I’ve been toying with the idea of buying one of these blackhead removal tools for a while now, every time I go into the body shop they’re there and I think shall I get one and try it or not?
My skin is littered with them, no amount of exfoliating or washing my face seems to stop them from rearing their ugly heads and normally no sooner have I got rid of them do they come back again. In all honesty I’m not a big fan of squeezing them because they tend to end up deeper if I do – so it was only a matter of time before this item was purchased.
So before using this make sure your skin is really clean, and I like to open up my pores with a nice hot cloth against my face – so anything there is going to be needing to be removed is going to be a little bit more open than just normal.
It’s got two ends to it, one small and one large – to begin with I had no idea what on earth I was doing to use it. In the end I decided the easiest thing I could do would be to press it against the area around the black head and press – incredibly easy when you try. Found that the spot was easily removed and I just used some cotton wool with tea tree on to wipe the area.
Yes it does make your skin a little red and sore afterwards, but using some soothing tea tree afterwards will calm it down a lot. Your skin will look lots better afterwards as well, with all those pesky blackheads removed, I don’t find they’re gone for too long, but longer than if I just tried to exfoliate them out.
Close up pores afterwards with a cool cloth to the face and moisturise and you’ll be good to go.
These items are only £4 in the body shop – so they’re hardly going to break the bank, and I can’t see they’ll wear out very quickly either!
Never even thought about an accessory like this until my mam bought one. I get blackheads real bad but only from wearing makeup and obis oily I clog my pores up however I do give it a good clean before I go to bed but it doesn't stop this. Personally for me a nail biter (i know it's disgusting) I can't squeeze the blackheads which I am embarrassed about, I do however find this hurts when using but maybe I'm using it too hard and always use the small side. It is made of metal so isn't flimsy and works well and the dirt comes straight out when you use it all you do is place it over the black head squeeze down and it comes straight out. This costs a few pound from the body shop I wouldn't consider this expensive but a must have beauty accessory. It's not normally something you would look to buy but give it a try
Two ended metal device for removing blackheads and whiteheads.
Has large and small metal hoops/rings at either end.
I have seen these devices on sale in many places but being considerably older than a teenager I had not thought I would have had need of one.
Anyway although I do not really get many spots or blackheads now I have recently found I have had one or two blackheads on my back at the top of my shoulders. These would not have been a problem if they had been more accessible as I find if you have clean hands they can usually be removed quite easily without causing any problems.
However this time they were completely inaccessible to me - and it is not the sort of thing I would want to ask anyone in my family to do for me.
They are out of sight for me but did irritate me knowing they were there so I purchased this little device. I thought this would be ideal as the length of it would allow me to reach them easily and they should 'pop' out easily.
I made sure I disinfected it with boiling water before use and had a shower first with lots of hot water to open up my pores.
In theory all you need do is press either end, large or small, against the blackhead and according the their website you just need to 'press down gently'. Well I pressed down gently, then harder, then harder still. In the end I was virtually trying to dig it out and in the end I had to give up as I was getting shoulder strain by trying to twist round.
This device looks good in theory but then I tried it on my face just to see how it would work on a different place - I only had one small blackhead there - and it did not remove that either.
I will now use face scrubs instead but think this device would only work on certain blackheads that are quite ready to come out anyway. Also if you pressed too hard I would think the damage you do to your skin would be just as bad as if you just squeezed them out with your clean fingers. At least when using your fingers you know just how much pressure to use without going and using too much.
These devices are also supposed to be useful for whiteheads, those little white lumps you sometimes get which are filled with white matter. However as with blackheads I find that if they are suitable for 'popping' they can be done easily with clean fingers - if not nothing will shift them.
Some people have said they use this for popping spots - I would not fancy using the device for this myself as there is the danger of pressing the contaminated matter deeper into your skin - give me fingers any day!
I have read online that you can use tweezers to remove blackheads - but that is not something I fancy trying as it sounds quite savage.
===Would I Recommend?===
~ Why I Bought It ~
I bought this after I saw it in the body shop and I was intrigued by it - I wasn't too sure what it was or how it worked so I asked the shop assistant who couldn't recommend it enough and she explained how it worked and everything and I thought it sounded great and I ended up buying it.
~ Price ~
I paid £4 for this, which is the retail price. I think that this would be a reasonable price if the product was actually effective at removing blackheads as it is well made and can be used over and over again, but as it has no effect on my blackheads I have to say that I wish I had just bought a pack of blackhead removing strips instead as these cost around the same and they're much more effective.
