How to get rid of blackheads on your nose for good!

The medical term for blackheads on the nose is open comedones. Blackheads can happen anywhere, but when they appear on your nose, they present a unique set of challenges in care and prevention. Blackheads have similar causes regardless of where they appear on your body, but they can be more noticeable when they show up on your nose.

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Your nose is one of the first things that other people see, so let’s help you put your best nose forward by learning about what causes blackheads and how to address them.

Why You Have Blackheads on Your Nose

Blackheads on your nose are caused by the accumulation of dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria in your skin’s pores. Due to the increased number of oil glands on the nose, this is the most common area for blackheads.

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Blackheads are actually clogged hair follicles and “When these are exposed to the air, they turn black,” says Erica Palmer, head of Bioré Skincare R&D. “As we age the skin’s sebum production increases which is why you still get blackheads at a later age. Blackheads are not a result of dirt or insufficient cleansing of the skin,” says Palmer.

Now that we know why blackheads often appear on your nose, it’s important to figure out how to get rid of them before they get worse.

How to Get Rid of Blackheads on the Nose

The best way to get rid of blackheads is to follow a consistent skincare routine that combines a variety of effective acne-fighting products. Ideally, you are using products that  1.) remove existing blackheads and 2.) help maintain clean pores.


Step 1: Remove existing blackheads with Pore Strips.

Pore strips act like a magnet to instantly lift out deep down dirt and oil and with continued use, will help reduce the appearance of your pores.

1: To use, remove the strip from its pouch and peel the strip off plastic. To help remove the nose strip from the plastic, give it a twist!2: Apply to nose, smooth side down. You need to make sure your nose is wet or the pore strip won’t stick and it can’t do its job3: After you let it dry for about 10-15 minutes, you can slowly pull it off, starting from the edges. For best results, use weekly.
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Step 2: Daily maintenance to treat and help prevent breakouts.

Cleanse: Not all cleansers are made the same. It is important to find one that deep cleans those pesky pores. Charcoal acne cleansers deliver a deep clean and are perfect for skin that is prone to breakouts. Formulas containing salicylic acid also add an additional acne-fighting punch.

Toner: After you thoroughly wash your face with your cleanser of choice, it’s important to remove any residue that may have been left behind. This is where witch hazel toner can really make a difference. Witch hazel toners balance skin and tighten pores–an essential step after cleansing.

Step 3: Weekly maintenance with scrubs and face masks.

Use an acne scrub 2-3x per week to smooth rough skin and to help unclog pores. Products with polishing microcrystals can provide additional exfoliation and deep cleaning without irritation or stripping the skin of moisture.

Self-heating masks loosen and clear away pore clogs while conditioning skin. Incorporate a face mask into your skin care regimen 2-3x per week.

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Now, let’s bring in the experts for additional skincare tips on how to get rid of blackheads on your nose.

Expert Tips to Get Rid of Blackheads on Your Nose

Removing blackheads on your nose can be tricky if you don’t know what you’re doing. We spoke to the experts and here are some additional tips from our trusted skin care experts at Bioré.

  • Always wash off your makeup before going to bed (no excuses!). “Makeup can cause clogging of the pore and blackheads,” says Palmer. If you’re too tired for a full skincare routine at night, keep makeup removing face wipes next to your bed.
  • Although staying active is healthy for your skin, excess sweat increases the chance that your pores will become clogged. To help prevent blackheads, wash your face as soon as you can after your workout. “For ladies who brunch right after their workouts, I always recommend gentle face wipes to hold them over until they can hit the shower. You can wipe the sweat and oil off your face, chest and back to help prevent acne.  For more serious cases, a prescription strength antibacterial wipe can be helpful to keep in your gym bag for post-workout cleansing,” says Erica
  • Erica Palmer suggests adding acne-fighting acids to your skincare routine. She tells us that “acids can be helpful in getting rid of nose blackheads over time. This can be done via a salicylic acid cleanser or a facial toner with salicylic acid for dual benefits of the acid as well as the pore tightening from the toner.”

