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      31.05.2013 21:57

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      Worth using but look around price wise.

      My daughter bought me some of these strips. She hadnt said anything other than 'look what Ive found, shall we try them'.

      I know already that I have enlarged pores on my face - these strips arent going to make them smaller.

      I can see that at times my nose can look like a load of black dots - commonly called blackheads but to my mind they are more like black dots in enlarged pores.

      We did a girly evening and not only micro-dermabrasioned (is that right??) but cleased thoroughly as we thought.

      Then came the Bio Strip.

      Now these must be made for certain shapes of nose as mine stuck on most of my nose except the side of my nostrils. However I dampened it and held it in place where it didnt actually stick on and shortly after - more like 15 minutes as we were having a glass of wine and forgot the time - pulled it off.

      If you have any doubts as to what is pulled out of your skin and pores look at the strip under a magnifying glass. It is disgusting.

      Yes your nose pores are then clean but within a day or so they are back to normal, dotty.

      Worth using yes, but check out the pound shop or Home Bargains for them.

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      16.04.2013 21:02
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      A grime and dirt ripping nose strip

      It has been a long long time since I have used Bioré® Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore nose strips and it happened that I came across them on offer in Superdrug whilst distracted by the Essie stand that I decided to buy them.

      I have oily-combination skin, though thankfully I am not prone to enlarged pores, flare ups of spots or blemishes. Also, despite living in London where no doubt we have a lot of pollution, I don't have too much of a problem with blackheads and try as best I can to keep them away using scrubs and masks. However, as it has been a while and these Bioré® strips were on offer, I decided to spend £5.32 instead of the usual £7.99 and see how effective they are and as I type this review, I have one on my nose.

      Inside the box, as you can see, there are 6 individually wrapped nose-strips (I am sure you used to get 12) and the foil packaging itself contains all the information on it you need to know about using them and it has a handy arrow pointing to a top section where you can open the packet. Once out of the packet, the nose strip is neatly stuck to a piece of plastic and as you can see it is designed to fit over the bridge of your nose and to the sides of your nostrils, the places where perhaps you have the most problem.

      **How to Use**

      I used this strip exactly as I was instructed to do and you can find the instructions on the side of the packet, but they read as follows:

      1) Remove strip from pouch. Twist strip to loosen and separate slits prior to use.
      2) After washing your face, thoroughly wet your nose. The strip won't stick on a dry nose.
      3) Dry hands. Peel strip off plastic liner. Apply to nose area, smooth side down, pressing down to ensure good contact with skin.
      4) Let dry for about 10-15 minutes until stiff to the touch -- like papier-mâché.
      5) Slowly and carefully peel off starting at edges, pulling toward center.

      So, I cleansed and cleaned my face to remove my day's make-up along with other dirt and grime which might have been clinging to my face, patted my skin dry and then wet my nose to apply the strip. One thing to make note is that please do ensure that the strip is completely in contact with skin and not hanging off anywhere or is loose, as you apply the strip, I found it clung to my skin with minimal effort. Once on the skin you can tell there is tea tree and witch hazel used as ingredients because you can smell them, thankfully they are no too over-powering as you have to sit and wait for about 10-15 minutes for the strip to dry, I myself am not the biggest fan of either fragrance, but it was bearable. The use of both Tea Tree Oil and Witch Hazel work together to get into and under your skin to push the dirt and grime out as well as acting as an anti-bacterial on the skin.

      After your allotted time, when it comes to peeling off the strip, it is pretty straightforward though it does feel a little odd because you can feel it pulling off your skin, I assume it is pulling out blackheads and other bits of gunk as you rip. Once off the nose, as you can see there is the evidence for all to see, little pockets of blackheads and other bits of dirt, quite gross really! I have to admit, there is also something satisfying about ripping these off your face (yes I am a ghoul).

