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September 28, 2017

Is Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Kit Worth All the Buzz?

This Holika Holika Pig Nose blackhead-blasting kit has been and still is all the rage in the K-beauty scene. But does it really live up to the hype? We take you step-by-step through the process and reveal the gory (but satisfying) evidence. 



I try not to judge a book by its cover, but I confess I totally did with Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead 3-Step Kit. I mean, the package is super cute, but it’s pastel-colored and has drawings of pig noses, which doesn’t vibe well with a 30-something-year-old in a serious battle against some dire signs of aging. And the name is just way too long.


So even though I knew this adorable holy grail was an epic hit for the popular K-beauty brand, I never thought of trying it myself. That is, until a free one landed on my vanity one day. Considering my skin has yet to appear poreless, I decided to give it a go but without high expectations — my defense mechanism against disappointment when trying hyped bestsellers.


Spoiler alert: Three more of these piggies are on their way to me as I type.


holika pig nose


Why use it


Here’s a breakdown of the kit’s pros and cons, and how I came to the conclusion that ultimately, this pore-perfector in all its bubblegum-pop glory is worthwhile for almost anyone with pores, young or not so young.


The truth is, regardless of how many pore-cleaning products we use, there’s just no escaping the need for manual extraction of blackheads and other buildup in pores. Clearing out the congestion not only allows oxygen to flow through so the accumulation of bacteria is delayed, it also helps maximize the effects of pore-minimizing products we use. Whether we do the dirty deed ourselves or turn to an esthetician, coercing the gunk out once in a while is a can’t-miss step in the pursuit of pore-fection.


That’s when Holika Holika’s 3-step kit comes in handy. It’s an affordable, easy way to extract blackheads, whiteheads, and other impurities out of your nose pores in one fell swoop. Plus, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home for that pre- and post-extraction pampering that you’d receive from a facialist.


Step 1


The first step of the kit is a strip infused with witch hazel water, peppermint leaf extract, and more botanicals that soften the buildup in pores. This helps dissolve even the most stubborn of clogs and preps your pores for the most effective extraction.


holika pig nose
Step 1


After cleansing, apply the strip onto your dry nose and remove after 15 to 20 minutes. You’ll most likely see that some impurities have already been coaxed out of your pores. Make sure to to sweep these away with the strip.


I love doing this first step, or any other pore treatment, after a nice soak in a warm bath. This really helps open up my pores so their unwanted guests can make an easy exit.


Step 2


The dramatic exit happens in step 2, which is a strip crafted with purifying ingredients like kaolin and lemon extract.


holika pig nose
Step 2


To apply, wet your entire nose with some water and apply the strip, sticky side down. Make sure your fingers are completely dry! Otherwise, the strip will stick to your fingers and dampen on the outside, which prolongs the mummifying time.


The strip will harden after about 10 to 15 minutes, and that’s when you can slowly and gently peel it off, starting from the outer edges and working your way towards the middle. I find the tugging and pulling to be less aggressive on delicate skin if I press down on my skin near the edge of the strip with one finger and then start peeling at that edge with my other hand.


Depending on how polluted your pores are, you’ll see an array of uglies stuck to the underside. Warning: Staring at the grossness may get addicting!


holika pig nose


Step 3


After you manage to pry your eyes off the strip and discard it, you then baby your pores with the third and final gel strip to protect your pores from PTSD. Soothing aloe vera, hydrating hyaluronic acid, and brightening and tightening lemon and lime extracts replenish skin with moisture and nutrients while minimizing pores to help block out future buildup.


holika pig nose
Step 3


Like a facial mask, you simply apply the strip onto your nose and remove after 10 to 15 minutes to reveal a smoother, softer nose. There’s likely going to be some leftover essence, so just tap that into skin and and follow up with moisturizer. No rinse necessary!


Final Thoughts


No, the Pig Nose Clear Blackhead Kit does not remove every blackhead and whitehead from pores in a single session, just to set the record straight.


