You Won't Stop Staring At These Skin Gritting Blackhead Removal Photos

by Augusta Statz

There’s some sort of odd satisfaction that comes from seeing dirt and grime get removed from your pores. And the latest blackhead removal method to rule the Internet is something that you can’t help but be curious about. Skin Gritting is the next weird beauty trend you won’t be able to look away from, despite the fact that it is, well, just gross.

“Skin gritting” gained popularity after being discussed on the SkincareAddiction subreddit. This is a form of blackhead removal, and the dirt that comes out of your pores is what the online skincare lovers are calling “grits.” The method requires using a BHA cleanser and then follows with a mineral oil massage. Reddit user andyworhol suggests starting your massage along the edges of your face and working your way inward. You should see “grits galore,” as the Reddit user described it.

Refinery29 also reports that Reddit users say you can try a round of oil cleansing, follow with a clay mask and then complete another round of oil cleansing (incorporating massage this time around) to achieve the "skin gritting," as well. The key here seems to be cleansing and then massaging to gently work out any gunk clogging pores. You do have to be careful not to overdo it, but Joshua Zeichner, M.D., the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City tells Glamour, “So long as you're not overly scrubbing your skin, this method isn't harmful.”

Yep, those are "grits."

It's disgusting but also kind of fascinating all at once, isn't it?


My thought process, exactly.

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Reddit user andyworhol started this process by using this specific BHA liquid (which is a product that works to unclog and lessen the visibility of pores) on a dry face, and then followed with an oil massage.

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LauraBellz responded to the Reddit thread, suggesting that folks try mineral oil or baby oil when massaging because these types "don't absorb into skin." The Reddit user then recommends following with a normal face wash afterwards.

Here, you can see step-by-step instructions for how to cleanse using oil. She mentions that sometimes the face can feel "gritty" after you're done, and now, well, you know why!

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You can also try using a clay mask to cleanse pores before going in for a massage sesh.

Do you have what it takes to be apart of the latest Internet sensation? Only time will tell! Get to massaging to reveal those grits...if you can stomach it.