Do you spend hours squeezing your face only to find that blackheads are back within a couple of weeks?
In this post I've put together 4 ways on how to get rid of blackheads.
Before we get into the the different treatments you can do, it is important that you know what blackheads are and why you're experiencing them.
So, let's dig in!
A comedo or basic acne lesion is a hair follicle that has become clogged with oil and dead skin cells.
When a comedone is formed, there are two ways your skin reacts. It either covers up and turns into a whitehead or remains open and air gets in, turning into a blackhead.
Every time your skin sheds dead skin cells, they get might get into the follicles, mix with the natural oil and form a plug that pushes to the surface and forms a bump called a comedone.
Blackheads are those open hair follicles filled with excess oil and dead skin cells.
And here is how easy it is to get a blackhead: there are hundreds of thousands of those follicles on your face.
It's a myth that dirt causes comedones to turn dark in color. It's actually the air that causes the sebum to oxidize and turn black in color.
There are lots of ways you can get rid of blackheads, but the underlying problem is the excess oil being produced.
So, unless you address the reason for blackheads, they will always naturally reform every 30 days or so.
If you're wondering how to get rid of blackheads, below are several effective treatments you can do.
How To Get Rid Of Blackheads
1. Non-comedogenic products
Look out for products that won't clog your pores.
If your skin is already prone to bouts of acne, avoid heavy and thick makeup products.
The ingredients in these types of cosmetics can be promoting pore blockage. Oil-free and water-based products are less likely to clog pores.
Products that may trigger comedones are called "comedogenic."
Makeup labeled "non-comedogenic" is less likely to clog pores and contribute to acne. Many dermatologists even recommend that you look for products that contain non-comedogenic ingredients.
Products usually sport the label "non-comedogenic" and "non-acnegenic," so try and look for those.
This will remove the dead skin cells that are so stubbornly not shedding off.
When you exfoliate properly, you’re preventing everything—from dirt and old skin cells to makeup—from getting blocked inside your pores.
You should not exfoliate more than twice a week. If you have sensitive or dry skin, once a week is enough.
Avoid harsh exfoliators like DIY scrubs, OTC physical exfoliants with plastic beads, brushes, sponges, cloths, etc.
Look for chemical ones—exfoliating serums and peeling solutions made with direct acids like AHA and BHA.
You can learn more about exfoliaiton in this post.
When using direct acids, it's notoriously important to take good sun care the next day. Exfoliating with chemical peels make the skin incredibly sensitive and vulnerable to the UV rays. Exposing the skin to the sun light unprotected can cause burns, hyperpigmentation, redness, irritation, and peeling.
3. Clay mask
Using a clay mask once a week can be really beneficial too.
They're super effective when it comes to reducing oil production. So, that makes it a great treatment especially if you have acne prone skin.
Plus, a clay mask session can be a good way to de-stress before another week of stressful events enter your life.
Just make sure to not get carried away and leave the clay mask on for too long. When the clay mask gets too dry to the point of cracking, it can be painful and hard to remove.
If you accidentally find yourself in this position, make sure to use a bit of cleanser when washing off the clay mask. That way, you can be certain you've removed every bit of clay off your skin.
And always follow up with a nourishing serum and moisturizer to bring back some hydration to your skin.
This is another thing you can consider doing to get rid of those pesky blackheads. Do take note though that dermatologists advice extraction to not be done at home.
Though it may look very doable at home, you can risk scarring your skin deeply. And scars will take you much longer to get rid of compared to blackheads.
You need to go to a licensed professional, usually an aesthetician. They will steam your skin and use a blackhead extractor tool. They may also physically squeeze them out.
Depending on where you live, this step may require you to spend a lot of cash. If you're not in the position to do this, save this step for last.
If you can regularly afford extractions, once a month is more than enough to help you keep blackheads at bay.
When your skin is relatively clear, blackheads can be such an eye-sore. It might frustrate you or even make you feel self-conscious.
While you're trying these steps to get rid of your blackheads, I'd like to give a friendly reminder: stand a few centimeters away from the mirror!
We can become so harsh on ourselves when we scrutinize every inch of our skin. But the truth is that people won't look so closely to the point of noticing every pore we have.
So, stand back, relax, and patiently wait for these methods to remove blackheads.
If you have other methods on how to get rid of blackheads, be sure to share with us.
I hope this post was helpful and will help you in the battle against these nasty guys.
Thank you for reading the blog and I will talk to you in the next one 🙂
Stay tuned and take skin care