Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Breathe Right Nasal Strips




I recently received a couple of samples of Breathe Right nasal strips in the mail, along with a coupon to buy more. Well, I won't be using that particular coupon after giving this product a try.

I had seen ads about these strips on TV and read a few reviews about how effective they were for some consumers who had tried them. I had good expectations about giving these a try too. I don't have serious breathing issues, but there are times (especially when the air is very dry) that I could definitely breathe better at night, to help with my sleep.


In a nutshell, here's what they are suppose to do:

From the Amazon product page-Breathe Right nasal strips can provide temporary relief from nasal congestion and stuffiness and may also reduce or eliminate snoring. Breathe Right nasal strips open your nose to help you breathe better so you can sleep better.

And what did these "magical" strips actually do for me?

Nothing, nada...no difference at all!

I had two samples so Joe my husband tried one as well. Same thing, nothing, no difference. We both were careful to apply the strips exactly as directed. Absolutely nothing!

And to remove these afterwards, ouch!!!! They really stuck on and how! If someone wasn't careful to wet the edges of these strips before trying to remove, they could actually harm the skin on their nose quite easily.  Also, the ones we got (the regular colored strips) are made of latex rubber so again, something to take note of, for allergies etc. They do have other types of these (clear ones, different sizes...)so the rubber content may or may not be a problem for all the types of these strips.

I would be interested to hear about your own experiences with Breathe Right strips if you've tried them. I don't like to use the "scam" word but in my opinion, that's close to what these are, based on my experience.

If something can actually open up a person's nasal passages effectively enough to make a significant difference in their breathing, would it not take more than a thin bandaid-type of rubber strip to achieve this? Maybe a lot of the good hype about these is perhaps some wishful thinking thrown in. It's not pleasant to try to sleep with a congested nose. Perhaps some "mind over matter" or placebo effect is at work, when people feel so much better with one of these stuck to their nose! I don't know.

What I do know, I'm glad these were samples and not something I spent money on. I'd rather put $$$ towards an air purifier or a facial sauna to help relieve nasal congestion.

If it's a continuous and/or serious issue(s) maybe it's time to talk to a doctor or other health care professional about it. They call it the "breath of life" for very good reasons. Not something to ignore.

Overall rating for this product: BAD. 0 out of 5.

51 comments:

  1. I can vouch for this, they didn't do anything. I also wondered what kind of adhesive they use on these, they were very hard to remove. Save your money.

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  2. Thank you for this. I had wondered if they were any good. How disappointing. Think I might invest in an air purifier instead.

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  3. Hi Joe, Yes, they were very hard to remove, I agree. An all-around loser of a product I think.

    Hi Sel, I was hoping these would work great too. Unfortunately that didn't happen. I agree, an air purifier would be a much better investment. And they are getting cheaper and better all the time.

    Happy Week, G

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  4. Hi, you need a reaction box which reads: incredulous. I would have checked it. I tried these for the first time last night and for the first time in almost 2 years, slept through the night thanks to the strip. I did have a little bit of sticky goo on my nose for a few minutes upon waking up in the morning but it wiped right off. It opened up my nasal passages just a wee bit, enough to be able to sleep through the night without tossing and turning and waking up with gunk-mouth due to breathing through my mouth. I wish I had tried these ages ago! If you don't have any problems breathing through your nose (deviated septum, myriad of other problems, etc.), then, no -- of course you are not going to notice a difference. A difference of what? You have nothing to compare the new sensation to, silly! To anyone who reads this review: call or email the company to get their free sample and try it for yourself! Also, many stores have their own store-brand strips that are not so expensive. I'm going to buy a box tomorrow. Sweet dreams!! From, Cathryn

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  5. Hi Cathryn, Thanks for your comment. I'm glad you found these strips helpful. Of course, some people do or they wouldn't be selling any, would they? If you read my complete review, you will note that I did say I have some issues with breathing at night, at some times. As far as these strips making any improvement, I didn't note any difference at all, my husband didn't either. It's not about being silly either. But thanks for your feedback and for bringing a smile to my evening, reading your comment.

