Unless you are blessed with flawless skin that is never exposed to oil and dirt, the chances are high that you have had a close encounter with a blackhead or two.
They not only look gross but are also tough to get rid of. But as they say – knowledge is power – in this article, we will help you get rid of your current blackheads and prevent them from appearing in the first place.
Let’s get started.
What are Blackheads, Anyway?
Consider blackheads as a mild form of acne. Also known as comedones, these are formed when the pores of the skin get blocked by oils and dead skin. These bumps are called blackheads because their surface looks black after getting exposed to oxygen.
As a matter of fact, you are more prone to getting blackheads around the nose and T-zone where your pores are larger. And no, you are not alone! If a report from the American Academy of Dermatology is believed, acne affects as many as 50 million people in the US each year!
No, Do Not Pop Them!
No matter how tempting it might feel, avoid popping, touching, rubbing, or squeezing your blackheads. An over-zealous approach can worsen the condition. In most cases, adopting a gentle cleansing schedule consisting of exfoliation that removes dead skin cells from deep in the pores delivers positive results.
We don’t recommend that you squeeze your blackheads unless you get it done by a dermatologist. The entire process can damage your skin, and lead to inflammation. Also, bacteria from your fingers can trigger the infection and promote acne to flare-up. It is always the best approach to let your skin deal with the condition by nourishing it with the right products to balance the oil content.
Products That Can Help
Undoubtedly, having a proper skincare routine that aims to balance the production of natural oils in your skin is the best bet to deal with blackheads naturally. Exfoliating your skin is important. This will help you in getting rid of dead cells and grime from your skin, thus cleaning the pores, and avoiding any blockage.
If you have dry skin, our Flawless Facial Exfoliant can provide your skin with all the nourishment. Free from any harmful microbeads that end up damaging the waterway ecosystems, the exfoliant is enriched with the goodness of Jojoba beads. Gentle in nature, this exfoliant magically loosens skin debris and polishes your skin to make it look radiant.
Beauties with oily skin can choose to go for Gorgeous Gel-Facial Exfoliant. It consists of aloe vera, coconut oil, neem seed oil, witch hazel water, and other organic ingredients. The exfoliant helps in sucking all the dirt from the pores and provides you with clean and clear skin.
Why Cure When You Can Prevent?
To prevent blackheads from appearing, it is important to keep your skin clean, healthy, and fresh. Essentially, your pores should be clean, and clear of any dead skin cells and excess oil.
Open your pores
To get started with a healthy skincare regime, it is highly recommended to take a warm shower. This will open your pores and help the products that aim to remove blackheads work more efficiently.
Clean, and exfoliate
It is essential to clean your skin without stripping its natural oils. Your choice of products plays an important role here. Choose the ones which contain organic ingredients, are mild on your skin, and nourish your skin from inside. Massage the product gently to stimulate skin microcirculation.
Both the exfoliants that we mentioned above can help you in exfoliating your skin gently, all thanks to their organic ingredients which are light on your skin.
Always Take off makeup
In order to keep your skin clear from blackheads, you need to avoid clogging your pores. Do you know the biggest pore-clogging culprit? Sleeping in your makeup. Make sure that you remove your makeup with the help of a makeup remover and nourish your skin properly before sleeping.
Do a weekly mask
Facial masks work as a vacuum cleaner for your skin. They suck all the oil and dirt from the depth of your pores. This is the reason why they shouldn’t be used more than once a week and this is exactly why you should use them once a week – before your shower and after cleansing. This will prevent any buildup in your pores and will also prevent blackheads from appearing.
The Next Steps
Getting rid of blackheads is not rocket science. All you need to do is use the right set of products that nourish your skin, keep it clean, and control the production of the natural oils.
If you have recurring blackheads that appear often, it is highly recommended to fix an appointment with a dermatologist and understand the underlying condition.