      Once I have removed the strip and binned it, I always wash my face again and then ensure that my face is properly moisturised because in the past I have found similar strips to be quite drying on the skin. Overall though, these strips clearly do work and they do leave my skin looking much clearer.

      As with most products, this one also comes with its own cautions and I recommend that you read them before using the nose strips. They read as follows:

      1) Use only on the nose.
      2) Avoid using on acne blemishes or swollen, sunburned, excessively dry skin, or skin prone to spider veins.
      3) Consult a physician before using on skin being treated with prescription acne medication.
      4) Avoid using on skin which is sensitive to bandages or peel-off face masks.
      5) Remove strip as directed promptly after it becomes stiff. If strip is difficult or painful to remove, wet strip thoroughly until it slides off easily. Forceful removal of the strip should be avoided and may cause skin abrasions. If this occurs, discontinue use and consult a physician.
      5) Do not use more often than once every three days.

      For more information on Bioré® Nose Strips, you can find it on the website along with further information on other products from the Bioré® range.

      **Did you know...

      Over 28.8 billion pores have been unclogged by pore strips sold to-date!
      The average pore is about as large as the point of a ballpoint pen. (With Bioré® Pore Strips you can make yours appear even smaller!)
      Pores are about as deep as the ridges on our fingerprints -- about a hundredth of an inch.
      Blackheads are full of bacteria. So fingernails and squeezing can actually tear your skin and spread bacteria, but using Bioré® Pore Strips helps get rid of dirt and oil that can cause blackheads without tearing your skin OR spreading bacteria.

      **Info taken from Bioré®

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        02.07.2012 00:56
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        Part of my skincare rountineand use on a regular basis

        I tested out a few of the Biore products a few years ago but they didn't work well for me except these little nose strips.

        They are very easy to use, after washing your face with warm water and your usual cleanser you need to leave you nose wet, peel the strip from the plastic and smooth over your nose. You then wait about 10 minutes until the strip is hard and slowly peel off from the edges. They do tug at your skin a bit but they don't hurt.

        The idea of them is to stick to the clogged up dirt inside your pores (the blackheads!) and pull them out when you peel the strip off. If you've got bad blackheads prepare to be pretty disgusted with the outcome, it's gross! It doesn't rid you of your blackhead entirely but does help and can make you feel cleaner and smoother.

        They only thing I have found a problem with is that they are slightly too small to cover the entire of my nose, so I have to be careful with the placement. My nose is about a medium sized nose so I think this would be even more difficult for people with larger noses (all noses are beautiful though guys!!). It covers the parts you want most, across the bridge and into the sides and slightly across the cheeks, I just wish they were a little thicker as I have to choose between the top of my nose and the tip each time!

        They are pretty darn expensive, especially if you need to use them on a very regular basis like me but because they do help (and probably work extreeeemely well for you small pored people) it's worth it.

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        26.10.2011 15:05
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        My clean and shiny nose is back!

        Looking in the mirror the other day (checking for wrinkles) I was horrified to realise that I had pesky, horrible blackheads over my nose, with one, rather large, very stubborn one dead centre - cue weeping and wailing. It gets to payday and off I march to the nearest chemist determined to remove these once and for all....

        **Packaging and Pennies**
        First stop was Boots - where I was horrified to realise that a pack of 6 was going to cost me nigh on £8, at that point I had decided that my nose could cope with the blackheads and my boyfriend would still love me.....then realised Superdrug was next door so off I pop into there, where the exact same product was half price at £4.06 for the same product. Bargain.

        The pack is a normal box, about the size you would expect to see for plasters, with a picture of a woman with the strip on her nose! In each box you receive 6 strips which are wrapped in a shiny wrapping. The directions for use are written on both the back of the box (so external packagaing) and on the strip packaging which is good because when I tore open the strip I tore down through all the instructions and wouldn't be able to use it otherwise!

