What’s worse than having blackheads? It’s somebody pointing it out loudly to our face!
Having blackheads is pretty normal but if you feel the need to get rid of them, here’s our take on how to make it happen. Keep on scrolling to understand the cause behind blackheads, and how to prevent them as well as get rid of them.
What are blackheads & what causes them?
Contrary to the popular saying, blackheads are not dirt. Being black doesn’t mean it’s the dirt. Blackheads form when your pores/hair follicles become clogged with excess sebum, oil, or dead cells. These elements oxidize and turn black when they come in contact with the surrounding air. These are most common in the T-zone area of your face, nose, forehead, and occasionally around the nose.
If you’re constantly dealing with blackheads and cannot seem to figure out the reason behind it, here are a few mistakes that you might be making:
- If you don't properly cleanse your face, you're giving blackheads a permanent home.
- If you use a heavy moisturizer or facial oil, it can clog your pores and cause blackheads to form.
- When you sleep with makeup on, you are causing significant harm to your skin. Oils and makeup traces can clog your pores and make your skin look dull.
- If you do not moisturize your skin because you have oily skin, your skin will produce more oil to compensate for the loss of moisture, resulting in blackhead formation.
How to prevent blackheads?
Preventing blackheads from occurring on your skin in the first place is surely better than having or experiencing them, right? People usually go for blackheads extraction or worse, try extracting them at home! This is why we suggest keeping them at bay by following a few tips:
- Since blackheads are caused by an accumulation of oil, sebum, and dead skin cells, the best way to prevent them is to cleanse your skin thoroughly. Cleanse your skin twice: once with an oil cleanser and once with a water-based cleanser. If you're too tired to do this every day, we recommend you try our Double acting cleanser to save time, money, and shelf space!
- Exfoliate your skin at least 2-3 times per week to remove dead skin cells and increase collagen production, which prevents blackheads.
- In areas where you have blackheads, apply topical treatments such as BHA (Salicylic acid). BHA is oil soluble and penetrates deep into the skin's layers to remove sebum.
- Use clay masks in your skincare once a week to purify your skin.
- If you have extremely oily skin, use oil-free moisturizers and non-comedogenic products.
Ultimate blackhead removal method: 3 step deep pore cleansing
Thanks to Annie Wang, we have with us, the ultimate pore-cleansing method which gets rid of blackheads in just 3 easy steps! Here’s how to do it:
- The best time to do this deep pore cleansing method is at night so you must remove your sunscreen and makeup with a cleanser. On a clean face, apply a high concentrated (2-3%) BHA or Salicylic acid serum and let it stay for 25-30 minutes.
- Apply your holy grail clay mask over the serum without washing it off. Rinse the mask after 8-10 minutes.
- Apply some cleansing oil or carrier oil to dry skin and gently massage it all over the face, focusing on the areas you're treating. For example, the nose, the forehead, and so on. Emulsify with some water and continue to massage for a few more minutes.
- Rinse it all off and continue with your regular skincare!
Follow this once in one or two weeks to unclog your pores thoroughly and get rid of blackheads.