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We have a bizarre love-hate relationship with blackheads. We obviously hate the fact our nose looks like someone’s drawn tiny black dots all over it, but at the same time it IS really satisfying when you use (in our opinion one of the most pleasing beauty launches) a nose strip. Is there a better beauty moment in life? For those of you wondering what the hell we’re talking about, a nose strip mask basically resembles a piece of cellotape that you stick over your nose and then rip off, pulling out all the muck with it. Heaven.
That said, we’d obviously rather be rid of blackheads entirely and have clear skin. Sifting through all the (many) blackhead treatments out there can be a daunting feat, so we’ve tested them all to find out what works, what doesn’t and what the surprising front-runner hiding in our fruit bowl was…
Treatment: Steam pores then squeeze
Powder rates: Avoid. If it were beauty Tinder, we’d swipe left.
However tempting this seems, don’t try this at home. Leave this for the professionals, as prodding around on skin ad-hoc can make it infected and inflamed. Restrain yourself.
Treatment: Nose strips
Powder rates: Not a keeper
Yes they’re wonderful. Yes you can see the results straight away – all of the evidence is right there on the strip (and yes, it is ok to flash the inner contents of your pores to whoever you’re living with). But sorry folks, this is only a temporary solution. If you don’t follow this up with a skincare regime that regularly deep cleanses, your pores will naturally re-clog. Weep.
Treatment: Clay masks
Powder rates: Very attentive, but a bit needy
Essentially like a sponge, clay masks suck out all the muck from pores. However, to keep blackeads away you’d have to do them several times a week, indefinitely, which is a bit of drag – and quite drying on most skin types.
Treatment: Lemon juice
Powder rates: Ring a ding ding – we have a winner!
To use, dilute some fresh juice slightly with water (three parts lemon juice to on part water) as it can be quite drying, then wipe onto blackheads with a cotton pad (just like a toner). The only difference with this toner is that once it’s dried you wash it off. We do it twice a day to really notice a difference. The citric acid in lemon juice is naturally antibacterial and astringent so it helps exfoliate away bacteria, balance oil and tighten pores, thus preventing them from filling up with gunk. Lemon juice is also packed with vitamin C, calcium, and potassium, which promotes healthy, clearer skin.
And it’s a shame to waste the rest of the lemon… G&T anyone?