Glue to Get Rid of Blackheads
An inventive beauty YouTuber has revealed her foolproof method for getting rid of blackheads, which just requires a bottle of multipurpose glue.
Huda Heidi Kattan, a makeup artist living in Dubai, shared the brief footage to her Instagram page last week, where it has since amassed nearly 70,000 likes.
With a cotton bud, Huda, better known to her 12.2 million fans as Huda Beauty, daubs glue on her nose. Once it has dried, she rips it off and displays her blackhead-free nose.
Huda first shared the complete video on her YouTube channel, explaining that she was testing a “beauty myth” to see if it could assist with her blackheads and clogged pores.
Huda is seen taking off her makeup before generously dabbing glue with a cotton bud on the tip of her nose, confessing she is concerned it won’t come off.
She comments, “This took long to dry, I’m actually really exhausted now,” after a timelapse clip that lasts for more than 20 minutes.
She removes the adhesive strip and acknowledges that it removed “far more” blackheads than her customary charcoal pore strips.
‘This actually really does work,’ Huda gushes. ‘This actually works really really well, I’m really surprised. The only thing is it does take really long. I would do this if I had very severe blackheads and I needed to do it regularly.’
She continued, mentioning that some blackheads didn’t remove very effectively, and suggested that this might be a good time to perform some extractions.
The Expert Opinion
Elmer’s glue contains substances called acrylates, which allow it to stick to what it is applied to, including the skin, according to Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Elmer’s glue is frequently used in combination with charcoal in homemade masks to remove blackheads.
Although he does warn that glue can be difficult to remove (this is because it adheres to the skin’s microscopic hairs) and shouldn’t be left on for extended periods of time, he stated it will probably not hurt the complexion too much. However, that seems like common sense to me. He also adds that it shouldn’t be applied to any open or raw skin.
On the other hand, Shari Marchbein, a clinical assistant professor and board-certified dermatologist at the New York University School of Medicine in New York City, does not advise using this method of removal.
She literally stated, “Omg!!! Do not apply adhesive to your face, please “when I emailed her to ask for advice. The best way to treat blackheads, she continued, is with retinol creams like Retin A and Differin, and specialists do not advise using Elmer’s since it will not assist to remove the dirt that gets caught in our pores.
On the delicate skin of the face, it “may be irritating and possibly trigger an allergic reaction,” she explains. So far, we have one strong no and one maybe/yes response. Interesting.
Anthony Youn, MD, a plastic surgeon from Troy, Michigan, makes the suggestion on social media that one possibility for getting rid of the bothersome problem might be in a location you’ve probably never considered.
Elmer’s Glue is a simple approach to get rid of blackheads and congested pores from your skin, he advised.
Dr. Youn describes it as more of “a technique that is a good choice for folks in a pinch,” but he acknowledges that it has its uses.
Many people discover that applying a tiny amount of Elmer’s glue to their nose, letting it dry, and then peeling it off works to get rid of oil and blackheads, despite the fact that it isn’t effective for everyone.
He added: “I don’t advise using it frequently or generally because the ingredient wasn’t intended for facial skin and, strangely, could irritate skin or even clog pores if not completely gone. Be aware that some people are allergic to the adhesive. But in a pinch, if you don’t have a Biore strip on hand, this can be an option for you.”