Skin Matters

How Do I Get Rid Of Blackheads?

The right skincare steps and products will keep those bothersome dots away.

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In order to treat blackheads, you need to understand what causes them first. Here's the lowdown: When the excess oil and dirt that's trapped in your pores comes into contact with air, it oxidizes and turns black. When this happens, it gets harder for your skin to unclog the pore without a little (or a lot of) help. Keep reading to find out what you can do!

Go for a cleanser with salicylic acid.

It's your best ally since it unclogs the blockage and helps loosen it from your pores without irritating your skin. Want more good news? When you combine salicylic acid with scrub beads in a wash, this helps prevent new blackheads from forming even more by making sure the walls of your pores are scrubbed clean.

Try a blackhead-fighting toner.

Been wearing more makeup lately or constantly hitting the gym often? Give your regular cleanser a hand by pairing it with a toner that has mineral grains to help wipe away deep-seated, pore-clogging residue and excess grease. Use it daily if you have oily skin or every other day if your skin is dry and sensitive.

 

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Spot correct ASAP.

If you feel like a blackhead is beginning to form, take action right away by applying an overnight pimple gel with our favorite ingredient, salicylic acid. Just make sure your face is extra clean before you dab a thin layer over the problem spot. This way, the gel can penetrate your skin faster and the active ingredients can work its blemish-clearing magic while you sleep.

Moisturize with the right ingredients.

Don't be fooled: Having dry skin actually makes you prone to blackheads and breakouts since your skin needs to produce more oil to compensate. Experts recommend using a moisturizer with retinol, since it stimulates the skin's turn over process and helps slough off the dead skin cells that can block your pores.

Head to the derma.

Don't get tempted to buy those pore strips! When push comes to shove, head to a PDS-certified dermatologist and ask if you should have your blackheads extracted by a pro. It's way better than doing a DIY job since the risk of scarring (or infections!) will be close to zero.

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