Making your skin smooth, soft and clean is not always easy, and blackheads are amongst the most problematic and annoying skin conditions we have to deal with. That’s why we have listed these tips and tricks to help you banish them!
But before that, you should know how they got on your face in the first place. Blackheads show up when sebum and dead skin cells clog your skin pores. Blackheads are not caused by dirt, so harsh scrubs and peelings are not the right solutions. For this reason, don’t use some of these remedies listed below more than 2-3 times a week (e.g. the pore strips). I know it can be hard to resist, but your skin will be better off this way.
1. Make them melt
To clear out your pores thoroughly, you should open them, and steam can help you with it. Just take a soft hand towel and soak it in hot water. Take it out, wait about 30 seconds for the towel to cool down just a little bit and place the towel on your face. When towel gets cold, repeat the previous steps. The hot water and steam will open up the pores and products you will use after will work effectively.
2. Treat them with salicylic acid gel
A salicylic acid is a great option for dissolving those blackheads away, and it can be found in over-the-counter products. It’s better to use a leave-on product rather than a face wash or soap because the active ingredient needs some time to work. After using a salicylic acid product for several weeks, you should see a massive improvement in your skin condition. Some of the blackheads will disappear completely, but others will just be smaller and less visible.
3. Use benzoyl peroxide.
If your skin isn’t really sensitive and is not prone to drying out, look for products that contain benzoyl peroxide. This chemical dissolves the waxy blockage, so it loosens and easily comes out. That’s the fastest and most effective store-bought solution, but it can be a little harsh on your skin.
Benzoyl peroxide’s strength usually varies between 2.5 and 10%. This and the period you leave the product on your skin for can affect any irritation you may experience. If your skin is sensitive, try the most diluted option and don’t leave it on your skin for too long.
4. Behead them with strips!
You can use blackhead strips to pull them out of your skin. You can find plenty of products of this type in most stores. They don’t usually irritate your skin, but they’re not a permanent solution. It could be exactly what you need in an emergency though. As the strips are not harsh, combine using them with other methods listed here!
5. Something natural: an egg white mask.
Homemade treatments cause some controversy and misunderstandings, but we think they’re worth a try. It is thought that proteins in eggs kill the bacteria that cause acne. To prepare the mask, simply separate an egg white from the yolk and apply it on the clean and dry skin. For this, you can use a cloth or just your fingers (wash them first). Once the first layer of the mask has dried, add next one. Repeat this 3-5 times, always letting each layer dry completely. Then wash it off with warm water and pat dry.
What not to do: avoid squeezing the pores, picking, or popping them. Squeezing blackheads can cause inflammation and infection, and will certainly not stop them from coming back.
Don’t avoid moisturizers! Proper moisturizing will help you with fighting blackheads. Skin needs to maintain its proper balance, so you can’t leave it high and dry. Keeping your skin nourished will allow you to continue using exfoliating products without any issues. Just choose non-comedogenic moisturizers only, so they won’t clog the pores.