How to get rid of blackheads?

Blackheads: no one wants them, everyone has them. They emerge at puberty and, like weird ear hair (if you haven’t got it, trust us, it’s coming), they’re a fact of life. That’s not to say you should be resigned to allowing the sweat, oil and other gunk that causes comedones (to use their fancy name) to set up shop in your skin. With the help of a dermatologist and a few grooming products, it’s possible to minimise and even evict these annoying dots from your face. Here’s how.

You ask what are blackheads?

Blackheads are a type of acne and, like all acne, are caused by a clogged pore, when dead skin cells or other debris get into the pore, they mix with the oil and cause a clog. However, unlike oh-so-poppable whiteheads, where the skin over the blocked pore remains intact, these darker pimples form when the skin around the bump opens.

The most common places for blackheads to call home are the nose – helpfully, right where your date/everyone in your business meeting can see. But as the body has over five million pores, they can pop up elsewhere too, like on your back and chest.

What causes blackheads?

Though blackheads aren’t as obvious as their pus-filled siblings, the acne-causing culprit is still the same: blocked pores. What propagates these varies from pollution to unwashed towels, but there are also a few causes that fly under the radar, such as certain personal care products.

If what you slather on your skin has a thick, greasy consistency, it could actually be causing, rather than helping avoid, breakouts. Those who suffer severely from blackheads should look out for products labelled ‘non-comedogenic’, which is grooming speak for saying they don’t clog pores.

How to prevent blackheads?

Like all forms of acne, the blemish that you see today actually started two weeks ago, proving why, as with anything, offence is better than defence.

To avoid blackheads on your nose, you should be using a gentle daily cleanser with alpha and beta hydroxy acids (namely salicylic acid).

Don’t overlook the role a simply everyday moisturiser plays in keeping your skin clear either. Although it may seem counterintuitive, not using a moisturiser can actually lead to your sebaceous glands overproducing oil, causing more breakouts and blackheads. In other words, the best-looking skin is balanced skin.

How to remove blackheads at-home?

The battle to beat blackheads is one fraught with danger. Because of their size and awkward location, they can be tricky to eliminate without aggravating the skin. Especially if you’re tempted to have a dig with your fingernails (don’t do that).

The most effective at-home methods for removing blackheads involve using face washes, pore strips, exfoliators and face masks to suck all excess gunk from the depths of your pores. However, not just any old product will do.

If you want to remove individual blackheads or spots yourself, always wash your hands first. Use a clean skin tool (these have a loop at either end to allow targeted removal) and apply equal pressure to the area. Finish by applying an astringent, such as tea tree oil, to the area to stop the spread of bacteria.

One option that we swear by is the SWAGGER deep cleansing nose strip which not only does a fab job but is an award-winning one..!

This amazing product comes in 10 strips. If you subscribe for the Out’n’Proud Gay Pack this month then you’ll get this product in your pack – yei! Just click on the Out’n’Proud Pack’s page!

Here you can see how does it work:

How to remove blackheads professionally?

  • Step 1: The skin is cleansed with salicylic acid to gently remove surface debris, including dead skin cells.
  • Step 2: The face will be steamed to open pores, and a gentle exfoliating serum applied to make extraction easier. A desincrustation mask is then used to soften the keratinaceous plug (the nasty cocktail of stuff clogging the sebaceous gland) prior to extraction.
  • Step 3: Once the extractions are complete, a gauze is used to exert firm pressure on the skin. Alternating different angles, the blackhead is gently lifted from the pore opening.
  • Step 4: An astringent is applied to extraction sites to reduce the possibility of infection, followed by a clay or sulphur mask to cleanse the pores and absorb any remaining oil.
  • Step 5: The process is finished with a non-comedogenic moisturiser and physical sunscreen to restore and protect the skin’s natural barrier function.

This process usually takes a long time (you need to find a beautician, book a time, get to the place and then in the end you need to return back to home).

I personally advise you to try SWAGGER deep cleansing nose strips as they work so very well!

Plus what could be better than a Gay Pack with hot undies and grooming products? Get your treat today and make yourself a SPA weekend.


Is that gift value really true?

Yes, the extra products you can get for FREE in your first Gay Pack are really worth $210 in retail.

Which products are they?

Want to know what the products are? Aren’t you nosy! But here you go:

SYMBIOSIS Tightening Eye Mask

RRP $114

Earth Harbor HELIOS Anti-Pollution Ampoule

RRP $50

dr. Eve_Ryouth Hyaluronic Night Moisturiser

RRP $110

Just don’t forget to use the coupon code 210OFFER at checkout.

Discreetly packaged, for your convenience

We know that sometimes it’s difficult to be fully out. Or you just don’t want anyone to bother your business. For this reason, we’ve taken extra care in packaging the Gay Packs and ship them in discreet packaging.

Just your address

On the top of the pack you can just find your address, our address and the customs form (CN22) which includes a brief general description of the goods. We keep it as generic as possible and only include the form due to the law.

Nothing in the back

We keep the back of the package clear to make it even easier for you to get to your pack. Just strip it open and enjoy all the fab we chose for you that month.


All Gay Packs ship for free to the US, EU & UK, Australia & Canada via Postal Companies.
Rates to other markets may vary.
All duties & shipping charges are included for EU markets.

100 day hassle-free returns

We think you’ll love the underwear but in the rare case you don’t, you can send them back and choose a pair you like from our shop to be added to your next pack. 

To make sure you got the perfect fit, we’ve developed our own sizing guide, keeping it as simple as possible.


26-28 inches
66-71 cm


28-30 inches
71-76 cm


30-33 inches
76-84 cm


33-35 inches
84-89 cm


35-37 inches
89-94 cm


37-39 inches
94-99 cm


39-42 inches
99-107 cm


42-46 inches
107-117 cm

What our customers say

Trustpilot Rated 4.8/5 in 600+ reviews











Excellent quality products especially…

Excellent quality products especially the grooming products

Highly recommend

Amazing service also from the team

Sean Collins

Similar to receiving a surprise gift…

Similar to receiving a surprise gift every month and is very exciting to try new products and sport new sexy underwear every month. Great selection of products and excellent choice in underwear.

Paul Smith

Log in

If you already have an account/Taste Profile with us, you can log in here.

Or login with email