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    1. Hi Geraldine, because like you I too have a breathing problem and I could not use the CPAP I have tried everything else including the strips. Unfortunately I am alergic to whatever they use as glue so I have not been able to use them. I found out something that helps me to some extent and I understand that your dentist may have some type of an appliance for this. I try to line my teeth top over bottoms and as straight as I can side to side. I am very aware of this and I wish I could sleep better but compare with how it was before this is great for me!I hope this helps

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  6. PS: Just recently I found and tried a natural remedy for sinus congestion that really worked for me:

    You can find the recipe for Tomato "Tea" over at the Earth Clinic. Here's the link:

    http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/sinus_congestion.html#TOMATOTEA


    It may sound like a strange combo of ingredients but I found real relief, after only one serving of this tea, I was breathing much better and my sinus headache disappeared. Bliss!

    If you read the comments over there, you'll probably find one you can relate to. A lot of people have found this helpful. I hope you do too.

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  7. Hey, I have used these strips and they worked for me!!! i have terrible colds in the winter, massive tonsils, regular tonsillitis, asthma, nasal polyps.. you name it, i tried these and they helped my sleep apnea quite alot, i often have trouble breathing in the night at winter and sometimes don't sleep until 3 or 4am.. these help me along with steam, i think they're quite good, i hope one day to have my tonsils and adenoids removed though.. that will stop my sleep apnea.

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    1. If I was not alergic to the glue I would use them also but, as it is I can't. I was looking for a substitute that might use some other type of glue. I too have sleep apnea and I am overweight which does not help at all. However I had my tonsills out and it still not helping. I just sent Geraldine a reply about how I position my teeth when I go to bed at night. Hope that helps you also.

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  8. What a waste of a product. Breath Right strips DO NOT work what so ever to "reduce or eliminate snoring" I will be sure to let others know that they DO NOT work and to not waste money on them!

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    1. They don't work for you. They do work for other people like me. I don't find them a waste of money as I can now sleep through the night without snoring. My husband can sleep through the night without listening to me snore. Not everything works for every person. Gosh - I would hate to be your doctor if he ever gave you advice or a prescription that didn't work perfectly on you.

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  9. Used for the first time recently. Woke up & my nose was in extreme pain & swollen. I had so much mucus in the inner corners of my eyes and a migraine! Almost went to the doctor, but decided to take motrin for pain & swelling. I threw away the box & will never use again. My nose bridge is still swollen & after 2 weeks & i'm still suffering from headaches. It works by stretching the nose bridge skin & tissue upward. I feel stupid, thought it would be medicated. My nose still hurts so its not worth injuring yourself to stop snoring. The nose pain, swelling and headaches are worse to suffer from than occasional snoring. Just using the one strip, I feel like i've been punched in the nose everyday and my sinuses are now inflamed causing me not to breath as well as I am used to during the day & night. I plan to go to an ear, nose throat doctor if it doesn't get better to see if I can fix the damage.

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  10. I used these strips and they were great they really work. They may not work for everyone.

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  11. i just got my sample and it worked great i have a hard time sleeping but it definetly helped

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  12. I have a badly deviated septum, and can breathe much easier at night with these. One side of my nostril is basically collapsed inside,, and the strip helps keep it open. I cannot breathe AT ALL out of that side without them. I think it just depends on what's wrong with you, how effective you'll find them. I sleep so much better now, especially since I hate breathing out of my mouth when sleeping.

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  13. They work really well for me. Instant difference after putting one on. I have serious sinus issues and didn't even know it was possible to breath like this until recently. To all of those people who say they don't do anything: You probably don't have anything wrong with you (at least not what this product is intended to fix). Be grateful! After trying these out I would probably walk around with them all day if they didn't look so silly.

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  14. Have been using them for three days and have slept better than I have for years. Follow the directions on the box. Put a dab of moisturizer on the bridge of your nose where the center of the strip would be. Remove the strip after you've been in the shower for a bit. Great product!

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  15. These are awesome. A game changer. I have never slept better or been able to breathe so comfortably.

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  16. Hello to all the Anonymous visitors, There certainly seems to be a diversity of opinion, regarding this product. For the people who have tried these and found them helpful, I'm glad. Personally as I shared above, I didn't find that they did anything at all. I still wonder if some of the positive effects that some people note are not actually a case of "mind over matter" and a placebo effect. Again, if it's helpful for you and you don't mind paying for these strips, go for it.