~ My Opinion ~
The blackhead remover is basically a long piece of metal with two hoops on either end. The hoops are both different sizes - one is quite large while one is small. I think the larger end is meant for spots and the smaller end is for blackheads. It is easy to grip and not at all fiddly. The tool is well made and it has some weight to it rather than feeling delicate so I don't feel like it is going to snap or anything when I am using it.
Using the blackhead remover in theory is simple and easy but in practise it is awkward and painful. I spent a while trying to use it but after seeing no results I gave up. At first I tried using the smaller end on my nose, as this is the area where I tend to get a build up of blackheads. I tried all sorts of different angles and applied quite a lot of pressure to it, but all it did was cause discomfort and leave a mark on my nose!
None of my blackheads looked any different or came out, but then again I do get really tiny blackheads and not huge ones so maybe people with bigger pores and bigger blackheads would notice a better result. I have also tried using it on my chin and again it didn't do anything no matter how hard I pressed it down, it did not remove any blackheads at all - it just really hurt and left a mark.
Now this is embarrassing but I do also get blackheads on my chest now and again, and these tend to be a tiny bit larger and more spread out rather than being in clusters. Unfortunately though the blackhead remover tool had no effect at all and didn't remove a single blackhead. When it comes to spots however, this thing is great as it pops them and gets rid of all of the gunk and pus inside. I don't get spots very often though so I don't use it enough to justify the price the I paid for it and I feel let down as I was expecting it to be amazing and get rid of all of my blackheads - wishful thinking!
~ All in All ~
Unfortunately I wouldn't recommend this product as it does not remove my blackheads and I find it quite painful to use. I am very dissapointed so I am only going to give it two out of five stars. I would have given it one but I have been generous and awarded it two stars purely because it is made from a sturdy material and is quite solid, and also because it does help when it comes to hygienically popping spots (eww!)
Double Ended Blackhead Remover - currently £3
Available from The Body Shop on-line and in store
The Double Ended Blackhead Remover is approximately 13cm from end to end. It is made up of a square 'rod', embossed with the Body Shop logo, and on each end there is a loop. One end is made of a fine loop which is like wire, and the other is made of what looks like wire, but flattened, in an oval shape. Both ends are very sturdy and have never bent out of shape for me, and I must have had this for 3 or 5 years.
The idea is that after steaming your pores open, and cleansing that the loop will apply pressure around most of the circumference of the black head, and remove it. It is a really useful tool, that is usually effective. It seems to be less efficient on your nose, as it can make your eyes water if you ally as mush pressure as needed.
It is really important to remember not to do this before you go out, as it can leave red marks across your face. Equally important is the need not to apply too much pressure as this can damage the skin surrounding the clogged pore, and could end up looking as unsightly if not worse.
I personally find the fine end to be most beneficial, especially if you have a blackhead in the crease of your nose. However if you use the edge of the oval end it can help on your nose a little. After each use it is really important to clean it with something to ensure that the next time you use it it isn't teaming with bacteria, as this may cause an infection.
Blackheads are disgusting, but unfortunately I am prone to getting them on my nose and chin, which is why I decided to try this blackhead remover tool from The Body Shop. At just £3.00 it is £5.00 less than the Tweezerman blackhead remover that I'd had my eye on and as I am a regular customer at The Body Shop I know how high quality all of their products are.
I usually use blackead removing strips which get most blackheads out, but I bought this for the more stubborn, deep rooted blackheads. This is available via The Body Shop's website as well as online. The blackhead remover is double ended with a large oval hoop on one end and a smaller hoop on the other. The tool is made of lightweight metal and it's silver. It does look quite odd and I'm pretty sure that my boyfriend has no idea what it is!
The blackhead remover tool is quite long at around 10cm in length. It's very slender but easy to grip and although it's made of metal and has no grips, it is comfortable to hold for reasonably long periods of time while removing blemishes, which can be quite time consuming. Using the blackhead remover is really easy - simply choose either the large or small hoop depending on the size of the blackhead(s) then press the loop onto the skin so that the blackhead's in the middle of the loop.
You then need to press down and the blackhead should come out. It's a good idea to have a hot bath or shower before using this and I use mine when I'm in the bath as the steam opens the pores, making it a little easier to remove blackheads. I find that this is useless when used on my nose, mainly because it's a little painful if pressing down too hard, and this does need pressing down quite hard to work. I do however get quite good results when I use this on my chin and it removes a majority of blackheads, resulting in my skin looking much better.
This is not too painful, more uncomfortable and it does leave my skin quite red after I've used it due to how hard it needs to be pressed onto the skin to work. I do like this blackhead remover as it's weirdly quite fun to use, haha! I prefer blackhead removing strips though as they are more effective, a lot faster and they don't leave my skin as red as this does. It is important to wash this after using it to prevent the spreading of germs.
