Those black dots on your nose --- and possibly your forehead, chest, back and shoulders --- are most likely blackheads. Blackheads result from trapped oil that collects in your pores. Contrary to old wives' tales, blackheads are not caused by poor hygiene, greasy foods or chocolate. A form of acne, blackheads can be embarrassing and troublesome. While blackheads are common, especially during the teenage years, pore strips are an effective treatment to remove them and restore clarity to your skin.
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Things you need
- Facial cleanser
- Bowl, pot or washcloth
- Pore strips
Wash and dry your face thoroughly. Use a cleanser that does not contain a moisturiser in order to allow the pore strip to attach to your skin.
Steam your face over a pot or bowl of boiling water or rest a hot washcloth over your nose in order to loosen the blackheads to be removed.
Peel the backing from the pore strip so the adhesive area is ready for use.
Apply the strip to your nose. Depending on the pore strip, you may need to apply it to either damp or dry skin. If using one that requires damp skin, dampen your nose with a wet cloth or wet fingers. Apply the pore strip by pressing it to your skin, smoothing any bumps. Leave it on for the allotted time specified in the instructions.
Grasp the pore strip from each edge and remove it slowly and gently, working toward the middle, for best results.
Tips and warnings
- Wash your face twice a day with a gentle, water-based cleanser. Stay away from oil-based products.
- Use over-the-counter products with benzoyl peroxide to help dry oily skin and prevent acne.
- You can find pore strips in drugstores, beauty supply stores and online.
- Do not use pore strips too frequently as your skin may become irritated.
- Do not squeeze blackheads.
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