August 18, 2008

Black Head Off Stick Review: Blackheads Be Gone….Maybe?!

Do you have any really silly stuff in your beauty arsenal that you swear by?

Black Head Off Stick by B & C Laboratories is probably one of my most silliest items that I stash away in my beauty arsenal and often reach for, I’m embarrassed to admit I do use this!

Muse, what the hell is Black Head Off Stick anywhere?


This little guy is made by those same friendly people over at Sony who bring you great electronics and lip gloss too!

It’s a Japanese thing don’t ask me.

But I’m just happy to have a little stash of Black Head Off Sticks. I’ve been through about 3 in the last year.

Anyway I forgot to explain what it was didn’t I?


It looks like a lip balm but it’s actually a stick that you smooth over your nose and after that you proceed to rub the area and supposedly this “erases” your blackheads.

Don’t ask me why I continue using this thing but for some odd reason or another I’ve convinced myself that it’s improved the blackheads I get on my nose. Ok, granted not those deeply embedded suckers that you need acid to remove…BUT the ones at the surface are easily removed by swiping this across your nose a few times and briskly rubbing.

It also kinda makes my nose matte and less shiny….and this is weird…but my nose kind of looks brighter and fresher….does that make any sense?

Prob not but I think when they coined the phrase “powder your nose” the effect would be similiar to what Black Head Off Stick does to my nose!

Is it useless? Possibly.

Am I convinced it works?


Do I recommend it?

Sure why not!

It’s cheap as day old chips so yes I recommend picking one up. And hey you don’t even have to go to Japan (although if you have the means I highly recommend flying to Japan to get one! For cultural purposes only of course) to get it. Most Asian markets have these available and if not you can wander through my Japanese Shopping Guide and come across a few shops that carry this and it’s also available on E-bay for mere pennies.

The Muse likes it. Useless, possibly but I’m all for useless products!


Tried this?

Love it?

What do you use for pesky blackheads on your nose?

Tell the Muse!

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  • Taryn

    Oh my gosh, how hilarious that you posted this! I ordered this thing from Xanadu and tried it out the day before yesterday. Zilch. I love how they want to make it appear that the product that is rolling off your skin are the blackheads. Not! My blackheads were still embedded and weren’t going anywhere thus I used the extractor on them.

    It is a cute product to have just for the sake of having it though, LOL.

    I swear, three things will be left if we are nuked: cockroaches, Hondas and blackheads.

    • Barb


      “I swear, three things will be left if we are nuked: cockroaches, Hondas and blackheads.”


  • Helena

    I’ve seen this at my local pharmacy but i’ve always stuck to Biore nose strips, they remove blackheads pretty well. Have you tried Kose’s sekkisei black peel off mask? There are a lot of people raving how it really gets rid of black and white heads, plus it has whitening properties =D I myself use sekkisei products, the moisturizer is pretty good.

  • Lyndsey

    zomgz! I look at this every time I go to the Japanese grocery store. I’m gonna get it now.

  • Mizz x

    Can you tell me something about the inci? When it comes to skin trouble, I love Paula’s choice BHA. Always open for anything that would help the blackheads to EXPLODE off my face, though! lol.

  • the Muse

    hi Taryn!

    LOL! I’ve convinced myself that my blackheads now look lighter lmao! I admit though that if they are very close to the surface I’m successfully rubbing them off with the aid of this.

    LOL I have alot cute products just for the sake of having them *blush*

    LOL! amen to the blackheads 😉

  • the Muse

    hello helena!

    I agree. This is just something silly I have in my beauty arsenal 🙂

    Biore does a great job. I haven’t tried the peel off mask yet. I know we discussed it before though I believe!

    Must get this 🙂

  • the Muse

    hello there Mizz x!

    I can’t sadly because I can’t read characters 🙁 I’m so sorry mizz x!

    LOL lord knows I am too! ANYTHING to get rid of blackheads!

  • Sophia

    oh i had this! it is absolutely useless – i think i threw this out after only one use haha. not many japanese blackhead removing stuff i find working for me, if there’s any at all (except that chocolate mask which i can’t live without now tehehe). but i see what you mean – sometimes you use a product for psychological reasons… don’t we all do that? 🙂

  • the Muse

    hi sophia!

    LOL prob is 😉 but I’ve convinced myself it’s working lmao!

    lord knows yes! LOL I’m positive half of the eye creams I’ve used I’ve convinced myself they are working when they aren’t LOL!

  • Stephy

    i have this thing!! haha but i havent been including this in my daily skin routine so it definitely isnt working for me. i only use it when i remember its existence which is probably like… one every 2 weeks?? HAHAHA!!!
    do u use it everyday?

  • Beauty Addict

    Hey Izzy, it doesn’t works for me. There’s quite alot of Japanese brand selling the same thing but it doesn’t work for most people.

    Kose Sekkisei Black Peel Off Mask is my HG! I love how it get rids of black heads, white heads and those yucky teeny bits of dry skin that just does not come off even with scrubbing. Another thing is it has a tightening effect when drying.

    A note of caution: Do not use it when watching comedies. Infact it’s best to lie down and keep still to prevent the mask from cracking. Oh also do your mask in a cool place. U do not want to be sweating when the mask is on. Else the mask is does not dry and literally melting off your face. Gross, but it happened to me here in humid S’pore 🙁

    gracie 🙂

  • Vichaya

    Well, I tried this and feel so so about it. If you really want to get rid of the black head, Kose has the white mask, Intellige Sebum remover mask, that really works. The black mask doesn’t really do anything for me, except pulling out some of my hair. If you happen to want to try it, be careful. It really hurts! Another thing that has scary pulling powder is Dermafleece mask. I got this from Sasa. It come in a pouch in many colors like white for whitening, yellow for anti-aging, blue for moisturizing and so on… They also have pink, etc, I can’t recall. This thing is seriously hurt and I promise it will pull out everything, by this I mean “everything” on your face out. But if you’re looking for just those blackheads, I’d say Kose’s Intellige is good.

  • the Muse

    hi stephy!

    LOL! Awesome! I’ve convinced myself it works hehe!

    I use it maybe three times a week!? I’m so idiotic!

  • the Muse

    hey gracie!

    Aww sorry. I’ve just convinced myself it works. But prob does not do a damn thing!

    I must try this. What’s the cost of this?

    I NEED this mask lol! it sounds awesome!

  • the Muse

    hi Vichaya!

    Thanks for the rec!

    YAK! Is it that bad?? Sounds awful 🙁

    Holy cow. these masks sound terrifying vichaya lol!

    Thanks for the recs 😉 Appreciate it!

  • petitez

    Oh! You use this too?? I’ve only used it a few times before I put it away. Doesnt seem to work for me. 🙁

  • the Muse

    hey serene!

    hehe it’s cracking me up how many people have brought this!

    It doesn’t work for me either but I’ve convinced myself it’s a god sent lol!

  • petitez

    hahaha….. so u are still using it everyday?

    P.S. You’ve got mail!

  • the Muse

    LOL Serene not that bad but I use it three x’s a week or so!

    Oh will look but I must say my box is a mess hope I can find it 🙂

  • T.N.

    I’ve bought it and it worked for me. But mine aren’t deeply embedded either. It’s not gunna work on deeply embedded ones. 😛

  • imbingq

    i was saw this product online recommend by one of famous bloggers. Really interested to have one bought it from New York local Japanese supermarket.i was try it few time but won’t works for me. Feels so disappointed.