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Pore Cleansing Strips You Can DIY

Updated on October 11, 2016

Get Clearer Skin for Less Money

In this economy, sometimes you have to get creative to save money. One easy way to cut costs is to spend less on expensive beauty products--but it takes a little research and some trial and error. I personally have very sensitive skin and have had to deal with adult acne, so I am very careful about what products I will and won't use. Similarly, I am very careful about which products I will and won't skimp on.

One of the best ways to save a little money is to try to make it yourself, especially if the ingredients aren't expensive and/or are useful for other reasons. I stumbled across this at-home recipe for pore cleansing while researching ways to deal with adult acne, and I decided to give it a try. This is a recipe to replace those pricey, but effective, Biore strips and similar products (which run at about $6-7 for a box of 8--see below if you are interested in buying them to compare). I tried it our and am very happy with the results. In fact, I have one on my face right now.

The ingredients
The ingredients
Bowl for mixing the solution
Bowl for mixing the solution

Tips for Getting the Best Results with this DIY Method

  • Wash your face with very warm water before applying, or take a shower and let the steam work on your skin for a few minutes. It opens up your pores.
  • Plan to give the solution more time to dry if it is a humid day or if your nose is cold.
  • Put Chapstick or Vaseline over tender or dry areas so the solution will not pull on your skin.
  • Leave a dollop at the end of a section after you apply it to your skin - it makes a great pull-tab when the solution has dried!

The Recipe for DIY Blackhead Strips

Here's what you need:

  • milk (I used 2%)
  • Knox gelatin
  • small mixing bowl
  • makeup pad or white paper towel
  • microwave
  • 20-30 minutes


  1. Mix the milk and the Knox gelatin in your small mixing bowl.
  2. Microwave for 10 seconds, and apply to your problem areas.
  3. Then wait for it to dry (it takes about 20 minutes).
  4. Peel it off, marveling at those disgusting little blackheads!

I used this method a few times, and was pleasantly surprised by the results. While I still buy the easier-to-use product, some people prefer this method because they can reach a larger area, and you can use it on your forehead and chin.

One thing to keep in mind is that the product smells a little funny. You are microwaving milk, so there is a bit of an organic smell that comes from the solution. Another thing to be sure of is that you don't let it get too hot in the microwave. You may have to try it a few times before being sure it isn't too hot or too cold to work. You definitely don't want to burn it, so intervals of 5 seconds are good to try. In some microwaves, that 10 seconds can be the difference between perfect and burnt!

Do you have any tips for beauty products DIYs? Share them in the comments!


Earth Therapeutics Clari-T Pore Cleaning Strips, Clarifying Tea Tree, 10 strips (Pack of 3)
Earth Therapeutics Clari-T Pore Cleaning Strips, Clarifying Tea Tree, 10 strips (Pack of 3)

I personally like this brand of pore strips, and use them when I don't have time to make my own (or simply don't feel like it). They create a great clean feeling and really help me maintain my skin!


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      Karsen 2 years ago

      I apripceate you taking to time to contribute That's very helpful.

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      Rajesh 2 years ago

      I wouldn't use chpiteal just because of the potentially harmful substances that it has in the ingredients. I prefer to go as natural as possible while still getting the proper nutrients that my skin needs such as Olive Oil and stuff. But I am a guy so I don't spend too much time on this subject. I just have been looking into it because my skin was looking very dry/bad and I wanted to get healthier. Using bad chemicals on your skin can't be healthy. That's why I started to use things like Olive Oil.