Have you ever taken a good look at your skin in one of those lighted magnified mirrors? I know that the first time I did it, I saw so many blackheads I couldn’t believe it. Those pesky little things are tough—you can’t just get rid of them with normal cleanser. Luckily, we’ve got YouTube skincare guru Jennifer Chiu to guide us through a set of tips that will help TOTALLY transform this trouble area!
Use steam to open up those pores
The first step to getting rid of those unsightly whiteheads and blackheads is using steam! Simply take a soft hand towel—we like the ones woven with gentle materials for cosmetic purposes—and drop into a bowl of hot water. Remove after several seconds, and be sure to test the temperature before placing over your nose. Hold the towel up to your T-zone and take a deep breath in.
Side note: if you want a spa-like experience, add some drops of essential oil to the towel first.
Prep your skin
Once your steaming towel has cooled, gently pat the area dry. Next, spritz a bit of toner onto an all-natural cotton pad and wipe over your nose area. This step allows for those newly-opened pores to become purified.
Grab those flossers
This next step is true DIY genius! Sure, you can go over to your beauty store and buy an expensive metal extractor, but you can get the same job done by using disposable flossers that you may already have in your bathroom cabinets.
To complete the extractions, drag the floss end over the nose area using steady scraping motions. Try this by starting on the sides of your nose—after several scrapes, you should start to see some white pus come out. For the middle, or more “cartilage-y” part of your nose, push together two flossers to drive out the bad stuff.
If you have a REALLY big whitehead, then feel free to improvise a bit. Jennifer just turned the flosser around and scraped out the pus with the sharp side when the floss alone wasn’t doing the job. Gross, but genius!
Use a pore strip
Pore strips are great options for those who have fairly large pores. To use these, make sure that you follow the first two steps carefully. Wet your pore strip and place it over your nose. Wait 10 minutes, then pull off the strip. This last part doesn’t feel great—think pulling off a bandage—but the results are pretty impressive! Goodbye pores!