Do you too spend hours squeezing your face only to find that blackheads are back within a couple of weeks?
In this post I've put together 5 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 are 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 is and turns into a whitehead or remains open and air gets in (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 it is dirt that causes comedones to turn dark in color.
It is actually the air that causes the sebum oil to oxidize and turn black in color.
There are lots of ways you can get rid of blackheads, however the underlying problem is the excess oil that is being produced.
So unless you address the reason for blackheads, they will always naturally reform every 30 days. Annoying, right?
If you are 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.
Products that may trigger comedones are called "comedogenic."
Makeup labeled "non-comedogenic" is less likely to clog pores and contribute to acne.
This will remove the dead skin cells that are so stubbornly not shedding off.
When you exfoliate properly you’re preventing everything from dirt, 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.
Note: 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.
This is a great treatment especially if you have acne prone skin.
Always follow up with a nourishing serum and moisturizer.
This is another thing, dermatologists advice it should not be done at home.
An aesthetician will steam your skin and use a blackhead extractor tool, or they will physically squeeze them out.
However I do it at home, I find it kinda satisfying and I believe I do it right.
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