Blackhead peel off mask: in-depth review!

You probably by now have seen either online or on tv these black blackhead peel off mask. They come in 2 options, either a spread on masks or then in biore pore strip format. Usually the spread on masks are most common. The trick is to get them on nice and evenly and try to refrain from spreading it on too thickly (warning as the audio in the following video is quite loud):

 

In the above video we can clearly see how in the beginning they are gently spreading on the blackhead peel off mask with a brush. This is what I suggest you would do as well. I tried spreading it on with just my hands and it turned out to be a right mess!
Also he is using a blackhead remover tool to finish up the job!

Blackhead peel off mask review:

We’ll be reviewing the Blackhead Remover Cleaner Purifying Deep Cleansing Acne Black Mud Face Mask Peel-off.

Blackhead Remover Cleaner Purifying Deep Cleansing Acne Black Mud Face Mask Peel-off (Style 2) blackhead peel off mask

This face mask is very easy to add on, however it can get quite runny. Be sure to do put it on in an area where it is ok to make some stains. Also if you do happen to drop some of the product on the floor or it happens to get on your clothes, be aware that it might leave some stains as it seems to dry pretty fast.

The mode of application is very simple, simply spread it on to your face and try to make a layer that is about half a millimeter thick. Make sure it is not too thin, but no need to lather it on either.

The general rule seems to be that the more you put on, the easier it might be to pull it off afterwards, however the longer you will have to let it sit on your face.

The first time I tried it I really lathered it on while my friend who I was trying it with was more sensible and only spread a thin layer across her face. I had to wait about 20 minutes until it was sort of ready to be pulled off while my friend was able to dry hers out in less than 10 minutes!

Also it gets tickly, fast! As the mask dries out, get ready to withhold from some serious tickling urges. Do not scratch he mask as it is drying or else you will end up with black fingernails as you scoop some goo under them. And good luck getting it out as the goo tends to really stain :)!

Blackhead peel off mask overview:

Pro’s
Con’s
Easy to put on
Can start itching after a while
Provides a deep pore cleanse
Make sure not to drop any as it can stain easily!
Really effective in sucking out subaceous filaments and blackheads, just look at the peel once you have peeled it off!
Don’t lather it on as it may take a while to dry

All in all though it is a very cost-effective way of getting a deep pore cleanse in a matter of minutes. Click here to get your own!

Here is a review of biore strips by the people over at buzzfeed!

 

Best Pore Strips: Biore, Clari-T and The Face Shop

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The 3 Best Pore Strips for Blackhead Extraction

Pore strips are a very valuable tool in your battle against blackheads. Making sure you find the best pore strips is key! When all else has failed and even your daily routine doesn’t do it’s tricks anymore, then pore strips or bands against blackheads might be your very last resort.
Plus you’ll get a great sense of satisfaction from pulling the band-aid away from your face and seeing the blackheads come with it!

Do they work?

There are a lot of steps you can take yourself to make sure pore strips work the way they should. You will not get the best effect out of the pore strips if for example you just sap them onto your nose without wetting your skin first. Most pore strips need at least some for of moisture to activate the glues inside the strip that make it adhere. Once the glue has been activated, it sticks to your open pore and to the gunk on those pore. A combination of under-pressure and adhesion make sure your pores are left behind as clean as possible.

Be aware though that pore strips (yes, even the best pore strips!) will NOT prevent blackheads from forming. That is just simply not how they work. In order to prevent blackheads from forming you’d be better off using a BHA cleanser combined with a toner.

Not all pore strips are created equal though. After testing several among our customers, we have come up with the best three. And as we are so nice, we have listed some of the best pore strips for you down below:

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

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When it comes to the best pore strips, Biore is currently market leader. After several years of experimenting they have perfected their version of the common pore strip with their Deep Cleansing Pore Strips. At roughly $13 for a pack of 24 there are hardly better deals you could do out there. Also on Amazon over 1000 people have reviewed this product and it has consistently scored a 4/5. So that many people can’t be wrong!

