Blackheads on nose?

ResRes Registered Users Posts: 2,911
Is there anything that really works on this? I bought the Biore pore strips yesterday. I have used the St. Ives scrubs but they do not work really.
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  • The New BlackThe New Black Registered Users Posts: 16,754 Curl Connoisseur
    Clearasil cream or any benzoyl peroxide.
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  • wild~hairwild~hair Registered Users Posts: 9,890 Curl Neophyte
    1) Daily application of a salicylic acid cream. Start out with once a day for a week or so, then increase to 2x a day if still not getting results.

    2) Add benzoyl peroxide to the mix if still not getting results. There are different formulations available OTC: 2%± and 10%. Start out low and increase as needed.

    3) I think my Sonicare helps with this too.
  • ResRes Registered Users Posts: 2,911
    I just bought:
    1 and 2

    Salicylic acid is the main ingredient in both.

    Thanks for the suggestions! :)
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Registered Users Posts: 12,391 Curl Connoisseur
    Residual wrote: »
    I just bought:
    2: Salicylic acid is the main ingredient in both.
    Face wash does not stay on your skin long enough for the salicylic acid to have an effect. Also, plenty of products have salicylic acid, but aren't effective because the pH is off.

    This product is said to be able to impart an effective dose of salicylic acid, as long as you leave it on for at least 30 minutes. It's a light, watery gel formula, so it's very easy to use.
  • wild~hairwild~hair Registered Users Posts: 9,890 Curl Neophyte
    Yes, you need something that you put on after you wash your face and leave there, either during the day, overnight, or both.
  • ResRes Registered Users Posts: 2,911
    Thank you for the tip. I will look into that Eilonwy.

    Could I use the clean and clear I got overnight, it has the scrubbing beads but I can leave some in perhaps.
    3A/B - low-normal porosity - med to coarse texture

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    Co-Wash - As I Am Coconut Cowash
    RO - GVP Cond. Balm, Tresemme Naturals, Yes to Carrots Nourishing, AO Honeysuckle Rose
    LI - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cream Headdress
    DT - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholestrol, SM Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment
    Stylers - BRHG (old formula is my HG, but the new one has silicones)

    Trying out - MGA Sculpting Gel, LA Sports Gel, Got2b Spiked Gel, Got2b Glued
  • EilonwyEilonwy Registered Users Posts: 12,391 Curl Connoisseur
    Residual wrote: »
    Could I use the clean and clear I got overnight, it has the scrubbing beads but I can leave some in perhaps.
    I really doubt that would work out well.
  • ResRes Registered Users Posts: 2,911
    Eilonwy wrote: »
    Residual wrote: »
    Could I use the clean and clear I got overnight, it has the scrubbing beads but I can leave some in perhaps.
    I really doubt that would work out well.

    I may return it tomorrow and look for the one you posted, are there any other to look for that I can leave on?

    But I am keeping the Eraser thing because it feels good lol.
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    Shampoo - GTTTT
    Co-Wash - As I Am Coconut Cowash
    RO - GVP Cond. Balm, Tresemme Naturals, Yes to Carrots Nourishing, AO Honeysuckle Rose
    LI - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cream Headdress
    DT - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholestrol, SM Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment
    Stylers - BRHG (old formula is my HG, but the new one has silicones)

    Trying out - MGA Sculpting Gel, LA Sports Gel, Got2b Spiked Gel, Got2b Glued
  • The New BlackThe New Black Registered Users Posts: 16,754 Curl Connoisseur
    Residual wrote: »
    Thank you for the tip. I will look into that Eilonwy.

    Could I use the clean and clear I got overnight, it has the scrubbing beads but I can leave some in perhaps.
    No.
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  • oddityofwingsoddityofwings Registered Users Posts: 1,261
    The only thing I've ever found to work is actually the Biore strips - but it's only really effective over time. I find that they only clean out pores of a certain size - normally quite newly clogged. For ones that are already clogged and turning black, they tend not to work so well. I find it works best if I've taken a shower (thereby opening up my pores) but have not yet washed my face - gives the strip something to grab on to.
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  • ResRes Registered Users Posts: 2,911
    Phoenix wrote: »
    Residual wrote: »
    Thank you for the tip. I will look into that Eilonwy.

