Two household ingredients can be used to make pore strips more effective.

Do not get me wrong; I love pore strips and the fact they remove blackheads with no painful squeezing. And I really like that scary-yet-oddly-captivating moment when you get to look at all of the gunk the strip pulled out of your pores. They could work better. The strips never remove all my blackheads, and what’s their point if they only take out more dirt and oils than they release? Imagine my excitement when I saw this video titled “How to: Improve Pore Strips” by MAC Makeup Artist and YouTuber MakeupByMichyT.

Michy shows how to make “desincrustation” (or disincrustation), which makes blackheads more easily removed by loosening clogged pores, using only baking soda and lukewarm water. I ran to my kitchen and started mixing a batch. After a nervous 20 minutes, I carefully peeled back the strip and discovered that…it actually worked! The combination of solution and strip removed twice as many blackheads than a strip alone. You have to give this a try!

You will Need

  • Baking soda, 1 tsp
  • One cup of water
  • These are two flat cotton round pads.
  • One pore strip


1: Mix the baking soda with water and soak cotton swabs in the mixture.

2. Press firmly on your cheeks and nose to create a tight seal. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then remove.

3: Rewet your nose using the baking soda-water mix and apply the pore strips. Follow the instructions.

4 – Remove and kiss tons of blackheads goodbye.

Tip: Do not add any more baking soda. The solution becomes less effective because the baking soda builds up and prevents the strip from sticking to the skin.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *