Tips to Get Rid of Blackheads
Sep 29, 2017 — by Andrew
Blackheads are the mix of oil and dead skin cells in pores that have turned brown or black due to oxidation when exposed to air. Excess secretion of sebum by the skin, especially oily skin, expands and thickens the pores resulting in development of blackheads. If blackheads are not eliminated, they might cause pimples and acne. Blackheads are super annoying because they commonly appear in the most visible areas of your face like chin, nostrils and forehead. You definitely do not want your crush to see them.
Anyway, if you can remove your blackheads at its primary stage, you will be able to protect the growth of acne on your face. Hence, to get rid of blackheads and its negative consequences, here are some skincare tips you might want to follow.
Keep your hands off your face:
Squeezing blackheads is not the right way to get rid of them. This is because people often put too much pressure on their face causing open pores, scars, hyperpigmentation and broken capillaries. Besides, squeezing blackheads may push the dirt deeper into the pores, further inflaming them and cross-contaminating other areas of the skin.
Remove your makeup:
Never sleep with your makeup. Your makeup and the oils on your face together will block your pores and cause blackheads. You should use a makeup remover or cleanser with makeup removing properties to thoroughly clean your makeup without leaving any impurities on your face. If you are too lazy to remove makeup, at least wipe your face with a facial wipe.
Cleanse your face gently but deeply:
It is important that you cleanse your face twice a day because this can help you to eliminate excess sebum and impurities on your face that can block the pores and cause blackheads. If you have really oily skin type, you can also splash water on your face when feel oily. However, you must not over-cleanse your face as removing most oil on the face can induce production of more sebum.
Exfoliate your face gently:
An exfoliator or scrub can remove dead skin cells and excess sebum accumulated on the skin, deeply cleansing the pores to remove and prevent blackheads. Having blackheads doesn’t mean your face is dirty, so don’t be rough with your skin and scrub it really hard. Gently massage the scrub in circular motion and its rough texture should be able to soften the pores and remove blackheads. Like cleansing, make sure you don’t over-exfoliate.
Get yourself blackhead treatment products:
It is better that you use a leave-on product rather than a cleanser to solve blackheads. When buying skincare products for blackhead treatment, look for salicylic acid in the ingredients as it can effectively dissolve blackheads away. Moreover, you can also try retinoids and sensitive skin type can go for a low-strength retinoids.
Don’t forget to moisturize your skin day and night:
Although blackheads are caused by excess sebum production, you still need to moisturize your skin. This is because some methods mentioned above to treat blackheads strip oils from the skin and dry it up. It is crucial that you maintain the moisture balance in the skin so that you are allowed to continue your blackhead treatment routine. In addition, choose a lightweight non-comedogenic moisturizer to prevent the moisturizer blocking the pores and worsen blackheads.
Lastly, by following this step-by-step guide closely and consistently, you should be able to get rid of blackheads and get clear skin.