    Could I use the clean and clear I got overnight, it has the scrubbing beads but I can leave some in perhaps.
    No.

    Yes, Eilonwy already said she doubts it would work. :neutral:
    3A/B - low-normal porosity - med to coarse texture

    Shampoo - GTTTT
    Co-Wash - As I Am Coconut Cowash
    RO - GVP Cond. Balm, Tresemme Naturals, Yes to Carrots Nourishing, AO Honeysuckle Rose
    LI - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cream Headdress
    DT - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholestrol, SM Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment
    Stylers - BRHG (old formula is my HG, but the new one has silicones)

    Trying out - MGA Sculpting Gel, LA Sports Gel, Got2b Spiked Gel, Got2b Glued
  • EilonwyEilonwy Registered Users Posts: 12,391 Curl Connoisseur
    Residual wrote: »
    I may return it tomorrow and look for the one you posted, are there any other to look for that I can leave on?
    Yes, but the good ones are much more expensive. You won't find them at the drug store. You really just need one, anyway.
  • ResRes Registered Users Posts: 2,911
    OK thank you so much. :)
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    Shampoo - GTTTT
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    RO - GVP Cond. Balm, Tresemme Naturals, Yes to Carrots Nourishing, AO Honeysuckle Rose
    LI - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cream Headdress
    DT - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholestrol, SM Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment
    Stylers - BRHG (old formula is my HG, but the new one has silicones)

    Trying out - MGA Sculpting Gel, LA Sports Gel, Got2b Spiked Gel, Got2b Glued
  • midgimidgi Registered Users Posts: 2,409 Curl Neophyte
    As a teenager I had severe blackheads on my nose. I tried the pore strips and all kinds of blackhead-clearing face washes that all worked temporarily. Then I bought a stainless steel pore extractor and that was the only thing that seemed to work long term.

    The only thing I have to deal with now is having enlarged pores, but that's way better than having clogged pores, imo.

    If you get one, make sure you get a good one that has a case. Clean it regularly with rubbing alcohol and be gentle on your skin. You don't want to bust capillaries or damage your pores.
    I just want to do what I want to do when I want to do it.
  • EilonwyEilonwy Registered Users Posts: 12,391 Curl Connoisseur
    Just as a warning, extractors are easy to abuse if you're upset. Using them is very cathartic for some people, and they wind up overdoing it and damag their skin.
  • wild~hairwild~hair Registered Users Posts: 9,890 Curl Neophyte
    Oh, I would not use a pore extractor. You have blackheads now and for the next several years. Eventually they will go away. But enlarged pores are forever. So easy to go overboard with those things.

    If you use a topical salicylic acid cream that you leave on, it should take care of it. You need to do the homework [try looking on drugstore.com] and buy something quality — not gimmicky — and use it consistently. Hint: "quality" doesn't necessarily mean expensive.

    Follow it up with a mildly exfoliating scrub [used very gently] which will help slough away the dead skin cells loosened by the salicylic acid and keep the sebum from building up in the pores, which is what causes those blackheads to begin with.
  • The New BlackThe New Black Registered Users Posts: 16,754 Curl Connoisseur
    I've been thinking about steaming my face to open the pores, either pre-facial scrub or on its own.
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Registered Users Posts: 12,391 Curl Connoisseur
    Phoenix wrote: »
    I've been thinking about steaming my face to open the pores, either pre-facial scrub or on its own.
    That doesn't work. Pores do not open and close in response to temperature. The only thing that "opens" pores is chemically or mechanically removing the grime inside of them. Warm (not hot) water can help loosen the grime. Steam will just make you sweat, thus making clogging your pores even more. And steam can give you a broken capillary, too!
  • The New BlackThe New Black Registered Users Posts: 16,754 Curl Connoisseur
    Eilonwy wrote: »
    Phoenix wrote: »
    I've been thinking about steaming my face to open the pores, either pre-facial scrub or on its own.
    That doesn't work. Pores do not open and close in response to temperature. The only thing that "opens" pores is chemically or mechanically removing the grime inside of them. Warm (not hot) water can help loosen the grime. Steam will just make you sweat, thus making clogging your pores even more. And steam can give you a broken capillary, too!
    I don't believe that.
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  • kenzie!kenzie! Registered Users Posts: 5,055
    Phoenix wrote: »
    Eilonwy wrote: »
    Phoenix wrote: »
    I've been thinking about steaming my face to open the pores, either pre-facial scrub or on its own.
    That doesn't work. Pores do not open and close in response to temperature. The only thing that "opens" pores is chemically or mechanically removing the grime inside of them. Warm (not hot) water can help loosen the grime. Steam will just make you sweat, thus making clogging your pores even more. And steam can give you a broken capillary, too!
    I don't believe that.

