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Let’s face it. Blackheads are a real issue for many people, and the thought of getting rid of them in one fell swoop sounds appealing to a lot of folks. Knowing this, it’s no surprise that nearly three million people have watched this 10-second blackhead removal video.
The internet is a funny place, and you never know what will go viral. Skin gritting and other blackhead-removal techniques have had their heyday online, and this video just happens to be the latest sensation. Warning to those brave enough to watch: I was barely able to stomach it, and one view is likely enough. And oh yeah, once you’ve seen it—you can’t unsee it. You can’t say I didn’t warn you!
Now, all he does to remove the puss and gunk from inside of his pores is push up on his nose, but it doesn’t seem like this is the best, most recommended method for blackhead removal that exists. Not to mention: Not all pores are so amenable to being cleared out.
How To Manage Blackheads
Before you can defeat blackheads once and for all, it’s important to know what you’re up against. According to Healthline, “Blackheads form when a clog or plug develops in the opening of hair follicles in your skin. Each follicle contains one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces oil, called sebum, which helps keep your skin soft. Dead skin cells and oils collect in the opening to the skin follicle, producing a bump called a comedone. If the skin over the bump stays closed, the bump is called a whitehead. When the skin over the bump opens, exposure to the air causes it to look black and a blackhead forms.”
There are products that will help you remove the blackheads you can already see, but the best method of attack is to keep blackheads from appearing in the first place through a regimented skin care routine. Experts recommend using products with salicylic acid to keep blackheads at bay.
“Salicylic acid is a great option for dissolving those blackheads away, and it can be found in over-the-counter products,” Rachel Nazarian, dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City, told Allure. “Ideally, you’d use a leave-on product rather than a cleanser or soap, since the longer the exposure to the active ingredient, the better it’ll work. After using a salicylic acid product for several weeks, many of the blackheads will resolve, but others will just loosen.”
If you do end up with blackheads (and most of us will), you can use a pore-cleaning mask. A charcoal mask can be particularly effective, as charcoal helps to pull dirt, bacteria and other substances to the surface of the skin.
How This One Guy Managed His Blackheads
So this 10-second technique may not be the best for blackhead removal, but it sure is …. umm … interesting, to say the least.
Remember, this is gross. I warned you.
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Oh, the things we’ll watch online!