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First Impression: Biore Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

I saw these in Massy Stores and Collins with the 'New!' sign all over them and thought: dem ain't new. Biore Pore Strips are all about in beauty supply stores. Apparently, apart from the packaging facelift these ones now contain Witch Hazel and Tea Tree Oil; and allegedly "remove 2x more deep pore clogs than previous Biore Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips".

Biore product display in Massy Stores www.modenmakeup.com

From the site: "This maximum power pore strip, formulated with tea tree oil, witch hazel, and menthol removes even more pore-clogging dirt and oil. Pull out 2x more deep-down dirt* for the deepest clean you can see.

*Bioré® UltraDeep Cleansing Pore Strips remove 2x more deep pore clogs than previous Bioré® Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips.
Dermatologist Tested


HOW TO USE

  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.

CAUTIONS

  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 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.
  6. Do not use more often than once every three days.

INGREDIENTS


POLYQUATERNIUM-37, SILICA, WATER, GLYCERIN, POLYSILICONE-13, PEG-12 DIMETHICONE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, METHYLPARABEN, MELALEUCA ALTERNIFOLIA (TEA TREE) LEAF OIL, MENTHOL, HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL) EXTRACT, FRAGRANCE.


How It Works:

Invigorates skin with tea tree oil and witch hazel.
Locks onto and removes deep-down dirt that can cause blackheads so you get the deepest clean
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Six nose strips come in a box; I paid $15.75BDS for it.

First off, I didn't read the 'Cautions' section and used the first strip on my forehead - well between my eyebrows. I have this annoying and painful recurring third eye-esque pimple and I was wondering if a strip would do anything about it. I followed the directions though. 

 Biore Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strip www.modenmakeup.com

I guess the reason they say you should only use it on your nose is due to the strip shape. It's made to fit the contours of your nose bridge and nostrils. After I removed my initial strip I saw no evidence of unclogged pores but I did see a lot of facial hair especially where the strip came into contact with my eyebrows. So yeah, don't put one of these anywhere near your eyebrows. 

Second attempt...

Biore Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strip applied www.modenmakeup.com

I think I totally applied that incorrectly but I took the unflattering photo all the same. #RealLife

Biore Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips packaging www.modenmakeup.com

It is very important that you only remove the strip after it is completely dry. Sweat seems to render these useless as I discovered while removing the strip from my nose. The moisture on my face caused the strip to leave behind a white residue. The substance caused that 'tingling' sensation, which you would have read from the Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask post, is due to the menthol included in this product that is not good for the skin. 

Another thing to note is also from the 'Cautions' section: "do not use more often than once every three days". I know some people see benefits from these strips; even if it's just the satisfaction of seeing the white head "mountains" on the strip before they discard it. But I've read that excessive use can cause broken capillaries especially with sensitive skin or when used in conjunction with retinol, chemical peel or microdermabrasion treatments. 

This isn't something I would repurchase but if you've had a positive experience with them let us know in the comments.

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