Blackheads — they look like yellow or blackish dots on your face and are actually a build-up of oil clogging up your pores. They are a form of acne vulgaris, one of the most difficult and painful type of acne to have, and literally EVERYONE has them, unless you’re an avid spa-goer, visiting a professional esthetician who manually extracts each blackhead.
But, let me tell you, that process hurts like CRAZY and it takes more than one treatment to extract all your nasty blackheads. Plus, each session is expensive, ranging from $50-$200/session depending on where you go and how many blackheads you have. Today, I’ll offer you some wonderful inexpensive methods of getting rid of those blackheads on your nose, forehead, and chin .
DIY: Lemon Mask
My favorite blackhead treatment is the lemon mask. Whenever you’re cooking with lemon, rub some lemon juice or leftover lemon pulp on your CLEAN face, especially your problematic areas like your nose and chin. The pulp or juice of lemons will clear your blackheads right up if you apply 2-3 times a day for a few weeks.
This mask works because lemons are full of Vitamin C, which can stimulate the synthesis of collagen and Alpha hydroxy acids, which naturally exfoliate the skin, penetrate the pores clogged by excess oil production, and treat the acne.
Bonus: Lemons can also help minimize fine lines, scars, and wrinkles.
Nose Strips/Pore Strips
Nose strips or pore strips are the same thing but, for this post, I’ll refer to them as nose strips. These strips work wonders on my blackheads. They pull out the huge blackheads so easily and sometimes even get the daintier ones. However, the trick is to open your pores before applying the nose strip, so steam your face beforehand. This allows the glue to adhere directly to the blackhead.
My favorite nose strips are the Cettua Charcoal Silky and Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strips. I’ve found these particular products work better than the Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, and they’re a lot cheap. Another bonus is the addition ingredient: charcoal. Charcoal provides excellent absorption of impurities and gives a cool refreshing feeling while the strip is drying.
DIY: Nose Strips
If you’d rather save some dollars, then you can make your own nose strips! Michelle Phan demonstrates how to make your own nose strips using unflavored gelatin and milk.
Though, I found that the warm gelatin milk mixture left a pungent stench as it dried on my nose, so I tried replacing it with another liquid. Water or lemon juice worked well for me. You can try experimenting with the recipe to determine what works best for you.
Although nose strips are amazing blackhead removers, they can also damage your skin if you abuse this treatment. The adhesive on the strips can tear or injure your skin if you overuse them. So, here are a few things you should remember before applying nose strips:
Like any treatment, you have to be consistent when dealing with your blackheads. So, whether you decided to splurge on the spa, medications, or nose strips or make your own DIY treatment, you have to religiously treat your blackheads. I recommend exfoliating your skin twice a week and using a nose strip once a week, so that you’re only targeting the blackheads and dead skins cells, not damaging healthy new skin.