If you're struggling to nix blackheads—those pesky clogged pores that occur when oils and skin cells block hair follicles on the face—you may want to take a page out of Redditor yoofka's skincare routine.
Last week, yoofka posted a before-and-after photo on the website's r/SkincareAddiction forum that has since gone viral. In it, she shares the 30-day routine that eliminated blackheads on her nose and dramatically improved her skin's appearance. "My skin has never been more supple or texture-less," yoofka writes in the post.
Her new routine involves seven steps: First, she removes makeup using Lancôme Énergie de Vie The Smoothing & Purifying Cleansing Oil ($42; sephora.com). After that, she exfoliates with Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Green Tea pads ($16; amazon.com) and cleanses with Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser For All Skin Types ($10; nordstrom.com). Next, she applies Differin ($11; amazon.com) to a clean, dry face and moisturizes with Aquafor Healing Ointment ($9; amazon.com), which she notes "works miracles." As a final step, yoofka tones with AKARAN Essential Moisturizer ($39; amazon.com). Ocassionally, she also uses The Face Shop sheet masks ($16 for 10; amazon.com).
This Redditor's routine includes many of the recommended steps that New York City-based dermatologist Whitney Bowe, MD, previously told Health can help minimize the appearance of blackheads, such as thoroughly cleansing, exfoliating to slough away dead skin, and applying a retinoid to de-gunk pores. If you have dry skin, you might also consider adding a few drops of tea tree oil ($9; amazon.com) into the products you're using—this will help keep skin hydrated, Dr. Bowe explained.
If this sounds like too many steps for your own nighttime routine, here's some good news: yoofka writes that she believes the Neogen pads, Differin, and Aquafor lotion made the biggest difference in banishing her blackheads. So if you're only going to invest in a few of her go-to products, make it those.
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