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How to Get Rid of Blackheads

Nuking Blackheads – It’s So Satisfying.

There’s something about them that shouts, “Squeeze me.”

And let’s face it, no one wants tiny black dots across their T-zone.

So join us as we guide you through how to get rid of your blackheads for good.

Anatomy of a blackhead

Having blackheads is not a sign your skin is dirty; it’s just a clogged pore.

When oil solidifies, it forms a hard mass of fatty materials and dead skin cells. Because the pore is open, exposure to the air causes them to oxidise and turn black.

The excellent news is that blackheads rarely become pimples because when oxygen penetrates the pore, it banishes those bothersome bacteria once and for all.

So, if you are looking for information on reducing pimples on the face, you have also come to the right place.

Know Your Nemesis

It’s essential to know precisely where blackheads come from so you can treat them effectively.

They can be genetic. Sticky skin cells can get stuck in the pores. Skin can produce too much oil, which doesn’t exit the pore correctly. Skincare products containing comedogenic ingredients can clog the pores.

Skin needs to stay clean, so passing out at night with makeup on is bad news.

So, think patience and persistence when considering how to get rid of blackheads. Remember that these blockages have accumulated deep within the pores for a long time.

How to Get Rid of Blackheads 

  1. Do the Rock and Roll Cleanse and Tone.
  2. Prepare the skin with steam or a warm wet cloth for 2-3 minutes and pat dry.
  3. Wrap the tissue around your index fingers to prevent infection
  4. Take a small area of your skin, push down, and gently roll the surface in with your fingers
  5. Continue to use a squeezing-rolling motion
  6. Repeat this process only once – never pinch, poke, or squeeze too hard.

The Three P’s of Removal

Powerful Penetrating Pore Purging This is what your ingredients should be.

Ideally, your products aim to help restore the flow of oil out of the pore, reduce and absorb excess oil, and remove dead, built-up surface skin cells that aren’t usually shedding.

Treating Blackheads

Here’s what you can do to reduce and hopefully eliminate those blackheads once and for all.

Salicylic acid is our go-to spot ingredient in the clinic. It’s oil-soluble, so it actively penetrates clogged pores, dissolving trapped oil.

The highest over-the-counter concentration is 2%, but be mindful of your skin’s sensitivity; you may want to vary your concentrations until you find a strength that works.

You can find this in our RESQ skin shot, a hero product for eliminating breakouts.

Retinoids are active ingredients that help regulate cellular turnover, preventing dead skin cells from sticking together in the pores. A+ Retinol skin shot is another excellent treatment for blackheads.

Clay Face Masks offer great pore-purging alternatives that help flush out the pores.

Ingredients to Avoid

When it comes to knowing how to get rid of blackheads, there are certain ingredients you should avoid.

Benzoyl Peroxide: It will nuke your zits, but unlike salicylic acid, it won’t exfoliate and unclog your pores. Benzoyl is a bactericide that kills acne, but air kills anaerobic bacteria, so it’s ineffective.

Hydrogen Peroxide: This ingredient has zero effect on blackheads. If you use too much, it is toxic to collagen in skin cells.

Harsh Exfoliants: A warning to those keen to know how to eliminate blackheads: you can not scrub them away. The debris is too deep-rooted within the pore, plus the irritation of scrubbing can cause more oil production.

Ditch the DIY Tips: There is no such thing as the barefoot beauty of blackheads; there are better ways to eliminate them than with a DIY approach.

Occlusive Products: These include petrolatum, silicone, and heavy-duty ingredients often used in formulas to create a moisture barrier. However, sealing in moisture traps dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria, which will cause more blackheads.

Blackhead Extractor: This tool helps extract blackheads without using your fingers, but it can be harsh on delicate skin and cause tiny micro-tears.

Astringent Products: Many astringent products claim to address blackheads, but they increase oil production and worsen matters. Irritating Ingredients: These include peppermint, menthol, lime, lemon, and eucalyptus. Any topical irritation stimulates nerve endings in the skin, which releases hormones that cause oil production, which leads to more blackheads.

Pore Strips: These sticky suckers are not strong enough to pull out blackheads; however, they will help to prevent blocked pores.

Microdermabrasion: This deeper exfoliation won’t reach the root of the problem because the pore is too deeply impacted.

To conclude. The naked truth

So, as you can see, when it comes to knowing how to get rid of blackheads, it’s technical; your skin requires cautious treatment.

Your skincare routine should use particular treatments and ingredients to flush debris out of the pores. Remember, of course, that your skin is very delicate, so the fewer traumas you have on it, the better.

We recommend using a particular technique to remove your blackheads; we say specifically because you need to be careful when you are squeezing your skin; you don’t want to cause damage to it.

Otherwise, melanin, your protective pigment, will come to the injury site and cause permanent hyperpigmentation, so follow the ‘rock and roll’ method we outlined above.

Skin prone to blackheads is delicate and usually a combination skin type; there will be some areas of sensitivity, dryness, and oiliness, so you need to be super careful about the ingredients you use on your skin.

Avoid using too harsh ingredients like hydrogen and benzyl hydroxide and tools like blackhead removers, which will also traumatise your delicate skin.

The bottom line is that blackheads are tricky to treat but can be carefully removed with persistence.

Be kind to your skin; it’s the only one you have.

5 replies on “How to Get Rid of Blackheads”

Thankyou Samantha this has really helped me understand how to treat my pesky blackheads, a really good read.

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