Yuck, blackheads, am I right? Everybody gets them and as far as we know, nobody likes them. However, they’re a naturally occurring process as a result of our body functioning, so they shouldn’t actually be considered that gross.
As your sebaceous glands in your produce sebum oil to keep your skin moist it can produce excess oil that clogs your pores along with dead skin cells, producing a pimple. If the pore is closed the head stays white, but if it’s open the air oxidizes the sebum and it turns black.
Now that we know what they are, we still don’t like them. So, we will tell you how to get rid of them.
First, Here is What Not to doDon’t over exfoliate your skin. That could dry it out, and irritate it, which could cause your sebaceous glands to produce even more sebum, putting you back at square one.
Also, don’t squeeze and pick at your blackheads. They are too many of them, it’s a losing battle. Plus doing so could irritate the skin, cause swelling, redness, blemishes, and scars!
Here Are The Right Ways To Fight BlackheadsSimply step up your game a little. Wash your face twice a day, morning and night. Even if you don’t shower in the morning take a few minutes to wash your face and freshen up your skin. Also, if you don’t shower at night, remove that pore clogging makeup and never forget to moisturize. Keep your skin nice and hydrated by moisturizing after every wash.
If washing your face on a more regular basis doesn't help, look at the products you’re using. Maybe you should consider switching to a face wash that specifically targets blackheads.
Products with salicylic acid in them like an acne gel, face wash, or cleansing pads are the go to products because salicylic acid penetrates deep into pores to exfoliate oil and dead skin cells away.
You could invest in an exfoliating brush that’s battery powered and use it twice a week to brush dead skill cells and blackheads away.
Beefing up your workout routine will help you sweat the blackheads out, literally. As sweat moves through your pores it cleans them out. Aside from hitting the gym, you can sweat out blackheads in the sauna or steam them out by holding your head over a bowl of hot water with a towel draped over your head.
You could use nose strips, which are pretty effective at pulling out blackheads, but they have their downsides. Even though they make strips for your forehead and chin too, but the strips just don’t fully cover blackhead areas. Plus, sometimes they leave a lot of sticky goop behind that you have to scrub off.
Clay masks, on the other hand, pull blackheads out of your skin along with oil and other impurities. They also replenish your skin with vitamin and minerals and improve the circulation in your face to energize your skin with a lively look. Just remember to use a little extra moisturizer after removing a clay mask, as they can dry your skin out.
There are actually a lot of DYI mask you can create at home to get rid of blackheads. For example, you can create an egg white mask, a raw honey and milk mask, a cinnamon and honey mask, a green tea mask, a tomato and lemon mask, a yogurt and oatmeal mask, and more. It only takes a few seconds to whip up homemade masks yourself for a relaxing facial cleanse.
You can also use items found around the house as skin toners. For example, many people use lemon juice to tighten their pores. However, if your skin is sensitive lemon juice should be avoided, and it also makes your skin more susceptible to sunburns so put on that sunscreen afterward. Apple cider vinegar and mint also tone the skin.