Did you know that blackhead formation increases in the summer months? It’s mainly due to the hot weather and how your skin ends up forming more oils that leads to more icky blackheads. To help combat it, more care should definitely be used to deeply clean areas of your face that you tend to get blackheads (usually the nose and forehead area). Coming across Etude House’s Black Head Heating Deep Clean Gel, it seemed to fit the bill and was not like anything in my current skincare arsenal, so I was totally game to give it a try.
Endorsed by SHINee and 2NE1’s Dara, the Etude House Black Head Heating Deep Clean Gel is formulated with ghassoul clay making black head removal an easier experience.
Sounds promising, especially since I usually associate any “clay” beauty products to be pretty deep cleaning, since it’s very spa-esque. This particular item is suppose to start out as a gel but will turn into an oil as you massage it into your nose to scrub those pores.
Formula + Scent: Made up of the aforementioned “ghassoul clay,” it ends up a bit thick and slightly heavy - at least more so than what I had expected reading “gel” from the name. But it still manages to spread pretty well and reminds me a lot of those tube/jar face masks like the ever-so-popular Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque. There’s also tiny grains of something in the clay as well, giving it a bit of an exfoliating texture - nothing too rough.
The scent for this was strangely not so much like clay, but instead it smelled really bright and fresh. It carries a citrus-like scent that I found enjoyable and relaxing.
Application: The directions state to apply the Black Head Heating Deep Clean Gel after washing your face. You only need a little amount to have a light but even layer. It says that you can use it on your forehead, nose, and neck, but I mostly kept to my forehead and nose since those are more of the areas that I would get blackheads at.
After you apply, you can massage it around into your skin a bit and be delightedly surprised at the subtle heating feature that actually comes through from the name. It’s not a big shock, but it definitely felt warmer on my nose and forehead where I put the product. Kinda cool, kinda strange, but I like the mental reassurance it gives me that the warmth is helping to coax out any stubborn blackheads and unnecessary dirt on my skin.
Letting it sit, the box says that the gel should transform into an oil (so almost transparent) after about a minute, which it did, though it seemed to take a little less (all depends on how thick your layer of product was). Then you’re suppose to massage it again for a little bit and then wash off with warm water to finish. Easy peasy.
Results: Now while I didn’t notice any drastic clearing of blackheads on my nose/forehead, I did find that my skin in those areas felt a lot cleaner. Very free of any oils or sebum, making those areas just feel really refreshed and deeply cleansed (more so than if I had stopped with just a regular face cleanser). I was also pleased at how much softer and smoother my skin felt, quite lovely. With that, my nose area seemed to look a bit brighter as well, which seems to be from any mini blackheads clearing out (I’m guessing) alongside the super cleansed finish of the product.
Overall: Impressed that it delivers satisfactorily. Though while it didn’t knock out all my blackheads, I didn’t have very many to begin with, so it might be that. But for the heating element and a very deep cleansing product for areas of your face that tend to get oily, I find that it works really well. Recommended to all, since it makes for a pretty relaxing product to use in general.
If interested, you can pick it up at KpopHeaven for just $13.
(Disclaimer: Etude House’s Black Head Heating Deep Clean Gel was provided to me for review purposes. This review is purely my opinion.)