Yes, it’s worth all the hype nonetheless, mainly because it does an amazing job lifting out a lot of the impurities all at once and without the irritation, redness, or inflammation you’d get from squeezing or extracting one by one. I found it to be especially powerful in yanking out some of my bigger blackheads and most of the smaller whiteheads. As for the remaining blackheads? NBD, as I handle the stragglers with my Skinmiso Comedo Remover immediately after step 2. In fact, this kit is like a major head start in the painful race of one-by-one manual extraction. It saves precious time in front of the mirror if you usually do this on your own or saves your wallet if you normally get it done professionally.


Speaking of pain, I didn’t find the step 2 strip to hurt as other reviewers did, but then again my skin is not sensitive, and I have a high tolerance for pain for the sake of beautiful skin. Even if you have a low pain threshold, I’d say this strip (with its one-time peel) still wins over squeezing or extracting every single pore by hand since that stretches out the time you have to endure the suffering.


As a cherry on top, the other two strips in the kit that prep our pores before and after the treatment are so thoughtful and convenient. I love that I’m not left on my own to decide what ingredients or products will best help soften my stubborn blackheads before the peel, and what will refresh and recover my pores after the removal.


Overall, the kit is the perfect lazy (or smart) beauty trick to quickly and effectively spring clean my nose pores every few weeks and boost the efficacy of the pore-minimizing products I use more regularly. Oh, and the packaging is a pleasant pop of cute in my rather serious-looking mask drawer.


If you’ve tried Holika Holika Pig Nose Clear Blackhead 3-Step Kit before, what are your thoughts? Any other pore-purging strips you love? Let me know!





I love this nose strip! It doesn't take all the whiteheads and blackheads but it's still good! Hahaha. And Miss Writer! Your lips look very nice in the pics! I'm jealous.

I've been seeing this product in my ig feed. And so I tried this product and it really helps to remove dirt in my nose but tbh, unlike on what I'm using, it didn't removed all my black and whiteheads. But I like the packaging lol so cutee
Ig account : @lykxb_
Box: dessert oasis box

I tried this for the first time and it's reaaally good better than I have expected it ! I thought it would hella hurt but it was Okey !! That's a very positive point for me !
My Instagram : @imxxfei
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I had already tested it and I simply loved it. It's a really good product as removed all my blackheads and let my nose beutiful.
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This nose strop is so good
Easy to use and seem to be so effective
I am.almost 30 yo and I wanna it to be one of my beauty routine
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I like to win the kbeauty starter box

This nose strip is okay. It pulls out black heads but also pulled off the top layer on my skin and it scanned up ):

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I love this product, cute packaging with good quality to remove blackhead.... <3

Ig : cindyalcander
teen's fave box

I'm going to be honest with you here, It did NOT worked with me at all, but it worked just fine with my sisters.
I have a dry and sensitive skin and for that reason I was happy using Holika Holika pig nose clear blackhead kit, I tried 5 of them! Five! And it did NOTHING. In the other hand it was just fine with my sisters Dalal and Nouha, both have an oily skin but Nouha is much more oily on the T zone, so it worked amazing GREAT on Nouha much more on Dalal, But NOT ON ME!
It was... Read more

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I like to use nose packs occasionally when I feel like my pores are extremely clogged up and can’t be treated with exfoliation. This nose packs seems to be the most popular, but I prefer the tony moly 3-step strawberry nose pack. I’ll use this when my nose is extremely rough and very noticeable when I apply makeup. I think nose packs are better used sparingly versus frequently.

Ig username: beauty.and.seoul.of.texas

I’d really love a chance at the Halloween box! Halloween is my favorite holiday and this box is a great pick of products that really set the mood for spooky... Read more

I do not like this kind of masks / kit, especially those that are found everywhere in France and that are not effective. But this one tempts me :)

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and i'd love to win the K-Beauty Box Starter Pack , thank you. :D