Overall I give this three out of five stars as it's a bit hit and miss. It is sturdy and does work when used correctly/when I have enough patience to sit fiddling around with it but it's time consuming and it doesn't always remove blackheads, especially deep rooted ones.
I bought this tool due to the fact I have quite large pores, so blackheads come naturally unfortunately. No matter how many scrubs or pore strips I use, nothing seems to budge them!
This tool is about as long as a pencil and made of metal with two 'loops' either side - one smaller than the other and cost around £3 from The Body Shop. This is designed to target the size blackhead you want, however I found the smaller of the two to be much more effective as it is more circular shaped, whereas the bigger loop is more oval - not the shape of traditional blackheads!
I made sure I used this fresh from the shower so my pores were open (otherwise the blackheads aren't removed as easily - if at all - and it leaves painful, red marks on your face) and got to work! Apart from being slightly painful (you are pushing a piece of metal onto your nose!), this worked a treat! My blackheads were noticeably smaller after one usage - brilliant!
The only downside is that, although it's an effective and cheaper alternative to pore strips, it's not really as useful on smaller blackheads.
We all know we shouldn't pick at spots but on the same token walking round with big blackheads and spots on the face are rather unsightly. Not so much a problem now but I had quite a few black heads as a teenager which led me to discover this little device by body shop. The black head buster simply does what you do when you use your two fingers to squeeze a spot but provides a more hygienic way of doing it with better precision.
*Price and availability*
You can buy these from the body shop store or online and are priced at £3.00. You can buy second hand ones from EBay but the thought of using someone else's spot squeezing tool is a little too much for me despite loving a bargain!
The metal stick is about 10 cm long with a loop on either side; one smaller and one larger. I used to have the old body shop design which was a 10cm long handle with a little bowl on one end with a tiny hole in. I much preferred the design of the old one as found it applied much more pressure and therefore I had much better results with it.
*How to use*
* Use after a bath or a shower as the hot water will help open the pores of the skin.
* Select the end of the stick most suitable for the size of blackhead.
* Position the loop around the centre of the blackhead and press down gently to extract it. Be careful as pushing down too much causing red marks around the spot which can take a few hours to fade!
As a precaution I always wash the device with a little anti bacterial hand wash to kill any bacteria on it so it is ready and clean for my next usage.
I find the device works perfectly for the blackheads that are close to the surface and ready for squeezing out. It is not a miracle worker and can't pop out every blackhead but think it is worth it for the ones it can and I find using it quite satisfying albeit rather disgusting. I've used the blackhead strips before and had minimal success with them so when seeing this product I found it quite refreshing. It is a little painful but only as painful as squeezing with your nails and you apply the pressure so you can control the pain!
It's much easier using the stick rather than your fingers as it applies much more pressure to the small area around the spot and also allows you much more room in the mirror to see what you are doing rather than just seeing your fingers clumsily clawing at the skin.
I've seen a version of this that Tweezerman do and it looks near on exactly the same but they charge £7.50. It's a shame body shop switched designs I much preferred the old one and have not managed to find one the same! The hole was much smaller making it more precise.
My skin has always been really oily but over the past six months or so, I've noticed an influx in the amount of blackheads that I'm getting on my nose particularly and also across my chin and cheeks. I've tried various removal strips with varying levels of success but nothing has really done anything to tackle the problem. Rather than waste money on these products any more, I decided to take the plunge and buy this remover from the Body Shop.
I don't normally comment on the look of products but it seems relevant in this instance. When I first took the blackhead remover from the packaging, I was a bit flummoxed by it, to be honest. To sum its appearance up briefly, it looks like a long and fairly thin piece of metal with a loop on either end. The loop is smaller on one side than the other and despite the instructions on the back of the packaging claiming that all you need to do is press down onto the blackhead to get rid of it, I couldn't figure out how on earth it was going to work!
The instructions are very simple but I've never had much luck using the remover. The idea is simple - you just place the loop (either end, depending on what kind of blackhead you're trying to bust out) over the problem area and press down so that the blackhead can be pushed out. Unfortunately, the reality isn't quite so simple and my results are very hit and miss. I can get rid of some blackheads with this remover but it becomes rather time-consuming as I need to repeatedly apply pressure to even halfway encourage anything to happen and then the whole thing gets frustrating. I've had more success trying to stick the end of either loop into pores that are blocked and quite literally pushing out blackheads that way. It probably doesn't do much good for my skin but it gets rid of far more blackheads, especially on my nose, although it's less effective on the blackheads on my chin and cheeks. It seems to work best on blackheads that are already close to the surface - as you might expect - so I do find that using this after a hot bath is when it's most effective.