Now that we know how to help prevent blackheads from showing up on our noses, let’s get to the good stuff, removing blackheads.

How to Remove Blackheads from Nose

While it’s tempting to poke and prod your nose to remove blackheads, this can often end up making blackheads worse in the long run. Here are some better (and safer!) options for removing blackheads on your nose without causing excess damage.

Option 1: Expert extraction

“Do see a dermatologist and get facials by a licensed esthetician. Do not try to pick or dig at your blackheads,   If you must pick your own, do so after a long warm shower, so that the skin and blackheads are softened and extract easily, with minimal harm to the skin,” says Palmer.

Option 2: Manual Extraction

Manual extractions are risky and should only be done by a licensed esthetician or board-certified dermatologist. Improper extractions can lead to scarring. Even pressure must be applied around the clogged pore to avoid scarring and sterile instruments should be used to prevent infection. This can be very helpful on a 2-3 monthly schedule with a good, expert esthetician.

Option 3: Pore Strips

Pore strips work great on blackheads and blocked pores as an adjunct to your skin care routine,” says Palmer.  According to Palmer, these strips can help remove dirt and residue buildup before they clog pores. Pore strips are most effective when they are used right after the skin has been exposed to moisture, just after a shower, or after the skin has been exposed to steam.

This helps the pores to slightly open and the plug is looser in the pores, allowing for easier removal.
“Pore strips are most effective when they are used right after the skin has been exposed to moisture, just after a shower, or after the skin has been exposed to steam.”

How to Prevent Blackheads on Your Nose

After you put in all that hard work to remove your blackheads, it’s important to know how to help prevent them from making a comeback on your face. Add these tips to your skincare routine to help prevent blackheads on your nose.

  1. Wash your face twice a day. Once in the morning and once at night. Be careful not to overwash your face as it can strip your face of its natural oils. Overwashing can start a chain reaction in your skin that causes it to produce even more oil to overcompensate for dry skin.

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  1. Use oil-free lotion and sunscreen. Because excess oil is one of the causes of blackheads, make sure to buy oil-free products. This will ensure that your skin is protected and hydrated without adding extra oil to your skin.
  2. Use non-comedogenic makeup. Did you know that the same makeup you reach for to cover up your acne can actually lead to more breakouts? Non-comedogenic makeup is skin-friendly makeup that is specifically designed to not clog your pores.
  3. Wash your pillowcases once a week. Pore-clogging oil and bacteria can live on your pillowcase and contribute to breakouts while you’re sleeping. Wash your pillowcases once a week to prevent dirt and oil buildup.
  4. Avoid touching your face. During the day, your hands come in contact with millions of nasty bacteria. If you have a bad habit of touching your face, this bacteria can get into your pores and contribute to blackheads. Also, be wary of anything that touches your face, like your cellphone or glasses. Regularly clean these to prevent excess dirt from making its way into your pores.

Use these steps to remove blackheads on your nose and help prevent future breakouts from forming. Review the top tips below and check out our other skincare resources to learn even more.

Key Takeaways

  1. Blackheads on your nose are most often caused by excess oil and dirt on your face, which leads to clogged pores.
  2. The best way to get rid of blackheads is to follow a consistent skincare routine that combines a variety of powerful acne-fighting products.
  3. Effective ways to get rid of blackheads is to remove existing blackheads with a pore strip, treat and help prevent blackheads with a daily cleanser with salicylic acid, followed by a toner. Using gentle scrubs and masks weekly will also help exfoliate your skin.
  4. If you live a very active and busy lifestyle, carry face wipes with you to clean your face and help prevent breakouts on the go.
  5. Don’t try to do pore extractions on your own. Schedule an appointment with a professional for best results.
  6. Ultimately, fighting blackheads on your nose involves keeping the area clear and cleansed via lifestyle and skincare remedies.

What are Blackheads? Causes, Treatments, & Prevention Tips

Blackheads are pesky, clogged pores that often show up on your face and are typically most noticeable on your nose. While they might not be as inflamed as other types of acne, blackheads are just as annoying. It’s tempting to squeeze and pop your blackheads, but doing so tends to make things worse. We turned to our skin care expert Erica Palmer, head of Bioré Skincare R&D, to learn more about blackheads and how to get rid of them for good.