    Its true. go look it up.
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  • EilonwyEilonwy Registered Users Posts: 12,391 Curl Connoisseur
    Phoenix wrote: »
    I don't believe that.
    What purpose do you think "opening" and "closing" would serve, and what heat-sensitive mechanism do you think would make that happen?

    This dermatologist's site has weighed in, and you can easily find other sources.
  • ResRes Registered Users Posts: 2,911
    wild~hair wrote: »
    Oh, I would not use a pore extractor. You have blackheads now and for the next several years. Eventually they will go away. But enlarged pores are forever. So easy to go overboard with those things.

    If you use a topical salicylic acid cream that you leave on, it should take care of it. You need to do the homework [try looking on drugstore.com] and buy something quality — not gimmicky — and use it consistently. Hint: "quality" doesn't necessarily mean expensive.

    Follow it up with a mildly exfoliating scrub [used very gently] which will help slough away the dead skin cells loosened by the salicylic acid and keep the sebum from building up in the pores, which is what causes those blackheads to begin with.

    Extractors scare me anyways, lol.

    I will look at the Neutrogena one posted. What is a good exfoliating scrub, just for daily use in the shower to cleanse and refresh? I try not to use soap on my face. I have St. Ives Apricot Scrub but it scratches up my face.
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    LI - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cream Headdress
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    Stylers - BRHG (old formula is my HG, but the new one has silicones)

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  • wild~hairwild~hair Registered Users Posts: 9,890 Curl Neophyte
    I use dissolved aspirin, actually. It makes a nice, gentle scrub and it's cheap.

    I just buy the tablets, they have a clear, very thin coating which dissolves easily in warm or hot water. I use 6 aspirin on my face, so 1-2 for the nose would work. Leaves my skin as soft as a baby's bottom.

    Aspirin masks are wonderful too, dissolve a dozen tablets and mix with 2 tablespoons or so of yogurt. Leave on for 10 minutes.
  • WurlyLoxWurlyLox Registered Users Posts: 4,858 Curl Neophyte
    Yeah, cheap, uncoated aspirin like you'd get at a dollar store work great for this - and this is salicylic acid without buying an expensive cream or gel. You can also mix the crushed aspirin with honey and apply as a masque.
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  • The New BlackThe New Black Registered Users Posts: 16,754 Curl Connoisseur
    Phoenix wrote: »
    Eilonwy wrote: »
    That doesn't work. Pores do not open and close in response to temperature. The only thing that "opens" pores is chemically or mechanically removing the grime inside of them. Warm (not hot) water can help loosen the grime. Steam will just make you sweat, thus making clogging your pores even more. And steam can give you a broken capillary, too!
    I don't believe that.

    Its true. go look it up.
    I did. http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/tc/razor-bumps-topic-overview

    Not an acne-related article, but that doesn't matter.
    Eilonwy wrote: »
    Phoenix wrote: »
    I don't believe that.
    What purpose do you think "opening" and "closing" would serve, and what heat-sensitive mechanism do you think would make that happen?

    This dermatologist's site has weighed in, and you can easily find other sources.
    See above.
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  • ResRes Registered Users Posts: 2,911
    wild~hair wrote: »
    I use dissolved aspirin, actually. It makes a nice, gentle scrub and it's cheap.

    I just buy the tablets, they have a clear, very thin coating which dissolves easily in warm or hot water. I use 6 aspirin on my face, so 1-2 for the nose would work. Leaves my skin as soft as a baby's bottom.

    Aspirin masks are wonderful too, dissolve a dozen tablets and mix with 2 tablespoons or so of yogurt. Leave on for 10 minutes.

