Glue To Remove Blackheads - Does It Really Work?

Glue To Remove Blackheads - Does It Really Work?

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Glue To Remove Blackheads - Does It Really Work?

There are a ton of DIY blackhead treatments trending on the internet all the time.

The fun fact about these DIY remedies is that they all promise to leave the skin clearer and free of blackheads, yet most of these methods fail to serve the purpose of removing blackheads safely and successfully.

One of the such ways to remove blackheads at home is to use glue.

But, does it really do what it says? Or is it too good to be true? Read on to find out.

How Does Elmer's Glue Remove Blackheads?

Remember how we used to get the glue all over the hands during crafts as children? It works in a similar way.

This method involves applying a small amount of glue over the blackhead affected area (commonly on nose). You need to wait for it to dry for a few minutes then peel it off.

It is said that once you peel it off, debris like dirt and oil come along with it which are one of the reasons for formation of blackheads and clogged pores.

People also tend to mix glue and charcoal together to use it as a facial mask.

The idea behind this method is that the charcoal's ability to remove toxins along with adhesive nature of glue will remove blackheads.

This seems nonsense because charcoal is capable of drawing impurities like dirt, oil and bacteria on its own, without the help of glue.

Does Glue Really Get Rid Of Blackheads?

In short, yes, but there is a caveat!

As cool and tempting as it may sound, removing blackheads with glue is quite controversial.

Believe it or not, people even use duct tape to remove blackheads, which seems just as stupid.

First of all, using glue for blackheads is not something that is backed by science and is never intended for the skin. 

However, few dermatologists have given their take on using glue for removing blackheads. Here's what they have to say:

Using Glue For Blackheads May Cause Skin Irritation

Joshua Zeichner, founder of Zeichner Dermatology, suggests that white glues like Elmer's glue contain an ingredient called acrylate, which is also used in DIY charcoal masks, that helps to draw out toxins from the skin.

So, some people may be able to remove some (not all) blackheads with such a glue.

However, Zeichner cautions that it shouldn't be left on for a long period as it may cause skin irritation and cause harm to your skin's complexion.

Dr. Shari Marchbein, board certified dermatologist in NYC, advises against using glue for blackheads because it can not only cause irritation, it can also cause an allergic reaction.

Glues also contains preservatives that are not supposed to be used in cosmetic products and may cause irritation.

Glue May Cause More Blackheads

Glue can remove more than just blackheads. Due to its adhesive nature, glue can not only clear excess oil from the skin, it can rid your pores entirely of sebaceous filaments.

Sebaceous glands perform an important function for the skin by producing sebum (oil) to keep it moisturized and protected.

If your skin is entirely rid of oil, it can cause over dryness. If the skin is dry, it tends to produce excessive oil which can result in clogged pores and more blackheads.

If the skin is dry, it could also stretch out and enlarge your pores.

Better Ways To Remove Blackheads

Although it might be tempting to dab some glue on your blackheads, there are better ways alternatives to get rid of blackheads safely.

Using a Suction Tool: Using pore suction tools like Twisted Crate's Blackhead Vacuum is effective at removing stubborn blackheads and unclogging pores by drawing out excess sebum, dead skin cells and other impurities from the skin.

Clay Masks: Clay or charcoal based masks have great drying properties that can clear excess oil from pores.

Salicylic Acid: Products containing salicylic acid are great for unclogging pores and widely used for clearing the skin.

Retinoids: Retinoids or Tretinoin are prescription based drugs that can help to unclog pores effectively by removing dead skin cells and other debris from pores.

Here are some more tips for removing blackheads at home

Conclusion

In some ways, glue could help dry and remove blackheads. But there are more side effects than benefits of using glue on the skin. Excessive dryness alone can cause more harm for your skin.

If you decide to use it, you should avoid overusing it. If you feel any irritation or side effects, discontinue immediately.