The Deep Cleansing Pore Strips are in our opinion better than the Ultra Deep Cleansing pore strips as these are less irritating to people who have a sensitive skin. These bands do not contain any alcohol or menthol making them more soothing than their ultra deep cleaning counterpart.
The big benefit of these Biore strips is that in one packet you not only get nose strips, as the bands are bigger than usual, meaning these are excellently suited for blackhead extraction from your forehead or cheek area as well!

Biore has also made a special version of the pore strips that is infusd with charcoal. These have as an extra benefit that they absorb some of the skin oil as they suck your blackheads out.
Try the charcoal pore strips instead!

 

Earth Therapeutics Clari-T Pore Cleansing Nose Strips

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If you are in to natural products then this might be the product for you. Another one of the best pore strips on the market are the Earth Therapeutic’s Clari-T Pore Strips contain organic tea tree oil which has an anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial effect on your pores while the strips get to work locking in the nasty blackheads to be purged clear out from your pores.

These nose strips are excellent for people whose skin reacts kindly to the tree oil present in these strips. However if your skin is a sensitive skin type then these might not be the best suited product for you as your skin might dry out.

The Face Shop Volcanic Clay Nose Strips (w/ Aloe)

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The Face Shop’s Pore Strips use volcanic mud from New Zealand’s Rotorua area. It is considered one of the best pore strips that use volcanic mud. It’s a natural detoxifier that soaks up oil, dirt, and impurities from your pores. Not to mention it does a fantastic job of latching onto blackheads and pulling them clean out of your pores.

We love these packs as they’re natural, soothing (thanks, aloe) and detoxify naturally (thanks, mud) as well as do a great job extracting blackheads.

How to Get the Best Results with Blackhead Remover Strips…

  • Use (In)frequently. If you haven’t used one of these before (or it’s been a long time), you’re going to blown away by all the awesome gunk that comes out, and be tempted to do it again the next day, and the next, and the next. Don’t do that! These best pore strips provide a deep extraction that’s best used around once a week.
  • Steam first. Steam has a way of opening up your pores and open pores are easier targets for blackhead extraction. Use the pores after emerging from a hot, steamy shower for best results!
  • Clean after. Sometimes, a little residue from the pore strips will stay on your skin. Not cool. Make sure you clean your face of any pore strip residue afterwards as well as care for those pores that have recently lost their nasty residents (blackheads) with a gentle blackhead clearing cleansing regimen.

 

Hopefully now you have a good idea of what might be the best pore strips for you.

Best foods to prevent acne and blackheads

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Suffering from blemishes and acne outbreaks on a frequent basis? Can’t see your nose anymore due to all the blackheads that are there? Maybe you’re not eating the best foods to prevent acne!
As a common expression goes: “You are what you eat”, nothing could be more true than the relation between the health of your skin and what you put in your mouth. Certain studies have shown that diets high in sugar and trans fats have a negative impact on acne, and thus are not the best foods to prevent acne.
On the other hand, a diet rich in protein, healthy fats and ant-oxidants will make your skin glow again in no time!

What Causes Acne and Blackheads?

The main cause of acne and blackheads is the clogging up of skin pores with a mixture of dead skin cells and skin oil, however various other factors are in play that have an effect on these two blackhead ingredients.
Bacterial infections, bad eating habits, hormonal cycles or even medication all play a role in how your skin functions. They all can have an impact on oil production or skin cell rejuvenation.

Best foods to prevent acne.

Best foods to prevent acne

Eating low-glycemic foods, or foods that take longer to digest, may help you prevent blackheads and acne.

 

Treating acne and blackheads can be done in a variety of ways. Most acne treatment, if it has gone to an advanced state, use medication as a way of treating the most severe cases.

Also mechanical options exist to get rid of single pimples that might pop up. Most dermatologists and cosmeticians use a blackhead extractor or removal tool in order to get single blackheads or pimples out. Other ways people can use at home are pore strips or bands against blackheads. These are basically band-aids that have a special adhesive on them that clings so well to your skin that as you rip it off, most blackheads underneath this band-aid come out right with it.

