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Pore strips are used to remove dirt and blackheads from your nose. They are taken as a given by many people, but for vegans, store-bought pore strips are strictly off-limits. Commercial pore strips are made with gelatin, a product that is made from animal hooves and bones and is thus avoided by many vegetarians and vegans. Fortunately, vegans do not have to go without pore strips altogether—a viable alternative can be made at home using agar agar, a plant-based substitute for gelatin.

Wash your face using warm water and a gentle cleaner, then towel dry. Starting with clean skin helps the strips to adhere to your nose and face.

Mix the agar agar and plain almond milk in a microwave safe bowl. Place in the microwave for 10 seconds.

Dip a clean makeup brush into the mixture. Apply to skin in a thin, even coat using the brush. Rinse the brush immediately after using it to avoid ruining it. Wait until the mask has dried completely and then peel it off your face. You will be able to see the dirt and blackheads that the mask has removed if you look closely after peeling it off.

Rinse your skin to make sure you have removed all of the mask and its residue. Continue with your normal skin-care regimen.


You can also use kosher gelatin, such as Lieber's Jel (see resources), in place of agar agar in the recipe.

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Daisy Buchanan has worked as a staff writer for "The Umbrella," an arts newspaper in Portland, Ore., and as editor-in-chief for "Living Mosaic," an academic journal. Buchanan holds a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from Lewis and Clark College.