I bought mine for £3, which is probably just as well seeing as I'm not entirely sold on its usefulness.
Hit-and-miss is probably a good way to describe my experiences with this product. I've had better success using it to pop the head on spots, if you'll forgive that imagery. I used to use my fingers to do this but it almost always resulted in an even worse spot than before so I'm glad to have found a more effective way to do this. I don't have to apply as much pressure in comparison to trying to remove a blackhead so it's an easier process all round. For the most part, I find that I need to apply a lot of pressure to try to get rid of most blackheads and this isn't very comfortable. It's easier when pores have been opened but it's still a rather time-consuming and rather ineffective process so I'm not sure that I can really recommend it as a good blackhead remover. If you can get it for £3 like I did, it's a useful way to get the heads off spots without having to use your fingers and cause more problems but on the whole, it's not easy to use for blackheads.
I read about a blackhead remover on Dooyoo a while back, and was intrigued by the concept, but thought no more of it until I was browsing in a Body Shop store and saw this one for sale. At only £3 I felt it was a bargain - even more so when I used my Body Shop card and got an extra 10% off.
The product is a metal strip around 10cm long with the Body Shop brand name printed on it. It has one oval loop of metal at one end, and a larger loop at the other. It comes attached to a strip of plastic with the following instructions: "Before use, soften your skin and open pores with a warm flannel. Carefully position the end of the remover over the blackhead and apply gentle pressure".
The first time I used it I tried to remove blackheads from my nose, and it didn't go too well. It's really hard to apply pressure to your nose, the nose tends to move about a bit! I couldn't really get anything out either (sorry for the rather disgusting imagery!). However, I used it again after using a face mask and having a bath in the hope that the steam would open my pores.
To use, you apply one end of the tool to the spot (choose the end based on how big the spot is), and press down gently. The spot should hopefully respond to the pressure by releasing whatever gunk happens to be inside it. Although it's designed for blackheads, I thought it worked especially well for normal spots and whiteheads, although it was of limited effectiveness for blackheads. It certainly got *something* out, although, and my nose looked a bit better, but not amazingly so. To be honest though, I wonder if the problem on my nose is large pores rather than blackheads per se, in which case the tool would not be of much use!
So, this tool was not the miracle worker I had hoped for. In fairness, perhaps I was expecting too much. It's not without its uses, however, and is a much more hygienic solution to squeezing spots than using your fingers. I can't recommend this product unreservedly, but I don't regret buying it.
I have combinations skin and I hate it but have to work around it. One thing i dont want to work aound is blackheads! I have tried all the scrubs and strips but still dont have much luck.
This metal tool cost me £3 from The Body Shop which i dont think is a bad price. When I first tried it I wasnt vey impressed because it hardly did anything apart from make my face go red and blotchy so I put it in a drawer and left it. I was recently in The Body Shop and hear an assistant advising another customer on how to use it. She told them to use a mask first or have a really good scrub then use it because the pores will be open.
Light bulb! I dont know why I didnt think of that before.
When i came to try it again I made sure It was after the a shower and that i had washed my face really good. I have now found that i love it!
Its really easy to use when used correctly. All you need to do is place the circle over the blackhead and push a little, not too hard to cause a mark or make you bleed but enough to get it out.
I usually pull down a little as I push, I find this helps a lot rather than just pushing. Also make sure that you sterilise it after every use or the germs could make your skin worse.
Its really good for getting the larger blackheads out and ok for the smaller ones. I would recommend this for people who have a few blackheads or the random attack of them but for people who suffer badly I dont think this is the answer. This is because you have to do each individual blackhead at a time which would be quite time consuming if you had to do a lot.
A good little helper =)
I have quite strange skin, it can go from a combination to dry to oily to normal in weeks. So trying to find the right skin care routine can be difficult. However one of the things I have always suffered from is blackheads.
You could easily do a dot to dot on my nose!! I have tried everything from scrubs, strips, pen tubes, baking soda, brown sugar paste and cleansers. Nothing worked they just stayed there stubborn as ever!
I then heard of the Body Shop blackhead remover and thought well I might as well give it a shot. At about £2-3 I thought if this works it cheaper than buying the strips. It a pole with two hoops at either end one small one and one bigger one. I used it straight away with no luck so decided to use it after I had steamed my face. All you do is press one of the ends aganist your skin and this causing pressure and out it comes. Well thats the idea!
