Bioré Pore Strips Turn 20 with Limited-Edition Designs

Bioré Pore Strips

Trying a Bioré Pore Strip is basically a teenager rite of passage—and now, the iconic little pieces of fabric are growing up, too. It’s been 20 years since Bioré first launched the game-changing strips in North America, and to celebrate, the boxes are getting a makeover in Canada.

Bioré teamed up with Toronto’s Humber College to launch a competition for its graphic design program to create commemorative packaging. The winner was recent grad Katie Kavanagh’s cheery design. Inspired by the idea of celebration, Kavanagh created a logo with a big silver 2-0 surrounded by bright circles reminiscent of the original packaging that remind us of balloons, bubbles and pores all at once.

The main colours are silver, pink and blue, but each box’s background hue gets a slight tweak based on the type of strips inside: the classic Deep Cleansing Pore Strips come in deep pink, the Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips in black (obvs), the two-times-more-effective Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips in white, and the Deep Cleansing Pore Strips for the Face, which fit on chins, cheeks and foreheads, in a dusty pink.

Bioré Pore Strips

With all of the recent Facebook ads and YouTube videos demonstrating new peel-away products (often in jet black formulas), pore unclogging is mainstream again, but be careful not to be rough on your skin. Many of these products work through adhesion, which means they stick to your skin very tightly and try to grab as much oil and dirt as you pull them off. A safer alternative is cationic technology, which is found in Bioré’s strips. That means the fabric is positively charged in order to draw out sebum, which has a negative charge. Whatever you use, remember that it shouldn’t hurt!

If it’s been a while since you’ve tried one of the iconic strips, now’s a great time to reintroduce yourself. We did recently, and were as delighted as ever to peel away that gunk from our pores (though happy to report things are less icky since our teenage years).

Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips are now available in limited-edition anniversary packaging across Canadian drugstores.

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