Post # 1
I know I am really pretty lucky when it comes to my skin. I used to have constant breakouts on my chin and I am thankful not to have to deal with that anymore. My skin is overall pretty clear. I do however have quite a few blackheads and large pores on my nose and cheeks.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to manage this better?
my current routine is wash morning & night with a gentle facial wash. Moisturize after washing with a Neutrogena day cream (with spf) and olay night cream.
Facial scrub 2-3 times a week
Clay mask 1x weekly
I’ve tried astringents but I find them drying.
Post # 3
Try microdermabrasian, I have big ol’ honkin’ Italian pores and a 2x weekly microderm treatment is the only way I can keep them clear!
Neutrogena makes a really good kit for it (it looks like a little oblong egg with removable pads, I think it’s called the ‘bean’ ?)
I use the Mary Kay kit, but I’m bias! Most of them work very similarly though!
Post # 4
Biore makes pore cleansing strips that work really well! They make them for nose and chin/forehead. You can get them pretty much anywhere, CVS, Walgreens, Target, Wal-Mart etc for less than $10 a box. Here is a link to the company’s website so you can see what they look like/read about them.
Post # 5
you know what’s weird? I used those a few times too and while I could see the ‘dirt on the strip’ when I took them off I never noticed a difference in blackheads on my face. Maybe I don’t do them right!
Post # 6
@murmur: I’m with you on that. I really don’t think they do anything much. They might remove the surface plug, but its def not a long term solution.
@murmur: I’ve tried the neutrogena scrub, but found it make me break out HUGE. I was debating whether it was a short term thing and I should stick with it -or if my skin was just too irritated.
Post # 7
Hey, I’m going through the same thing!! My dermo gave me Retin-A Micro to prevent breakouts (she said she tells people to use it forever except for when they’re pregnant.. it also prevents aging – yay!). After that I was still having issues with the pores so now I use a deep cleansing cleansing mask (the brand is Glytone) a few times a week. It was like 20 bucks through my dermo, but you can actually get the stuff online pretty cheap – the brand has gotten some awesome reviews. Some people complain about the mask drying them out – but I use moisturizer night and morning and don’t have a problem with that. It doesn’t have a lot of the harsh chemicals that some other products do so I find it to be fine on my sensitive skin.
Post # 8
Oh I forgot…. if you are really desperate and can’t seem to find things that work – you can get extractions done at a dermo (around $150 I think). They’re do a steam thing to losen the pores and then literally extract the blackheads from the pores. I holding out hope for my retin-A and mask though 🙂
Post # 9
If you can, I would recommend seeing a dermatologist. I started getting blackheads in my late 20s, and for years have tried everything — monthly facials, tons of different products, etc. It really wasn’t until I went to see a dermatologist that I have FINALLY seen a real difference in their appearance. Get recommendations for a good dermatologist in your area. If you are in New York, let me know and I will give you the name of mine. She is amazing. I’ve never had more compliments on my skin and how young I look (which never hurts at 33!)
Post # 10
I just went to Aveda and got some new stuff that made a difference on my blackheads/pores in just a couple of days. My skin is dry so I bought their moisturizer and exfoliant from their dry skin line. The exfoliant is not a scrub, it is drying but the moisturizer counteracts it nicely (seriously I skimped on the moisturizer one day and I was peeling). If you want a more moisturizing option try the toner from the body shop. I used the soy and calendula which is another nice option.