Ugh, that dreaded zoom mirror test. One look and my blackheads are the star of the show. I’ll admit it, I go through nose strips like it’s water. My favorite is the Bioré Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips. It has to be the Ultra Deep, not the regular! They only come in packs of 6 but they worked 5X better than the normal ones.
But I realized that I was using them 3 to 4 times a week. If you do the math, that’s one box every 1.5 weeks which is CRAZY! I realized that I had to be doing something wrong: there had to be a way to get more junk off my nose and keep it off! After a lot of trial and error, I’ve perfected the 5 steps to get rid of blackheads and keep them off!
Wash your face!
Your face has dead skin and produces oils that will prevent the strip from reach the surface of your skin. Wash your face with a cleansing face wash like the Bioré Pore Unclogging Scrub.
I know, I know…you probably think I’m a Bioré nut but hey if it works, why fix it. If you know me, you know that praise this scrub as the reason for my clear skin. However, if you are against micro-beads, then this isn’t the scrub for you. Try the Ole Henrikson Clean Truth Foaming Cleanser. I use this in the morning to wash my face. It cleans the excess oils off your face but is super gentle, plus it smells like oranges! Try not to wipe the excess water off your face but if you already did, re-wet your face or use a spray bottle like I do.
Steam Your Face
This is KEY to getting the most blackheads off your nose. I use the facial steamer by KingdomBeauty. I have used a lot of facial steamers before and this is the only one that is not hard to clean or requires constant cleaning or it gets moldy or randomly spits hot water at you. Plus the mirror inside the lid is a plus so I can see where the steam is hitting me. Fill up the water reservoir with filtered water only! That way, you don’t have to clean the steamer as much as you don’t have any calcium deposits from the hard water. Steam your face for about 7-10 minutes or until your face gets that tightened, sometimes tingly feeling. Try not to breathe directly at the machine because you will move the direction of the steam away from you.
Time to Apply the Bioré Strip
Right before your steaming time is up, rip open a Bioré strip. Make sure your hands are nice and dry and peel the strip from it’s backing. Pull apart the strip in the middle where it is pre-cut, there should be one on the top and three on the bottom. When you’re done steaming, turn off the steamer and start placing your strip on your nose.
I like to start in the top center, work my way to the sides and then finish at the bottom center. You really want to make sure your strip is touching every part of the nose so after placing the top center without having touched the sides, I’ll start to smooth down to the sides of my nose trying to make sure the nose strip is touching every part of my nose going to the sides, similar to wallpapering. Then I’ll start smoothing to back to the bottom middle of my nose. The reason why you have three cuts on the bottom portion is to allow of overlap. No one’s nose shape is exactly the same so you may have no overlap or if you have a button nose like mine, you may have a lot of overlap. That’s why you end in the middle to allow for the strip to naturally place an overlap if need be. After your done, do whatever you want for 5-10 minutes or whenever you feel like the strip has hardened. Try not to move or flair your nose because you may undo the smoothing effect and detach parts of the strip from your nose.
Clean Your Nose
When you feel like the strip has hardened enough, start peeling at one side and end at the other. Yes, it can be a bit painful to those new to nose strips but just wait until you see all the junk that came off your nose. After the strip is completely off your nose, take a cotton pad soaked with micellar water and wipe your nose. My favorite is the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water for Oily Skin. This will remove any residue and leftover gunk from your nose. If you really want to take it a step further, you could expel additional blackheads using a tool but I won’t lie, sometimes I just use my fingers.
The Cold Treatment
Now that our pores are clean, it’s time to close them shut! Run to the sink and turn on the cold water. Make sure it is nice and cold. Start tapping cold water onto your nose to shut your pores and prevent any gunk from getting in them.
Now that I’ve discovered this process, I’m down to using 1 Bioré strip a week, sometimes every two weeks. I use my Bioré scrub at night and my Ole Henrikson cleanser in the morning to keep blackheads from coming back.