Ask IMBB Gang : How To Prevent Blackheads and Whiteheads

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Mitsy Asks:

I’m a teenager from Singapore and I’ve been having a blackhead and whitehead problem for very long. I exfoliate regularly and use pore strips, or squeezing them out but there are still some stubborn ones and after awhile, the blackheads come back again.

I was wondering if you could recommend any product to get rid of my blackheads. Since blackheads are caused by oil clogged in pores thats why I’m looking for a mattifying lotion.

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178 thoughts on “Ask IMBB Gang : How To Prevent Blackheads and Whiteheads

  1. Hi Mitsy,

    Welcome to IMBB. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also get a lot of blackheads on my node area especially.

    Here are a few things that i do:

    I scrub my nose every other day . I do scrubbing on my whole face twice a week but I do scrub my nose with an exfoliator every other day. After scrubbing I apply a toner or else the moisturizer would clog your pores.

    I have noticed that Clinique’s clarifying lotion also helps me keeping my black heads at bay. It reeks of alcohol but I don’t mind applying it. On face I apply it may be once or twice a week but on nose I apply it after scrubbing.

    Scrubs that have AHAs help you get rid of black heads. St Ives is one.

    I do get my black heads cleaned up at the salon once in may be two months.

    Hope that helps. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Like you mentioned, Clinique Clarifying lotion has kept blackheads at bay.. Completely in love with it.. But I use it on my “nose” :evilgrin:

      1. Am so sorry..I will be unavailable tomorrow…and the day after. You all will have to just stare at all your shopping yourself and go green…hmmmph. Some people think this is all I do..sit and stare at other people’s shopping :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug:

                1. Rati.. This is what we’ll do.. We’ll tie her up, handcuff her :handcuffs: Chit-chat :coffee: :cake: And then we’ll open whatever we have shopped :devil:

  2. OH gawd.. You evil women..

    I think Jomol and Rads have infused their personalities in all IMBB girls…

    Stop pestering poor Rati…

    Btw, toning is the only foolproof way of evading blackheads and whiteheads.. The cleaner and drier your skin, less chances of BH and WH…

    1. Mrun…”Poor” Rati chased off Jomol yesterday..she not so poor anymore…and goodness…me or even Jomo..nothing compared to some of these new evils here….scary scary ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    2. I know mrunmayee, only you understand me. :-(( It’s so good to have you back. DO you see much much I get tortured these days? And this HD has got some divine evil gyaan from somewhere. She has also become wicked now. :knife:

      And Rads…. :pumpkin: :pumpkin:

    3. Hey Mrun….you are back…thought you were :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: with fiance….didnt wanna disturb…but now since you are back….me happy!!!!!

  3. Oh i am always there for you Rati…

    And who thought HD will go over to the “dark side”????

    And we should start calling Rads and jomol “U-knw-who” 1 and 2 respectively….

    1. I know HD has become :devil: these days and :sob : :sob: the other day you know she was making those wicked plans to raid Aarthi’s house. How bad no? :-((

      :giggle: :giggle:

      And “you know who 1 ” keeps changing sides. :X-P:

  4. HDDDDDDDDDDD….where are you..I think we all should form one evil gang..Jomol…HD…Minnie Meee…Rads…the ogre is too cute. This Rati..she is mahaaaa evil…node area and all ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. here here!!!! was jus away for a while!!!

      and Rati let me remind you….I wasnt going to raid Aarthi’s plc….you were gonna do that and had some other plans

    2. :giggle: :giggle: :giggle: :giggle: :giggle: Rads well said……we will compromise with Poutmati only if she agrees to shows us that “node area” ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

    3. Suddenly I am stating to rly like :-* Radhika di :beauty: for her idea’s.
      One huge :devil: :devil: group would be sooooo much fun..Especially wen the target has so much makeup :drool: at her place for all of us to share among ourselves…..
      I mean,while Rati di is busy with the blackheads at her node area,we can raid her place n conveniently clean up her dressing table O:-) :evilgrin: …

