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As a teenager, I suffered with quite oily skin. This was a particular problem around my T-Zone where I consequently suffered with a lot of blackheads on my nose. Nowadays, I have combination skin with really dry cheeks and an oily nose. This means that I still need to use measures in this area to keep blackheads at bay or remove them if they appear. Over the years, I have worked out which products work for me and which ones are best avoided and these Purederm Deep Cleansing strips are something that I still use.
When I was younger (and we are talking several years ago here) I would purchase these from Superdrug or Boots. Nowadays, I find that they are less readily available and tend to order online from Amazon or one of the online pharmacies. They are also available from Holland and Barratt. They are priced at around £2.99 for a box of six strips.
The strips come in a small cardboard box (about the size of a regular box of plasters). It is very lightweight and largely white in colour. On the front of the box, there is a smiling lady with one of the strips across her nose (her complexion is flawless which leads you to question whether she would really have a blackhead problem). Inside the box, the strips are come individually loose inside the box, each is on a white paper backing (a plastic looking type of paper). The strips are white in colour and feel a bit cushioned to the touch - they are a light fabric. They are long enough and wide enough to cover most noses I would say, with a wider part in the middle where the tip of the nose will be.
USING THE STRIPS
Instructions for use are located on the back of the cardboard box and are extremely simple and easy to follow. You simply remove the backing from the strip, damp the surface of the strip with a little water (the non-sticky side) and place it over the bridge and sides of your nose, pressing down firmly to ensure that there are no air bubbles. You then leave this in place for 15 minutes whilst it dries and carefully pull the strip off, as you would a plaster.
The strips work by deep cleansing the pores in the skin and removing blockages and blackheads - you should be able to see the evidence on the underside of the strip after you have removed it.
I find the strips really easy to use. I love that the process is simple, with no mess and no need for anything else e.g. cotton wool. It is important not to get the strips too wet though as the strips slide off your nose if this is the case and are pretty much unusable.
I leave these on for the 15 minutes recommended, but you can tell when they are ready to remove because they become really hard and the skin underneath feels tight. They are much like a plaster to remove in that they need a little prising off the skin at the edge to start with and then should be ripped quite quickly, holding the skin taut. I do find this pretty painless and the skin underneath doesn't inflame or get sore - but it is important to not leave the strip on any longer than the recommended time to ensure that this is the case.
I find the strips are really effective at removing blackheads and pore blockages. After removal, there is always a lot of evidence of this on the strip, which is littered with debris. This is not the most pleasant thing to see but you can't help but look! The skin on my nose feels dry after use but looks significantly clearer.
The strips are really effective at removing blackheads from the nose. They do not remove all of them but do vastly reduce the number and appearance of them. They are not too harsh on my skin either which was quite a concern to me initially as my skin can be quite sensitive. I need to do these about twice a week to achieve a lasting improved appearance across my nose. They are reactive rather than proactive in that they remove blackheads once formed rather than preventing them (although they do help unclog pores which can lead to blackheads so it can be argued that they do help reduce the amount of blackheads in this way). I would definitely recommend using these alongside a specialist cleanser for preventing blackheads to get the very best results.
I think £3 for 6 strips is quite pricey - especially if you need to use a couple a week. I have, in the past, found these on offer for around £1 a pack which I think offers much better value.
All in all, these do work and therefore I can't do anything but recommend them. They are easy to use too and mess free, which is always a bonus.
I'm not ashamed to say that I am a teeny bit obsessed with my skin and am constantly on the look out for any skin care products that will improve the condition of my skin. I believe having healthy, clean skin is really important and carry out my skin care regime religiously. However, this doesn't mean I don't have issues or hiccups with my skin and I know I am definitely not alone when I say I can't bare spots and have a particular hatred for those pesky little blackheads that sometimes seem impossible to get rid of!
Blackheads on my nose are a real problem for me and I'm always trying different products to try to unclog and close my pores. I was in my local BodyCare and came across a packet of these 'deep cleansing nose strips' for £1.99. They claim to be a solution to my problem by cleaning pores and removing blackheads. After reading this, of course I had to try them! They are packaged in a box exactly the same as the one shown in the picture above and it contains 6 strips individually packaged in packets inside. Each packet has instructions on how to use the strips as well as instructions on the back of the box.
To sum up how to use these for anyone who wants to know, all you need to do is ensure that your face is thoroughly clean, with no trace of make up or creams, wet your nose with water and simply apply the strip to your nose shiny side down making good contact with skin and smoothing out air bubbles. After about 10 - 15 minutes the strip should harden as it dries, once dried peel the strip off slowly and rinse off any residue left on the skin. It's that simple! These strips shouldn't be used on sunburn, blemished or pimply skin or skin sensitive to tapes, bandages or peel off masks.
