The first and only time I tried Bioré's pore cleansing nose strips, I was in high school and underwhelmed by the results, quite frankly. So you can imagine how skeptical I was about the new Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips ($9.99 at London Drugs). These strips promise to remove weeks' worth of oil and pore-clogging debris thanks to the deep-cleaning, oil-absorbing power of charcoal. Much to my delight and surprise though, they performed remarkably well in fulfilling said promise.
I'm not sure whether it's the charcoal or an improved product overall, but these Bioré charcoal strips perform a lot better than the old ones . The instructions are conveniently printed on the back of each individually packaged strip and pretty simple to follow. Wet your nose (I like using warm water to open up the pores more) and apply the strip sticky-side down. Wait 10 minutes until the strip dries and stiffens before slowly peeling it off, starting with the outside edges. The strip does leave some black residue behind, but it's easily washed off with warm water.
The grossest, most oddly satisfying benefit of using a black pore strip was being able to clearly see a little forest of pore-clogging nuggets left behind on the strip when it's peeled. (I'll spare you the macro photo of such a sight and give you a selfie of me wearing the strip instead.) I've used about half the box and the first time was by far the most effective, so maybe there's some truth to the claim that it removes weeks' worth of oil and gunk after all.
The Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips didn't get everything, and they're no substitute for the deep clean one feels after a professional facial with extractions. That being said, it's pretty effective as an affordable pore-clearing product between treatments.
Have you tried Bioré Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips? What do you think?