  5. Oh nooo…You arent Minnnie Me..There is a new girl here…well not new..but anywayyy..she comments and supports and lovvves Jomo. Her name Minnie..I named her Minnie that evil character in Austin Powers movies ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ And yes I do watch atrocious movies ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. You are Mrun..I havent found an evil name for you, but after you named me very tempted to name you SNAPE :reallyangry: :reallyangry: :reallyangry: :reallyangry: only thing is he turned out good after all..sooo ?:-)

  7. Ogre is Ik…Ikky…she said she is an ogre herself..big feet..scary person…well she made all those claims…but really she no use…she is not scary at all..she is just so cute..and she loves cakes and is a vegetarian..but anyway dont tell that to anyone else ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Well.. I can’t be Snape.. I have dry skin and hair…. Gawd.. We are ruining HP…. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    Who’s the Ogre then????

    1. Heheheheee….we will cator oil your hair…hehehehehheee :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: Okkk..Ogre – Ikky..she will turn up sometime…she will try to act all scary…is no use.. ๐Ÿ˜

        1. ooohhhh HIEEE MRUNMAYEE!!! i’m the blogs official ogre! :alien: and i AM scary and evil okay Rads?! no cute! and i am black heart and cause pain! Rads!! i am no use? ๐Ÿ˜ :devil: for all the secrets i told you?!? HMPH! :smug: :smug:

      1. Eeeks….Rads….Snape…I don’t even like that character, spare me….. :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: ….but today is Rati’s day…let’s go all out for her…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Well you are just too cute…and I don’t knoww…Jomo seems to find you cute too …and errrrr…you do have a weakness for :cake: :cake: :cake: …so…errr..welll…you arent scary… ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. ๐Ÿ˜› actually i was the only one who dint say anything about the cake yesterday! ๐Ÿ˜› but its okay. feed me. :D>:D< bloody boyfriend hug! this is like my smiley is trying to fly! ๐Ÿ˜›

  10. :coffee: would have enjoyed my HIGH TEA and cakes even better if miss J would have been around
    well cant have best of both worlds… :music:

    1. Neha……I am here….. :cute: :shy: :cute: :shy: :cute: :shy: …..but they shut me out completely yesterday ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ๐Ÿ˜ฅ ….BTW, Neha, are you by any chance nonvegeterian….pls pls tell me you are a nonvegeterian :chicken2: :chicken2: :chicken: :chick: :chicken: …..I am feeling ostracised here…. :pumpkin:

  11. Hehehheee…we really need to find a good hug na for you. :announce: The ogre needs a good hug emoticon, Rati! I was surfing and surfing and surfing…oh and took a break in between to gossip…back to surfing and surfing..where were you the whole day?? Lemme guess…our official ogre goes to human school ๐Ÿ˜€

  12. hehe no no i was home only.. thesis semester.. so ๐Ÿ˜€ i came peeked in the morning, nothing much was happening so went bask and put make up on one eye. ๐Ÿ˜› gossiped. got tired. came back. :D:P you heard my Hyderabadi joke?!?!?! cute no? ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. yeah. i have limited patience! :sweat: that one eye tested it too much! ๐Ÿ˜› so i left it.. sucked! ๐Ÿ™ i was trying the Arabian nights look. [all fart no shit] :reallypissed:

      1. i am not a chicken Jomol!!!! :reallypissed: :reallypissed: :reallypissed: :reallypissed: :reallypissed: !!! you wait now! you tickled the ogre the wrong way! :reallypissed: :devil: :devil:

        oh bdw, you read my Hyderabadi joke? :cute: :cute:

      2. ๐Ÿ˜› oh you meant the other chick? :beauty: :beauty: :beauty: :silly: :silly: i’m sorry, my thesis is taking a toll on me! :P:P

  13. are my ogre sister…I get bored..I try all these cute looks ppl post here..I don’t even bother with my face..just take the few shadows I have and get started. Do one eye, and I lose my patience…plus the end results are ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ ..but its fun ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. hehe i was so excited to do this * Arabian nights* sounds so fancy. ๐Ÿ˜› but i lost patience. clicked some pictures but. ๐Ÿ˜€
      i am studying architecture. ix semester. we need to do thesis. so i chose an animal care center O:-) :chicken2: :chicken: :cat: :dog: :cow2: :reindeer: as my thesis topic and we need to design now.. i was supposed t meet my guide also today. ๐Ÿ™ no work done! :(:(

