Blackheads: they’re gross and they happen to almost everyone. Well I’m about to introduce you to a potential gamechanger–something more effective than the normal clay masks and nose strip that I’ve tried recently.
The Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask ($20 for 100 ml) wins for both Cutest Name and Most Matter-of-Fact Name. Because really, it is exactly a clay mask that bubbles up with carbonation.
This mask was recommended to me by the sales associate at oo35mm, who thought it was a gentler option for women’s skin than the–for lack of a better description–pore suction gun that I was holding.
Phase 1: Clay mask. Smear the mask onto clean, dry skin with the included spatula. It applies like a normal clay mask except a little gooier. I did just my T-zone.
Phase 2: Sparkling pavement. Within seconds, tiny little bubbles start forming on the surface. The mask also starts turning from dark gray to shark gray.
Phase 3: Full-on bubble monster. Within 5 minutes, the mask has turned entirely into foamy, puffy bubbles. At this point, the bubbles can feel ticklish and you resemble a barnacled sea monster.
Phase 4: Clay mask again. After the mask has been on for 5 minutes, begin massaging your face with wet fingertips. (The mask never really dries.) As the bubbles deflate, the mask feels like a clay mask once again. Massage and rinse off. Like any clay mask, it takes some elbow grease to wash the mask off entirely.
So what happened?
Before: Blackheads are embedded in skin.
After manual extraction: I used a pair of clean, sharp slant-tipped tweezers to literally pluck out blackheads one by one. Holding the skin taut, it was painless and easy to extract them. My nose pores remain large, but they’re at least clean.
I usually avoid applying my cushion compact over my nose because it just doesn’t apply smoothly, but after the mask and extraction, I had no problem! One week later, my nose is still clear of blackheads.
Renee tried the mask, too. Although she doesn’t have any blackheads to begin with (don’t hate), the mask still left her skin smooth.
Pros: Easy and fun(ny) to use. Pulls blackheads to the surface and leaves skin feeling smooth. Not as drying as traditional clay masks.
Cons: Still need to manually remove blackheads. Doesn’t improve appearance of pore size.
Warning: Scroll down only if you’re OK with seeing graphic photos of what I plucked from my pores.