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My skin has always been really oily but over the past six months or so, I've noticed an influx in the amount of blackheads that I'm getting on my nose particularly and also across my chin and cheeks. I've tried various removal strips with varying levels of success but nothing has really done anything to tackle the problem. Rather than waste money on these products any more, I decided to take the plunge and buy this remover from the Body Shop.
I don't normally comment on the look of products but it seems relevant in this instance. When I first took the blackhead remover from the packaging, I was a bit flummoxed by it, to be honest. To sum its appearance up briefly, it looks like a long and fairly thin piece of metal with a loop on either end. The loop is smaller on one side than the other and despite the instructions on the back of the packaging claiming that all you need to do is press down onto the blackhead to get rid of it, I couldn't figure out how on earth it was going to work!
The instructions are very simple but I've never had much luck using the remover. The idea is simple - you just place the loop (either end, depending on what kind of blackhead you're trying to bust out) over the problem area and press down so that the blackhead can be pushed out. Unfortunately, the reality isn't quite so simple and my results are very hit and miss. I can get rid of some blackheads with this remover but it becomes rather time-consuming as I need to repeatedly apply pressure to even halfway encourage anything to happen and then the whole thing gets frustrating. I've had more success trying to stick the end of either loop into pores that are blocked and quite literally pushing out blackheads that way. It probably doesn't do much good for my skin but it gets rid of far more blackheads, especially on my nose, although it's less effective on the blackheads on my chin and cheeks. It seems to work best on blackheads that are already close to the surface - as you might expect - so I do find that using this after a hot bath is when it's most effective.
I bought mine for £3, which is probably just as well seeing as I'm not entirely sold on its usefulness.
Hit-and-miss is probably a good way to describe my experiences with this product. I've had better success using it to pop the head on spots, if you'll forgive that imagery. I used to use my fingers to do this but it almost always resulted in an even worse spot than before so I'm glad to have found a more effective way to do this. I don't have to apply as much pressure in comparison to trying to remove a blackhead so it's an easier process all round. For the most part, I find that I need to apply a lot of pressure to try to get rid of most blackheads and this isn't very comfortable. It's easier when pores have been opened but it's still a rather time-consuming and rather ineffective process so I'm not sure that I can really recommend it as a good blackhead remover. If you can get it for £3 like I did, it's a useful way to get the heads off spots without having to use your fingers and cause more problems but on the whole, it's not easy to use for blackheads.