    Thanks for your comments and visits, G

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    1. Thanks for your review G. I have used these for months and love them. Maybe I have just enough oil in my skin to allow them to adhere, but also to make them easily removed?? Even though they don't help some people with snoring (Amazon said "may help"), that does not make the product is bad....they help me breathe much better, whether or not I am congested.

      I found your review a bit negative. Your "scam" remark is obviously untrue given the level of success for the strips. I have read other sites and the majority of users love them.

      Just because you don't understand how they work, doesn't mean they are not good. Your remarks with words like "hype", "mind over matter", "placebo" are misplaced, misleading, and just unfair.... and show close-mindedness.

      Simple is beautiful in this case. By lifting my nostrils, the strips help me get 25% to 40% air...and I measured that. The larger a person's nose overhangs the end of the bone, the more the airflow will increase. I sleep so much better...and so do many others. My wife is also much happier.

      I am not trying to slander you, but want to be open and honest. I love the product.

      sincerely,
      Big Lou

      PS After 32 years of engineering, I make these comments with technical skills and a love for new technology.

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  17. It works for my husband! I really like this product. I believe it has to do with the kind of problem you have.

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    1. I agree . Success with them depends on how severe your problem is .
      Anyhow . . . They were a godsend when I had a cold , saved me a trip to the Urgent Care clinic to ask my PCP for a Guaifenesin prescription to get some sleep , which I hate doing . But I still had to buy a king sized box of Kleenex for the morning .

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  18. I have used this product the last two nights. They work for me. My wife is so excited because I did not snore. I feel so rested. I slept straight through the night which hasn't happened in years. My morning pulse rate dropped by 10 bpm. Hooray! I am so thankful to have discovered this product.

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  19. Thanks again for all your comments positive and negative. Love reading about your experiences with these strips which are certainly varied.

    Keep them coming!!!

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  20. I have used Breathe Right for a couple of years and they really help me sleep better. Recently,however, they have changed the formula on the adhesive and I got a severe skin reaction with redness, itching, swelling that lasted a number of days. I went back to the "Original Tan" and am still able to use them. Unfortunately I noticed that the drugstores are now carrying the "new" original tan. I am really sorry that they tried to "improve" a product that worked really well.

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  21. Across the bridge of the nose, sure, I don't see how they would have much of an effect because there's cartilidge or bone between the skin and the airway there. So I would probably agree that placebo is going on for the older strips. But I just bought some of their "advanced" strips, which appear to both go across the bridge of the nose as well as down to the nostrils. I can see where pulling on the skin on the nostrils would open up the airways just a bit more. So maybe those work better. Maybe that's the kind that "Anonymous" was using? I haven't tried them yet myself, probably won't until I have a need. I just got them because they were a buck each after coupons and rebate at Rite Aid yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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  22. as with everything else, one should do your homework before using or ingesting products. nowhere does this product claim to rid snoring. if you have issues which may need to try this, it depends on what is causing your problems. if allergens are related to what still is in your home, dont expect miracles, same applies with your general health. I have allergies which dictate a daily dose of preventative meds. because I decided to try these to see it would help in extending my sleep. it did so by opening up my airways. i was surprised at how well it worked. used them for a week now. PLEASE read the paperwork in the box. it you are allergic to latex or glue, try using it for 48 hours on a different part of the body for reactions. I am hypersensitive to makeup and some glues and latex, but not this. go figure. and if you follow the directions for removal it should.be no problem. expecting to rip it from a sensitive face where the glue is meant to safely bond in order to work is.the key. i have no problem removing it when I wash my.face or shower. remember too to wash and dry your face beforehand too or the natural oils will hamper sticking.

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  23. I have a nose injury from a childhood accident and my nostrils just collapse when I lay on my side. I clean my nose with alcohol, put a small piece of tissue on the bridge of my nose to protect it and apply the strip. It keeps my nose open all night. I can breathe so easy using the strip. They can irritate the skin of your nose but you can use lotion or skin prep to protect the skin. I think Breathe Right Strips are wonderful. I was always flipping back and forth to find the position with the nostril most open but with the strip in place my nose is wide open no matter what position I am in. I have a small nose so I must buy the smaller strips and the new heavy duty strips are just too much.

