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Marianne Mychaskiw
Feb 16, 2015 @ 1:02 pm

Admit it: there's something so satisfying about peeling off a pore strip and immediately getting the oil, makeup, and dirt off of your nose, and onto the adhesive paper. The blackhead-extracting staples have come a long way since we first took a box of the Biore originals on a test-drive decades ago, and the innovations have only continued to evolve. Suffice it to say that we've found two new versions that make our skin (and pores!) very happy.

If the appearance of enlarged pores is a concern of yours, you'll want to pick up Dr. Jart's Blackhead Master Patch kit ($35 for a set of 5; sephora.com), a game-changing two step system that extracts both black and white heads, then tightens your pores to prevent future buildup. Because clogged pores can create a larger, more prominent appearance, it's important to close them right after removing the breakout-inducing elements. The first step in Dr. Jart's kit, a pore cleansing strip, works just like the old school versions. Simply wet the strip, stick it to your nose, and once it dries, peel it back and take sebum and dirt along with it. Once you've rinsed off any residue, apply the second patch, which is basically a mini sheet mask for your nose. Soaked with aloe leaf juice, wintergreen, lavender, and witch hazel, the cooling formula, which is infused in the strip, tightens and closes your pores to lock out any potential irritants.

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If you have oily skin that tends to get shiny throughout the day, reach for Biore's new charcoal-infused Deep Cleansing Pore Strips ($6 for a pack of 6; ulta.com). It's no secret that charcoal is having a moment, so it was only a matter of time before its complexion-perfecting magic was worked into the brand's staple. Charcoal has the ability to draw out impurities buried deep in your skin, and in addition to pulling more dirt and makeup from your complexion, the ingredient also helps in counteracting oil production. Thanks to the glycerin and menthol blended into the mix, you'll feel an immediate cooling sensation upon contact, and after 10 minutes, you'll be left with a shine-free finish with nary a blackhead in sight.

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