Biore products on their website at www.biore.com where you can also do a skin profile to find out what Biore product will suit your skin the best. The only cautions are to avoid using the strips on blemishes or inflamed, sunburned or very dry skin and do not use on skin that is already being treated with prescription acne medicine.
Once you've got the application right with these strips, they really are effective. I had several frustrating trial-and-error shots with them - either I made my nose too wet (you just need to moisten it slightly) or I left the strip on too long (you should peel it off as soon as it's dry: you don't necessarily need to wait the full 15 minutes). But once I'd sorted out exactly how to apply them they really helped me to clear up the revolting blackheads I'd had for years and years. I used one every four days, as directed, keeping my face really clean on the days in between and not wearing makeup, and by the time I'd reached the end of the packet I had to lean really close to the mirror to see my pores at all (beforehand, I could count my blackheads while standing two feet from my reflection. I know, yuck). I really do recommend these as I had horrible clogged pores for ages beforehand that nothing would fix until these strips came along and I was beginning to think I was stuck with them forever. Not any more! As an afterthought - don't use these in a warm, steamy bathroom, as the strips don't dry out: the moisture in the air keeps them wet and soggy and they won't work. So no, you can't leave them to do their thing while you're in the bath!
I tried these things once. The reasons I haven't done it again are a) The price. I'm too puritanical to spend so much money on such a small aspect of my appearance! b) It wasn't wholly effective. I followed the instructions and didn't have any trouble peeling the strip off. It came away with lots of little long whitish things sticking up from it - the contents of my pores - yuk! However, there were still quite a few blackheads left behind. It seemd to work better across the bridge of my nose than in the creases round my nostrils (what is that bit of your nose called?). Unfortunately the worst blackheads are in the creases. Of course it's not surprising that it doesn't work as well here because it's hard to get the strip into the creases.
I love these sticky white things - if you are a bit sad like me you will find them really intersting. To get best results lightly wet the strip with a trickle of water and apply to your nose (or where ever). Smooth it down so you have no air bubbles and relax (don't use them in the bath or they will stay all sticky). Wait till it goes rock hard (ideally try not to move your fact too much or they move round), it will a bit like papier mache, then start to peel s-l-o-w-l-y. The slower you peel the better the result. Once the strip is off have a good look under the light and you will see all these little blackheads stuck to the paper. It's gross. Don't get carried away and think like me you will have no blackheads left, it is amazing how many of the little buggers can fit onto such a small area. I've been using then regularly and can definately see a difference. The Biore ones are much much better than any other brand. In fact I would go as far as to say, don't even bother with another brand. The Ultra ones are also better, a bit tingly but very effective. Go and get some, it's the only way to get rid of those blackheads!
You know... those plaster like things you stick on your nose to get rid of blackheads?! Blackheads, open pores and all thinks icky. We all get it, we all hate it!! Well Biore are there to rescue us and having us look as fresh as a daisy... Thats if you believe the hype!!! Well, I did, Ms. Gullible. Being the mad freebie hunter that I am, I managed to get my hands on about 200 free samples. Don't ask me how it's a long story. Of 200 free samples 199 went in the bin. You may wonder why I am so against these. Well because they embarrased the hell out of me. I got all excited about them, no more black heads!! Yippee!!! There I sat like a prize plum with this sticky plaster like thing stuck to my nose while I had a gentle soak in the bath. Left it on for the required time & went to peel... Except, it wouldn't, it was stuck!!! I'm not overly keen on plasters at the best of time but having one stuck firmly across my face was not my idea of fun. I tried all ways to get it off, in the end I had to soak it off with water and scrape the sticky stuff off with my fingernails. Oh I lost some blackheads alright!!! I also lost a couple of layers of skin from my nose too. Picture it the next day though... I go to college looking like I've been sitting in the sun for too long and its the middle of winter. Also if I kind of went cross-eyed and looked down I could just make out the pink tinge to my face. It did wonders for my social life, it was most definately a talking point with my friends!!! So, my advice, stay well clear. Blackheads aint that bad anyway, better than losing half the skin from your nose. (Incidentally I'm not the only one this has happened to)!!