Dirt, oil, makeup, and grime can become locked up in our pores, resulting in bothersome blackheads. Especially common around the nose and T-zone, blackheads can be a pain to clear out — I know this firsthand. I’ve been using salicylic acid-packed products and an extractor, but this one-two punch combo was time-consuming and never as effective as I hoped. After a day of having a blackhead-free nose, I’d notice them again.

I decided to give COSRX Blackhead Silk Fingerballs ($5) a try. Yes, the name is beyond bizarre, but I’m obsessed with these little blackhead busters because they make a huge difference and are a cinch to use. Here’s how it works. I soak the one-time-use caps, which are made from 100-percent natural silk, in warm water for a couple minutes to soften up the material. Then, I place it on my pointer finger and use tiny, circular motions for about 30 seconds over my nose to scrub off grime from the surface level and deeper. The caps remove dead skin, deeply cleanse, and control oil, all without drying out my complexion.

I love that this weird but effective way to control the problem actually works but doesn’t leave me experiencing any side effects like peeling or a tight, dry feeling. It’s become my preferred skincare weapon of choice when it comes to keeping blackheads in check and curbing oil buildup, leaving any previously blackhead-ridden area silky smooth.

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