DIY Biore strips

I’ve been a little self-conscious about my skin lately, but I’ve also been self-conscious about spending too much on skin care. So I was cruising the Internet looking for affordable ways to: minimize pores, deal with breakouts, get rid of blackheads.

That’s how I found a recipe for making your own Biore strips. I’ve tried it twice now and am quite pleased with the results. I’m even more pleased with the price, which is miniscule.

Here’s the recipe. I hope you’re ready because it’s SO complicated:

Mix one tablespoon unflavored gelatin (I use Knox) with one tablespoon milk. Then microwave it for 10 seconds and spread on your face.

Whew! That’s a lot of steps.

FYI, I think the recipe calls for waaaay too much product. I did most of my face and still had about half left. So I’m going to take it down to a half tablespoon next time.

That said, make sure you spread enough on. You don’t want the layer to be too thin, or it makes removal harder.

To those skeptics out there… I poo-pooed Biore strips when they came out. I thought it was basically glorified tape. And, hey, maybe the strips are.

But this mask? It does it’s job to such a degree that it’s actually slightly disgusting. By which I mean, you’re both impressed and horrified with the results.

I’m really glad it gets all that gunk out, but I’m creeped out that the stuff was in my pores to begin with. Ugh.

Beyond clean pores, I am just psyched about the price.

Biore nose strips run about $8 for 8. If you get the new packs with 7 nose and 7 “face” (aka forehead) strips, you’ll pay $10.

Meanwhile, Knox gelatin gives you four, one-tablespoon packets for $1.25 at Walmart. If you have moral issues shopping there, you’ll pay about $2 at the grocery store.

So even if you go by the receipt, you’re paying about 35-50 cents to Biore your whole face. (And yes, I just used “Biore” as a verb. Deal with it.) If you decrease that to a half tablespoon, you’re down to about 18-25 cents a shot.

Try it. You’ll be impressed (and slightly grossed out) by the results.


  1. Modest Money says

    Hmmm sounds like an interesting idea to try. I've tried biore before and it was so overpriced, especially since it was just tape with some gunk on it. At least this way I can eat the rest if it doesn't work out the first time.

    • seattlegirluw says

      Modest Money: It may be gelatin, but you really won't think it's edible once you do it. (I'm assuming you were kidding, anyway.) But you make such a small amount, you really don't have to worry about tossing the leftover if need be.

  2. Coupon Ninja says

    Last time I used Biore I had such an adverse reaction to it was awful…
    I will have to check this notion out.

  3. unavocis says

    Any idea/opinion as to whether this would work w/ vegan gelatin? I am a vegetarian, but don't consume or use leather, silk, wool, etc., and anything that directly comes from a dead animal, which includes gelatin. I know there are ways to make vegan jello… I just wonder if it would work for this recipe…

  4. says

    I googled this and I read that glue is supposed to work as well, so I tried it. I think it got rid of a lot of dead skin but I didn't notice any pores lifted the way you do when you look at a Biore strip up close. I'll have to try the milk & gelatin method.

    • seattlegirluw says


      I haven't tried it with glue. I can see how it'd lift a lot of dead skin away, but the gelatin mix gets some ooky blackheads every time, so definitely give it a shot and see if it works.

  5. bareheadedwoman says

    okay, either i must have a big head or something about heating it luke warm in a double boiler (no micro) makes less… used the one tablespoon and barely had enough to cover my T area :)

    (I've never used biore, but was thinking about it for some stubborn spots so tried this)

  6. Mich says

    I assume you need to let this dry for a few minutes and then peel off like you would a Biore strip? I love using those and totally understand what you mean about being impressed and grossed out at the same time. Would love to try this much more economical method!

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