How To Make Your Own Nose Strips and Pore Cleaner

How To Make Your Own Nose Strips and Pore Cleaner

DIY Beauty - Gelatin and Milk Nose Strips

I have three sons and a husband and when you add it all up, me included, we can potentially go through a lot of nose strips.

I know it's a little icky to think about, but if you want to keep your skin clear nose strips are a great way to do that.

That being said, the cost of that many nose strips (5 x 1 a week) can add up.

I didn't want to stop us from having that clean feel for our skin so I decided to give this DIY beauty recipe a try and the results were great. Better than I expected to be honest.

How-To Make Your own Nose Strips and Deep Pore Cleanser (DIY Blackhead Remover) with only three ingredients.  

You can actually forgo the third ingredient if you prefer and still get great results.

Nose Strip Only:

1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin

1 ½ teaspoons milk

* 1 drop of tea tree essential oil {can omit}

Deep Pore Facial Cleanser:

1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin

1 ½ tablespoons milk

*2 to 3 drops of tea tree essential oil {can omit}

  1. For either the nose strips or the facial cleanser mix ingredients in a small microwavable container with a fork or a wire whisk.
  2. Microwave on high for 15 seconds.  Test the mixture to be sure it is warm, NOT HOT, before applying to your nose and/or face.
  3. Using your fingers or a small craft paint brush, apply to nose or face avoiding hairline, eyes and neck.
  4. Now sit back and relax for 15 to 20 minutes to allow the mixture to dry and tighten up.
  5. Once dry, use your nails to gently peel the film off.  It will come off in sections.  Use a warm rag to slough off any remainder of the mask/strip.

I could not believe how well this worked.  My skin is dry but felt so fresh and 'clean' afterwards.


  • If you have dry skin I would not recommend doing this more than once a week and I would not use the tea tree oil.
  • If you have oily skin and are prone to breakouts the addition of the tea tree oil really helps.
  • The amount above is enough for 2 adult face masks or 2 nose strips.
  • I found that a small flat craft brush worked the best for applying this and you can put up to two layers on.  Any more than that and it will be too heavy and not stick to your face.
  • For the nose area and any areas of breakout a thin layer works best.

If you have any allergies to milk, essential oils {tea tree} or gelatin do NOT use this.

If you have sensitive skin do not use this ~ it may be too harsh.


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  1. julie marling says:

    New follower from someday crafts... I used to love those strips but they became too expensive. Thanks for sharing. Love for you to follow back when you get a chance.

  2. Melody Kittles says:

    Coconut oil (the organic, raw, unprocessed kind) is really great for skin. Olive oil is good for the skin, too. You might try those when your skin is feeling dry. This sounds like an interesting skin cleanser. I may try it some time. 🙂 All these household ideas you've been posting lately have been really neat to read about.

  3. Wow! Who knew you could make your own! I am going to have to try this because the strips, which work well, are expensive. I'm pinning this to find it when I am ready to try it. Thanks so much!

  4. What a great recipe! I should definitely try this soon.:)

  5. Very clever indeed :o)
    Thanks for linking up this week!
    Stacey of Embracing Change