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How do you get rid of blackheads??

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PintOfJohnSmiths Mon 01-Jun-15 00:07:33

I have loads, especially around my nose, chin and forehead, they are pissing me off big time!

Ive been using this T-Zone facial scrub at night and haven't wore foundation for a week, i can feel them when i run my finger over my skin its all bumpy and rough

How the fuck do you get rid of them??

BertieBotts Mon 01-Jun-15 00:09:11

Check your diet, and consider washing your pillowcase more often? (Just ideas, not saying it's definitely these!)

bostonbaby Mon 01-Jun-15 00:10:03

They need squeezing out. IME you can't scrub a black head out.
Either clean sharp nails or you can buy a little tool that will do it

bostonbaby Mon 01-Jun-15 00:11:28

For upkeep though, I find a daily micro scrub far better than one with massive pieces of scrub in.
Far more gentle and effective

violetbunny Mon 01-Jun-15 00:15:02

Salicylic acid (BHA) lotion. Paula's Choice make a fantastic one. It basically dissolves the stuff that's blocking the pores.

Ouchbloodyouch Mon 01-Jun-15 00:16:03

I'll get rid of them for you! grin

MrsGuyGarvey Mon 01-Jun-15 00:24:11

Facial oil gentle massage onto your skin and leave for five to ten minutes then massuage/gently rub for a while and the oily blackheads will stick to the oil, you'll start to feel 'grit' under your fingers. As the blackhead plugs come loose.

Don't scrub, don't squeeze.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 01-Jun-15 00:40:58

Hot flannel and tissue wrapped fingers.

TitsCrossed Mon 01-Jun-15 00:49:37

Are you sure they are blackheads and not sebaceous filaments about which you can do fuck all. Sorry!

OneWaySystemBlues Mon 01-Jun-15 07:33:20

Get some of those nose strips. They are a like a plaster that you stick on, leave for 10 mins and then take off. They pull them out in a most satisfying way.

PintOfJohnSmiths Mon 01-Jun-15 08:40:10

* some of those nose strips. They are a like a plaster that you stick on, leave for 10 mins and then take off. They pull them out in a most satisfying way*

Where would i find those?

Seriously, wish i could squeeze them but 1) there's too many and 2) some are hard to get to, the ones by my nose

They're driving me mad

InstitutionCode Mon 01-Jun-15 08:49:11

Clean and Clear Blackhead Clearing Cleanser worked well for me. I nearly didn't buy it because it claims to make a different within 24 hours and I don't like ridiculous claims, but it's £4 and you know what, it did!

Now I'm old, I don't have blackheads, only those sebaceous filaments mentioned above sad

Bonsoir Mon 01-Jun-15 08:54:43

If they have been there for a while, you will need to wage war on them - ask a beautician for a deep cleansing facial with extractions. A dermatologist can prescribe antibiotics that will really help as well.

OneWaySystemBlues Mon 01-Jun-15 10:26:13

Nose strips here

iHAVEtogetoutofhere Mon 01-Jun-15 10:52:03

mrsGuy - does that really work?

I have a 10 year old ds with asd who HATES flannels soap etc but is beginning to sport a lovely crop of blackheads.

He would not cope with squeezing etc as can barely tolerate shampoo.

I am thinking we may be in for a rough few years until he discovers the opposite sex and WANTS to get rid of his blackheads.

Sorry I cant help, OP, and hope you don't mind me hopping on your thread.x

KateSMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 01-Jun-15 11:04:30

<sporn face>

We're going to move this v informative thread to Style and Beauty, as it would be a shame to lose such helpful tips (and possible sporn videos)

MrsGuyGarvey Mon 01-Jun-15 12:29:03

IHAVE yes it does and it's thoroughly satisfying.

I have noticed in my foray into Korean skincare that there's a product attractively named pigs nose that looks good, but the oil massage will be kinder to your skin.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 01-Jun-15 12:37:48

I've just googled sebaceous filaments- I could get them out easy peasy, I'm a black head removing Queenwinkgrin

nippysweetie82 Mon 01-Jun-15 12:40:17

You can buy the T-zone nose pore strips for £1 (for a pack of 6) from Home Bargains, b&m or Poundland.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 01-Jun-15 12:40:35

I have - I have a 14 year old who manages to keep very clean everywhere except his faceconfusedgrin so every evening I grab a nice steaming hot flannel, pin him down and wash his face and no word of a lie he changes colour! If I'm really lucky he'll stay still long enough for me to have a bit of a prod too. If he complains I threaten to turn off the wifiwink

InstitutionCode Mon 01-Jun-15 12:41:25

You can get them out Dame, but they'll be back within the hour!

There is also some evidence that squeezing them makes the pores bigger and the returning sebaceous filaments more obvious

PintOfJohnSmiths Mon 01-Jun-15 12:44:06

Ooh I'll have to get some of them strips! I will look out for them next time im in town

Ive got rid of some on my chin with a good squeeze (why is it so satisfying??) I'll get the ones on my forehead later, its the ones on my nose that i cant get!

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 01-Jun-15 12:47:39

Nah, I'd get them out permanently ,if I can get rid of ds's EIGHT verrucas in 3 weeks, I can manage a sfwink

He had a blackhead the other day that was worthy of you tube sporn video, it was like squeezing toothpaste out of a tube, it really was the gift that kept on givinggrin

I almost feel sorry for himgrin

0x530x610x750x630x79 Mon 01-Jun-15 12:47:58

get to 40, it was what worked for me smile

ScrambledSmegs Mon 01-Jun-15 13:20:35

I've been using a tip I gleaned from the Korean skincare thread - it's gentle and it works. I've adapted it from this blog post.

Start with a clean face (weekend morning probably best).

Swipe over a BHA (salicylic acid) alcohol free toner or pads - I'm using the Clinique Mild Clarifying lotion. Don't wash it off.

Wait about 15 minutes. This is why it's important to use alcohol-free, you don't want your skin to dry out. She says 20-25 mins but I'm impatient and it's fine.

Apply a clay mask and use as per instructions. Wash off with lukewarm water, not hot (again, avoid over-drying). Pat dry with a towel.

Apply an oil based cleanser - I use Emma Hardie at the moment. Leave it for 10-15 minutes. Then massage really gently for about 2-3 minutes, 5 minutes tops. You'll feel little grains on your skin, its the blackhead plugs coming out. I got loads the first time, fewer and fewer now. Probably down to regular use of BHA.

Massage tip - small circular motions from the OUTSIDE of your face to the centre. It feels wrong but you get more blackheads out that way.

I know it seems like this takes forever but it works like a charm, is really gentle and doesn't break me out like a lot of previous blackhead removal techniques have done (facials included).

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