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Review: PureDerm Botanical Choice Charcoal Nose Pore Strips

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On my winter vacation to Minnesota, I of course had to pay a visit to my old stomping grounds of the Mall of America. After a successful hunt for some cheap necklaces at Forever21, I stumbled onto something magical in the checkout line. Charcoal Pore Strips? In America? Is there a Western company that’s finally catching up to Asia?

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Could it be true? At $3.80 for a 6-pack, there wasn’t really a reason for me to not buy them.

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I didn’t realize it until after I had purchased them, but PureDerm is actually a daughter brand of Adwin Korean Corp. My initial shock at finding an American charcoal pore strip turned into shock at the fact that a Korean (albeit Americanized) skincare product was on sale at Forever21. I feel like progress is being made, and for that I am happy. NOW GET EVERYTHING ELSE OVER HERE.

The facts:

Unclogs pores
Removes blackheads
Paraben-free
Six strips per box

From PureDerm:

* Purederm Botanical Choice Nose Pore Strips “Charcoal” are one-step cleansing treatment specifically designed to
unclog pores and lift away unwanted blackheads.

* The strip removes dirt and oil which clog pores, leaving your skin clear and smooth.

* Continued use of Nose Pore Strips works to tighten pores, keeping skin looking and feeling fresh.
* Contain Charcoal & Witch Hazel Extract.

◆ How to Use
1. Thoroughly wash your face, making sure that it is free of any creams, lotions or make-up.
2. Dry hands, then open packet and peel the wtrip off from the plastic liner. Use opened pacjet promptly so strip peels easily from liner.
3. Throughly wet your nose with water. If nose is not wet enough, the strip may not stick and may not be effective.
4. Apply the strip to moistened nose area with the shiny side facing your skin. Press down and smooth out air bubbles, ensuring good contact with skin.
5. Let the strip dry for 10 to 15 minutes. The strip should feel stiff as it dries. Depending on humidity, climate or perspiration, leave on slightly longer or shorter.
6. After the strip is dried, slowly and carefully peel off strips starting at edges, pulling toward center. If there are any residue, rinse off with water.

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This is the second charcoal pore strip I’ve tried–the first being the Nesura Charcoal Pore Strip. I was definitely interested to see how similar they would be, as I remember being kind of disappointed with the Nesura product. It might have just been the rank smell, though.

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Cute instructions. As a note, it says to leave it on for 10-15 minutes, but mine was dry in five. It might be a climate thing though, it’s dry as shit here in West Texas.

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Outside of the pore strip. It’s a bit differently shaped than the Nesura one, and feels like a better fit to my nose though. EXCEPT THE TIP, AS PER USUAL. Why all the nose tip discrimination? Should I just get rid of it? Damn.

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Curled ever-so-delicately, so you can see the shiny inside that adheres to your precious nose. Does anyone remember those Chinese Miracle Fish you could get out of quarter machines? Do they still make those? Anyway, this kind of reminded me of that when it curled up. I’ve never had a pore strip do that before. I wonder what it means…………

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Feeling kind of nostalgic now.

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Okay, so it fits well minus the tip, and dries super quickly. Unlike the Nesura strip, it does NOT smell like a smoking hotel room. But it does smell like bug spray. A brand spanking new can of OFF!® insect repellent, swaddling my nose. Come on, charcoal. Can’t you smell like roses? Just for once in your life?

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This pore strip didn’t do all that much. One large extraction and a bunch of follicle bits. My nose looks not-so-terrible though, so maybe my Caolion Pore Minimizing Pack is doing its job. I’m okay with that.

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Additionally, PureDerm also sells nose strips in Regular, Aloe, Choco Cacao, Green Tea, and Tea Tree–as well as a plethora of other skincare products.

Pros: Fast-drying, easy to remove, painless, available outside Korea.
Cons: Bug spray-scented, usually leaves behind some residue.

Final Verdict: These work just as well as any charcoal pore strip–it just boils down to scent. Would you rather have a smoking room at a hotel plastered on your face or a can of bug spray? In all seriousness though, these pore strips are fine, and they do what they’re designed to do. If you’re curious, you can find them on Amazon, eBay, or other random stores.

3 Comments

  1. I’ve tried so many pore strips before but not a single one of them has ever actually done anything to clear up my pores, so eventually I just gave up… :/

  2. i haven’t tired it but i hope it works!!!!!! ;)

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