What are Blackheads?

A blackhead, medically-known as an open comedone, is a hair follicle or pore that’s clogged with a mixture of dead skin cells and sebum–an oily substance naturally secreted by your skin.


“Blackheads are non-inflammatory acne lesions. When follicles become clogged with dead skin cells or oil, a blackhead is the result,” says Erica Palmer, Head of Bioré Skincare R&D.

Blackheads can occur when sebum produced by your pores is exposed to oxygen. Sebum darkens during the oxidation process and creates a dark spot on your skin, hence the name ‘blackhead.’“Blackheads appear when hair follicles become clogged with dirt or oil”

“Blackheads appear when hair follicles become clogged with dirt or oil”Blackheads appear when hair follicles become clogged with dirt or oil. Although blackheads are often most noticeable on your nose, they can appear all over your body. So, now that you know what blackheads are, how do you get rid of them?

Blackheads vs. Other Acne Types

Acne and blackheads are a specific mild-acne type. Blackheads show up on your face, primarily where there is a higher concentration of oil glands. This includes the forehead, nose, and chin. They can also appear on your neck, back and chest areas. Unfortunately, blackheads can show up just about anywhere! So, what are some acne-types to look out for?

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Whiteheads vs. Blackheads

According to Palmer, “A blackhead is a plug of dead skin cells and sebum that is discolored. It is also known as a comedone (actual name). A whitehead is a closed comedone. A blocked pore that stays open is a blackhead, while a pore that closes up is called a whitehead.” Another distinction is that blackheads are less irritated, while whiteheads can be in an irritated flared state. The irritation is associated with the infected state of the whitehead clogged pore due to the proliferation of acne bacteria. Blackheads are less irritated and almost dormant.

Sebaceous Filaments vs. Blackheads

According to Palmer, “Both sebaceous filaments and blackheads are actually types of pore clogs, but they are distinct in that sebaceous filaments are normally the color of your skin or have a grayish tint and are usually found in a bunch, while blackheads appear here and there.”

Blackheads vs. Clogged Pores

Unfortunately, those with oily skin tend to suffer more from these acne-types. Oily skin is more prone to experience blocked pores, which causes bacteria to thrive; leading to whiteheads, blackheads, and papules all known as types of acne.

What Causes Blackheads?

Blackheads are caused when sebum secreting pores in the skin are blocked. Palmer explains, “Skin follicles typically contain one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces oil.” It might sound (gross?) counterintuitive, but this oil helps keep your skin soft and hydrated so it’s definitely a good oil to have!

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But where does it all go wrong? From dirty phones to an intense spin class, your lifestyle and genetics can easily affect your skin. If your skin is acting up, take a look at this list to see if any of these factors are at the root of your skin problems:

Dirt, oil, and debris build up. “The primary culprit is actually pore clog accumulation which can be dead skin cells, sebum and even makeup,” Palmer explains.

Excessive sweating from exercise, heat, or stress can cause pores to go into overdrive. Specifically, for those that sweat and workout if they tend to under-cleanse their skin after working out, then residue and skin grime can back up in pores. There is evidence that supports sweating while working out is good for the skin, helping to purge pores and boost a sluggish skin metabolism. R&D.

If you’re strapped for time after a workout, give your face a quick once over with a charcoal micellar water to clean off excess sweat and grime fast!“Pro tip: don’t forget to wipe off your phone, which accumulates dirt and oil, since it is often in contact with your face.”

Haircare products can also interact with facial skin and lead to clogged pores. Prevent hair products from messing with your skin by keeping hair off your face during the day and by cleaning your hairline while washing your face at night.

Oily skin types tend to be more prone to blackheads. If you know you have an oily skin type, avoid touching your face with your hands. Pro tip: don’t forget to wipe off your phone, which accumulates dirt, oil and bacteria, as it is often in contact with your face. Finally, a diet focused on good fats and oils, while minimizing bad oils, can also help.

Contrary to popular belief, hormonal fluctuations don’t actually trigger blackheads. Instead, hormonal induced acne breakouts are classified as inflammatory lesions, whereas a blackhead is a non inflammatory lesion. Now that you know what really causes blackheads, it’s time to say goodbye to those pesky clogged pores!

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How to Get Rid of Blackheads?

Getting rid of pesky blackheads is never fun, but it’s important to know the right way to do it. Here are a few myths and tips that our Bioré skincare experts want you to know about blackhead remedies and common misconceptions that do more harm than good:

Expert tips on getting rid of blackheads

  • Resist the urge to self-extract! DIY hardly works in this scenario. Palmer explains, “That deep down gunk easily lifts out with a pore strip, so there’s no squeezing involved.”
  • Don’t overdo it with your face-washing regimen. Palmer warns, “Over cleansing will strip your skin of moisture and irritate your skin. Keep it to twice-a-day.”
  • Be gentle on your skin! Palmer cautions, “Excessively scrubbing your face will not get rid of blackheads since blackheads are normally deep-rooted.”
  • Use pore strips as a first step for getting rid of blackheads. Pore strips work like a magnet by connecting to pore plugs and lifting out blackheads. Afterward you’ll want to follow up with face wash and toner.

Whether you have blackheads on your nose or if they’re more prominent on your forehead, chin, or cheeks, these tips will help clean those pesky pores. But what’s really going on in your skin? Let’s take a deeper look at blackheads and how they’re different from other types of acne.


Blackhead Treatments

Over-the-counter (OTC) treatments and cleansers

These types of treatments are available without a prescription. OTC treatments come in numerous forms such as creams, gels, pads, and serums. Top treatments created to kill acne-causing bacteria and often contain ingredients such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and resorcinol.

Prescription medications

Doctors may suggest prescription medication when OTC products don’t work. Medications that contain vitamin A, AHAs, BHAs, and retinoids work to prevent pore plugs from forming in hair follicles and promote more rapid turnover of skin cells.

Professional blackhead removal

Dermatologists and estheticians can perform pore extractions to remove blackheads. They can also provide helpful tips and treatments to prevent clogged pores in the future.

Laser and light therapy

This treatment consists of tiny beams of light that decrease oil production and kill bacteria. Laser and light treatments reach below the skin’s surface to treat blackheads and acne without damaging the top layers of the skin.

“Top treatments created to kill acne-causing bacteria and often contain ingredients such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and resorcinol”This treatment works best for inflammatory acne conditions and is typically not necessary for blackhead treatments so consult with your dermatologist to see if it would be a good option for you.


Chemical Peels

In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin. Over time, the top layers of the skin will peel off to reveal smoother, rejuvenated skin. While this treatment can be used for blackheads, it’s typically more effective for skin texture improvement.


This is a minimally abrasive treatment performed by dermatologists or skin care professionals with either microparticles or a diamond-tipped wand that buffs and polishes the superficial layer of dry dead skin cells, exposing softer, fresher skin. Bioré Charcoal Pore Minimizer contains Alumina, a known micro-crystal exfoliant, that delivers immediate skin smoothing, texture refining and pore unclogging benefits after one application/use.

Pore Strips

Pore strips instantly lift dirt and oil from your pores and are a better option than trying to remove blackheads by squeezing them with your fingers. When used weekly, pore strips can result in fewer clogged pores and improve the appearance of pores with continued use.

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How to Prevent Blackheads

Preventing blackheads are as simple as maintaining a clear skin regimen. Follow these essential tips to prevent future blackhead breakouts:

Book a facial: Medical facials (performed by a dermatologist) or spa facials (performed by an aesthetician) are effective for a wide range of skin ailments. This treatment is especially helpful for blackheads because they often involve a combination of steam, high quality products, and professional extractions.

Assess your products: Products with salicylic acid or glycolic acid are helpful for getting rid of blackheads. Palmer tells us that salicylic acid in particular, “helps to break up and clean pore clogs, helping to promote skin cell turnover or shedding. It is an effective Acne Active Ingredient which treats and prevents acne breakouts.”