        **Use**
        1. Wash your face (and dry it!)
        2. Wet your nose thoroughly - I do this with as hot a water as I can stand to open my pores
        3. Peel the strip from the plastic protective layer
        4. Press the strip on your nose, smooth side down
        5. Wait for 10-15 minutes until the strip becomes hard
        6. Peel off and you will peel away the dirt and blackheads

        This is NOT intended for everyday use, if you wanted to you could use every 3 days, though I personally don't see the need to do it that often. Once has got the worst out for me, and I will probably use the other 5 I have left (well 4 if my boyfriend pinches one!) every 10 days or so when I decide to have a beauty pamper day.

        **What it feels like, Does it work?**
        Wandering round the flat with this on my nose, yes I looked a bit of a fool, but it didn't irritate me or stop me getting about my daily business (in this case I believe it was cleaning the toilet!) I didn't even notice the strip beginning harden. After the allocated 15 minutes, though it was probably ready sooner, the strip was ready to come off, you can tell by tapping the strip and if it feels hard, a similar texture to papier mache. Removing the strip was easy, gently taking the edge and peeling away from your face, it doesn't hurt as such, but stings slightly as the strip lifts the dirt out of your pores.

        But my oh my, it works, it hasn't got everything off my nose, but turning it to the light I could actually visibly see the dirt that had been pulled away across my nose, and looking at my nose I could see the evil stubborn blackhead had gone. Across the strip are dotted "islands" of dirt, all pore sized! It really was disgusting, but very intriguing at the same time!

        **Recommend**
        I have to give this 5 stars, and even if I don't see this on offer I would even purchase at full price! It does what it says on the tin, you don't have to use it everyday to see that it works or to maintain so although the initial price is on the high side, I think the results more than compensate!

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          04.08.2011 11:25
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          Just what you need to get rid of those pesky blackheads

          WHAT ARE THEY?

          The Biore ultra deep cleansing pore strips are designed to clear your nose of nasty blackheads and impurities so after reading some good reviews on the product I decided that I wanted to try them out for myself.

          They are available to purchase in packets of 6 and 14 from general pharmaceutical stores however you can pick them up fairly cheap on Ebay which is where I got mine from.

          USING THE STRIPS

          Using the strips is easy and the instructions on the packet are simple to follow with both pictures and written instructions. You simply wash your face, peel the strip off the plastic liner, place on your nose and wait for 10-15 minutes for the strip to work its magic.

          As I said before this is an easy enough process to follow and I have never had any problems. The strip comes away from the plastic easily and it is not flimsy so you can fix it onto your nose where it should be. The strip sticks to your nose really well but is not uncomfortable to wear, I generally sit and watch telly while it's on there and hardly notice it. However, I have tried eating with one on and I wouldn't recommend it.

          After 10-15 minutes it is time to remove the strip, I generally wait the whole 15 minutes as I want the strip to get as much dirt as possible. Now this process is not the most comfortable thing in the world and it does sting a bit but it is not nearly as bad as waxing your skin. I find if you just pull on the strip slowly and steadily it makes the process more bearable.

          Once you have removed the strip you get to see all of the impurities that it has pulled out of your nose and I have to say it is quite a sight. I only have a few blackheads but the strips cleanse down to get all the dirt that they can. A positive result which you can actually see and feel has worked.

          CONCLUSION
          Even though as I mentioned the strips can sting a bit when removing it is not nearly enough to stop me from using them again. I highly recommend them and will be making a repurchase when mine run out.


          --also on ciao--

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          17.04.2011 13:52
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          Biore are a leading skin company, and the price reflects this!

          No one likes blackheads and clogged pores lets face it! So when my eye caught these I thought definitely. Especially costing more than most others I thought they would offer more, and luckily I was right.

          The product --> One of the things I like about this product is how professional it looks with the green cardboard with the stripes at the top. It has an image of how the product works on the front, and then a description of how it works on the front. On the back is quite a long description of how to use them.

