Problem skin can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Those dealing with unsightly blackheads are tempted to pick and pop them in order to find relief. One alternative that’s better for your skin is the use of nose strips. Nose strips, also referred to as pore strips, have adhesive on them that sticks to your skin. When the strips are pulled off, the blackheads are removed along with the strip. While you can purchase commercial nose strips to remove your blackheads, it’s simple and more cost-effective to make your own.

Things You'll Need

Pour 2 tsp. unflavored gelatin into a microwavable bowl. Add 1 tbsp. whole milk. Stir the two ingredients together until the gelatin powder dissolves in the milk.

Warm the mixture in the microwave for 15 seconds to help it set. Remove from the microwave.

Dip a small cosmetic brush into the nose strip mixture. Paint a layer of the solution over your nose or other areas of skin where you want to remove blackheads. Add enough solution to make the layer the same thickness as an ace bandage.

Leave the nose strip solution on your skin for 10 to 15 minutes. During this time the solution will stiffen similar to the way in which a facial mask gets stiff.

Lift one edge of the nose strip with your fingers. Grasp the edge and peel the strip off your skin as you would an adhesive bandage. Blackheads stuck to the strip will be removed as you lift the strip.

Dampen a washcloth with warm water and blot your skin to remove any nose strip residue. Pat your skin dry with a face towel.


  • Nose strips are more effective with open pores. Before using the nose strips, allow steam from a sink full of hot water to open your pores as you lean over it.

  • Soothe skin irritated by the use of nose strips with witch hazel on a cotton ball.