Add retinol to your bedtime routine: Using serums with retinol at bedtime also help with blackheads. Just remember to use a broad spectrum sunscreen in the morning.

Try a gentle facial peel to reset your skin: “Light peels will also provide some pore unclogging benefits but the primary function of this treatment is to resurface skin texture for those with roughened skin often due to acne mark remnants,” recommends Palmer.

Use a sonic cleansing brush for deep cleaning: Sonic brushes penetrate deep into your skin to clean pores and prevent future blackheads.

Exfoliate (but be gentle!): Pick an exfoliator with gentle grains like baking soda or rice powder. Try using a baking soda cleansing scrub because it’s perfect for deep cleaning pores and then it dissolves into water so that there’s no chance of over exfoliating. A washcloth with a uniform texture, like a baby washcloth, can also be used daily for additional exfoliation.

Detoxify with a weekly mask: Use A charcoal face mask or a clay mask with tea tree oil to help with blackhead- causing oil. Tea tree oil disinfects your skin while the clay mask helps draw out dirt and grime.

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Now that you know how to prevent blackheads, next we will give you some targeted treatments that can help as well.

8 Tips from Dermatologists to Prevent Blackheads

  1. Avoid self-extracting your blackheads. Bacteria and oil on your fingers can leave your skin inflamed and open to infection, which can lead to acne scarring and worsen your acne in the long run.
  2. Avoid over-washing your face. When you over-wash, your body replenishes the stripped oils by overproducing sebum, which often makes blackheads worse.
  3. Gently exfoliate your skin weekly to keep pores clean. Palmer explains, “This will remove the upper layer of skin cells, resulting in a brighter complexion and help prevent blackheads.”
  4. Avoid wearing a lot of makeup. If you do, only use non-comedogenic makeup.
  5. Use a self heating mask. They help melt and loosen impacted pore clogs, remove the buildup of dead skin cells from your face.
  6. Wash your face twice a day. First when you wake up and again before you go to bed. This regimen helps remove oil build up from the day and night. Washing more than two times a day can irritate your skin and strip your face of its natural oils, causing an overproduction of oils, which leads to blackheads and clogged pores.
  7. If you have oily skin, add witch hazel toner to your skincare routine to minimize pores and dry up excess oil. This toner should be applied after cleansing and before moisturizing.
  8. Use oil-free lotions and sunscreen. Any products that contain oil can cause blackheads, so opt for non-comedogenic makeup, lotions, and sunscreen.

Now that you know some of the best targeted treatments for blackheads, let’s revisit some of the key takeaways about blackheads, what causes them, and how to prevent them!

Key Takeaways

  • A blackhead is a hair follicle (known as a pore) that is clogged with a mixture of dead skin cells and sebum.
  • Blackheads are non-inflammatory and more dormant compared to other types of acne.
  • Product buildup, grimy phones, and excess sweat can clog pores and lead to blackheads.
  • A skin care routine that combines pore strips, a gentle exfoliant, and toner can help improve and help prevent blackheads.
  • Depending on the severity of your acne, over the counter treatments and prescription medications can help clean skin and kill acne-causing bacteria.
  • Products with salicylic acid or glycolic acid are grea for destroying acne-causing bacteria. Retinol, gentle exfoliation and clay masks can also clean and detoxify skin.
  • Even if you’re frustrated, be gentle on your skin and avoid over washing it.
  • Visit your dermatologist or esthetician for professional treatments like extractions, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion for additional relief.

Pore Strips 101: Do Pore Strips Really Work?

We all know that pore strips are super satisfying to use, but do they actually work? If you’ve ever wondered how pore strips work or if they’re safe for your skin, we spoke with a couple of skin care experts to get the truth.

Do pore strips really work?

“Yes, a pore strip can remove up to one week of dirt, oil, and build up in minutes,” says Dr. Michelle Henry, who studied Dermatology at Harvard. Since all acne begins with a clogged pore, any efforts to treat clogged pores in the early stages can really help acne lesions from getting worse.