          These offer deep cleaning to the face for unclogging dirt and blackheads, so that they will be lifted and removed. They also work by removing oil, which can often gather round the nose. As you wet the area to apply the strip it moulds round to the nose, which means no skin goes untouched! With regular use of them it also helps to reduce the appearance of large pores too, which is something I have noticed when using the product.

          How to use the product --> It is a product that requires about 15-20 minutes of my time, so I prefer to do it at night time before bed. It is best to wet the area that the strip is being applied too first, and then removing the paper off the sticky side and applying it. It is then good to press down and mould into the nose, to make to sure you pick all dirt up. It then dries quite firmly and I leave it for the full 15 minutes. After this time is up (I usually paint my nails or chill out watching TV!) the edges can be pulled up and removed. It can feel quite tight when pulling it off. Then on the back of the strip you can see the dirt pulled off! My nose always feel very clean and smooth too. To keep on seeing results this must be done 1-2 times week, and because they are quite expensive I just tend to do it before a night out.

          There are 6 nose strips in each packet, but I sometimes use them for my chin, and find the results are great!

          The cost --> They cost £8 from boots now, but if you do want a deep down clean and removal of stubborn dirt I would recommend them. Even if it is just temporary it still makes you feel good!

          Slightly expensive but you can feel it in the quality, a great product.

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            27.02.2011 20:25

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            By far the best blackhead removing product on the market

            I can honestly say these pore cleansing strips are amazing! I first used them at my cousins house around a year ago. We were having a girly night and doing the usual facemasks etc. She whipped out a box of these and i gave her a dubious look. I'd always been victim to blackheads around my nose, but had always just resorted to using extra abrassive facial scrubs in what were always unsuccessful attempts to rid myself of the little blighters! I remember looking at her and realising that I'd never seen a single blackhead on her face (now i know why!!) so decided to give it a go. She showed me how easy they were to apply. Simply wetting my nose, pealing the plastic films off the strip and pressing it around my nose area, ensuring it was flat and tight to my skin. After 10 minutes of unhopeful waiting the moment of truth arrived. The strip had dried and hardened and was ready to come off! Peeling it off slowly, i could feel it pulling on my skin and after a few seconds examination i recieved the shock of my life!! The strip was covered in blackheads! Rushing to the bathroom mirror, my nose was blackhead free and wonderfully smooth to the touch! I have since tried other brand blackhead strips and NONE of them came close to the result I got from Biore. I now use them once a week and they are an essential item in my toiletries shop. I can't recommend them highly enough!

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            13.02.2011 00:23
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            A pricey but fantastic facial strip that helps with blackheads and fungal irritations

            Biore Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

            When I was a teenager I suffered really badly from acne and despite now being in my twenties, I still get regular flare-ups and moments when my skin has seen far better days. Blackheads have also been a problem, a persistent problem to say the least. There is a lot of stigma associated with people who suffer with acne and blackheads; dirty, unclean, unhygienic to name but a few words that apparently 'categorise' us. My skin also swaps and changes from ultra dry to ultra oily and the nose area is always a target area for painful spots and stubborn blackheads. A friend actually recommended the Biore Nasal Pore Strips to me. I've tried countless things in the past so my expectations were extremely low, but I decided to give them a month's trial nonetheless.

            What is the 'Biore' Range?

            Biore is a registered brand of Kao Brands Europe, who specialise in beauty products that help revive skin and nurture hair. The Biore range incorporates many different products including face washes, cleanser creams, moisturisers and scrubs that are specifically targeted to fight skin plagued with blackheads. There products are distributed nationwide and can be found in Boots and many supermarkets including Tesco and Asda.

            The Packaging

            On the shelf you could be forgiven for missing them entirely as the pale green box shies itself away compared to the invigorating and colourful designs of its competitors such as Clearasil. Despite this it does have a clear and simple design with a small picture of a woman wearing the nasal strips with a small description underneath. This may be simple, but on the whole it puts itself forward as quite professional and adult, rather than fitting in with the teenager specified products.