A few came out which I was happy about but most just stayed put. I do recommend if you use this product, to give yourself a facial steam for about 15minutes as it opens your pores and could be more effective for you. I find the blackhead I was aiming stays put while the ones around it come out!
It was disgusting to see the stuff come out when it did work. After using it for about a month now I do think it has worked but you could still do a dot to dot on my nose though. It useful for big blackheads, or the odd spot you get. I wouldn't use it if you're just about to go out the house as it can leave an indent on your nose for a few minutes and can leave it quite red for an hour.
It's much more hygienic than using your fingers so stops spots spreading, however if you do have quite a bad case of blackheads I wouldn't recommend it to remove them completely.
For the longest time I refused to get this because it looked painful and scary, more like an operating tool, however after no such luck with other products, I decided to take the plunge.
Initially, I just got home and poked it at a blackhead in the feeble hope it will pop pain free and dissapear - wrong, it didn't pop and was very painFUL. I gave up until a few days later I tried again, nope, I had oily skin; slipped straight across my face. What a disaster!
This little operating tool thing hadn't cost me much, but the fact that it hurt every time I used it was definately not the nicest. A friend suggested that I exfoliate my skin and then use it, so I gave it a final go..
With success. It's so disgusting to see all the stuff that comes out of your face but it is noticeably better.
Admittedly it doesn't get rid of every blackhead, for me it just got rid of about 1/4 of them, but still not bad considering for me nothing else has worked, every little helps!
Having it is definately worth it, if you get a bad break out you can swipe it out and use it, and you can also use it on whiteheads instead of your fingers, which is more hygenic as your hands have lots of bacteria and oils on them that shouldn't be getting into newly squeezed white and black heads.
I bought this product many years ago and never had any success with it. However, yesterday I bought a facial sauna and suddenly it dawned upon me that perhaps I had not been using it correctly and that with the aid of heat perhaps I would be completely blackhead free. I don?t often get bad cases of blackheads, but when I do get a couple they REALLY bug me to the point that I normally jab and poke at them until they are gone but the surrounding skin is left red and sore. This little tool looks like it just might do the job ? it?s a small, plastic handled piece of metal just a little bit longer than your thumb. At the end of the metal is a tiny round piece with a miniature hole in it. One side has a ridge that goes out; the other goes in, so presumably you apply pressure with the outward ridge to encourage the blackhead to pop out. It seems a simple enough concept until you actually attempt to use it. If you use it on normal skin you can press and press all you like but all you will end up with is a face full blackheads surrounded by little dots. As I mentioned at the beginning, I purchased a facial sauna yesterday so I thought perhaps that might be the answer: heating my face to open the pores so the little devils would just slide out. After 10 minutes of steaming my face felt suitably warm so I rushed to fish the little tool from the depths of my ?unused cosmetics? drawer and looked in the mirror to attempt to use the blackhead remover. Same again ? red polka dots and blackheads still present. How disappointing! VERDICT I hate throwing things away when they are supposed to be of some use, so in the mean time this useless little piece of junk will reside in my drawer and probably be fished out every couple of years in the vain hope that it might miraculously work on
e day. I shall stick to face masks and regularly cleansing and toning to keep my face blackhead free. If for some bizarre reason you feel compelled to buy this stupid little thing it will cost you £1.75 from the Body Shop. I will gladly spend £60 on a face cream that works; but I feel totally ripped off @ £1.75 for something I cannot use! carly_pussycat - dooyoo UK ©
This can get rid of large blackheads, although I would definitely not recommend it. It is small and does not take up much space. It is inexpensive. I paid 1.55 euro. When using it, you need to press hard to get rid of the blackhead. As soon as the blackhead comes out, blood comes out. This means that you are left with a little spot. If you have lots of little blackheads, this means that you will have lots of little spots. This item has totally ruined my skin because of these little spots. And if you pick them, they will last longer. You are left with little red rings but these go away after about 2 days. If you insist on using this product, use it at night to give the spots will have a few hours to heal. Or even better, use it when no-one will be able to see your skin for as long as it takes the spots to heal. Or better still, do not ever use it. I would recommend using an antibacterial product after use so as to help stop the open or bleeding pores from getting infected. Antibacterial products may cause your skin to dry out or go flaky so have a moisturiser at hand. In my opinion, the only time you should use this product is if you want to get rid of a blackhead that you have had for as long as you can remember and are prepared to do anything to get rid of it. Even after alll these little spots, it can be tempting to use it again so I would recommend throwing it away so as not to destroy your face even further. Or perhaps giving it to someone you hate so they can ruin their skin.