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.