If you read my prior Skin Beauty post on Queen Helene, you may have noticed my nose gets a bit spotty under the mud mask. My nose is prone to blackheads, the pores are bigger there and while the clay helps for overall skin cleansing, the Biore line has done wonders for this particularly tough spot on my face.
I’ve tried the Warming Anti Blackhead Cream Cleanser and this was a bit of a novelty item to me. What I would do: a quick wash of my face, or simply wet my nose, then take a little out of the tube onto my clean fingers, rub it a little onto the skin, and immediately feel this reaction of warmth as I applied the product. The smell was kind of medicine-y, not particularly pretty or flowery, but it was like feeling a bit of an acid reaction. I imagined the product was melting off or cleaning out the deep down dirt, sebum, or oil plug as they call it that blocks the skin’s pores and turns dark when exposed to the air that is a “blackhead”.
After leaving it on for a minute, you wash it off, eyes closed of course, then pat dry.
I admit I’m lazy – I didn’t use this every day or every week. I felt that the reaction was good but also a bit strong. In the end, it did get the job done. My nose looked clean and clear.
Because I find this treatment a little strong, I switched off with using the Biore Deep Cleansing Nose Strip. This would be used for special occasion, and I’d couple that with the Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub, which has these little blue dots in it. This one does not burn but the dots feel a bit gritty and when rubbed gently into the nose skin provide an exfoliating cleansing action to the skin – this is an upkeep to when using the strip.
When I say I’m prone to blackheads on my nose, I mean they are stubborn. I have to stay on top of my nose skin care and so far utilizing Biore products has worked for me. You can find in Walgreens, Amazon, Target, Rite Aid, etc. Prices can run anywhere from $5.00 to $12.00 (U.S.). Biore’s website also has a WHERE TO BUY link to find the location nearest you that may carry Biore products. Move your cursor over the store brand name, and a store locator may indicate along with a hotlink to their online store.
Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub:
HOW TO USE
- For optimal results: Wet face. Squeeze product into hands. Massage over entire face and neck. Rinse thoroughly with water.
- For external use only. Using other topical acne medications at the same time may increase dryness or irritation of the skin. If this occurs, only one medication should be used unless directed by a doctor.
- When using this product: Avoid contact with eyes. If contact occurs, flush thoroughly with water.
- Keep out of reach of children. If swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.
Salicylic Acid 2%
Use: For the treatment of acne
STORE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
WATER, SODIUM COCOYL ISETHIONATE, GLYCERIN, GLYCOL DISTEARATE, SYNTHETIC WAX, PEG-6 CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC GLYCERIDES, ETHOXYDIGLYCOL, MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX, CETYL ALCOHOL, PEG-12 DIMETHICONE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, SODIUM LAUROYL LACTYLATE, ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, XANTHAN GUM, FRAGRANCE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, MENTHOL, BENZOPHENONE-4, FERRIC FERROCYANIDE, IODOPROPYNYL BUTYLCARBAMATE.
BIORE DEEP CLEANSING PORE STRIPS
HOW TO USE
- Remove strip from pouch. Before using nose strips, twist strip to loosen and separate slits featured on nose strips only.
- After washing your face, thoroughly wet your nose or other face area (where you have clogged pores or blackheads). The strip won’t stick on a dry nose.
- Dry hands. Peel strip off plastic liner. Apply to nose area, smooth side down, pressing down to ensure good contact with skin.
- Let dry for about 10-15 minutes until stiff to the touch — like papier-mâché.
- Slowly and carefully peel off starting at edges, pulling toward center.
- Use only on the nose.
- Avoid using on acne blemishes or swollen, sunburned, excessively dry skin, or skin prone to spider veins.
- Consult a physician before using on skin being treated with prescription acne medication.
- Avoid using on skin which is sensitive to bandages or peel-off face masks.
- Remove strip as directed promptly after it becomes stiff. If strip is difficult or painful to remove, wet strip thoroughly until it slides off easily. Forceful removal of the strip should be avoided and may cause skin abrasions. If this occurs, discontinue use and consult a physician.
- Do not use more often than once every three days.
POLYQUATERNIUM-37, SILICA, WATER, GLYCERIN, POLYSILICONE-13, PEG-12 DIMETHICONE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, HAMAMELIS VIRGINIANA (WITCH HAZEL) EXTRACT, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, STEARYL GLYCYRRHETINATE, METHYLPARABEN.