They may not be as noticeable as regular pimples but blackheads are there, believe me! The first step to getting rid is to understand exactly what they are. In short, blackheads are formed from an oxidized mix of oil and dead skin cells that sit in your pores. Gross, right? But before you bury your head in shame, the good news is that they’re not a sign of dirty skin or a bad skincare regime, they form when a clog develops in the opening of hair follicles in your skin.
Instead of scrubbing to your heart’s content and causing more damage, try these skincare upgrades…
SWITCH UP YOUR EXFOLIATOR
Opting for products that contain papaya, charcoal, pineapple extract, or clay will debride surface skin cells, cleaning out your pores gently but more effectively.
It may sound a little scary but a small amount of retinoid will work on the skin’s shedding and building process and make pores less susceptible to being clogged. I like Murad T-Zone Pore Refining Serum when I feel a break-out coming on to stop it in it’s tracks.
STOCK UP ON SALICYLIC ACID
Ok I know putting acid on your face doesn’t sound like the wisest option but it’s one of the best tools to have in your blackhead arsenal. It will loosen and dissolve the stubborn oil in the spot, leading to its demise altogether. Hurrah! This Malin + Goetz product is amazing and will get to work instantly.
GET IN ON THE CLEANSING BRUSH ACTION
The jury’s still out about how effective cleansing brushes are, but in the fight against blackheads, they couldn’t be any more useful. Using a Clarisonic once or twice a week is enough to deeply cleanse the skin without aggravating existing blemishes.