Here's how to remove blackheads for good
All of us want to get rid of our blackheads - forever.
There are many ways for you to go about this. You can try a DIY at your home, you can adopt new products in your skincare routine, take over-the-counter drugs or you can visit a dermatologist. But what would be the best technique to help you get rid of your blackheads forever?
Read on as we dive deep into the world of blackhead removal to determine the best ways to help you get rid of those blackheads permanently.
Buy a Mild Salicylic Acid Scrub
Salicylic acid is your holy grail product for all blackhead-related problems. You can find face wash and creams infused with this acid but we would personally recommend a scrub.
You see, the main cause of blackheads is the clogging of skin pores by the dead skin cells and sebum. Gentle exfoliation can help to unplug your pores and making your skin breathe. With a salicylic acid scrub, you get the benefit of both, physical and chemical exfoliation. Just limit the exfoliation to a maximum of two times a week.
Try a DIY Peel Off Mask
You don’t need to visit a skin specialist for peels when you can make one at home free of cost!
Just whisk two eggs together and apply it directly to your skin. Focus on areas such as nose, forehead, etc., by applying a more thicker mixture. Cover your face with a tissue paper and let it rest. After about 20 minutes, peel off the tissue and wash your face with warm water. Do this twice a week for optimum results.
Manual Removal by You
Warning: Proceed with caution.
Steam your face for about two minutes by using a warm towel to expand your pores and then gently extract your blackheads using a round loop blackhead extractor or a blackhead remover tool. You have to ensure that you do not apply too much pressure on your skin. But, this is definitely a little risky as you may damage skin tissue.
Manual Removal by a Dermatologist
The extraction process is similar to above just safer. Dermatologists make a light cut on plugs and gently apply pressure with the blackhead extractor. We would recommend you to opt for this method instead of removing it yourself because you never have to worry about scarring your face. After all, they are experts for a reason.
If you feel that you are suffering from a severe case of blackheads, it is better to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist. They can give you a stronger medication containing specific ingredients such as tretinoin, adapalene, Vitamin A, and other antibiotics. These can control excess sebum secretion and promote the rejuvenation of the skin.
Apply Spot Treatments
Over-the-counter treatments containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, and resorcinol can be used as a spot treatment directly on the blackheads. They help to dry out the excess oil and expedite the removal of dead skin cells. The products include creams, skin patches, or gel and are undoubtedly very effective to treat blackheads.
Fingers Off Your Face
No matter how tempted you are to squeeze your blackheads, just don’t. The bacteria from your fingers may worsen the skin situation so while you remove one, you may give rise to the appearance of a few others. Also, you may end up scarring your skin as well.
One thing that you can do is moisturize your skin well. Adopt a night skincare routine in which you clean your face and remove makeup without fail. In the end, apply a generous amount of moisturizer according to your skin type and sleep comfortably.
Light and Laser Therapy
Skin specialists employ the use of intense light to remove blackheads from your skin. The best part about this therapy is that the light actually travels through your top skin layer and kills bacteria and unplugs the pores from inside. There is absolutely no damage to your skin, whatsoever. Although a little expensive, they are worth the money that you spend on it. Also, this is safe so you don't have to worry about irritating or damaging your skin in any way.