DIY Pore Strips!

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In my mid 30’s I no longer deal with break outs-my skin is drier but that doesn’t exempt me from blackheads!  Most people’s skin needs are complex.  It’s very common to have several issues that contradict each other.  Today, I’m going to make a mask that will simply purge my pores of impurities, namely blackheads.  I’m sure all of us at one point in time have used pore strips-you remember, those band aids from hell that you place on your nose, wait 10 minutes then RIP!  Ouch!  They work though.  This mask is similar, but not as costly!

As seen in my pic, I originally thought putting this mask all over my face was a good idea.  IT IS NOT.  Seriously, I should have taken pictures of the tears rolling down my pink cheeks as I tried to get this mask off-and I’ve had 2 home births-I’m no wimp.  Lost 2 eyebrow hairs too.  So, lesson learned-ONLY PUT THIS MASK ON YOUR NOSE AND CHIN.  On the bright side, I have no facial hair and I have lots of circulation in my face now!  I cringe thinking of the unseen damage I just caused! If you do end up getting it in your hair line or eyebrows or in an area that is too sensitive, water will dissolve it.  You don’t have to peel it off.


This mask is super simple.  All you need is gelatin and milk!  So, let’s get started!

Pore Strip Mask

1 TBSP Milk
1 packet unflavored gelatin
Mix the 2 ingredients, microwave for 10 seconds and apply a THIN layer to your chin and/or nose.    Let it set on your skin for about 10-15 minutes.  You’ll know when it’s done-it will fill quite tight.  Once dry, start peeling!


  1. December 28, 2013 / 8:54 pm

    How much gelatin is in one package? I buy it in bulk so I would rather use what I have. Thanks.

    • December 29, 2013 / 1:50 am

      Lori, there is .25 ounces or 2.5 tsp. in each packet. Thanks!! Jenni

  2. erika
    February 8, 2014 / 8:34 pm

    I need your help. This recipe doesn’t seem to be working for me. I am using grass-fed gelatin and it clumps up with the milk before I can get it mixed. Then, when I put what I can get mixed on my face it is very thick. After is drys and I peel it off, it seems to take a layer of skin with it but nothing from my pores.

    • February 9, 2014 / 2:30 pm

      Erika-I’m not sure but it could be your gelatin. I didn’t have the clumping problem using the common store bought brand. In my experience with different types of skin, not all skin let’s go of blackheads easily-mine doesn’t-I have small pores and my skin is usually dehydrated. The more oily the skin is the easier it is for the blackheads to come right out. I’m sorry you had no luck-this has worked for tons of people but not for everyone-I’m the same way, manually extracting after a good steam is the only way mine come out.

  3. Jennifer K.
    March 5, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    I tried this today and while it definitely felt like I was pulling stuff off my face, I don’t think it worked. I can see the gunk in one pore on my face and the gunk didn’t come out with the peel. Any advice?

    Also, be sure to use a Popsicle stick or plastic knife, this sets up like glue. I hope I can save my brush.

  4. February 11, 2015 / 3:42 pm

    Good information. Lucky me I recently found your website
    by chance (stumbleupon). I have book marked it for later!

  5. Jennifer
    February 23, 2015 / 8:42 am

    So would you say this would be a good alternative to facial waxing?

    November 25, 2015 / 5:41 pm

    Would Almond milk work? That’s all I keep in regular supply at my home. Thanks Jenni!

  7. Ekta
    May 11, 2016 / 3:38 am

    I use a glue with activated charcoal…. Its easy and dirt cheap
    A glue called Fevicol in India.

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