    So 6 or so Asprin tablets in water (how much?) and it turns creamy and easy to apply?

    And for the mask, plain yogurt?
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    Shampoo - GTTTT
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    RO - GVP Cond. Balm, Tresemme Naturals, Yes to Carrots Nourishing, AO Honeysuckle Rose
    LI - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cream Headdress
    DT - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholestrol, SM Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment
    Stylers - BRHG (old formula is my HG, but the new one has silicones)

    Trying out - MGA Sculpting Gel, LA Sports Gel, Got2b Spiked Gel, Got2b Glued
  • wild~hairwild~hair Registered Users Posts: 9,890 Curl Neophyte
    Phoenix, you can open something dimensionally [like opening a door] and you can open up something by clearing a path [like clearing a drain].

    When they say "open up pores" I'm pretty sure they mean the second one. The whole physical opening and closing of pores through warm and cold water has been pretty well debunked by now. It started out as marketing nonsense and grabbed hold.

    I am thinking that if that whole thing were true, I would have been able to keep my skin clear somehow in using different temps of water in my cleansing technique. However, after several decades of experimentation, I've never found that to be the case.

    Residual, yes, just add droplets of water in your palm to the aspirin, let it sit in your palm for a moment and the tablets will dissolve.

    Some people crush or grind up the aspirin beforehand, but I found that to be an unnecessary extra step.

    You can use any kind of yogurt, but usually with things like this it's best to keep it simple. I use plain yogurt without a lot of extra ingredients, fillers, etc.
  • ResRes Registered Users Posts: 2,911
    wild~hair wrote: »
    Phoenix, you can open something dimensionally [like opening a door] and you can open up something by clearing a path [like clearing a drain].

    When they say "open up pores" I'm pretty sure they mean the second one. The whole physical opening and closing of pores through warm and cold water has been pretty well debunked by now. It started out as marketing nonsense and grabbed hold.

    I am thinking that if that whole thing were true, I would have been able to keep my skin clear somehow in using different temps of water in my cleansing technique. However, after several decades of experimentation, I've never found that to be the case.

    Residual, yes, just add droplets of water in your palm to the aspirin, let it sit in your palm for a moment and the tablets will dissolve.

    Some people crush or grind up the aspirin beforehand, but I found that to be an unnecessary extra step.

    You can use any kind of yogurt, but usually with things like this it's best to keep it simple. I use plain yogurt without a lot of extra ingredients, fillers, etc.

    This sounds great! I can't wait to try it. It seems much better than buying all these different things that don't seem to work. And it is safe to use daily?
    3A/B - low-normal porosity - med to coarse texture

    Shampoo - GTTTT
    Co-Wash - As I Am Coconut Cowash
    RO - GVP Cond. Balm, Tresemme Naturals, Yes to Carrots Nourishing, AO Honeysuckle Rose
    LI - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cream Headdress
    DT - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholestrol, SM Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment
    Stylers - BRHG (old formula is my HG, but the new one has silicones)

    Trying out - MGA Sculpting Gel, LA Sports Gel, Got2b Spiked Gel, Got2b Glued
  • ResRes Registered Users Posts: 2,911
    Oh I forgot, are any of those wet cloth pads (stridex, ponds, noxema) really good? I'd like one for night time before bed, I would use the Asprin thing in the mornings.
    3A/B - low-normal porosity - med to coarse texture

    Shampoo - GTTTT
    Co-Wash - As I Am Coconut Cowash
    RO - GVP Cond. Balm, Tresemme Naturals, Yes to Carrots Nourishing, AO Honeysuckle Rose
    LI - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cream Headdress
    DT - Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholestrol, SM Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment
    Stylers - BRHG (old formula is my HG, but the new one has silicones)

    Trying out - MGA Sculpting Gel, LA Sports Gel, Got2b Spiked Gel, Got2b Glued
  • wild~hairwild~hair Registered Users Posts: 9,890 Curl Neophyte
    Residual wrote: »
    This sounds great! I can't wait to try it. It seems much better than buying all these different things that don't seem to work. And it is safe to use daily?

    I've been using it twice a day for about 5 years now. My skin is not at all sensitive [just acne prone].

    If your skin is more sensitive, you might only do once a day, or a few times a week. It really depends.

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