Squeezing blackheads can be a healing experience for many people. Besides using fingers to press, there are various methods available to remove blackheads, such as nose strips (commonly known as “blackhead strips”), Vaseline, baking soda, and even exfoliating facial scrubs, which are believed to be effective in removing blackheads.
In recent years, Vaseline has been thought to have multiple benefits, including the removal of blackheads. A popular online method involves applying Vaseline evenly to the nose, covering it with plastic wrap, and taking a shower. The steam from the hot water softens the blackheads, and finally, a cotton swab is gently pressed against the nose to squeeze out the blackheads. Additionally, some people recommend using baking soda to remove blackheads from the nose.
Vaseline does have a skin-softening effect, but since it is an oily product, improper use may clog pores. Moreover, the skin itself is slightly acidic, providing protection and preventing moisture loss. However, baking soda is alkaline and may strip away the protective layer of the skin, including oils, and cause irritation. There is currently no documented evidence to confirm the effectiveness of these two methods in blackhead removal.
As for commonly used nose strips, they mostly remove surface oils and skin flakes but struggle to eliminate deeper blackheads. Long-term use can deplete skin moisture, resulting in dryness and even inflammation. Additionally, the process of removing the nose strip may damage the outer layer of the skin. Hence, it is not recommended to use exfoliating facial scrubs to avoid skin irritation.
Doctors suggest that individuals consider using products containing low concentrations of glycolic acid to remove dead skin cells and help prevent blackheads. These products should be used no more than 1 to 2 times per week. Before use, it’s best to perform a small patch test, such as applying the product to the back of the ear or wrist and observing any redness, itching, or peeling the next day. If blackheads are numerous and severe, seeking professional help from a doctor and undergoing treatments such as glycolic acid peels may be necessary. It is not recommended to purchase and use high concentrations of glycolic acid on your own.
In summary, when choosing a method to remove blackheads, be cautious and select an appropriate method to avoid over-irritating the skin or clogging pores. Maintaining clean and healthy skin is key during the skincare process. If blackhead problems continue to worsen, seek advice from a professional dermatologist to ensure the correct treatment is chosen.