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Should I Use Blackhead Strips Before a Mask?

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author image April Khan
April Khan is a medical journalist who began writing in 2005. She has contributed to publications such as "BBC Focus." In 2012, Khan received her Doctor of Public Health from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She also holds an Associate of Arts from the Art Institute of Dallas and a Master of Science in international health from University College London.
Should I Use Blackhead Strips Before a Mask?
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Blackhead strips work in minutes to remove blackheads from just about any area on the face. Some masks are made to remove blackheads, but they do not always work as quickly as the strips. If you are planning to remove blackheads using blackhead strips, you may choose to follow this up with a normal cleansing mask or mud mask to avoid any potential skin damage from overusing deep-cleansing products.

Step 1

Clean the face completely with facial soap and water before applying any cleansing product. Make sure the skin is oil- and makeup-free, and ensure the area to which you are applying the blackhead strips is clean and dry. You may choose to use an astringent or witch hazel to ensure the area is dry.

Step 2

Remove the plastic backing from the blackhead removal strip.

Step 3

Apply the blackhead removal strips to the affected areas, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 4

Remove the blackhead removal strip in the direction stated in the instructions.

Step 5

Apply the facial mask of your choice after slightly wetting your face. Since the pores will be a little more open after using the blackhead strips, facial masks may work more efficiently.

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