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The presence of bacteria and excess oils can lead to clogged pores. These blocked up pores will mean an onset of blemishes such as blackheads, which can appear ugly. Anyone can be vulnerable to blackheads, however, those with oily skin are usually more prone to this type of infection. Through cleanliness and a regular cleansing routine, one can avoid this condition.

If you wish to get rid of blackheads that do appear, you can do so economically and cheaply by making your own pore strips. Using these strips may help one to rid oneself of these unsightly blemishes and so if you have suffered from regular blackhead infections or from oily skin, this approach may be right for you.

Gelatin pore strips

Pore strips can be made cheaply, easily and efficiently through the use of gelatin. Gelatin is a widely available ingredient and is easy to come by. In addition to this, the following method does not use too many other ingredients and so should prove easy to prepare and create.In order to begin, find yourself a bowl that is usable with microwaves. In this bowl, mix one tablespoon of unflavoured gelatin with some fresh milk. Ensure that the contents of the bowl are thoroughly mixed until you are satisfied as to the consistency of the paste. Should you feel that the mixture is either too dry or too thin, you might add more of either of the respective ingredients. Gelatin will thicken the mix and milk will thin it.Warm the bowl in the microwave, without letting it get too hot - it should be more than lukewarm but less than hot. Heating the mixture will cause it to melt.

Next, it is time to spread the mixture over the affected area of skin. Make sure that when doing so the fingers are clean and if necessary, use a brush to apply the mix. Allow the mixture to dry - this should take no more than fifteen minutes - before gently removing the strip. The now-dry paste should peel away without too much pain.

Then, rinse your face with cold water and, if required, use a toner that is applicable to your particular type of skin. Pat your face dry and enjoy the results.

Non-gelatin pore strips

The use of gelatin is not absolutely necessary in the making of your own pore strips.

To use this method, you will need to mix one cup of sugar, the juice of half a lemon and one third of a cup of honey. Do this in a pan and heat until the temperature reaches 240º F. Having mixed the ingredients correctly, pour the liquid into a bowl and add two teaspoons of glycerin. When the temperature of the resultant mix drops to 115º F, spread over the affected area of skin. As with the previous mixture, allow fifteen minutes for drying and then gently peel away the strip. Again, wash your face and pat dry.

Pores will be opened after these processes, so it will be necessary to close them afterwards in order to avoid the possible entry of dirt or bacteria. Apply a toner if required and press a cold wet towel over the face until the pores close.

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