Yes You Can DIY Pore Strips for Clean, Blemish-Free Skin Naturally

Homemade pore strips recipe

These homemade pore strips are vegan, effective, easy to apply and peel!

Pore strips aren’t the kind of thing you’d think you could go DIY on, but doing so couldn’t be any easier! Regular pore strips that you find at your local pharmacy or beauty shop are packed with all sorts of chemicals that may get the job done but aren’t necessarily doing your skin any long-term favors. Homemade pore strips take the mystery out of unclogging your pores and make for a much healthier alternative to the traditional version. Unlike most homemade recipes for pore strips, which call for egg whites, milk, or gelatin, the following pore strip recipe is vegan and boasts a longer shelf life–about three months.

Keep your pore strips in the refrigerator to ensure optimum freshness, but they are also relatively stable at room temperature. You can switch up the essential oil added to the mix, but try to opt for one that does more than just emit an appealing fragrance and make sure that the oil has natural antibacterial properties. This recipe calls for eucalyptus oil, but other oils you can use include: peppermint, lavender, tea tree oil, bergamot, lemongrass, oregano, thyme, clove, and rosemary.

DIY Pore Strips

Makes about 1 cup


  • ¾ cups water
  • 1 tablespoon xanthan gum
  • 10 drops eucalyptus oil
  • Tissues


Blend all of the ingredients together except for tissue paper and pour into a plastic or glass jar. Use a makeup brush to apply the mixture over areas of your skin with clogged pores (nose, cheeks, chin, etc). Cut tissue paper into pore strip shapes. Place the tissue strips over the area(s) on your face where you placed the solution and brush a thin layer over the top of the tissue to further saturate it.

Let the pore strip dry. This may take up to ten minutes. Gently peel it off. Once peeled, splash face with cold water and apply a soothing essential oil with antibacterial properties over it.

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