The truth is, if you are a human with oily skin, it’s likely you have blackheads somewhere. Blackheads are considered the most common form of “acne,” and are black dots on your skin that appear due to clogged pores. Although they are most commonly found on your face, they can also be found on your shoulders, chest, arms, and back. The good thing about blackheads is they are completely treatable and even preventable.
If you are anything like us, it’s difficult not to pick or squeeze blackheads, but don’t! That is the worst way to deal with blackheads, and it actually ends up inflaming and adding bacteria to your pores. Don’t lose hope, though, because there are many steps you can take to rid your face of stubborn blackheads! Just keep reading.
How To Get Rid of Blackheads
Salicylic acid is an almost sure way to get rid of black heads because it actively breaks down the keratin proteins that clog the pores. Try using a cleanser with salicylic acid once a day and you will see results!
Retinol is a great way to combat many forms of acne, including blackheads. Retinol is packed with vitamin A, which is known to help get rid of stubborn acne. It is also known to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, so it’s a win-win.
Chemical peels are a great way to refresh damaged, scarred, or acne prone skin. Talk to your dermatologist and see if a chemical peel is right for you!
Although pore strips won’t help prevent blackheads from coming back, they can help you get rid of them temporarily. The strip is placed on the trouble area (most often the nose) and, when pulled off, it removes a thin layer of skin that brings out blackheads from their pores.
Skin brushing has so many amazing health benefits, but one of the best things about it is that it helps get rid of built up dirt and oils that are clogged in your pores. Just make sure that you hydrate afterwards! If you have sensitive skin, it’s best to avoid skin brushing as it can lead to greater irritation.
How To Help Prevent Blackheads
Make sure to wash your face consistently
That means when you wake up, before bed, and anytime you sweat a lot. You want to make sure you are keeping your pores nice and clear of any excess dirt or oils.
Find a light cleanser that won’t damage your skin
Harsh, drying cleansers are not the way to go when it comes to clear skin. Drying out your skin will irritate it and cause it to produce more oil, making your blackheads worse. Stick to something gentle, with a mild amount of actives like salicylic acid or tea tree oil.
Avoid using any skin products that contain alcohol in them
Again, alcohol will over-dry your skin and cause your pores to produce more oil. Keep your skin balanced and hydrated.
Make sure to change your pillow cases frequently
Your face is constantly rubbing against them and pillowcases build up a lot of oil, dirt, and sweat. Some dermatologists recommend washing your pillowcase every 2-3 days.
If you are prone to oily hair, make sure to wash your hair often
Especially for those with bangs, keep oily hair off your skin. That’s the wrong kind of oil to be putting on your face. Keep your hair clean, or tie it back on days you can’t be bothered to wash it.