I am taking it back to about 20 years ago, to my ALL Time favorite movie, “Clueless”. I recall the valley girls were wearing white stripes across their noses, but at the time my 10 year old self had no idea the value of the magic strips. By the time I was 13 or 14, I had set through my first Sex Ed class and become a victim of puberty and the movie made alot more sense. Do to raging (I mean growing) Hormones I had horrible acne which turned into whiteheads and blackheads...and the “occasional scar”. Then I remembered the white nose strips. The little white strips were my saving grace. Yes, for 14 year old the pain was awful, but it was so cool to look at all the gunk that came out of my skin. The outcome totally outweighed the pain. I recall my mother shirking at the cost of my Biore Strips then (at the time $15.00 for 6 strips) and I still shirk now, but there is NOTHING like them…..or is there?
Yes, because of my oily skin, I still need strips. And, now that I am really working to take better care of my skin, I need strips more often. I love Biore, but it starting to cut into my budget so I went on a hunt. I recently came across the Epielle Deep Cleansing Strip. I found them at Big Lots and they were $2.00 for 6 nose strips.
What's the Difference?
My analytic mind first compared ingredients to make sure the Biore brand and the Epielle brand where even close to the same thing. After learning a few new words in my Skin Care & Cosmetics Dictionary, I found, based on which ingredient is listed first, Biore has more conditioning factors and the Epielle has more of a binding factor. Being the super scientific person that I am, I concluded to get same effect from the Epielle as I normally do with Biore my skin has to be extra conditioned first. Remember, the Epielle is designed latch on to the dirt, but your skin does need to be soften to easily let it go. A couple of other minor differences: the Epielle only comes in a Nose strip, whereas the Biore comes in two types. A face strip that is rectangular and about 2.5 inches long and the pre-cut flexible nose strip pictured. As a compromise to the Epielle, its 1 (one) nose strip isn’t pre-cut so it can be used easily on a none-bridged structure just as easily.
To prep my face for the Epielle Deep Cleaning Strip, I cleansed my skin, gently exfoliated the area then put a warm towel over it help loosen the skin and let it set for about 1 minute. Then I wet the area with warm water and quickly applied the stips per the instructions. Overall, The Epielle Deep Cleaning Strip dried, harden and held on very well. My targeted blackhead was dislodged and I was happy. Unlike the Biore Deep Cleansing Stip after removing the strip there was quite a bit of residue left on my skin, a quick rinse took care of that. I highly recommend the Epielle as a great Budget Buy alternative to the Biore Deep Cleansing Strip, just be sure to condition your skin prior to application to get the best results.