When the summer's Lilith Fair female-fest comes to this area Tuesday, festival-goers can rock out, party down and still keep their noses clean.


A cosmetics company is giving attendees Pore Perfect, little adhesive strips that -- when applied to the end of one's nose -- rip off all the blackheads and debris. Gone. Just like that.

Finally, a scientific solution that's right on the proboscis. Though it does have its slight downside.

"There's a little bit of a gross-out factor because you're pulling stuff from your pores that's been in there for who knows how long," says Kenny Robinson, a product manager with the strip makers, Biore, a division of the Cincinnati-based Andrew Jergens Co.

Lilith Fair, the brainchild of singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan, features Tracy Chapman, Fiona Apple, the Cardigans, Jewel, Joan Osborne, Shawn Colvin and others. The femme alternative to Lollapalooza, or Gal-apalooza if you will, kicked off July 5 in George, Wash., and will zigzag across the country through August making 30 stops, including the one at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Biore plans to "blanket the area" with the strips (which retail for about $1 each in most drugstores), giving out nearly a million of them before Labor Day. And what's the most common reaction upon yanking a strip?

" Oh my God! That came out of my pores?' " says Robinson. "Either that, or just Yuck.' "


Oh, and a word to the wise: Be sure to take out that nose ring before you yank. CAPTION: Strip tease: San Francisco concertgoers promote Pore Perfect, which rips dirt and debris from clogged skin.