            On the reverse it has a further description of what is inside the strips themselves as well as a five step guide on how to use the strips. Again professionalism here is the key thing that sets itself apart from other products. The steps are easy to follow and are accompanied by a bite size illustration next to each step.

            The Claim and Key Ingredients

            Our facial skin is made up of over 20,000 pores which naturally open and close to release important oils and keep out dirt. Because of this our skin can easily become clogged up in dirt and oil which in turn break out as spots and blackheads. Our skin can produce too much oil with isn't a good thing and without regular in-depth cleaning it can result in further facial conditions. Biore Nasal strips claim they can remove the 'stubborn pore-clogging dirt and oil' remove blackheads and refresh and purify our pores. Three important ingredients apparently help this process.

            Tea Tree Oil - is something we see regularly nowadays in beauty products. Harvested from leaves native to Australia, Tea Tree Oil has now been proven to beneficial medically with antiseptic and antifungal properties. It has been proven to combat Staphylococcus aureus - a harmful bacteria that can cause illness when left untreated for long periods of time.

            Menthol - is an organic oil extracted from mint plant such as peppermint. When applied to the skin it reacts with a naturally occurring protein and produces a cooling sensation that I'm sure we have all experienced. It is grouped as an analgesic medicine which reduces pain in a specifically targeted area.

            Witch Hazel - produced from the Hamamelis virginiana plant, Witch Hazel is an anti-oxidant which apparently is fantatsic against fighting acne and reduces swelling. It is also highly effective for psoriosis and eczema sufferes.

            So with all the layman science put forward it certainly sounds convincing doesn't it? However does it do 'what it says on the tin'

            Using the Biore Strips

            The strips themselves are only about four inches long and are easy to remove from their sticky backing. There are two sets of three slits which need to perferated before use. After thoroughly wetting your nose, you remove the backing and place over your nose. The slits help it wrap around the shape of your nose perfectly and are able to press into the very corners of your nostrils, which for me have always been a problem area.

            You are told to leave the strip for fifteen minutes and as you wait you can feel it start to dry out and become very hard. It becomes very rigid and stiff and can cause a feeling of pressure on your nose, it isn't painful or tense, but it is definitely not a normal feeling. Also as it's working you can feel the cooling sensation mentioned above assumingly from the 'Menthol'.

            When the time is up you need to peel it off gently from the sides pulling forward to the centre of your nose. It is very tough and can give you the feeling of a 'ripping' sensation. It can be slightful uncomfortable. After looking down at the amount of dirt, dead skin and general 'mank' left on the strip it is then you realise just how dirty the area can become.

            Did it work?

            I was so surprised actually at how well the strips work. Over a period of a month used every three or four days, my nose became much more blemish-free and the blackheads only occur every now and again. The dry skin that forms on the nostril part of my nose has gone completely. I actually forgot to use them once and I went without them for a period of roughly two weeks and all the problems I had came rushing back. But with just two application they were eradicated again. They have been simply a God send.

            So, there must be downsides?

            Well I am sure everyone has different pain thresholds and although the sensation it quite stiff and a little uncomfortable, I am also sure for some this will be too much and put them off. You do get use to the tightening feelings it produces, it is almost like Papier-Mache.

            The only real downside I have to point out is the price. In a economy such as ours will we really fork out nearly a tenner for a pack of just 6 strips. But if you think about it 6 strips if used every four days will last you just over three weeks. It is expensive though and I am positive there are other nasal strips that cost less but I haven't tried them. The best thing I have found is that Boots tend to have more offers on them, so the last time I got a Buy One Get One Free deal, also the points accumilated on your Boots Advantage card will eventually give you one pack free.

