Blackheads, we all hate them. Why, just...why? Why do they appear? Why are they so stubborn? Why do they fill up and then turn black so that everyone can see them? (Rant over!)
Sometimes a good scrub is enough to dislodge the dirt, sometimes we need extra help.
I have a routine, its not 100% effective, but I am seeing positive results. As part of that routine, I sometimes reach for these nose and face strips. They are like a piece of sellotape that sticks to the black head and pulls it out of the open pore. That is the theory at least!
I have used the Ponds strips (a few years back), Boire ones and Superdrugs own brand 'Clarity'.
How to use: Cleanse your face, pat dry, wet the desired area with plain water, then apply the strip smooth side down, pat down, wait for 10-15 minutes (till dry) and then peel off carefully. If this is difficult or painful, you can use a damp flannel to moisten the strip again (but not too much or it won't work!). Do not use more than once every three days, or you will over exfoliate the top layer of skin.
Tip 2: Cut them in half to target areas.
They say: Deep cleansing, unclogs and invigorates
Value for money? 6 strips in a box. Costs around £7 from a highstreet chemist in the UK
Extras: Contains tea tree, menthol, witch hazel.
VERDICT: Smooth, easy to use, dries hard and really sticks if left on for 20-30 minutes in my case. I can see the blackheads on the strip when peeled off- even the little ones. Great but yuck! They don't get all of them out, but some blackheas are subborn and require more treatment. They come in different sizes for face and nose, but sadly not in the same box :( Bad point, the price. At over £1 per strip, I am not in a hurry to use every three days.
Superdrug Clarity Strips
They say: Rremoves Blackheads, unclogs pores
Value for money: 5 strips in a box. Costs around £3 I think (but I cant find them online to check).
Extras: Peppermint oil
VERDICT: You may have found these different, however I found these USELESS!! They took ages to dry, didnt really tick to the skin, never showed any blackheads.... Yes I know that they might just 'loosen' them, but you would think after 5 uses (every 3 days) that they would show something?! Yes the price is better, but if you have stubborn blackheads- or any blackheads for that matter, then I would invest in a more robust product. This is just my opinion and you might find them different, however I will never be repurchasing this item.
And there we go. The bonus with each product is that they are individually wrapped, so they stay dry and easy to transport.
Do you use a blackhead strip? Which ones would you recommend (or slate!)?