      1. He he…..we are all animals here…..Poutmati, itchy Rads, cute Neha, wicked HD, lovely Mrun, goody good Poorni, even Eno KUmar has a pet cockroach…..take inspiration from us and start….forgot Ikky is also an animal… ๐Ÿ˜€

        1. haw i’m the mighty ogre! kindly fear me jomol! :devil: :alien: i said this so many times! no ones taking this seriously! :smug: :smug: i will sit on you and cause pain!!! :devil: :devil: :devil:

        2. Wow!!! However hard i try to be wicked i end up as “lovwely mrun”…. :reallyangry: :reallyangry: :reallyangry:

          I feel outcast in this evil world…. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜›

          You too, u-know-who 2?

    1. lol no no i dont have the *you know what* to post it here. :wilt: ๐Ÿ˜› it was not that good anyway.. just Arabian nights! oh and i was reading your blog!!! you read my joke or should i maaro it again?! :shy: :idk:

  14. I am thinking I should just copy paste comments sections in entirety from IMBB….won’t that make fab posts…errrr…dont tell Rati..hehehehhehee :devil: :devil: :devil: :devil:

  15. just saw this post…was so surprised when i realised that i sent it!!! thanks so much!!!! will go and get the lotion to try!!! :))))))))) ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. Hi,
    I am 22 n use Ponds Flawless White Range.. Its good…The only prob is that my skin gets slightly oily n dull in a few hours… 1 or 2 hours!!! so I am planning to buy some other Fairness Creme… Which one would u suggest? And I have combination skin!! Plz reply soon… cuz i gotta go pick up d stuff b4 i leave to college. and i’l be going in a few days…


    1. hi Kamnika…i wanted to get rid of blemishes so even i tried this range but this didnt suit my combination skin. so i rather tried ponds white beauty cream and ponds white beauty facewash. this is oil free and non greasy. and i loveeeeeeeeeee the face wash its really makes my dull skin glow…and its good for all types of skin..even oily. my marks have considerably lightened by these 2 products. you could also try avon fairness cream ( i think comes for 50 rs. or so) and has licorie extract…pink color tube…that too is oil free and gives instant brightness to the skin…………THESE ARE THE ONLY TWO I HAVE TRIED….by the way which other products of flawless range you’ve used? like i have the mask…of the it good? not tried yet……..and have you used the makeup products of the range ( i dont knw whether availabe in india or not) hope i helped.take care. :bye:

  17. aaaaa… ca…can ๐Ÿ˜• i join this “Gang of Evileys”. :snicker: . (oh by the way.. m new.. Rati write my name in ur register where all ur eviley (F of evil.. ๐Ÿ˜€ ) mark their attendance)

  18. A few of my friends with the same problem have tried the “oil-cleansing method” – you take an oil (coconut, sesame, or olive), and coat your face and neck in it. Let it sit for a few minutes, then rub it off with a clean washcloth. It seems weird, but the idea is that the oil sitting on your face softens the gunk clogging your pores, so you can then scrub it all away with the cloth. My friends said it takes about two weeks before it stops feeling gross, but then your skin gets much better. It doesn’t work for everyone but maybe is worth a chance! (And if it works for you, it’s cheap too, since you don’t have to buy cleanser/toner/moisturizer anymore, just oil. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Almost missed out on the action….

    Jomol di is gonna cook fish malay for me someday and I would try my hands on Macher jhol…Seriously,Non veg is so much fun.Y do ppl(who dont have cultural restrictions)have veg after all?
    Ghas fus chabane me kya mazaa aata hai?

  20. Minnnie Meee…Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiii…yes you missed out on all the fun yesterday…we got two new ppl in our gang…yipppeeee…one is a human and the other an ogre..yipppeee. Eat fish…meanies…you might be eating Nemo!!!

  21. Noooo,I love clownfishes…

    Ya I saw all the comments of Ik..She is good mann.I gotta learn a few tricks from her..

