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Blackheads or not? And question about Jessfoliation

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I'm not sure if I have blackheads on my nose. I've seen some people with black dots on their nose, but mine are more brownish and are deeper in the skin. Squeezing them out is possible (easier after steaming my face), but takes a lot of effort.

By the way, maybe I should mention that I'm 24 and that apart from this problem my skin everywhere else is good (using a milder version of the skin care regimen - use less BP and less often). My routine is cleanse morning and night, then use 1% salicylic acid, and moisturize. At night I cleanse, use 1% salicylic acid, then use 2.5% benzoyl peroxide + moisturize. All products are from Paula's Choice.

Following this regimen has improved my skin big time. Despite this, if I gently squeeze the pores on my nose, the gunk that emerges is unreal. The same if I use those pore strips. I know I probably shouldn't do this but when I inspect my skin near the mirror I just can't help myself; the pores look huge and almost everyone is blocked. Well, my first question is: are these blackheads, or partially blocked pores? (though it doesn't really matter to me what they are, as long as they go away...)

And now for my second question: how do I remedy this problem? Paula's Choice (www.cosmeticscop.com) says that only salicylic acid will clear blackheads, but I've been using it for a long time (also switched to 2%, but that didn't change anything) and they're still there. Benzoyl peroxide also does nothing for my blocked pores/blackheads on my nose. I'm ready to try "Jessfoliation", though I'm a bit scared of actually brushing my nose with a tootbrush. Am I supposed to turn on the electric tootbrush, or should I manually scrub my nose with it?

Thanks guys for any help you can give me!


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