Blackheads are the actual BFFs everyone has, but no one wants. These are stubborn gloops of dead skin mixed with skin oils that get stuck in the pores of our skin,especially on our nose-tip. The problem with blackheads is that they just appear one day, out of nowhere and simply refuse to leave. They ruin prom photos and interview days, just by staying visible on the tip of your nose even under 2-3 layers of makeup!
How to get rid of blackheads?
Knowing the cause of blackhead formation definitely helps in the removal of these tiny monsters! So here’s a course of things you can do to effectively reduce the number of blackheads:
- Make sure there’s a free-flow of oil out of the skin. This includes regular exfoliation and steam treatment to de-clog your skin pores.
- Minimize the oil buildup around your nose. Dabbing your nose with a soft tissue is a good idea. Using face powders to soak up the excess oil is actually one of the primary reasons of clogged pore formation. So keep the use of all kinds of oil-controlling powders to a minimum.
- Wash your skin with cold water and an oil-control face-wash daily. This is the real mantra for blackhead removal. Blackhead is a common problem for people who do not wash their face enough times with cold water and face-wash.
- Use leave-on Salicylic Acid exfoliants (BHA products). These are very effective against acne and blackheads without causing any harm to the skin around them. Very few products in the market contain Salicylic Acid.
- You should also avoid the use of overly oily moisturizers and day-creams that can block pores and cause sebum and dead skin cell buildup.
What not to do when you have blackheads?
There are quite a few myths about the causes of blackheads and their subsequent removal. As a result, many people have fallen victims to the wrong products and practices that have made their acne and blackhead problems worse.
Here are a few things you must NEVER do to your blackheads:
- Using bar soap –the ingredients that solidify the fat to keep the bar of soap solid can harden the sebum in the pores and turn them into blackheads as well.
- Using pore strips to yank out blackheads – this is treated as the best way to remove a blackhead in many parts of the world, but this is quite a barbaric way to challenge the integrity of your skin. A pore strip only removes the surface of the blackhead, leaving the root inside and the pore open and vulnerable to new infections.
- OTC products – these include eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, peppermint oil and menthol. These are ideal for triggering for oil on your skin surface and aggravate the problem rather than solve it.
It is possible for any individual to remove their own blackheads if they have patience and time. If you lack both, you should immediately get an appointment with an aesthetician.
Author Bio:Marie Baker is the author of a best-seller about makeup and skincare. She has guided people towards finding their right product combination. She is an expert on acne solutions and the best way to remove a blackhead without challenging skin with harsh chemical treatments.