The strips are very easy to use and the instructions very easy to follow. The question is though, do they work? and the answer is yes they do. The best thing about these strips is that after use you can see all the unwanted blackheads that have been lifted on the strip. However gross and disgusting this may sound, its oddly satisfying to see all the dirt and grime that has been lifted from your clogged pores and of course, it is great to be able to see instant results showing that the product has actually done something!
After removing the strips and washing off any residue that may have been left on the skin, my skin instantly feels softer and pores feel tighter. Although these strips do work to an extent, they are NOT a solution to blackheads in my opinion. If it was that simple nobody would have them! Yes, they do pick up blackheads and grime, but it certainly doesn't lift all of them and is something I think needs to be used in conjunction with products such as blackhead eliminated scrubs and washes. I use one a week and find it works well as part of my whole skin care regime.
These can be bought from BodyCare for £1.99 and I would recommend them for anyone, be it ladies or gents, who have trouble with blackheads, just don't expect a miracle!
Despite my strict beauty and skincare regime, I'm prone to blackheads and they tend to gather on my chin and nose.
Blackheads are disgusting and they look absolutely horrible, so over the past few years I've tried various products that claim to help reduce blackheads. A few have been quite succesful but blackhead removing strips are by far my favourite as this method is very simple as well as quick and easy. It's also not as uncomfortable as say using a blackhead tool as no prodding or poking is required - just apply the strip, wait for a while and voila, done!
I've tried a range of different brands of blackhead removing strips and these ones which are Purederm branded are my favourite due to how cheap and effective they are. The price actually put me of buying them at first as I thought that they wouldn't be very good, but they're just as effective as the more expensive ones that I used to use, which were £8.00 more expensive than these.
A pack of six of these strips retails from £2.00 to £2.99 in most stores (Holland and Barrett, Superdrug etc) and I'd recommend buying in store or via Amazon as obscure websites such as online pharmacies etc sell these for £3.00 to £4.00 more. I buy mine in bulk from Amazon and I pay £8.26 for five packs, with each pack containing six strips. I personally think that this is brilliant value!
Packaging wise, the strips come in a rectangular box made out of thin cardboard. The box is white with a picture of a woman 'modelling' (lol) one of the strips on her nose. The picture fills most of the front of the box. There's quite a lot of text plastered all over the box with the brand and product name on the front and the ingredients, directions for use, warnings and so on are listed on the back. The strips themselves come in silver plasticy type sachets which are easy to tear open.
The white strips have a transparent thin plastic backing. To use the strips you simply need to wet your nose (or wherever you are applying the strip), remove the plastic backing and put the strip onto the wet area, making sure that you don't get the strip too wet else it will not stick properly. If I'm using a strip on my nose then I make sure that the area around my nose is wet too as the strip is quite wide so it covers more than just my nose. I find that I need to press and hold it down for a few seconds to make sure that it's securely stuck on and that's all you need to do.
Purederm say that you should leave the strip on until it feels stiff. I find that the time varies and it takes longer to stiffen on my nose than on my chin. I'd say on average it takes around 12 minutes until it's ready to come off. Removing the strips feels just like pulling a plaster off. It's not painful, but it is quite uncomfortable for a few seconds. As the strip is white, any blackheads etc that have been removed show up on the strip which is good as I'm able to see how effective it was. It always removes a lot of blackheads and it gets them out whole (sorry if I'm grossing anyone out) meaning that no dirt etc is left behind in the pores.
A little bit of sticky residue is always left behind but this is quick and easy to remove. These are really effective and I give them four out of five stars. I've knocked one star off because they should only be used 1-2 times a week and I'd like to use them daily. I also think that they smell quite strange and unpleasant but as the smell is not overpowering I can't complain too much. Recommended.
I use these nose strips once every two weeks as I like the feeling of clean pores and they work really well on my skin. They come in packs of six and I buy them from the Bodycare shop in town for £1.99 a packet.
Each strip is individually wrapped in a silver wrapper which you tear open to use, the strip is inside and it is white and shaped so that it can fit onto the nose and around the sides of the nose covering the pores that often get clogged.
To use the strips is easy you just wet the nose and open the strip, peel it off the see through plastic liner and place it on the wet skin over and around the nose. Smooth it on until it has no bubbles in and it will stick by itself onto the skin, you don't have to soak the skin , as too much water will make the strip soggy and it won't work as good, just damped the skin and place the strip onto it.