            Overall, I would highly recommend these nasal strips to anyone who does suffer from outbreaks of blackheads and any kind of fungal irritation on or around their nasal area. When used regularly it certainly improves the look of your skin but more importantly helps combat the problems in the first place. It can cost you a bit of money and they are obviously marketed towards the fairer sex so men can easily dismiss them. However for people with confidence issues, this simple little strip can work magic and inject a big boost of happiness into someones life and give them less worry about the look of their face.

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            11.05.2010 21:17
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            I don't leave home without them.....

            As a modern Man, I like to try and take care of myself. Some women like that; others don't, but I digress. After my first Biore strip I was a convert for life. They now take pride of place in my bathroom.

            If you're reading this review than I can only assume that you, like me, suffer from big, visible pores that quickly become clogged and become blemishes. Well worry no more. You've found the solution.

            The strips themsevles are about 2 inches long and one inch wide. You cea u face, then whilst still wet you apply the strips to problem areas, most commonly nose, T-zone and chin. Wait 20 minutes (whilst hoping no one knocks on the door,) then wet again and peel off. Couldn't be easier.

            The results, well frankly its a double edged sword. The results and effect on your skin is amazing. Afterwards you genuinely get that deep clean tinglinh feeling, that so many products falsely claim to provide. I wouldn't however recommend looking at the strip after. Although its good to see that the bad stuff is out, its slightly depressing to know it was in there in the first place.

            Admitedly, these are quite expensive, especially when compared to store brand versions. The strips themselves can only cover a specific part of your face, and I undoubtably end up using more than one at a time - an expensive habit. They also can dry your skin, so make sure to moisturise after use.

            However, the results speak for themselves, and I'm not going to stop using them any time soon.

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            23.03.2010 11:53
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            You get what you pay for

            I first tried the Biore Pore Strips quite a while ago when i ended up with a couple of free samples.

            I was not really a fan of using nose strips in the past as i had found them to never work, and leave my skin very dry and felt as if my skin had been removed but none of the black heads.

            Anyway i decided seems i had them anyway i would give them a try.

            When using the strips i found that better than any other i had tried that they stuck well around the nose.

            Time come to take the strip off, it did leave my skin feeling a little dry, but too my suprise the strip had actually worked and had removed the blackheads!

            Brillant, i tried the other free strip i had, and again it worked brilliantly, although not removing everything it cetrainly removed a lot and better than any others around.

            I decieded i would deffently have to buy some of these, thats when i discovered they were slightly on the expensive side.

            A box of 6 of the strips cost £7.99. Ouch. Although at boots i found that they did and still do have a offer 2 for £8 on these and others biore items. So £4 a box, 60p a strip.. not bad. So i bought 2 boxes.

            It does state don't use more than once every three days.

            I tend to use once a week which is think is more than enough. So the two boxes last 12 weeks.

            They do there job, expensive but good if you can get them on offer.

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            20.03.2010 16:26
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            Gives the desired results!

            These cleansing strips are an essential part of my skin care routine. I use them every 3-4 days on both my nose and chin areas. Unfortunately, I am plagued by large pores which are very obvious on my nose which can be prone to blackheads.

            I was introduced to these strips by my mother who was tired of hearing me moan about my pores. The product claimed to remove excess dirt and blackheads from your skin in one easy movement. I have to admit that I didn't have much faith in their claims at first but decided to give them a try.

            The product comes in a box which contains 6 individually foil wrapped strips which are dry and attached to a plastic film. To apply the strips you must first wet the affected area with water and then apply the strip, firmly pressing it down to ensure maximum contact with the skin. The strip is to be left in place for around 5-10 minutes to allow it to dry and stick to the skin.

            Once you are satisfied the strip is dry you pull it off from the edges inwards, meeting in the middle of your nose. Once removed you should be able to see the results on the strip. It is recommended that you only use one strip every 3 days (maximum).

            I found the results to be amazing and I couldn't believe just how many blackheads were removed. I didn't even realise I have so many. Since using the strips I have noticed that my pores have reduced in size and I very rarely get any visible blackheads.

