How to get rid of blackheads in the comfort of your own crib
Blackheads — the little bastards that never seem to go away, no matter how many pore strips I apply, no matter how obsessively I exfoliate my skin. It seems they've found a permanent home (my nose) and are refusing to vacate the premises. Well, sorry guys, but it's time to get the hell outta here and leave me and my noggin in peace.
I've been reading up on tried-and-true ways of minimizing blackheads and even preventing them from returning for good, and it seems extractions are the way to go. But if you can't afford to see a facialist this at-home trick below to unclog the pores.
YOU'LL NEED- A piece of clear plastic- 2 small washcloths- Tissue- Moisturizer/balm (I use Vaseline)
1. It's best to do this once you've jumped out of the shower while your skin's temperature is higher as pores will be open, making it easier for you to extract dirt and grime.
2. Apply a thick coat of moisturizer to the area that needs to be treated to create a temporary seal, trapping the heat in the skin. Vaseline works well for this as a quick little skin salve.
3. Cover the area with a piece of Gladwrap and apply two hot, damp washcloths for five minutes to help the area retain its heat longer and soften the pores and blackheads.
4. Once the washcloths are removed, wrap a tissue over each forefinger and gently squeeze the skin where the blackheads are clogging your pores to remove them. Widen your fingers so the blackhead will be effectively removed from underneath. To avoid red marks, be gentle and keep re-positioning your fingers.
TIP: If the blackhead doesn't come out after three attempts, leave it to avoid breaking a capillary.
5. Follow up your extractions with skincare products containing acids, such as AHAs and BHAs, which absorb directly into the pores and keep them clean.
Blackheads be gone! Hope this helps!