The strip then has to be left for ten to fifteen minutes to dry onto the skin, you will feel it getting tighter as it drys.
Once the strip has dried or the allotted time has gone, then you can carefully peel the strip from the edge off the skin, it might pull a little , but slowly comes off bringing with it all the dirt and blackheads that have been clogging up the pores of the nose.
You can see the dirt which has been clogging the pores if you look at the strip and the skin feels clean and fresh after using these, as well as you feel better knowing that all that dirt has gone and your skin can breath again.
Rinse your face with warm water to get the rest of the sticky stuff off and you can definately see and feel the difference from before and after.
I use these regularly as I like the results, they are affordable and work so I'm loyal to this brand. I have sensative skin and these don't irritate me.
I'm happy to recommend.
Just a word of warning - the following review discusses blackheads in some detail. Don't read on if spots make you queasy!
I've always had a bit of a problem with blackheads on my nose. I used to use these as a teenager, but it wasn't until I saw some Purederm Deep Cleansing Nose Strips available for £1 in the Bodycare store at home that I decided to buy some again and relive old times. I understand they cost a lot more usually so it seems I got a bargain!
You get 6 strips in a pack, and they come in a white box with a picture of a smiling woman on the front, who just happens to be wearing one of the strips. I reckon she looks far too happy for someone who obviously has enough blackheads to need to use one of these, but hey, I guess they've got to advertise them somehow.
On the back of the packet are the instructions. Basically, you have to wash your face thoroughly, then peel off a strip from the plastic liner. You then have to thoroughly wet your nose to ensure the strip sticks, and apply the strip shiny side down, ensuring all air bubbles are smoothed out and the strip is thoroughly sticking to your skin. The strip should be left for fifteen minutes or so, until the strip hardens, and then it can be peeled off - hopefully bringing lots of blackheads with it.
I find it is relatively easy to attach the strip to my nose and smooth out the bubbles, although I often have to hold the strip there until most of the excess moisture dries off and the strip stops sliding about. As the strip dries I can feel the tightness around my nose, although it's not painful or especially uncomfortable, just weird. I do find it slightly painful to remove though, especially on the skin around my nose - imagine pulling off a plaster! I do end up wincing a bit.
When I remove the strip from my nose, it's a bit red and sore but also looks less shiny and blackhead-y. There is definitely stuff on the strip, so the strips clearly work to some extent! I'm careful never to use these before going out - before bed is the best time as it gives your skin a chance to recover!
I do find that these work, although I get the best results when I steam my skin first (e.g. by using one of Lush's toner tabs). This helps the pores to open and increases the chances of getting the blackheads out. They're not miracle workers but I do find my nose is less shiny and less full of blackheads for a few days afterwards.
I'm going to give the product 4 stars, based on the price I paid compared to how they work... although I expect if I'd paid as much as some reviewers my mark would be lower!
This product aims to get rid of blackheads and blocked pores on the nose and skin at either side of the nose. You put the strip on your nose and then dampen the outside to activate the process. The idea is that when you remove the strip by peeling off your nose, it should have fastened to all of the nasties such as blackheads or blockage debris and cling to it so that it is pulled out of your pores. When I tried this, my nose felt incredibly smooth afterwards and left a satisfying feeling that justice had been served to my skin! My partner however took more delight in looking at what was left on the strip - he thought it was so delightfully gross that he tried it himself and still gets me to fetch him packs of these when I'm out shopping! So this product would be good for both men and women.
I suffer greatly from blackheads on my nose, and hence use nose strips a lot to remedy this problem. However, I don't buy them often as they are expensive and I am a student! On a recent visit to Bodycare, I found the Purederm Deep Cleansing Nose Strips, and since they were much cheaper than other brands (£2.99 for a packet of 6), I decided to try them.
You should wash your face thoroughly, ensuring that there are no traces of make up or moisturisers. Then, dry your hands and open the packet, before wetting your nose thoroughly. The instructions on the packet don't specify the temperature of the water, but I advise that you use warm water, as this opens the pores and hence allows the dirt to be pulled out more easily. When the nose is wet, the nose strip should be applied to the moistened area and should be pressed down firmly, ensuring that it won't fall off! It's best to leave the strip on your nose for 10-15 minutes - as the strip dries, it will harden, and it's best to remove the strip when it's hard. Be careful when removing as you don't want to irritate your skin!
Each of the six nose strips comes in a silver wrapper, with the brand name 'Purederm' on the front, and instructions for use on the back. The fact that each nose strip is individually packaged means that the nose strips are kept in an air tight packet, and hence their adhesive properties aren't affected.
