To have a healthy skin is not in any way a day’s job. Just as there are abnormalities that mar your skin, there are skincare routines to eliminate them too. One particular skin condition that affects the face is blackheads. And if you don’t know how to get rid of blackheads, it’ll damage your skin in no time.
Maybe you think you don’t have blackheads.
Sure! It’s understandable.
The term blackheads isn’t as popular as pimples, acne, sunburn, blemish and the likes. But unless your face is as perfect as the sun — which it isn’t— keep reading this piece to know what exactly blackheads are.
If you’re not certain, you’ll also figure out if you have them
And that’s not all.
We’ll give you the effective tips on how to get rid of blackheads too.
Ready to learn all these?
Let’s dive in.
What are Blackheads?
Blackheads aren’t black heads. Both words are two different things entirely. So, if you thought we were referring to black heads, as in, black foreheads, drop the thought already.
A blackhead is an open skin-coloured bump from pimples (comedo) that looks like black dots on the skin. They comprise follicles underneath your skin that have very large pores.
Blackheads are usually filled with sebum and dead skin cells. Apart from your face, they appear on your back and shoulders too.
Causes of Blackheads
- Pubertal hormones
- Tight clothing
- Oil-based products capable of clogging pores
- Genetics, etc.
How to Get Rid of Blackheads
To get rid of blackheads, use any of the following tips
1. Use Salicylic Acid
Check for products that contain active ingredients such as salicylic acid. They can penetrate your pores deeply enough to break down sebum and other materials that clog pores.
For instance, you can go for a cleanser that contains salicylic acid and apply it morning and night. It’ll help get rid of excess oil, dirt, makeup, blackheads and whiteheads.
2. Extract the Blackheads
Before you extract this acne, wash your hands lest you should take more dirt to your face. Afterwards, press your hands over the blackheads to squeeze them. Be careful not use your nails so you don’t puncture your skin and leave injuries. Once you’re done, use an alcohol-free toner to cleanse your skin.
3. Steam Your Face
This is another tip on how to get rid of blackheads. Steaming your face will ensure you open up your pores so any product you use will penetrate better.
Simply bend over a bucket of hot water and let the heat seep into your face for about five to ten minutes. While at this, cover a piece of material over your head so air doesn’t go into the bucket as you steam.
Afterwards, use a clean washcloth dipped in warm water to massage your face for a minute. This will help to close those pores the hot steam opened and prevent bacteria from going in.
4. Exfoliate Regularly
Remember blackheads or open comedones are as a result of dead skin cells and sebum clogged in your pores. Hence, you should always exfoliate to get rid of these unhealthy things. You can use a sugar scrub or buy exfoliants that contain ingredients such as salicylic acid, lactic acid and glycolic acid.
5. Keep Your Oil Level Balanced
When there’s so much oil on your skin, open comedones occur. To get rid of this, you have to keep your skin’s oil level balanced. One way to do this is to moisturise. Don’t use products that contain too much oil to moisturise. They’ll instead worsen the situation.
You can go for a moisturiser that contains squalane oil. They are non-comedogenic and as such won’t clog your pores or produce acne.
There you go with the tips on how to get rid of blackheads. You can also read our article on the ideal skincare routine. It’ll show you what to do so your face can look more beautiful without any blemish.