Blackheads are those annoying bumps on your skin which get formed because of clogged hair follicles. Blackheads get its name from the dark color of the surface. If you suffer from this, then you are probably suffering from a never-ending battle. Now, tell me honestly if you prick your follicles with fingers and give your face a red tint because I do that too. But, yes, we should stop this!
We studied everything and have brought you the best ways to get rid of and also to prevent blackheads – a mixture of home remedies, some prescription, in-office, and over methods. Keep in mind to find out what works best for you and then using it.
“Blackheads are known by the medical term ‘open comedones,’ as said by Dr. Alicia Zalka, a dermatologist. ‘They represent a tiny opening in the skin which plugged into the surface of the pilosebaceous unit. This plug consists of sebum(or oil) and dirt, also has an open top so that you can take a look at it, which also makes it appear black.
Unfortunately, they are just a little more visible on some of our skins than others.
“The appearance of blackheads varies greatly based on many things such as age, skin care control, hormone status, and heredity,” said by Zaika. “There are only some elements that we can control. People with a visible amount of blackheads are usually teenagers gushing with all those hormones, but even elderlies can suffer from this.”
1. Exfoliate with Baking Soda
Exfoliating your skin is one thing under your control when it comes to keeping blackheads in control. You can use brushes, sponges or even cleansers to scrub away the plugged pore gently, but you might just have the ingredient at your home.
Baking soda is an element that is often used in microdermabrasion, which in case of exfoliating is a great way to resolve blackheads if used regularly.
2. Use Clay Masks
Facial masks are recommended for patients to clean out deep pores, hence a way of deep cleansing under certain circumstances, leaving them to a smoother finish to your skin. But this needs to be done regularly.
Use abrasive pastes, powders, and clay masks with kaolin, exfoliate it gently, and this will help absorb existing oils, which will accumulate again soon after the usage of the product.
3. Try out Pore Strips
Pore strips are great to help for providing immediate relief from plugged pores, but of course, this isn’t a permanent solution. You’ll have to look for better solutions for a preventive measure.
4. Apply Salicylic and Glycolic Acid
Using beta-hydroxy acids (like salicylic) or combination of peels containing salicylic acid is the best way to break down oil that has clogged pores. It is lipophilic (attracted to fat/oils) and hence concentrates on the surface of the pore to dissolve the plugs. Regular and consistent use will prevent your blackheads before they form and thus help to clear existing pores.
Also, glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid is derived from sugar cane, helps clear dead skin debris on the skin surface.
5. Purchase a Retinoid Product
Vitamin A is the best way to clear away the clogged pores and hence prevents blackheads from forming, as said by MacGregor.
Prescription-strength formulations are the most effective, but of course, there are several highly effective retinol formulations. They specifically work on receptors in the skin to improve the way the skin grows and also sheds so that it’s less likely to form acne. The outer layer of skin evens out and hence gets thicker while the outer dead layer made of keratin material sheds off more efficiently. Sometimes there is noticeable peeling but after regular usage three to seven times for few weeks, the side effects lessen, and skin starts appearing more radiant and clear.
6. Get Microdermabrasion
It is a professional method of exfoliation which can help a great deal, as stated by Zaika. Your dermatologist may also provide chemical peels treatments and comedones extractions which are solely office-based procedure and known to help improve skin texture and your appearance.
Ps. It is highly advised not to squeeze your blackheads. It’s because it will lead to skin inflammation, infection and can even lead to scarring.
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