There’s hardly anyone on this planet who will deny that attempting to squeeze and pop blackheads with hands (even if in vain) is oddly satisfying. You enjoy it too, don’t you? Not to interfere with your cathartic experience but, here’s the bad news: Unlike most other zits, blackheads don’t like to be messed with and can make it worse for your skin. (RE: skin damage)
That being said, it’s perfectly possible to extract blackheads without ruining your skin. Lucky for you, we’re about to show you the right ways to do it.
1. Nose Strips
Nose strips work like band-aids. You stick one on the concerned area and sit for a while before peeling it off. As you peel off, you get rid of the trapped dirt, dead skin cells and blackheads on the surface of the skin and consequently the pores appear smaller. However, the results are temporary as it doesn’t prevent the formation of new blackheads. Think of it as an instant and on-the-go rescue to clear the pores on your nose regularly.
Benefits Of Using Nose strips
Although nose strips don’t feature in the one-and-done list of best blackhead removal products, these satisfying-to-use strips effectively target the pores on nose. Here’s a lowdown on the benefits of using nose strips.
- The best blackhead remover strips are designed to draw out the buildup in pores. This buildup could be excess oil, dirt, bacteria and everything that causes blackheads to form.
- On the plus side, nose strips when used right can sometimes also help pull out hair from the surface of nose. This makes the skin on nose appear much clearer.
- Nose strips superficially clean the surface of the nose thereby, making the large pores appear smaller or less noticeable.
How To Use Nose Strip
Since nose strips effectively pull off a layer of debris to leave skin squeaky clean, it’s advisable to not use the more than once a week. Avoid using them if you have extremely sensitive or allergy-prone skin as the adhesive on the strip may cause irritation in certain cases.
Step 1: Cleanse your face as usual. Let the skin remain damp as this will make it easier to apply the strip.
Step 2: Now, peel the plastic cover off the strip and discard it. Position the strip on your nose with the adhesive side facing the skin. Ensure the pointed tip on the strip covers the tip of your nose.
Step 3: Using your fingertips, press the strip against your nose and smooth it out. Leave it on for 10 minutes.
Step 4: Gripping one end of the strip, gently peel it off completely. Once removed, discard the strip.
Step 5: Rinse your face to get rid of any product residue. Don’t forget to layer your nose with a hydrating moisturizer.
Nykaa Recommends: Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Blackhead 3 Step Nose Strip Program, Miss Claire Tea Tree Nose Strip, Biore Deep Cleansing Nose Strips Pore Pack, The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Aloe Nose Strip
2. Best Blackhead Remover Tools
If you don’t have the patience expected with blackhead remover creams and need something that will work instantly right before your eyes, meet your new BFF: Nykaa Pro Essentials Black head Remover. This handy tool can target problem areas, and extract blackheads, and gunk clogging your pores without scarring skin. It comes with a comfortable and steady grip which makes it easier for even the newbies to use it. Oh and it can also be used for extracting pimples gently and clearing pores.
Pimple poppers in the house, we’ve found you a safe-to-use tool to extract pimples, blackheads and the deepest of impurities camping on your face. The dual ended Bare Essentials Pimple & Blackhead Remover includes a loop on one end (to lift blackheads by pressing and extracting) and a needle on the other (to poke and assist with the deep cleaning). What’s more? It’s built from high quality stainless steel so you don’t have to worry about it rusting. Simply wash and sanitize after every use.
If decongesting your skin is starting to seem impossible, it’s time to let go of the smaller solutions and think big. Bronson Professional Blackhead Remover Dermasuction Machine, designed to gently remove blackheads and impurities from pores without squeezing can be your end-all solution. It comes with 4 different waterproof suction heads, each meant for a different concern (fine lines, blackheads, exfoliation and massage) with adjustable speed settings. P.S. This blackhead remover machine operates on batteries so you won’t be troubled by tangled wire knots when combating blackheads head-on.
Who says extracting blackheads has to be tricky? Bronson Professional Blackhead Remover and Pore Vacuum Cleaner easily clears blackheads, removes dirt and massages and tightens the skin. This non-invasive technology comes with 6 nozzles, each providing a different function. The blackhead remover vacuum technology suctions out the trapped grime while improving blood circulation. The result? Spa-like facial results on your face without the mess of masks and creams.
Did you know a facial cleanser can be 6 times more effective than hands when it comes to deep cleansing your face? Agaro Facial Cleanser with its bi-directional oscillometric technology purifies pores, leaving your face feeling instantly refreshed with an unparalleled glow. It includes 4 brushes: Soft Cleaning Brush (to remove blackheads and dirt), Facial Massage Head (to stimulate blood circulation), Fine Cleaning Brush (to reduce visible blemishes) and Make-Up Sponge (to deep-cleanse makeup residue and grease). Plus, it’s water resistant which means you can hop in the bath tub and pamper your face with a deep-cleanse.
3. Best Products For Blackheads
Sometimes, facial cleansers can’t do enough to get rid of the clingy blackheads. This is why, it’s important to treat your skin to masks that do a far better job at driving ‘em pesky blackheads away. Meet: Nykaa Clay It Cool Oil Control Clay Mask. It contains the hero ingredient Salicylic Acid which dives below the skin surface to dissolve the gunky oil and dirt in your pores. Add to that, Willow Bark extracts and Fennel Seed Oil deeply refine pores to boost the skin’s overall texture. Plus, the colorful jars look cute in the bathroom vanity so why not?
If your skin is on the sensitive side, invest in a mild scrub for blackheads like The Face Shop Smart Peeling Honey Black Sugar Scrub which is gentle on skin. Packed with Black Sugar and Honey extracts, it removes the dead skin cells and buffs away the blackheads without stripping the skin of its natural oils. What’s more? It promotes cell turnover and keeps skin hydrated and soft (thank you honey). Use it on freshly cleansed skin, twice a week and notice your complexion improve.
The name is a dead giveaway that this serum means serious business. After all, it houses 2% BHA which flushes out oil and dirt from pores, and Salicylic Acid which penetrates the pore lining and scoops out the debris. In other words, this non-comedogenic serum is a potent exfoliant that clears existing blackheads and prevents future ones from appearing. Wait, there’s more good news for oily skin peeps: It effectively controls oil production, reduces acne redness (hi, aloe) and leaves a matte finish.
The combination of Tea Tree and Rosemary in the Lotus Professional Phyto-Rx Deep Pore Cleansing Face Wash gently clears away excess oil, deep rooted dirt and blackheads from skin. Free from unnecessary fragrance and color, this potent formula nourishes complexion to keep it free from blemishes too. Perfect for acne-prone skin, it works great at combating breakouts all days without stripping your skin.
How about busting blackheads as you snooze? The blackhead remover gel, Plum Green Tea Renewed Clarity Night Gel works at night to improve your complexion so you can wake up in the morning to an even more beautiful you! Here’s to the team of hard working ingredients in this container: Glycolic Acid sweeps away skin debris and blackheads, Argan Oil regulates sebum production, and Green Tea halts the acne formation cycle. The result? Clear and glowing skin minus the greasiness.