I hate blackheads, but I love seeing them extracted from my face. Yes, I do love looking at the gunk dislodged from my pores whenever I get facials. I've got oily skin so regular facial treatments are a must for me to score a clear complexion. But since a trip to the derma won't happen anytime soon (health > vanity), I decided to take matters into my own hands.
I made sure that whatever I would be trying is legit and safe for my skin. I stumbled upon Los Angeles-based licensed aesthetician Nayamka Roberts-Smith's, aka LA Beautyologist, YouTube channel, and I saw her "Esthetician-Approved Oil-Cleansing Routine." video. Nayamka recommended removing oil-based gunk (blackheads and oil plugs) by massaging the face with cleansing oil or balm for 10 minutes.
Upon further ~research~, I found out the internet calls it "skin gritting." However, the process was different from what Nayamka recommended. It calls for the use of cleansing oil and a clay mask. Another version features an oil-based cleanser, acid toner, and clay mask. TBH, I thought these methods might be too *extreme* for my skin. (Over-exfoliation is a thing.)
Nayamka is an esthetician, so she's considered a skincare expert. It is assumed that whatever she has done on herself is safe, but also keep in mind that it's always better to consult a professional since each person's complexion is unique. Read on to find out what "skin gritting" has done to my skin.
How to do skin gritting (oil-cleanse) to remove blackheads
- According to Nayamka, you must apply the oil-based cleanser on dry skin. I used the Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm in Purifying.
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Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm in Purifying, P1,250, Banila Co
- Wet the skin to emulsify the oil-based cleanser. The product will turn into a milky liquid.
- Massage the product on your skin for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Be grossed out by the ~amount~ of gunk you have dislodged from your pores.
- Rinse and wash with a foam cleanser.
- Do this once a week.
I couldn't believe the amount of gunk and dirt my pores were hiding! It's gross but it feels oddly satisfying that I gave my skin a deep clean. I washed with a sulfate-free cleanser to prevent irritation. I then "sealed" my complexion with a Cica-enriched serum to soothe and repair the skin barrier.
Skin gritting is a fun DIY facial method, but I am aware that it's no substitute for professional blackhead extractions. Since this is a form of physical exfoliation, it will be best to do it during the time you're taking a break from the use of acids such as glycolic, salicylic, or lactic acid—basically any AHA and BHA product.
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