If you love those blackhead removal videos, but can’t stomach actually extracting a blackhead from your own skin, then we may have a solution for you. Less invasive than extractions, but with all of the evidence of a job well-done, skin gritting is a new way to remove blackheads. And while it’s still pretty gross, this fad may just be perfect for you if you don’t want to get all up into your pores — just as long as you don’t have sensitive skin.
Close-up videos of blackhead removals are a guilty pleasure for some skin sleuths, but skin grits are achieved by scrubbing your face. But first you start by washing your face with an oil-based cleanser, then you apply a clay mask. After you rinse that off, you wash your face with the oil-based cleanser again — but this time, vigorously scrub it. For some, this will result in getting “grits” on your face that you can then wipe onto your hands.
These grits are the goo stuck in your pores and while it’s still super creepy that those black specks come from your own face, it’s way less gross (or fascinating, depending on your view) than many close-up videos of blackhead extractions.
To be fair, gritting isn’t actually a new fad since skin care fanatics on Reddit have been talking about their grits for years. And one Reddit user, Pitta_, wrote that a lot of these grits most likely aren’t actually blackheads, but dirt and lint buildup. But no matter what they are, the results are pretty satisfying.
While you may be into trying out skin gritting ASAP, dermatologist Elizabeth Tanzi did offer a warning to people with sensitive skin to Refinery29.
“But people with sensitive skin should be very careful with this type of treatment, since the combination of clay (which can be drying) and rigorous exfoliation could be way too irritating,” Dr. Tanzi said.
So if you’ve got sensitive skin, you can just enjoy looking at photos of skin grits. And if your skin can handle it, you may want to try this three-step process and see what parts of your face end up on your hands.