Fiddy’s Deep Pore Shrinking and Grit / Blackhead and Whiteheads Cleansing Method: Does it work?

Masking, I have always been a fan of it; be it using products stealing from mom’s kitchen or with ready to use masks available in the market. They not only help me treat my skin issues, but also improve the overall condition of my skin.
Few months back, my K-Beauty guru Clara introduced me to the world of Korean Skincare and one thing she swears by is Fiddy’s Deep Pore Shrinking and Grit Cleansing Method, the method which is making the internet and beauty frenzy people go crazy. This method claims to shrink the pores and also helps you get rid of grits and blackheads.  I felt very intrigued, because anything that says ‘remove blackheads’ intrigues me. As a girl with nasty blackheads I have tried many blackhead removing masks and hacks till now, and thus I thought of putting my grits / blackheads to this test as well.

So does the method actually work? Lets find out


You need to have plenty of time, at least an hour. You can’t really rush the process if you truly want to see results.

The process includes the use of BHA. If you are using it for the first time, I would recommend you to go for a patch test first. BHA might cause a tingling sensation and can also purge your skin. That’s normal. But if you feel burning sensation, something which is beyond normal, wash your skin ASAP and consult a doctor if needed.

This method, if properly done, should show you the result from the very first day. If not, don’t lose hope. Be patient and try again after a few days.

Pores on our skin don’t really shrink, open or close. You can temporarily reduce the appearance of pores and that’s it. You can’t really physically shrink the sizes or open and close pores as the myth goes.


A product containing 2% BHA. BHA or Beta Hydroxy Acid is effective in penetrating deep inside the layers, cleaning dead skin, excess oil and impurities and thus helps in getting rid of clogged pores. I use Cosrx BHA Power Liquid.

A clay mask. I am currently loving Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque from the house of Kiehl’s. You can use any other clay mask. I have tried using my regular Fuller’s Earth. It works pretty well as well.

An oil cleanser. It can be an emulsifying oil cleanser or any carrier oil. I use Innisfree Green TeaBalancing Cleansing Oil.

This viral hack is basically comprised of 3 easy Steps and is perfect for a lazy person like me.

Apply the BHA liquid evenly on your clean face and neck. Pat gently for faster and better absorption. Now let it work its magic for about 20-25 minutes. Don’t touch your face, no matter how much you feel like touching.

 STEP 2:
Now after you let that BHA sit on your skin for 20-30 minutes, without removing it, apply a generous layer of the mud mask. You might feel a tingling sensation while applying it. Wait till the mask gets dry. And then wash it off with lukewarm water. Make sure the water is just lukewarm and not hot. Pat dry.

STEP 3:-
Slather some cleansing oil on your face and wait for around 10-15 minutes. Now start massaging your face gently using circular motion. Make sure to be super gentle on skin and don’t extend the massage time past 2-3 minutes. While massaging you will feel and see tiny grain like substances on your skin. Those are actually the gunk and grits that have come out of your pores. This is immensely satisfying. Emulsify your oil cleanser, massage for a few seconds and then wash off. I love to follow it up with a mild foam cleanser, but that’s optional and depends totally on you.
Note that even if you don’t feel any grains, don’t lose hope, probably your skin didn’t have enough gunks to create grits. Just relax; your pores are still being thoroughly cleansed.

My skin felt immensely soft, smooth, supple and most importantly thoroughly cleaned. My skin feels so beautiful. I don’t really have visible pores, so I can’t comment on that; but I have read articles where people do mention a considerable reduction in the appearance of the pores.
I try to follow this once a week. My skin reacts badly whenever I use BHA, it purges like there is no tomorrow. But using BHA when following this method, the purging is lesser. I am looking for an alternate of this. Will update if I find any.

In a nutshell, I so love this method of pore cleansing. You can literally feel your pores getting all de-gunked. Absolutely blissful. But remember that your pores are bound to fill up soon again with sebum, dirt, makeup and all, so make sure you follow this routine at least once a week. Once you get accustomed to BHA, you can increase it to twice a week. But I feel once a week is enough.

So what are you waiting for? Get hold of the products and try this magical method and bid goodbye to those nasty grits forever.
Heres to clean, beautiful skin .. Cheers!


  1. Alright this is interesting.
    Now comes a hurricane of questions. Brace urself beautiful lady.
    Cleansing oil options - pumpkin seed oil, lavender oil, Argan oil, coconut oil, olive oil. Which one will be suitable?

    Mud pack I have lotus mud pack, neemli charcoal pack, blend it raw charcoal powder. Which one to go for?

    Where did u buy the cosrx bha from?

    1. Any mud based pack will do. Better if it is charcoal infused. For cleansing oil you can go for coconut, sweet almond, sesame or olive oil. Best if you can get hold of an oil which emulsifies. The Cosrx BHA power liquid I got from Tuan Cosmetics, an Instagram store.

  2. Great info! I have the same question above with the oil. I always forget the patch test and i'll notice some masks make me break out more than others. I should probably do a patch test.

  3. I've tried this several times, and didn't feel a single grit despite being acneiac at the time (so there must have been gunk, right?) - this despite using the strongest bentonite clay, 2% salicylic, and both emulsifying as well as pure cleansing oils.

  4. Fifty Shades of Snail knows what's up. I love this method!

  5. I have this assortment of products already but haven't tried this method. I'll have to give it a go! And THANK YOU for pointing out that you can't actually shrink your pores. It drives me crazy when I see products that claim to do it.

  6. I've never heard of this method before! I'm super interested though!

  7. I’ve never heard of this, how cool. I would have to research BHA first to make sure it would jive with my sensitive skin!

  8. You've explained your purging method well. I have clogged pores and I work on this often with masks.

  9. This looks promising!

  10. This sounds like a great at home spa experience. I would definitely try this mask.

  11. Such a great post and I would def try this! Love a fun mask session!

  12. I absolutely want to try this mask! I need to check if it's safe to use while pregnant tho.

  13. I tried this method and it works wonders!

  14. This sounds like a nice pampering routine! Kick back and relax while it works!

  15. throughout the post i knew what i want to comment "you are looking like cute cat with lashes meme with that facepack on" :D
    Now that i have that out of my system, I would love to try this method but definitely after patch test... can i get samples of BHA anywhere, as i have super-sensitive skin and i don't wanna waste money on something that might react to my skin :)


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