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  24. if you're prone to allergic reactions to latex adhesive, before using these on your face stick one to your forearm for a few hours. Or else you might end up with redness and swelling that can last a few days.

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  25. I've been using these for 3 days & they are a Godsend! I've been using afrin for 2 years because of chronic & substantial sinus issues. It got really bad & I finally went & saw an ENT...she said basically tough. And I'd be miserable for the next few months. I read about the strips online & I was able to breathe instantly. I'm 5 months pregnant, so I'm limited in what I can do. Surgery is certainly in my future but these work great for now. I wish I would have used earlier before I caused pain & damage from nose spray simply trying to breathe & sleep at night. (of course rebound effect made all issues worse) I haven't even been tempted to use spray in 3 days. Removing strips can be tricky but it's covered in the directions. I skipped them initially. For my sinus problems they work perfectly. (because of rebound effect & issues I am completely blocked when I remove them)

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  26. I used it last night and for some odd reason awoke to a very swollen nose and sinus area. Not sure why that would be? I felt the way the strip pulled how it opened up my sinuses. I was impressed. So I am confused as to why the swelling. Not a reaction to the strip itself. Seriously folks, the strips are NOT that difficult to remove, by the way. Maybe older folks skin can be a bit delicate. If anyone has any ideas, please share. I am on antibiotics for sinus infection so is it possible that it has something to do with that?

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  27. I have used this item for over a year. They work wonderfully to open up your nose--at a price. I slowly eroded the skin on my nose and did a great deal of damage to my nose skin. I scratched my nose this evening and caused bleeding. It bled for hours before I could get it to stop. I could only trace this to the daily pulling off of the breathe right strips and the damage to the skin of my nose it must have caused. I hate to dis this product as it works wonderfully but I suggest to use it only occasionally and not daily as the adhesive will severely damage your nose skin over time.

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  28. I agree this item is for occasional use only. I used them for over two years daily and eventually eroded the skin of my nose so much it bled and bled and took weeks to heal. However this product works wonderfully. Only use it when you really need it to open your nose once in a while and not nightly like I and anonymous 2/27 did. Excellent product just do not use daily.

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  29. I use the breathe right strips every day, but they are tearing up my nose. It is the only thing that I have ever found that lets me sleep at night without gasping for air. The sores on my nose are becoming an issue. I can't go around with what looks like blistered burn marks all the time, but I can't sleep well without them. Anyone know if there are any made without using Latex?

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    1. no sadly cause i am allergic as well. what i find odd is even the kid ones have latex which is not good common sense.alot more people are allergic to latex now. but if you find out let me know as well.

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    2. http://www.amazon.com/Clear-Passage-Reduces-Snoring-Latex-free/dp/B000W2339G/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top.those if you have a small nose like i do and need a kids size your out of luck

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  30. I have just started useing the breath right strips (the regular ones). I will admit that I do have slight brusing on the top of my nose so I tried not to touch the middle part down when applying the sides. it does eventually touch but not so rough. It did help a little with the bruse. I do get a lot of breathing realief. I then tried using the advanced one in clear. I like it so far.it has a wider plastic piece connecter. its kind of like the difference between a bra with a speghetti strap vs a bra with a wider strap, it dosen't dig into the skin as bad. I almost don't want to ever take it off. I like breathing. It works but it isn't invisible, looks dorky.

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  31. I used the Advanced Strips for the first time last night. They did enable me to breathe a little better, and I had no trouble removing the strips in the shower this morning; however, when I woke up this morning my sinuses were completely blocked and they are still much worse than they usually are at this time of the day...4 hours after waking.

    It is very frustrating as I was hoping that his would really help me. I found out from the ear, nose, throat specialist yesterday that I have polyps on my right side as well as nasal valve collapse. http://www.nycfacemd.com/nasal-valve-collapse-and-treatment/

    He was the one who actually recommended the breath right strips. I am scheduled for a cat scan in a few weeks, and possibly surgery if nothing else helps. He suggested low dose aspirin to shrink the polyps, but I first have to be tested to see if I am allergic to aspirin.

    This is really getting tiresome, because otherwise, I am extremely fit.