The aforementioned methods and products are designed specifically to remove blackheads and unclog pores and are safer to use than using glue on your sensitive face.

There are a ton of DIY blackhead treatments trending on the internet all the time.

The fun fact about these DIY remedies is that they all promise to leave the skin clearer and free of blackheads, yet most of these methods fail to serve the purpose of removing blackheads safely and successfully.

One of the such ways to remove blackheads at home is to use glue.

But, does it really do what it says? Or is it too good to be true? Read on to find out.

How Does Elmer's Glue Remove Blackheads?

Remember how we used to get the glue all over the hands during crafts as children? It works in a similar way.

This method involves applying a small amount of glue over the blackhead affected area (commonly on nose). You need to wait for it to dry for a few minutes then peel it off.

It is said that once you peel it off, debris like dirt and oil come along with it which are one of the reasons for formation of blackheads and clogged pores.

People also tend to mix glue and charcoal together to use it as a facial mask.

The idea behind this method is that the charcoal's ability to remove toxins along with adhesive nature of glue will remove blackheads.

This seems nonsense because charcoal is capable of drawing impurities like dirt, oil and bacteria on its own, without the help of glue.

Does Glue Really Get Rid Of Blackheads?

In short, yes, but there is a caveat!

As cool and tempting as it may sound, removing blackheads with glue is quite controversial.

Believe it or not, people even use duct tape to remove blackheads, which seems just as stupid.

First of all, using glue for blackheads is not something that is backed by science and is never intended for the skin. 

However, few dermatologists have given their take on using glue for removing blackheads. Here's what they have to say:

Using Glue For Blackheads May Cause Skin Irritation

Joshua Zeichner, founder of Zeichner Dermatology, suggests that white glues like Elmer's glue contain an ingredient called acrylate, which is also used in DIY charcoal masks, that helps to draw out toxins from the skin.

So, some people may be able to remove some (not all) blackheads with such a glue.

However, Zeichner cautions that it shouldn't be left on for a long period as it may cause skin irritation and cause harm to your skin's complexion.

Dr. Shari Marchbein, board certified dermatologist in NYC, advises against using glue for blackheads because it can not only cause irritation, it can also cause an allergic reaction.

Glues also contains preservatives that are not supposed to be used in cosmetic products and may cause irritation.

Glue May Cause More Blackheads

Glue can remove more than just blackheads. Due to its adhesive nature, glue can not only clear excess oil from the skin, it can rid your pores entirely of sebaceous filaments.

Sebaceous glands perform an important function for the skin by producing sebum (oil) to keep it moisturized and protected.

If your skin is entirely rid of oil, it can cause over dryness. If the skin is dry, it tends to produce excessive oil which can result in clogged pores and more blackheads.

If the skin is dry, it could also stretch out and enlarge your pores.

Better Ways To Remove Blackheads

Although it might be tempting to dab some glue on your blackheads, there are better ways alternatives to get rid of blackheads safely.

Using a Suction Tool: Using pore suction tools like Twisted Crate's Blackhead Vacuum is effective at removing stubborn blackheads and unclogging pores by drawing out excess sebum, dead skin cells and other impurities from the skin.

Clay Masks: Clay or charcoal based masks have great drying properties that can clear excess oil from pores.

Salicylic Acid: Products containing salicylic acid are great for unclogging pores and widely used for clearing the skin.

Retinoids: Retinoids or Tretinoin are prescription based drugs that can help to unclog pores effectively by removing dead skin cells and other debris from pores.

Here are some more tips for removing blackheads at home

Conclusion

In some ways, glue could help dry and remove blackheads. But there are more side effects than benefits of using glue on the skin. Excessive dryness alone can cause more harm for your skin.

If you decide to use it, you should avoid overusing it. If you feel any irritation or side effects, discontinue immediately.

The aforementioned methods and products are designed specifically to remove blackheads and unclog pores and are safer to use than using glue on your sensitive face.

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