Removing Blackheads: The Best And Worst Methods

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Some methods work but create other problems

The problem with a lot of methods is that even though they can effectively get rid of them and can be done from home, they scar, infect, and irritate.

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Salicylic acid

Blackheads are formed from oil and dead skin cells clogging pores. Oil and dead skin cells are broken down by salicylic acid, which is found in many cleansers.

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Exfoliation

Exfoliation may not be good for treating skin conditions like acne, but it’s brilliant for blackheads, especially if you use one with alpha and beta hydroxy acids (AHAs and BHAs).

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BHAs are more available (and just as good)

Both of these work by removing the top layer of skin. Both of them are great, but BHAs are generally cheaper and more readily available.

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Topical retinoid creams

Topical retinoid creams are also proven to be effective when it comes to unclogging pores in the case of stubborn acne, so it’s effective for treating blackheads in the same way.

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Masks

Clay masks are fantastic for drawing out oil from the clogged pores and many of them also contain sulfur, which helps to break down the dead skin cells. Charcoal does something similar, but is thought to produce even better results.

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Chemical peels

Chemical peels are commonly used as an anti-aging treatment for age spots and fine lines, but the peels often contain AHAs or BHAs and work by exfoliating the skin.

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What chemical peels do

The smoother, younger, and fresher-looking skin is revealed after this process. Though it’s not primarily designed as a treatment for blackheads, it works anyway by removing dead skin and shrinking pores.

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Always choose non-comedogenic products

Non-comedogenic makeup and face products are essential if you don’t want all of your other efforts to be wasted. The purpose of these products is that they’re made so they don’t block pores.

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Always remove makeup

One of the more obvious ways of avoiding blackheads is not to sleep in your makeup. At the end of a long day, it may feel like climbing a mountain to take it all off, but there’s no other way.

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Be careful with physical removals

Picking, scratching, and popping of any form is pretty much always off-limits. Still, it’s tempting. It can be done, but it should be approached very skillfully, carefully, and by someone who knows what they’re doing.

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