Though blackheads seems like NBD, it can end up being way more problematic than that stubborn pimple on your head. That’s when we usually freak the f**k out and start YouTubing ways to get rid of them. But what you don’t realise is that these trail-and-error ways can do more harm than good. Let’s start from scratch and learn how you can get rid of (and prevent) blackheads.
What is a Blackhead?
A blackhead is a pore that gets clogged resulting in breakouts. The common reason for the pore getting blocked and due to a mixture of dead skin cells, oil and bacteria.
1. Take off your makeup
While passing out after a really tiring day once in a while is acceptable, making a habit of this isn’t. Due to the layers of makeup on (plus the environment around you), it can result in a breading ground for blackheads. It’s essential to wash your face as soon as you walk in the door to clean those gunked-up pores.
2. Use a moisturiser
If your skin is overly dry or tight, add a moisturiser to your skincare regime. Dry skin can be the enemy here, so look out moisturisers with formulas that are; non-comedogenic (products that are made so as not blocked pores) and non-acnegenic (products that don’t contain fragrances, oils or harsh ingredients that can irritate your skin).
3. Exfoliate gently
To help keep blackheads at bay regular exfoliation is key. Gentle exfoliating the are helps scrubs away dead skin cells that could end up clogging your pores.
4. Say no to DIYs
DIYs are always fun but when it comes to a more effective and efficient methods, stick to products and dermatologists. Products that include salicylic acid or retinol are a key ingredients to combat blackheads. They help skin cell turnover, which helps to unclog pores.
While you may be apprehensive about shelling out big bucks for treatments and products, just think of the long term goal. Instead of using your hands or a wash cloth invest in a mechanical skin brush like the Clarisonic that are essentially designed to exfoliate. They offer a deep cleanse by allowing active ingredients to penetrate your into your skin.
What do you use to get rid of your blackheads? Comment and let us know!