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  32. first time I used advanced felt instant relief I have copd and I feel much better with my nose opened up

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  33. I use the advanced one's every night . They work very well for me . why are they soooo expensive?

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  34. Breathe Right strips are amazing! I have a deviated septum and the strip opens up that nostril so that I can breathe through that side too. I am addicted and love them! I've been using them for 5 years. I never post reviews, but these things are amazing and couldn't let the slander go by without commenting. Also, there are no side effects, a drug free miracle!

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  35. I use them too and they work for me. Broken nose years ago. I wish I'd found them sooner.

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  36. My husband had been snoring really badly for the past week due to a cold, and it has woken me up multiple times during the night.

    I forced a Breathe Right Nasal Strip (the clear, regular-sized one for Sensitive Skin) on him last night - I was worried that he wouldn't be able to sleep with something on his nose but he slept fine. & amazingly, I slept fine as well. He hardly made a sound - I'm sure he was still snoring but it wasn't loud enough to wake me.

    When I was up getting ready for work, I was keeping an eye (& ear) on him but there was not a peep at all in that hour.

    I didn't see him having trouble removing it either. Shortly after he got up, I realised he already had it removed, was examining it in his hand & wondering how the strip actually works.

    I think it's amazing, & he'll have to wear this everytime he has a cold.

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  37. I find the Breathe Right Nasal Strips work very well for me. The only problem I have is removing them in the morning. I get a washcloth, get it wet with as hot water as I can stand and press it on my nose, over the strip, while I brush my teeth. I use an electric toothbrush for about 4 or 5 minutes. The hot, wet washcloth helps, but I still get red and mildly sore if I use the strips every night. Is there another way to remove them that works better and doesn't hurt?

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  38. I think they did help a bit with my husbands snoring. We use a humidifier for noise, cut his nose hairs and I wear earplugs. They are overpriced for certain, so we spent about $200 on them without determining if they work so we gave them up. A box of good quality of 50-100 bandages cost about $3-4, yet these are $1 each, so even if they do help, they are not worth the high cost.

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  39. I use these all the time in singing to open the nasal passages. They do work really well for singers with chronic nasal allergies

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  40. I have never sent a review before, but could not help answering some of the negative remarks. I have been using this product for about 2 weeks to prevent heavy snoring due to a deviated septum. I have found that I can use it every 2-3 nights with good results. My husband asked me this morning if I had used it last night as I was snoring. I had not used it in about 4 nights. It does make my nose sore if I use it every night.

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  41. I have problems sleeping due to my nasal passages blocking up, forcing me to breathe through my mouth, and awakening with the dry mouth. My ENT tells me I have a deviated septum, possibly from an injury long ago. I tried these strips years ago when they first came out and wasn't really impressed with the results. Over the years I have used way too much of the nasal spray to the point that I was getting the rebound effect. Last week I saw the Breathe Right Extra, which is promoted as being 50% stronger, so I bought a box of 10 for a try. Well trust me, these things have worked great for opening my nasal passages over a week now. This is NOT a placebo affect, I breathe from my nose all night long, much better sleep and no dry mouth. Would leave it on all day if it didn't look so silly.

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  42. They work for me, 4 days a week I get up at 4 am and if I use this product I get up ready to get going. If I do not use the product I really struggle with waking up and starting the day. The other 3 days I use nothing and don't get out of bed until after 7. These little strips seem to be substituting for 3 hours of sleep. After about 60 of these strips I am convinced. Now that I have found a reason for being so tired in the morning I am going to see a doctor to explore a permanent solution.

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  43. If you know anything about physics, you would know that you cannot place an adhesive bandage on your nose and have it lift your nostrils open. However, I do not want to get into a debate with those who feel that they provide some relief for them. If it works for you, whether it's mind over matter, your imagination or something else, good for you.

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    1. Physics would dictate that an item with structure to it, when applied to a substrate, will want to pull that substrate with it to return to it's natural form. Maybe you have never tried the strips and wanted to talk bad with no experience, but there is a base of 3 or 4 thin hard plastic "rods" that are not designed to be flexible - these are inside the strip, and when the strip is adhered to the nose, the plastic tries to return to it's natural state by pulling the nose upwards and out.

      So remind me how "if you knew anything about physics" that these would not work?

      You are ignorant.

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