The nose strips claim to instantly clean clogged pores. I do believe this to a certain extent; my skin feels softer and smoothe after using the nose strips, and doesnt feel as greasy. Furthermore, the packaging states that they remove blackheads. After use, it is possible to see on the nose strip whether or not any blackheads have in fact been removed, as the dirt can be seen on the adhesive side. However, it never appears to me that the nose strips do a splendid job of removing blackheads - there is always very little dirt on the nose strip after I remove it. This is not because there are no blackheads on my nose, because there are, and hence I would expect there to be more evidence of the effectiveness of the nose strips!
Therefore, although I do think the nose strips remove surface dirt, I don't believe that they clean deep within the skin and for this, I would recommend an exfoliating wash or a facial (if you're feeling extravagant!)
I do not have particularly sensitive skin, but these nose strips never fail to irritate my skin. After use, my skin becomes inflamed and in one small area on my nose, my skin becomes so inflamed that it stays red for around 3-4 days. Therefore, if you have sensitive skin, I wouldn't recommend these!
I would advise you to opt for a more expensive alternative, as these nose strips honestly don't do much in the way of removing blackheads and they definitely don't deep cleanse!
If you've been kind enough to have read any of my reviews then you'll know I am trying to blast out a few deeply embedded blackheads betwwen my eyes. The b*****s won't shift despite my cleansing religiously every morning & evening.
So far I've tried many lotions & portions including those that specifically target blackheads but with little real success.
I've used pore strips before & they've been the best way of tackling them but this afternoon my daughter bought these Purederm ones which I'm trying right now as I write this review. Good job you can't all see me!
Although this pack is 'Deep Cleaning Nose Strips' I've cut them down so I have 1 on my nose, a small one between my eyes & one of my chin - I hope we don't have unexpected visitors as they have to stay on for 5 - 10 minutes.
The directions are easy enough to follow - just wash face thoroughly removing any make-up, moisturiser etc (ie get rid of any oil on the face). Damp the face with water, dry hands thoroughly then place the strips with the shiny side towards the skin. Having followed these I'm just waiting for the 15 minutes to be up.
It says that the strips start to go hard the longer they are on & they have indeed but there's no discomfort whatsoever.
There are 6 strips in this pack which cost £1.49 from Qualitysave - good value as they retail at around £2.49 in some shops. It says on the pack that these strips should only be used on the nose but I like to make things go that bit further & they're too big for my nose anyway.
On the front of the box it tells me the following -
- instantly cleans clogged pores
- removes blackheads
- larger size for better fit
On the reverse it tells me the ingredients - gobblegook to me - but it does contain alcohol. It also claims that the product is 'specifically designed to unclog pores & lift away unwanted blackheads.' 'You'll feel a dramatic difference after just 1 use & continued use works to tighten pores..'
OK my time's up now so I'll just put the light on, get my specs & magnifying glass & let you know....
having followed the instructions carefully & removed from edged towards the centre I can honestly say they work! The proof is on the used strips - hurray!
All I need to do now is work on my wrinkles....
- great buy as these strips worked for me.
- easy & relatively quick to use.
- I did get immediate results & actually saw the evidence on the used strips.
- would recommend trying these if blackheads & clogged pores drive you crazy.
So far today i'm having a pretty rubbish day!
Had a meeting at work and found out they're making redundancies in the next 2 weeks, bought a load of skin stuff and my carrier bag split sending the contents into the road; a glass bottle broke and my face mask exploded!! This was the one item I managed to save from the mess.
I was having this facecare spree as my skin isn't great at the minute; my pores are quite large and clogged and it is just more obvious on my pale skin than on most people probably.
I bought these from Bodycare for £1.99.
The box looks identical to the one in the picture above, simple but not cheap.
The small writing on the box says 'Instantly cleans clogged pores' 'Removes blackheads' and 'Larger size for better fit'.
The brand is 'Purederm' not one i've heard of but a nose strip is a nose strip surely?
You get 6 strips in a box and they recommend you use them at the most every 3 days, so a box will last a couple of weeks.
The strips are a funny shape, almost rectabgular but longer in the middle (the bit which covers the length of your nose) They are white and look like they're made out of cotton or something similar.
Wash your skin so there is no make-up or moisturiser residue, wet skin and apply the strip while you're skin is sopping wet. It goes over your nose and slightly onto your cheeks as shown in the pic.
The water helps it stick.
