I’ve cycled through my fair share of blackhead removal products over the years, because honestly, who doesn’t struggle with blackheads? These pesky things seem to keep coming back no matter how many pore strips and clay masks I try.
I saw this product on Althea – it was on sale at the time, and I needed to add one more item to my cart for free shipping, so there it went into my shopping cart.
Melt blackheads, whiteheads and dead skin cells with this simple-to-use stick! With extracts from charcoal power, rice, black bean and sesame, this cleansing stick targets hard-to-reach areas like the sides of the nose to thoroughly cleanse pores. Lavender, tea tree, aloe and chamomile extracts soothe skin and prevent a dry or tugging sensation. Apply on moist nose and rinse with water. Use 2-3 times a week.
Official Retail Price in Singapore: SGD 11 (Althea)
Most of the ingredients listed have been certified to be safe and don’t pose much of an irritant risk. If you’re worried about ingredients such as Propylene Glycol, you might be relieved to know that they are usually quite safe in small doses.
Packaging: Black and sleek, this is actually much better than RiRe’s lipstick, although still not exactly the most luxurious of product packaging.
Texture: It reminds me a lot of gluesticks – I even suspected at some point in time that it might just be glue 😂 It rolls and applies very easily on the nose and cheeks (depending on which part of the face you’re trying to remove blackheads from).
As you can see from the product shots, there are little black and white specks all over. Apparently, those are charcoal powder, rice, black beans and black sesame seeds. Definitely sounds like it would make a delicious meal. They’re slightly bumpy to the touch, but nothing extremely uncomfortable.
Effectiveness: This product has really helped to remove a lot of my blackheads and dead skin. Although I think that it is not as effective or satisfying as using a pore strip, I love how smooth my skin feels immediately after I use it. It feels almost as though the little grains in the product helped to smoothen my skin while removing the blackheads. That being said, I still see a handful of blackheads after usage, so it’s most likely that it’s not that good at removing the stubborn ones.
I think for a price of SGD 11, this is not too bad, but it’s honestly not the cheapest option you can get.
If you have really, really stubborn blackheads and whiteheads to remove, you may be slightly disappointed in this product because it’s not that good at removing them, based on my personal experience. Those will have to be eradicated by using pore strips.
Ease of use: ✮✮✮✮✮
Value for money: ✮✮✮