            The only negative point I have about this product is that the strips can be quite painful to remove as they pull the small hairs on your face. It can actually be so painful that my eyes water! The pain only last during removal and there are no long lasting painful side effects that I have experienced.

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            15.03.2010 18:37
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            An efficient, time-saving way to unblock your pores

            Having relied for many years on a good old pair of tweezers to pull out the 'pluggers' around my nose in an attempt to keep the blackheads at bay, I recently found myself looking around for a more efficient way of managing the situation. The tweezer method is quite time consuming, and scrubs don't really get the job done for me, so I thought I'd give these Biore 'Pore Perfect' strips a go (after checking out a few reviews on here, like any self-respecting dooyooer would).

            The main issue with these seemed to be the price, so I was delighted to find them in my local Sainsburys for £3.99, half their usual price. Each pack contains 6 pore strips, so I think I paid a reasonable price; when not on promotion, each strip would cost over £1, which is a bit steep.

            The box comes with comprehensive instructions for use, including helpful diagrams which ensure you apply them in the right way. I can imagine misusing these could have nasty consequences (think ripped skin- ouch) as they really do stick solidly to your nose and the delicate area around it. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

            The claim of the product is boldly stated on the front of the box- to 'remove stubborn, pore-clogging dirt, oil and blackheads' and to 'refresh and purify pores'. Very useful, then, if they actually work. The strips contain tea tree oil, menthol and witch hazel, all renowned for their natural cleansing properties.

            Each strip comes in its own foil pack, to ensure it stays super fresh. The packs are very easy to tear open, and come with instructions on the back- handy for checking you're doing things right if you haven't got the box to hand. The strips themselves look like they're made of white paper, and come backed with clear plastic. They're specially designed to contour to the shape of your nose, thanks to little slits around the edge. In order to open these slits, you have to twist the strip before applying it. This done, you wet your nose thoroughly (important, otherwise the strip won't stick) and press the strip on, pushing it down around the sides of the nose to ensure that it's in contact with all those problem areas.

            I find the strips to be generously sized- they amply cover my nose area, and spread onto my cheeks. I don't push the strips down around the cheek area though, as my pores aren't a problem here.

            The first thing I notice once the strip is applied is a tingling sensation- my nose feels cold, but in a clean, refreshing way. I'm sure this is due to the menthol and tea tree- it almost feels like my skin is being decongested! After 10-15 minutes, the strip has dried solid, like paper-mache, as it says on the box. At this stage, it's ready to be peeled off.

            To do this, you start at the edges, and pull very slowly towards the middle. This didn't come naturally to me- I'm used to waxing, where you have to whip the strip off as quickly as possible. But with these strips, gently does it, and yanking them off would be very painful and potentially damaging to your skin. As it is, pulling them slowly away isn't particularly painful, although my eyes do sometimes water a bit!

            Once off, you can see the fruits of your labour- the strip is covered in a tiny forest of pore-clogging spikes! It really amazed me how much gunk came out the first time I used one of these- I couldn't believe that all that had been in my pores just minutes before! It certainly felt good to see that they were no longer imbedded in my nose. The second surprise, however, came when I looked in the mirror- my nose looked exactly the same as before, blocked pores and all! I was quite disappointed, and wanted to use another pore strip immediately, but the instructions are to leave at least three days between using the strips. The good thing was that the strips hadn't had an adverse effect on my skin- my nose did look a little red, and had a few bits of white residue left on it, but a quick rinse was enough to remedy both of these.

            The next day, however, I was pleased to see my nose looking noticeable better. Although the pores were still visible, most of them looked clear, and the overall results were good. I think it had maybe taken overnight for the pores to shrink, which is why I hadn't noticed an immediate improvement.

