Homemade Pore Strip Mask

As I run out of things, I am trying to replace them with homemade versions. I used my last Biore Pore Strip several weeks ago, so I have been researching, and trying to find something that I can use in it’s place. I wanted something that was really easy to make, and that didn’t have very many ingredients. There was one that I tried, that I kind of liked, but I couldn’t stand the smell of it. I have been playing around with the recipe and this is what I have come up with!
I think it works pretty good. It grabs a hold of all that icky oil on the nose and chin, and pulls it out. You can put it all over your face, if you want to, BUT beware that it hurts when you pull if off! Yes, I am speaking from experience. Besides grabbing that icky oil, this recipe may work good for a hair wax removal on the upper lip. Not that I have any hair on my upper lip, of course. (Getting older really sucks!)  
homemade Pore Strip Mask
Homemade Pore Strip Mask
Here is what you will need:
1 package, powdered unflavored Knox Gelatin
Lemon Juice

To prepare mask:

Place one package Gelatin and 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice in a paper cup.
(To make a smaller batch use 1 teaspoon gelatin and 1 teaspoon lemon juice.)
Quickly mix well with a wooden craft stick, and place in microwave on high for 10 seconds.

Remove from microwave and stir with wooden stick.

Use the wooden stick to quickly apply the mask to your face.
Be careful!! It will be HOT!!
 I stir it up, put some on the stick, blow on it,
 and then apply a light coat to my nose, chin, etc.It cools quickly, and will start to harden,
so you need to be some what quick when you are applying it.

Avoid getting it on your eyebrows or on your hair line.
 It WILL pull eyebrows out!
(Ouch! Trust me you don’t want to walk around
with part of them missing!
It is just plain embarrassing!!)

Leave on for 30 minutes or until completely dry and peel off face.

I tried to take a close up photo of all the icky stuff 
that pulled off onto the mask,
 but it came out to blurry and you couldn’t really see it.

As a side note, I left my paper cup in the bathroom,
and when I came back,
The Husband had applied the mask to his nose.
The mask has his approval too!


Let me know if you try the mask, and what your thoughts were of it! 



About Robyn

Robyn is a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant, Author/Owner of Robyn's View, Contributing Author on Daily Dish Magazine, and Social Media Manager for TOKYO Bistro. She enjoys DIY projects, working on crafts, researching her family history, walking on the local beaches, watching TV sitcoms, and movies. Robyn is a mom to two adult children, both of whom have flown the nest and are married. She also has two grandchildren, 4 dachshunds, 4 chickens, 2 cats, a bunny, and an amazing man in her life.


  1. This brings back memories of my teen years trying to get rid of the blackheads in any way possible – I used to use a product called Snap which was basically sand in mineral oil. Very harsh for the skin.

    Your “recipe” sounds like it would work really gently – a key to removing blackheads.

    Thanks for visiting my little blog project and following along.

  2. Stopping by from Crystal & Co and I am going to pin this to my “frugalicious” board because my followers will LOVE it. Thanks so much!

  3. Hi there Robyn! Boy this sounds like an interesting recipe! So simple and it works! Then I will have to see what my daughter thinks and give it a try!

  4. I am definitely going to try this….thanks so much for the tutorial… I love this idea…thanks for linking up with the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY and sharing…..


  5. Wow! Thanks for sharing this recipe! Those pore strips can be costly…what a great money saving alternative! Giving this a shout out on my FB page! :)

  6. I’m trying it now. Forgot to microwave it… so we’ll see. lol My guess would be that the heat just helps everything dissolve better so it’s easier to put on. I’ll let you know. hehe

  7. Very interesting idea. I just might have to try this. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


  8. Robyn,
    What a fabulous DIY. Those pore strips are a fortune. Love stuff that’s hubby approved too :) Thanks so much for stopping by Creative Thursday this week. I couldn’t do these parties without you. Can’t wait to see what you link up next week. Have a wonderful weekend.

  9. I can’t wait to slather my face with this mask. I love the way I feel after any mask and this one is way too easy not to try.

    Your post has been featured at Wednesday Whatsits. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Aww! Thanks Julie! Be careful with slathering it on your entire face. It hurts to peel it off your cheeks. The Husband and I laughed so hard at each other when we were peeling it off the first time. I put it all over his face too. The pain hasn’t stopped me from putting it on all of my face though!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Didn’t work for me :(

    • In what way didn’t it work? It works great on the both of us. Sorry it didn’t work for you. If your comment wasn’t left as anonymous I would have contacted you personally.


  11. Well we’ll see! It’s on my face right now:) What exactly is the benefit of the lemon?

  12. Well it didn’t work too well unfortunately. My face does feel fresh though! And you were right about it hurting on your cheeks >.< But it didn’t really remove any of my blackheads :(

    • Well Bummer! I am sorry it didn’t work on your blackheads! The lemon just makes it smell better than using milk or plain water. Although, lemon is suppose to be good for your skin.

  13. Interesting recipe. I will have to give this a try. Now to convince my husband that I haven’t gone crazy when he spots me putting gelatin on my face. Lol.

  14. I’ve been looking for a good tutorial for home made pore strips! I will definitely have to try this one out.

  15. This mask works great for me. I’m a African American female with oily skin, clogged pores around the nose area, and old acne scars. I put the mask all over my face and underneath my chin. I get the best results when the mixture is nice and thick. I have noticed that this mask helps lightens the appearance of those annoying acne scars. It also helped approve the appearance of my skin overall. I really do like how it removes unwanted hair too. Sometimes I use fresh squeezed tomato juice instead of the lemon. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  16. Is there something wrong with saying it felt like ripping superglue off my face?

  17. Sent my husband to the store for unflavored gelatin for a recipe at Christmas and he came home wiht a 30 pack! Now I have something more to use it for. Thank you! I’m sure my daughter will love this idea.


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