Those ugly, little black spots seem to have a knack for popping up at the worst times, like when you have a date with that special someone or an important job interview. And of course, they always appear in the most prominent places, too. How annoying is that?
Oh, well. We’ll just have to get rid of them, I guess. Here’s how:
What The Heck Are Blackheads?
Annoying blemishes. They appear when skin, usually because of hormones (of course!), produces too much sebum. So much, it can’t flow out of the pores and onto the skin, like it normally would. Instead, it gets trapped inside the pores, together with dead skin cells. This yucky mixture of sebum and dead cells oxidizes when it comes in contact with air, and turns black.
How Do I Get Rid Of Blackheads?
To get rid of blackheads, you need to keep oil production under control, and get rid of those dead skin cells, too, so they won’t clog your pores.The key to getting rid of blackheads? Exfoliation.Click To Tweet
Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think:
Wash your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser suitable for your skin type to remove dirt, excess oil, makeup and everything else that could clog pores if left on your skin. Just stay away from bar soaps. They contain ingredients, like sodium bicarbonate, that can dry out skin. And that too often leads to excessive oil production.
- Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Oil-Free Foaming One-Step Cleanser ($35.00)
- Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser ($6.49)
With salicylic acid. This acid can penetrate inside the pores, exfoliating them from within. Basically, it gets rid of all the gunk that’s accumulated in them, and prevents the pores from getting clogged up again. Of course, it exfoliates the surface of the skin, too. That helps prevent blemishes, as well.
3. Avoid scrubs
Scrubs can exfoliate skin (and not even that well), but they can’t get rid of blackheads. They can’t get inside the pores, so even if they could get rid of the black head, the pore is still clogged up and will erupt in another blemish soon. Just use salicylic acid to get rid of it all, and you’ll never have to deal with blemishes again.
4. Avoid greasy moisturizers
Rich moisturizers may be godsends for dry skin, but they’re so not useful when you’re trying to get rid of blackheads. All those thickeners in the formulas could actually clog your pores, causing blackheads and even pimples! Much better to stick to lightweight, gel-like formulas.
5. Avoid irritating ingredients
Did you know that skin tends to produce more oil when it’s irritated? The worst culprits are:
- Alcohol denat
- Citrusy extracts
6. Don’t use pore strips
Same reason as scrubs: the can remove only the black head, not the whole thing. Basically, they’re useless.
7. Don’t squeeze!
Squeezing blackheads feels so good, doesn’t it? But, it’s so bad for the skin. It tears open the walls of the pores, so the bacteria inside can jump onto the skin and wreak even more damage. Basically, you’re causing more blemishes. If you really must squeeze, use a comedone extractor:
- Clean the area well to sanitize it.
- Warm it up with a warm washcloth to soften skin.
- Pat dry.
- Place the comedone extractor over the blackhead and gently press it down.
- If you still can’t extract it easily, give up.You’ll just damage skin if you insist to keep going.
- Clean the area with an antiseptic.
8. Absorb excess oil
How do you treat blackheads?