            I've used 3 of these strips now, 1 every week, and while I'm still not 'pore perfect', my skin certainly looks clearer. Each week, the forest of pluggers left on the strip gets smaller, so I'm hoping that with long term use, they'll vanish altogether. Actually, maybe I'm not hoping that- the strips are really fun and satisfying (in a weird way) to use, and they certainly liven up my skincare routine! I'll definitely be replenishing them when they run out, although I'll shop around to try to get them on special offer again.

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              26.02.2010 13:47
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              A product that really works!

              Pore strips are one of my guilty pleasures. I really love seeing the gunk I've removed from my face on the strip after I've used them - its a fascination almost on a par with squeezing spots.

              I've tried a lot of different brands and to be honest most of them are about as much use as using a bit of masking tape. these however, are a product i go back to time and time again. Yes, that actually work!

              I find the best way to use them is after a bath or shower, when the pores have opened from the steam. I wet my face with water as hot as I can stand and then apply the strip. I then go about my business and forget its there... As soon as I remembers it (usually about an hours) I peel it off slowly working in from each side.

              Once you have pulled it off you can see, in graphic and disgusting detail, the plucked out contents of your dirty little pores.

              I then follow with toner to close the pores up again and lo and behold - my skin looks great.

              I really do recommend this to anyone with problem pores like me.

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                14.02.2010 19:35
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                Good at what it's for but doesn't affect appearance much

                I bought these Biore Pore Perfect Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips after I head someone talk about cleaning out their pores with these strips. It's not something that had occurred to me before but curiosity plus excellent reviews persuaded me and the next time I saw these on offer at the shops I bought a pack. I think these cost £8 and I got them for £4 as I certainly would not pay full price.

                These come in a mid green box with a colourful stripe at the top. They promise to remove stubborn pore-clogging dirt, oil and blackheads and refresh and purify pores. There are 6 strips in each box. Each strip is shaped to fit round your nose with a backing strip that must be removed upon application. First you wet your nose. This make sure you do thoroughly otherwise it doesn't stick properly. Then peel of the backing strip and stick on your nose. Make sure you press it down so it contacts fully with the skin otherwise it won't work. Then leave it for 10/15 minutes until it feels really stiff. I often leave it for longer just in case it means it'll cleanse the skin more. Then you have to pull it off. This can be quite painful and last time made my eyes water quite a lot. Perhaps it's best to rip it off, like a plaster.

                When done, I could not see that much difference in the appearance of my nose but I could see from looking at the strip itself that in certain places it had cleared out whatever was blocking the pores as this had been pulled out so perhaps it stopped my getting a few spots or something. I also tried to use one of these on my chin as that is my most problematic area on my face but this seemed to have no effect there and didn't pull any clogs out at all which surprised me as I thought though it's not designed for the face, the same method would work wherever but apparently not.

                This is not something I use regularly, just once every few months when I remember it's in the drawer. Using them regularly would be unnecessary I feel as well as costly.

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                  01.01.2010 16:11
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                  Cleansing pore strips designed to remove blackheads, I didn't find them effective.

                  My Review:
                  I have large open pores and I really wanted this to be my miracle product! Unfortunately despite using it on three seperate occasions, I did not see any noticable improvement in my skin, the odd blackhead was 'pulled' but the majority remained.

                  I saw that my skin was left red and irritated after using them (and I don't have sensitive skin) and very dry. The strips fit well and the product doesn't smell altogether unpleasant which is often the case with astringent products.

                  Background:
                  I purchased this product approximately six months ago because I have very large pores and despite steaming and cleansing, I get very bad blackheads if I am not vigilant.

                  Packaging:
                  The strips come in a cardboard box which can be recycled.

                  Price:
                  I feel this product as low value because I saw no noticable improvment after using it, it appears there is no short cut to thoroughly cleansing!

                  Also reviewed on BeautyJudge.

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                • Product Details

                  Formulated with tea tree oil, menthol and witch hazel to cool the skin so you know it's working /