Ladies (and gents), I have done the “dirty” work for you and tested a lot of masks and other ideas promoted on Pinterest as ways to get rid of blackheads. Here are the best ways to remove those nasty blackheads from your face and nose, from my experience:
Before using these methods, for maximum efficiency, you should prepare your skin and open those pores. Wash your face with warm water or even better, take a steam bath. How’s that? Well, in a small to medium sized pot, boil some water (not too much, less then a quarter of a gallon) until it’s steaming hot.
Remove the pot from heat, cover your head with a towel and place your face over the steaming pot. Be very, very, careful! We are talking about boiling water… Stay like this for about five minutes, it should suffice. Now you are ready and should get the best results!
Milk and gelatin
This is a probably the most often found solution on Pinterest to get rid of blackheads. Mixing milk and gelatin will result in a paste, which applied on the nose, it dries and can be removed as a strip. Here’s how to do this:
Mix one tablespoon of unflavored gelatin powder (you can use Knox gelatin or any other brand you can find in the baking aisle) with one tablespoon of milk. Mix well until the mixture becomes coarse. You’ll obtain a homogeneous paste which should be put in the microwave for approximately 10 seconds, medium power. After the mixture cools, take a makeup brush that you don’t need (or any other brush) and apply it on the nose, or any other area where blackheads are a problem.
Leave it for approximately 10 minutes until it dries and tightens up on the skin, and then peel it off carefully, as one piece.
Paper towel and egg whites
You know how sticky egg whites can be, so that’s why, when applied on a paper towel, it becomes a very efficient pore strip. How to:
Mix one egg white with a tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Beat well until you get a foam. Tear pieces from a paper towel (rectangular pieces, 1-2 cm wide, 3-4 cm long – you can choose whatever size you think it’s fit for your nose). Dip the pieces of paper towel in the egg and lemon mixture. Put them on your face immediately, before they dry. Leave them on your face and nose for about 20 to 30 minutes, until they dry, then remove them and be amazed at the results. Where are the blackheads? Not on your face anymore!
Baking soda, the universal solution
Baking soda is good for everything, from baking to cleaning and beauty. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with enough water to get a thin paste. Apply the paste on you face and leave it to dry for about 2-3 minutes. Massage the affected area with your fingers in circular motions. The abrasive paste will clean your skin and free those pores from all the dirt blackheads are made of. Wash your face with warm water then rinse with cold water, to close the pores. It is now very important that your skin regains a normal pH, so that’s why you should rinse again, using a solution of apple vinegar and water.