Acne is a problem for many people. Moderate to severe acne is usually an issue during puberty, but a lot of people are lucky enough to have blemishes go away by the time they hit their 20s. Unfortunately, many people never fully get rid of blemishes and acne flare-ups. Blackheads can be a big problem for these individuals.
Whether you are a teen who is experiencing acne-prone skin due to hormones or someone who is older with adult onset acne, there is good news: you can get rid of blackheads. They say you should never pop blackheads, but there is a way to do it and rid your face of those pesky marks without forming scars. Read below to find out how.
What Are Blackheads and Why Do They Form?
First, we need to talk about what blackheads are and why they form. Blackheads are called such for a reason: they tend to be black. But some are dark grey or brown. They show up on the facial skin as little specs or dots. Usually, blackheads are not very big, but when there are a lot of them, it can make your skin look dark and messy. Often people think that they have a discolored skin tone when really all they have is a large amount of blackheads on their face. As a side note, blackheads can appear in other places on the body besides just on the face. For example, they can appear on the chest, head back and stomach.
Blackheads comes from dirt, oil and sweat. Essentially, each blackhead is a pore on your facial skin. You have tons of pores on your face. Each pore produces an oil called sebum. This is a natural part of your body and nothing is wrong with it, but when there is too much sebum, the pores get clogged. The sebum mixes with dirt and other facial oils, and when you sweat during the day, this mixes in too to produce an ugly dark color. This material sits in your pores, and each one is a blackhead. Follow the instructions below for getting rid of these blemishes without harming your delicate facial skin.
1. Cleanse and Exfoliate
You should start by cleansing and exfoliating the skin to help clear the pores.
- You’ll need to find a cleanser and exfoliator with microbeads. You can also use a wash cloth.
- Splash the face with water, and using a dime-sized amount of exfoliator/cleanser, gently massage the product onto your skin. Use circular motions.
- Once you have cleansed the skin for several minutes, splash the area with cool water to get rid of the cleanser. Pat dry with a clean towel. Remember, you should never rub your skin dry with a towel because this can cause serious irritation.
2. Start Up the Steam
Steam will help to open up your pores, and the blackheads will come out much more easily that way.
- To steam your pores open, simply go into the bathroom, turn on the hot shower and sit there for 5 – 10 minutes.
Before going on to the next step, you must also make sure you wash your hands with an anti-bacterial cleanser.
3. Pop the Blackheads with Q-tips
Never pop your blackheads with your bare fingers or fingernails. Instead, use Q-tips so that you don’t get scars.
- Get out of the steam-filled room to start popping your blackheads. You’ll want to wipe your face with a soft cloth if there is any water left there.
- Using a mirror, put the heads of 2 Q-tips on either side of a blackhead and push in an inward and downward motion. Don’t push too hard, but use some pressure. Soon, you will see the blackhead pop out. Discard it. You may have to do this several times if you have a lot of blackheads.
4. Rinse, Tone and Moisturize the Skin
Once the blackheads have been removed and discarded, you can rinse, tone and moisturize the skin.
- Lightly splash cool water onto your skin. You don’t want to cleanse the skin at this point. Pat dry and simply apply an oil-absorbing toner to help pick up any extra dirt and oil.
- Your last step should be to moisturize the skin with a light moisturizer that does not contain pore-clogging oils.
5. Use Pore Cleansing Strips
The above steps should get rid of your blackheads, but sometimes, there are a few blackheads that are just stubborn and won’t pop, or you may find it tedious to use the methods above to pop every blackhead if you have a lot of them.
In this care, consider using pore strips. These can be found at your local drugstore or online. The strips look like small, white pieces of paper.
- Cleanse your face, and dab some water on your skin.
- Apply each strip where you have the most blackheads, pressing firmly.
- Let the strips dry and harden for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Pull each strip carefully away from the skin. When you do this, you will find the remains of your blackheads on the back of the strips. They have been pulled out.
6. Take Other Precautions to Prevent Blackheads
Finally, there are a few other things you can do to prevent blackheads from forming in the first place.
- Have a good cleansing routine. Wash, tone and moisturize your face every morning and every night.
- Next, make sure that you don’t touch your face throughout the day. The oils on your fingers can help clog pores If you have to touch your face, just make sure to wash your hands first or use a small bottle of hand sanitizer.
- Finally, use quality products on your skin that are non comedogenic. This means they won’t clog your pores.
These are the simple steps that it takes to remove blackheads without scarring your face. These are easy to fix facial problems that can make a big difference in your look. Remember, take care of yourself with good skincare regimens like this one and you will have bright and beautiful skin.
Overall, I hope you enjoyed this article, and as always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts below.