There are lllustrated step by step instructions on the back of the box and the back of each strips seperate packaging, each strip is kept in a little foil pouch on its own.
It feels well stuck so I hope it's going to do some good......
Apparently "You'll notice a dramatic difference after one use and continued use works to tighten pores" Sounds good to me.
I left the strip on for 10-15 minutes as instructed. The next step is to peel it off slowly, I always thought that you'd be best doing it fast like waxing your legs but apparently not so I do as i'm told!
It's not easy to find a bit to start the peeling, you may need to pick at a corner back before you can peel the rest and like I say it really does stick well which i'm hoping is a good thing.
God it hurts to peel it off, my eyes actually began to water.lol.
I as anyone probably would look straight at the strip i've just peeled off my skin! Can I see anything? yep! Yuck but I can actually see the blackheads, mostly on the bits that were down the sides of my nose.
My skin is a bit red but not bad and my pores are definitely 'cleaner' :)
I'm now going to cut one up and use it on my cheeks lol!
You can actually buy ones specially shaped for your chine or forehead too but these were a bigger size for the same price.
I'm sure you could use it anywhere to be honest.
I'm thoroughly impressed!!
:: Introduction ::
I've first seen the Purederm range at beauty discounter Beauty Base in Ealing Broadway, London and because until now I haven't found a truly working nose strip treatment, I gave them a go. The range is widely available at chemists and online too and all
products tend to have the same £2.99 price.
:: The packaging ::
The nose strips come in a pack of six (or 8 when on promotion) in a carton box donning the Purederm logo in white and red colour. Each sachet contains 1 strip for a single treatment.
:: What it claims it does ::
* Instantly cleans clogged pores
* Removes blackheads
* Larger size for better fit
:: Apperance and application ::
The strip is a small pad with a shiny surface on one side that's protected with a transparent foil you remove before application. It has a faint chemical smell of glue. You apply the shiny side of the strip on a thoroughly (dripping) wet nose. This is because the glue on the strip is activated by water, without it it will not stick and do its job.
The strip will dry and harden in a few minutes and stick really well. To remove it, just pull gently, it will not hurt. Do not use on broken or blemished skin however.
:: Using it on the chin ::
For some reason my chin tends to host more enlargened and clogged pores than my nose so even if this product isn't called Deep Cleansing Chin Strip, I had to try it. Although the shape is better designed for noses, when I applied it to my chin, pressed and smoothed it, it was quite a near fit. Since then, I always go double, whenever I clean the nose area, my chin gets the same treatment as well.
:: What it really does ::
* Instantly cleans clogged pores 5 / 5
Having removed the strips after the recommended 15 or so minutes (I sometimes leave it on for almost half an hour for a really deep cleansing), the pores appear clean and greatly reduced. The proof is the used strip that's full of blackhead build up perched on its surface. Just like in that old annoying Garnier Nose Strip advert - with the exception that this is real!
* Removes blackheads 4 / 5
After the treatment, my blackheads seemed to have been largely lifted and cleaner though my - cleaned - pores were still visible and kind of open afterwards so make sure you rinse off the residue with a splash of cold water to close the pores and prevent them from filling up with dirt too soon.
* Leaves skin smooth and refreshed 5 / 5
That's a claim that the product doesn't even make, it goes without saying, cleaning the pores and getting rid of the black heads will mean smoother texture and refreshed complexion. I make sure I do the treatment at the weekend, when I do my big face clean of the week then finish up with an exfoliating treatment. Another plus is that the hardened chin and nose area are now softened so any exfoliating treatment will benefit from that and will further enhance its work.
:: Conclusion ::
Overall, an impressive little treatment, that works fast and does an excellent job. Absolutely recommended to use on a weekly basis if you have sensitive - dry skin (which means somewhat less blackheads). If you have oily skin and suffer from more blackheads, the product recommends a bi-weekly usage with keeping three days in between treatments.
:: Price / Where to Buy ::
£2.99 per packet at chemists or online (e.g. fragrancedirect.co.uk).
Thanks for reading.
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PureDerm Deep Cleansing nose strips are a one step cleansing treatment specially designed to unclog pores and lift away unwanted blackheads. The strips remove the dirt and oil which clog pores, leaving your skin clear and smooth. You will feel a dramatic difference after just one use, and continued use of Deep cleansing nose strips works to tighten pores, keeping skin looking and feeling fresh. Each pack contains 6 strips / Revolutionary way to truly unclog pores and lift away unwanted blackheads on nose in one simple step. Tightens pores, keeping skin looking and feeling fresh. Larger size for better fit Results seen instantly upon removal of the strip.