Prevention:

In general, these products do what it says on the package, but most effective is still prevention.
Consider making the following changes to your diet, and choose the following best foods to prevent acne the results will surprise you!

Just as your eyes are the windows into your soul, your skin is the window into your health. If you eat junk food all day, unfortunately you will look like you do. A healthy diet filled with lean protein and fruits and vegetables (and healthy fats!) will do wonders for your skin.
IF you had any breakouts before, you might see them still, but they will most likely be way less severe. Good nutrition is the key to healthy, clear skin!

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Foods not to eat when trying to prevent blackheads and acne.

Skin experts seem to agree, that it is vital you eat foods that help keep your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day. Simple carbohydrate rich foods (white bread, bagels, plain flower, ..) will make your blood sugar levels spike right after finishing a meal, after which it comes crashing down one or two hours later. You’ll feel a significant drop in energy levels with it.

Not only does your blood sugar levels spike, so does your insulin, which reacts to blood sugar levels. As this hormone spikes, your whole body gets into a total hormonal imbalance, a perfect breeding ground for acne and blackheads to persevere. So when looking for the best foods to prevent acne, steer clear from the sweets and the good stuff! Beauty doesn’t come easy :)!

Low Glycemic foods:

Focus on foods that have a so-called “Low Glycemic index”. Meaning lean meats, fish, leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds and low sugar fruits.
Some people also claim that dropping dairy from their diet has made them see significant reductions in acne levels. These are of course anecdotal pieces of evidence but it may well be worth a try. Try leaving dairy products out of your diet for days and see how you feel. If your skin seems better it might just as well be that it was the right solution for you!

Contrary to popular belief, eating fatty foods (if they are the right kinds of fat!), will not necessarily cause weight gain or acne and blackheads to get worse. Healthy fats such as omega-3 and -6 reduce inflammation and boost skin health and are some of the best foods to prevent acne. They also have various benefits for your cardiovascular system and cholesterol and they protect your eyesight. So adding healthy fats to your diet might actually be a thing you might want to try out. Use the 30-day method to see how it affects to your body.

Foods to eat when preventing blackheads and acne

Salmon is a source of good fats that will help you prevent blackheads and acne.

Other than the omega -fatty acids other sources of good fats are fatty fish such as salmon and, to a lesser degree, tuna. Also all plant based oils such as the popular extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, nut oils, are all good sources of monounsaturated fat that will do wonders for your skin.

As mentioned above, you should avoid “high” glycemic index foods such as ice cream, breakfast cereals, and white breads. These food will cause your insulin levels to spike and will cause you acne as a consequence.

Below is a good grocery list of the best foods to prevent acne:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Low sugar fruits
  • Whole grains
  • Brazil nuts
  • Fatty fish
  • Poultry
  • Beans
  • Oysters
  • Dark berries
  • Almonds
  • Green tea
  • Swiss chard
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Butternut squash
  • Cantaloupe
  • Raw seeds
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggs

Stock up on foods rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B5, vitamin E, selenium, essential fatty aids, antioxidants, and fiber. These really are the best foods to prevent acne and blackheads. Recent studies have indicated that people with high levels of vitamin A are less likely to develop acne and blackheads, confirming out suspicions. This nutrient prevents excess production of cells in the skin’s outer layer, which helps prevent breakouts. Vitamin C and selenium, which have powerful antioxidants effects, enhance your body’s ability to flush out toxins.

Dietary fiber, which is found in all plant-based foods, regulates blood glucose, promotes good digestion, and slow down sugar absorption into your body. These factors combined help prevent and reduce breakouts. Researchers have also found that zinc deficiency can lead to skin problems, such as acne and blackheads. Dark chocolate and oysters are high in zinc, so make sure you include them in your diet. Don’t forget about whole grains, which are packed with B vitamins. These nutrients promote healthy skin and hair. If possible, cook your own meals and avoid processed foods.

Hopefully now you have a good idea of what the best foods to prevent acne are!

Let us know in the comments below if you have made changes to your diet and how it has affected your skin.