In elementary school, I had a thing with glue (don’t judge!). I used to coat the palm of my hand with it and then peel off the glue after it had dried — it was like a snake shedding a layer of skin. I could see all of the lines of my hand in the dried glue, and it was really mesmerizing for school-age me. What I also remember about my creepy fascination with glue was how soft the skin on my hand was afterwards.

I’m not the only one who’s been playing around with glue. The beauty-obsessed have been experimenting with it too, and they’ve found that it works great for removing blackheads from your nose. The Beauty Queen Huda Kattan couldn’t resist the allure of a blackhead-free nose using something as simple as school glue, so she tried this skincare hack out herself.

“Blackheads and pores are a major problem,” says Huda. “I never had an issue before but when I started wearing makeup I definitely had a serious issue.”

Huda Kattan. Just like us.

While my skin isn’t terrible, there’s also a lot of room for improvement, so I headed to the stationery aisle and bought some Elmer’s Washable No-Run School Glue ($3). When buying glue for this skincare hack, make sure to buy one with a non-toxic formula. The goal is to improve our skin, not destroy it.


Next, apply the glue to your nose. You can use your fingers or a cotton swab like Huda. Then, you wait. And wait. And wait. The glue took about 10 minutes (as opposed to Huda’s 20) to dry. Enough time for you to wash a few makeup brushes, organize your lip glosses or tweeze your brows. Then, when the glue is dry, slowly peel it off.

Glue Blackheads

I’ve used a lot of different nose strips and have had some disasters along the way. The adhesives on some of the strips were too strong, and some of my skin came off in the process. I’ve also had strips that were painful to take off but didn’t remove any blackheads. While the school glue did take a little while to dry, it did a great job, and left the skin on my nose feeling super smooth. I think I may add this to my weekly beauty routine and have a solo dance party while I wait for it to dry.

Have you tried removing blackheads with school glue? What were your results? Tweet us about them @BritandCo.

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