I Tried It: The Korean Bioré Strip That Works Like Magic

Updated 09/13/19
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Of all the skin issues we face on a daily basis, blackheads have got to be the most relentless. Pimples eventually clear up, dark spots can be faded, and dry patches can be nixed, but blackheads seem to take up permanent residence on our T-zones. They’re the awful tenants we just can’t seem to evict.

In an effort to be a more authoritative landlord of my own complexion, I decided to try a new product introduced to me by Charlotte Cho of Soko Glam called Skinmiso Pore Beauty Nose Packs ($22). These nose patches (essentially like tiny sheet masks) are soaked in witch hazel and plant essence to help extract clogged pores.

“So they’re basically like the Bioré strips of Korea,” I said to Cho, to which she gave a slight chuckle and agreed. The difference, though, is that instead of waiting for the patch to form a papier-mâché consistency on your nose before ripping it off (yooowch!), there’s no hardening or pulling involved. 

The patches won't break down the blackheads on their own, they just serve as lifting and sealing agents.

Inside each pack are two nose patches, and after removing the first (you should wait at least 15 minutes before removing each), you’ll notice that your blackheads have been lifted to the surface, like you just had a steam facial. From there, you can either gently extract them with a comedo remover or tissue-wrapped fingers (for sterility), or use a chemical exfoliator to break them down. (This step is crucial—the patches won't break down the blackheads on their own, they just serve as lifting and sealing agents.) Next, you apply the second nose patch to soothe inflammation, followed by a bit of the included Pore Beauty Silky Essence to prevent sebum from filling up the pores again.

After using the patches for the first time, I was shocked at how my once embedded blackheads had completely sprung to the surface. And because I’m never one to shy away from watching a Dr. Pimple Popper video, I opted to squeeze all of the gunk out (so gross but so satisfying). I followed up with the second patch and essence, and I stared at my nose in the mirror in utter amazement. My pores had never looked so clear and tiny. The best part is that the results lasted for weeks until I needed to revisit them. Finally, those pesky blackheads had moved on out.

Would you give these patches a try? Please tell us below!

This post was originally published on January 3, 2017.

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