    Btw I got Aroma Magic’s under eye gel yesterday after reading its review here..And its got me awed with its results ..Its been 2 days and my DC’s are lightning up already!! :clap: :jump: :clap:
    Thanks IMBB. :kissblow:

    1. haha yes you do Minnie meeee!!!!!! :P:P and one day, you’ll be a successful IMBB ogre like me! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜›
      oh and i’ll go get the aroma magic gel too!!! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Rads!!! >:D< missed me much?? :D:D

  22. Hey Radhika,
    Thanks for the Advice… i Used the white beauty facewash some months back n i feel that Flawless white FW is better. havent tried the creme tho…

    I have the mask as well… but im savin it for an OCCASION ๐Ÿ™‚ u see m still a student so i dont just wanna waste it on nothing ๐Ÿ˜€

    I was just reading some stuff and i think i read somewhere that Clean & Clear is good for combo skin… the FW n Moisturiser… Moisturisers apparently water based , thus can be used under some other creme.

    M plannin to try that out this time.. My flawless white creme got over today!!! N i wanna try Lakme Perfect Radiance creme. the ad n packagin is makin me go nuts… what do u think????

    N can u suggest some good compact cuz like i said my skins gets dull soon n this 2 in 1 flawless white compact makes my face look cakey if i touch up again!!!


  23. O n GALS,

    Plz suggest some KajaL that wont give me raccoon eyes… Iv usually tried herbal ones n lotus but i still have raccoon eyes no matter what i do!!!


    1. :kissed: i’m liking her[MM] :inlove: Rads. what should i do?
      minnie meee you better be scared of me till Rads says something from my pocke :highfive: :highfive: t. and stop torturing the fishes!!! OTHERWISEEEE……….!!!!! :teeth: :teeth: :shout: :shout: :shout: :alien: :alien: :alien: :reallypissed: :reallypissed: :reallypissed:

  24. hi…oh there is already 1 more radhika..hi to u.i am new to IMBB. rati did u get my mail …howz it??? .. kamnika i am also a college…u can try lotus botanicals.compact…maybelline compact..colorbar 3 in 1 compact .(it claims having foundation,concelaer,compact all in 1)…revlon has many compacts…..i think ponds is foundation powder or foundation in a form of compact…is it? well yeah i think lakme radiance would be oil free so u cud try it but personlly i have never been happy/satisfied with lakme products…you could also try olay white.cream.

    .i just read in paper it got 69 from 99…so worth a try……….once agn i would recommend avon fairness cream with licorie as it gives instant brightness…

    .see if ur skin is oily it may get dull soon and also that could happen due to travelling….so the best thing you could do is keeping oil at bay by using toner and various oil control /sebum control products
    oriflame has got a sebum control compact which is quite good…
    if you dont mind could you tell me your skin care routine..(
    and about kajals i dont knw much …….
    hope i helped.. :fingersxd: :yes:

    :heart: :heart: :heart: :heart: radhika :rose:

      1. @Rati : thanks…and got your mail probs would to a review soon! no not talking about ponds tinted moisturiser ( but i got that too) ! theres a foundation powder in the ponds flawless range…and i think that only makes Kamnika’s face cakey??? isnt it?

  25. oh……..i just read RATI ur “new launces in lush” done on aug 24!!!! silly me!!! however see if it useful enuf or if i cud review any of these! take care :laugh:

  26. Radhika,
    INFORMATION OVERLOAD!!!!!!!!!!! :hypnotized:

    ha ha well il try one of those i guess…Olay dint work on me at all… makes the skin VERY VERY Oily!!!!! so i guess il buy avon AND Lakme… Iv been happy with their Sunscreen and Face Magic .

    My skin care routine is not much :rotfl:
    im very very lazy!!!!

    anyhow.. this is the latest one a’rite ๐Ÿ™‚ facewash, flawless white cream, compact(wen m goin out only) {n ur rite bout the compact} evenin same thing. that is of i wash my face(read as goin out ) :sidefrown:
    then at nite i jus wash and use nivea soft cream… well i keep sprayin rose water as n when i remember..

    and twice a week a scrub and a facepack!!!!

    thats bout it i guess ๐Ÿ™‚

    the prob with me is i dunno which to apply first and what i can follow it up with etc etc…. i mean toner sebum etc etc… so if u can suggest a nice lil routine il be happy to follow it,…

    its my ignorance holdin me back ๐Ÿ™
    and did u read bout that clean n clear thing that i mentioned? think it might work????