“Pore strips are great for blackheads and blocked pores as an adjunct to your skin care routine,” says Erica Palmer, head of Bioré Skincare R&D. They work best when they are used right after skin has been exposed to moisture, just after a shower or after the skin has been exposed to steam are both perfect times. Moisture helps pores slightly open, loosening the plugs and allowing for easier removal.

“But there are some common misconceptions about what pore strips cannot do. For example, they should not be used to remove whiteheads which are closed comedones, and they cannot treat actively inflamed or cystic acne,” says Erica Palmer, head of Bioré Skincare R&D. “Similarly, skin that is inflamed from burns or other irritant causes, should not be treated using pore strips,” says Erica Palmer.

How do pore strips work?

It’s important to note that not all pore strips are created equally. Most pore strips are coated with an adhesive material and work by attaching to the pore plug and surrounding skin.

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Close up of blackhead removal via YouTube user KeanaTankentai

When the nose strip is removed, the top layer of skin can come off with the extracted dirt and oil. “Bioré pore strips work through c-bond technology rather than adhesives, safely removing dirt, oil and blackheads.” says Dr. Henry. This c-bond technology works like a magnet to connect to pore plugs, lifting out deep-down grime, oil and blackheads from even the most clogged pores. Either way, seeing all that gunk removed after an application is surprisingly satisfying!

Are pore strips Good for Skin?


Absolutely! “Pore strips are perfect for unclogging pores which minimize the appearance of pores and improves skin texture,” says Erica Palmer.  When you keep your pores free of plugs they are less likely to become inflamed or turn into active acne.  “Just one use will powerfully remove deep down dirt, debris, and oil,” says dermatologist Dr. Michelle Henry. “After one use, your pores will appear smaller and with regular use, they will reduce in size,” says Dr. Henry.

Like we mentioned before, most pore strips are made with a general adhesion formula which isn’t good for skin. “Pore strips made with cationic bonds, act as a magnet to safely remove dirt, oil, and blackheads. Therefore, they do not cause damage,” explains Dr. Henry. For the sake of your skin, use nose strips with c-bond technology rather than adhesives and be sure to follow the directions on the box.

Are pore strips bad for you?

Of course, like with any product, pore strips are not an ideal choice for everyone. If you have skin sensitivities, it’s best to consult your doctor before using pore strips. “Using pore strips on sunburns is not recommended since this could lead to further irritation, as the skin is fragile in a sunburned state,”  says Erica Palmer. If you are using medications like a retinoid, may make skin susceptible to irritation. Pore strips are definitely a perfect option to unclog your pores, but if you have questions about certain medications a visit to your local dermatologist is recommended.

How to use Bioré pore strips

step 1 how to use pore strip

Step 1: Before you begin, make sure your face is totally clean. 

Start with a fresh, clean face and then dampen your nose with a bit of water. This ensures the nose strip will stay in contact with the skin.


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Step 2: Take out an individual packet of nose strips.

Peel the strip away from its protective layer and twist.


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Step 3: Apply the strip to your nose, with the sticky part down.

Apply the nose strip. and press well so that it grips and stays in place. Don’t forget to press the strip into the corners of the nose!


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Step 4: Leave it on for 10 – 15 minutes.

What better time to check your friends’stories or watch a skin care routine (or 4) on IG while you’re waiting.


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Step 5: Remove the strip carefully. 

Your nose will be pretty dry so it may be sensitive as you remove the strip. Take the corners first and peel slowly. Wow! Now look at all of the gunk you removed!



    • Pore strips are a great way to remove dirt and oil from your pores, specifically blackheads.
    • However, they should not be used to remove whiteheads and they cannot treat cystic acne.
    • Pore strips that are made with cationic bonds rather than a general adhesive formula are safe to use and good for your skin.
    • If you are using medications like retinoid, have a sunburn, or have sensitive skin, you will be more susceptible to irritation when using pore strips.
    • Use pore strips once a week as part of your greater skincare routine.