How to make pore strips without gelatin

Blackheads, or comedones, are formed when pores become clogged with bacteria, dead skin cells and excess oils on the face. Pore strips are an effective tool to remove blackheads. They work by removing the dead skin cells and excess oils that are causing the blackheads. A common household item, white glue, is an effective and inexpensive alternative to store-bought pore strips.

Wash your face with a facial cleanser designed for your skin type --- whether it is oily, combination, dry or sensitive --- and warm water.

Dry your face with a soft towel.

Apply a thin layer of white, non-toxic glue to the area on your face that has a concentration of blackheads. For most people, this is the chin, forehead, cheeks or nose.

Cut a piece of gauze large enough to cover the area on your face where you spread the white glue.

Lay the gauze over the area you covered with white glue.

Allow the glue to dry completely before carefully lifting the gauze away from your skin. This will remove the glue, along with the unwanted dead skin cells and excess oils.

Wipe away any glue residue left behind with a damp cloth.


After using the homemade pore strips, wipe that area of your face with tea tree oil. This will help shrink the pores, reducing the appearance of any new blackheads.

Things You'll Need

  • Facial cleanser
  • Soft towel
  • White glue
  • Gauze
  • Damp cloth
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