      1. you know i tried the lotus kajal. i stung my eyes very bad and my eyes turner red and watered till i removed it.. so i use the himalaya one. quite like it. its a lot better than biotique.

            1. yes yes.i’m sure it stings your eyes too! you just want to show that u are indestructible!hmph! :smug: :smug: :smug:
              [Rads, shes being really mean to me today.] ๐Ÿ˜

              1. you were in my pocket? nono. Rima shared it with Rads. Jomol in the other. ๐Ÿ˜€ :P:P go play with your lotus kajal! hmph! :smug: :smug: :smug:

  27. @ Kamnika : haha sorry for “Information overload” ๐Ÿ˜› i

    yes i read about clean & clear. yes you shud give it a try. it works for some and for some it doesnt. (it didnt for me..n my frnds too)
    however, its naturally the first think people use for oily/combination skin.
    according to my experience ,one should use a variety of products..i mean one product from one range and not follow the whole range. (the way you followed ponds range)
    ok heres what i would suggest:

    facewash : try himalaya neem face wash or ponds white beauty or lakme fruit blast ( orange color.really gives brightness to skin)

    toner : a toner is very important as it control oil secreted by skin. and henceforth may help you combat your dullness.
    rose water is often used by people as toner but its not sufficient. infact i would suggest you to stop using it alone ( you can use it with masks)
    so try lotus basil tone. really calm, really nice. contols oil. above all has least chemical .
    but the BEST option is toner that has tea tree. not sure but i think there is one in lotus range too. but Fab INDIA TEA TREE TONER IS REALLYY GOOOD.
    SOMETINGG MORE TO KNOW : tea tree has helped many with acne,dullness,oiliness who couldnt find any product working 4 them. its really good.

    cram/sunscreenetc.. : like i said before and before .i think avon naturals fairness cream would be best.
    WHY: it has licorie extract..that makes spots lighter, skin brighter,in 2 weeks removes dull and pale skin, continued usage gives vvvv good results.
    NOW the best factor is that it has SUNSCREEN. yes SPF 15. enuf for face.
    in RUPEES 59 want else would you want! its more than enough.

    whatt you really do well is scrubing and using packs/masks twice a week. keep it up.
    also drink enough water. i till 10th grade never paid attention too “drink water” mantra. but now after following it..i see results. not just on my face but entire .

    keep a habit of following cleanisng,toning ,moisturing daily twice( once in morning and in night)
    compact : then you can use compact after doing these 3 in morning or in parties.

    kajal : every kajal after 4 or 5 hrs. does give racoon eyes. specially cos of heat/huumidity.
    i have tried lotus,himalaya,joves etc.
    all you could may be do is find which is more long lasting. y not clean eye area as soon as the kajal starts fading and do a touch up thing. or use liner.

    take care.hope helped. :timeout:

  28. ok… yes it is ponds flawless wihite 2 in 1 compact that makes my face look cakey ๐Ÿ™

    m gonna buy lotus this time then… hopefully it works on me n i dont get raccoon eyes :pray:

  29. Hey Radhika,
    thanks for the routine… wil try n follow it as best as i can… now i have one more Q… is avon Fairness cream available in the market or do i have to go n order it? and BTW hows lakme 9 to 5 eye definer?

    i mailed… no reply… u were faster here:)

  30. Hi, i also like most of us experience this problem.
    I’ve been using this homemade remedy, last 6 months or so- dried and coarsely powdered orange peel (as in the rind) as a regular twice-a- day facewash. its actually a mild scrub, not wash, and i should think it suits pretty much all skins.
    i agree that the process of making this face scrub is tedious but once you make it you can store it forever (couple of years i mean, since its a dry powder) and the results are spectacular (at least have been on me-its the only product that could put an end to my monthly salon facial routine).
    of course you can mix in smaller quantities of other ingredients that help you and also use it on other acne prone zones (upper back etc.).
    let me know if you try it! good luck!

  31. HI all this is my first comment here………. :yahoo: and this post is really good……….i have really too much of blackheads on my nose………..

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