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Listen up listen up. So, a couple of weeks back your girl here was down with a terrible case of blocked nose. I couldn't breathe, couldn't sleep and had a constant case of the puffy. So I took my momma's advice and gave myself a steaming session. Inhaling steam saved me from all the pain that comes with the blockage high up and gave me a clear, blackhead free nose !!!

A facial is almost always accompanied by a steaming session. But really we don't need no fancy steam generators. All we need is a pot, water and a blanket.

Boil 6 cups of water in a pot - not to a full boil , a semi boil is enough. Place the pot on a mat the floor. Kneel down above it , bend, huddle into the blanket and here comes the fun part...

Breathe in...
Breathe out...
Breathe in...
Breathe out...
Breathe in...
Breathe out...

Oh wait we are talking blackheads not blockage, right.

Its still the same process. I almost had you there didn't I !

Breathe in...
Breathe out...

After a good 6-8 minutes , when you can handle no more breathing under the tent and the water has gone cold. Get out and run to the bathroom.

Don't walk or your pores will close and this method will not work on closed pores. Don't blame me later.

Run. Grab a blackhead removing strip and place it on your nose. Your nose is already wet on the surface from the steam condensation.

I know my science, okay.

After 10 minutes , pull the strip out and you'll notice a nose clearer than January Jones's.


If you don't have a pot, water or this thing called time go for a warming mask. Lots of clay masks have this warming property. I like the Biore Warming Anti Blackhead Cleanser ($6.99). This one warms up the second it touches the water on your skin and its anti blackhead. Hates them just as much as you do. Apply it all over your face , concentrating on the nose.

It is the matters of the nose that we have congregated here for.

Wash it off after one hot minute with warm - tolerably hot water. Again immediately grab a blackhead removing step and continue with process same as above.

I prefer the steaming method because its not just the nose but my face that gets a boost from it.

Try it. Its so much fun to huddle up and so much more fun to be blackhead free.

Take that January Jones.

Love,
Indian Girl
PS : I know you girls know all this, but something tells me I should put this in - Be careful with the hot water and steam. Keep your face at least 15 - 20 inches away from the surface of hot water. Again, I know my science , okay. Hot water is like ..hot. Really. Pinky swear.

14 comments

Mads said... @ October 23, 2009 at 4:34 AM

Hey IG,

What about poor girls like me with sensitive skin????? I stay a mile, no scratch that a few miles away from facials just for the fear of breaking out.. And steaming is an important step in a facial right? So whaddya suggest for ppl like me? I want a blackhead free nose too!

Thanks,
Mads

Husha said... @ October 23, 2009 at 6:22 AM

I NEEDED this! (My little brother pointed at my blackhead-speckled nose last week & went "Your nose looks like it was HAIRY and you SHAVED IT!")

And btw u have such a good writing style, this sentence for example:
"It is the matters of the nose that we have congregated here for."

Made me giggle. That's what the
Imam at my mosque talks like, except HE'S being serious..and you just sound cute! :)

Vidhya said... @ October 23, 2009 at 3:00 PM

I inhale steam regularly (for relief from sinusitis symptoms) and use blackhead removing strips occasionally but I never thought to use them together. What a great idea! Thanks for the tip :)

Fabulous World of Sara said... @ October 23, 2009 at 6:55 PM

omg...thank u soooo much for that advise.. i jus tried it and man...my blackheads are gone!!! gone!! =D

ema said... @ October 23, 2009 at 10:58 PM

I have trouble with sensitive skin too. Steaming is too harsh for me. I ask the spa to skip steaming during my facials. The only other solution for me has been to put a super-warm wet washcloth. Let it stay on my face until it cools down and then use the strip.

any other suggestions for people like me?

An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ October 24, 2009 at 4:27 AM

Hi Mads !

I will ask a few experts and get back to you. In fact will write another post addressing the issue from sensitive skin point of view :)

An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ October 24, 2009 at 4:31 AM

Hi Husha

Brothers can get nasty , cant they. I only have a sister and though we fought like crazy when we were young, I don't have a better friend than her now. You keep seein and that little bro will grow up and suddenly one get all protective bout ya !

And thank you for the sweet sweet comment. Its only when I hear back from you and other readers who take the time to say a kind word or two that I get motivated to write more. I need this, you know :)

An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ October 24, 2009 at 4:32 AM

Hi Vidhya !

Sure ! You try it the next time those sinuses are acting up and lemme know how it works !

An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ October 24, 2009 at 4:34 AM

Hi Sara !

You tried ! Yay !! Aah the joys of a blackhead free nose !

An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ October 24, 2009 at 4:34 AM

Hi Ema !

The warm cloth is a great idea. I will ask a few experts and write a post soon for ya !

An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ October 25, 2009 at 12:10 AM

Hi Ema & Mads again :)

I just thought of this - may be you could try using the strip right after your regular shower. The steam generated in the shower should loosen the pores as well !

I will be writing to an expert today and will get back to you on what other tips she has !

Mads said... @ October 27, 2009 at 1:24 AM

Awww.. that's so sweet of you to follow up with experts.. I'm all eyes and hears for your post on this topic! Will try the after shower routine and let you know if it helped. Thanks again!

Husha said... @ October 27, 2009 at 1:28 AM

I just did this and it worked! I've never tried those pore strips before but I was out shopping today so I got them. It's pretty effective!

An Indian's Makeup Blog ! said... @ October 27, 2009 at 1:43 AM

Okay for anyone who is uncomfortable with steaming / after shower blackhead removing / just would love more detailed explanation on skin / skin types visit Lori at ClinSpaNews.

http://www.clinspanews.net/

She is a professional Skin care therapist and writes detailed posts on her blog on everything skin and skin related.

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