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Blackheads and Teenage Boys

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Mumof3Munchkins
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Hey lovelies x

My 13 year old munchkin has become very aware of the black heads he has all over his nose. He's tried blackhead pore strips, masks etc to get rid if them.

He eats healthy and he's a pretty physical kid so it's not diet related that I can tell.

He's getting annoyed about them now and wants something to get rid of them. I'm all out of ideas, any advice please?
lilmonmon
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What masks specifically has he tried? The Skinfood Mud Masque is the only one I've found to ever work. I find using the Dark Angels cleanser from Lush with the Don't Look At Me fresh face mask can be good for blackheads. I was the same as a teenager, nothing I did kept that at bay for long, I would just use a mud masque all the time and ensure I used a toner afterwards to close my pores again so they don't refill.

 
worldofsooziewong
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I'd suggest a salicylic/BHA acid. Apparently Cosrx BHA blackhead power liquid is good - you can get it on iHerb. They also do spot dots similar to the Mecca ones but work out cheaper. 
tabucutie
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What's his daily skincare routine like? Also what's his skin type?
siouxsannah
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I get them around my nose. I use an exfoliating scrub several times a week to remove the dead surface layer of skin over them. It makes extraction a lot easier and helps to prevent the pores getting clogged again. Essano and Glow-Lab make nice ones.
trudijoy
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Please please start the conversation with 'it's totally normal to have your skin doing different things, there's nothing wrong with that but I understand that you want to try a few skin care things to find out what you like'.

Using words like 'issues' 'problems' 'bad' at this age is so dangerous. Boys aren't immune to appearance related self hate xx

The  best thing I ever hit on was double cleansing with a hot facecloth laid over my face and used for gentle exfoliating between cleanses. Takes care of most things without anything too harsh
trudijoy
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And Mumof3 you didn't use any words that worry me about that, my teacher soul just can't not add the warning xx
Silvene
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The only thing that really worked for my stubborn blackheads was an oil cleanser. 

When they’re really being stubborn and refusing to budge, I massage the oil cleanser onto my skin and then leave it on my face while I wash the rest of my body.  This gives the oils a chance to soften and dislodge the little oil plugs that have created the blackheads.  Once I’ve finished washing my body, I give my face another massage with the oil cleanser that is already on the skin, this time to help dislodge the (hopefully) softened blackheads, before removing the cleanser along with anything else that’s been dislodged from the pores. 

Fingers crossed that this this may work for him, too, if you’re keen to give it a try. 

 
Mumof3Munchkins
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Thank you lovelies for all the advice and tips.

Trudijoy, I totally agree, you really have to pick the right words and use them in a way that doesn't make them feel worse about themselves. 

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