How to get rid of blackheads: what can’t you do without?
One finally disappears, then ten more appear. All your efforts are almost pointless and sometimes feel like tilting at windmills. Blackheads suddenly appear during puberty, but can also cause trouble during PMS or when you’re under too much stress. Is this your case? Our advice will help you fight them successfully.
Why does a blackhead appear on the skin?
Blackheads form when your pores produce excess sebum that ends up clogging them. The combination of sebum and dead skin cells that accumulates inside the pore oxidises when in contact with air and turns black. Most often you will find blackheads on the nose, but apart from the dreaded T-zone they can also appear on the neck, décolletage, shoulders and back.
How to get rid of blackheads at home
Are you wondering how to tackle blackheads without having to see an aesthetician or a dermatologist? If you combine high-quality products for blackheads with the right technique, you’ll be rewarded with soft and smooth, flawless skin!
- Be gentle. Drying out your skin with gels and foams that contain alcohol will not help you eliminate blackheads. However, you can’t go wrong if you use Holika Holika Good Cera gentle exfoliating cleansing foam with ceramides, which regulates sebum production.
- Use a toner. Choose a toner that contains salicylic or glycolic acid, such as Revolution Skincare Glycolic Acid 5% with vegan ingredients. Do you want more? Try switching it with Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid exfoliating essence once to three times a week.
- Stay hydrated. Blackhead-prone skin tends to be dehydrated, and therefore it’s important to replenish its moisture level regularly. In addition to drinking eight glasses of water a day, use Vichy Normaderm Phytosolution cream for blackheads. It controls the appearance of comedones, regulates sebum production and can be used as a make-up primer.
- Exfoliate with caution. It has been known for years that blackheads are not a sign of poor hygiene. So don’t aggravate your skin with harsh exfoliators; they will only make the situation worse. Try L’Oréal Paris Smooth Sugars Scrub with kiwi seeds or Saffee Cleansing Melting Jelly Scrub, which is an interesting combination of a scrub and skin lotion.
- Don’t shy away from face masks. Once a week it’s time for a mask with clay or active charcoal. We feel that the ideal mask against blackheads is the Garnier Pure Active, which can also be used as a cleansing gel or exfoliator. Apart from active charcoal, it also contains blueberry extract and salicylic acid.
- Protect yourself. If you use products that contain AHA or BHA acids, you can’t do without a sunscreen with SPF 50+. Acids weaken the natural protective barrier of the skin, which shields it against harmful UV radiation, making it more susceptible to pigmentation.
How to get rid of blackheads naturally
Are you not a fan of synthetic cosmetic products? Get rid of blackheads the natural way.
- Start by using your favourite cleansing milk or hydrophilic oil and cleanse the face, removing make-up and impurities.
- Wash your face with a natural cleansing facial soap, gel or foam.
- Tone the skin with organic floral water (chamomile, lavender or rose) of the highest quality.
- Apply a cream with aloe vera, tea tree oil or thyme. You can substitute pure rosehip oil for the cream.
- Use a clay or active charcoal face mask once a week.
What will not help with blackheads
- Pore strips. They do not target the cause of blackheads and only remove the top layer of the comedo. They can also dry your skin out, as they remove natural oil and fine hairs that keep moisture in the skin.
- Steaming. The humidity and heat that act on your face while steaming only help blackheads spread to other parts of your face.
- Hydrogen peroxide. Maybe you’ve been discussing the topic of blackheads with a friend and she has recommended hydrogen peroxide. However, hydrogen peroxide dries out the skin substantially, making your skin panic and produce even more sebum than before.
- Ointments with benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide is very effective against acne, but you only need it if you’re dealing with inflammatory cystic acne. It destroys its cause – bacteria. Blackheads are caused by hormones or excess sebum production, not bacteria, so benzoyl peroxide will not be effective.
Frequent mistakes that blackheads thrive on
- You aren’t removing your make-up. Do you sometimes go to sleep with a layer of make-up still on your face? Then you can expect your pores to become clogged overnight. This can happen even with non-comedogenic make-up. The correct approach: remove dirt and make-up from your face before bed, continue by using a cleansing gel or foam, then use a toner and serum and end with a hydrating cream. Follow a similar method in the morning.
- You don’t do your laundry often. How often do you change your bed sheets? If you find that your blackheads are stubborn and you still can’t seem to get rid of them, maybe it’s your bed that’s the culprit. The correct approach: change your sheets once or even twice a week.
- You change your routine often. If you have blackhead-prone skin, chaotic testing of new products definitely won’t help. The correct approach: wait at least twelve weeks before switching your skincare routine to give products time to take effect. Only then should you replace a product with a different one.
- You forget to shower. Do you push yourself in the gym and wait until you get home to have a shower? Be cautious; perspiration clogs pores when it dries. Blackheads can then also appear on your shoulders or neck. The correct approach: hop into the shower straight after a workout, ideally before the perspiration has time to dry.
- You are using the wrong cleansing brush. Cleansing brushes for the skin are becoming increasingly popular, but harsh ones often cause irritation and often make your blackhead situation worse, not better. The correct approach: a sonic facial brush will come in handy, as it doesn’t irritate the skin.
- You try to pop blackheads at home. As an amateur aesthetician, extracting comedones can lead to small scars and other minor wounds. Meanwhile, your blackheads will remain untouched. The correct approach: it’s better to leave this procedure to the professionals.
What kind of effective blackhead removal method do you use and what strategies have saved your skin? Let us know what tricks you swear by!