Blackheads: An Overview
Blackheads are a common skin issue. While they don’t necessarily do any harm, they can be unsightly, annoying, and may lead to more serious forms of acne. Let's look at blackheads in more depth, including what they are, how to get rid of blackheads, and the best skincare products for clearing blackheads.
What Are Blackheads
Before we look at the best way to get rid of blackheads, let's explore what they are. Blackheads are actually a mild form of acne. They form when your pores and hair follicles become clogged with oil, dead skin, and daily grime that, once it oxidizes, becomes black. While blackheads can form just about anywhere, they're most commonly found on your T-zone area (nose, chin, and forehead), where your skin has the highest concentration of pores and produces the most oil. Nose blackheads are the most common and generally the hardest to control.
What Causes Blackheads
If you have oily skin, you’re more prone to blackheads than others, but anyone can get them. Blackheads form when dead skin cells and excess oil get clogged inside your pores. Because these clogs are exposed, they oxidize and turn black. Whiteheads, on the other hand, form when a pore closes on top of the clog. While some people are simply prone to blackheads, there are some behaviors that can make them worse. The following three factors are linked to blackheads.
Cause #1 - Hormones
Unfortunately, there’s not a lot you can do about this one. When you’re young, hormones fluctuate a lot. Because men have testosterone, acne-linked issues occur with more regularity, but women do get them too.
Cause #2 - Lack of exfoliation
Skin cells naturally shed on a daily basis. Often, these dead skins will compile on the surface of your skin and lead to clogging. Using exfoliating skincare products will help to clear these dead cells, preventing them from clogging your pores and turning into blackheads.
Cause #3 - Surface dirt
Not caring for your skin can also make blackheads more common. Touching your face too often, not washing your pillowcase regularly, and personal hygiene all can play a part.
How to Prevent Blackheads
Depending on your skin type, you might not be able to get rid of blackheads entirely. That said, using a proper skincare routine, with the right products, is essential for preventing blackheads and reducing their appearance. Here are some tips for preventing blackheads.
Prevention #1 - Exfoliate often
The best products for reducing blackheads contain exfoliating ingredients. Preventing those sticky, dead skin cells from entering the pore is the best way to prevent blackheads.
Prevention #2- Don’t touch!
How do you prevent blackheads? Keep your hands off your face! We touch our face roughly 23 times per hour. Stop the habit, and watch many of your skincare woes disappear.
Prevention #3 - Address diet
Some skincare issues are the result of a poor diet. Diets high in sugar and processed foods may lead to inflammation and increased oil production. Eating a clean diet full of vitamin-packed vegetables and lean proteins may lead to clearer skin, less inflammation, and fewer blackheads.
How to Get Rid of Blackheads
Wondering how to remove blackheads? well, firs off, don't squeeze them, doing so will lead to more serious skin concerns like potential scarring. Using a proper skincare routine that gently exfoliates your skin will help to reduce blackheads without irritating your skin. Here's how to build a skincare routine for reducing blackheads.
Method #1 - Cleanse with Salicylic acid
This exfoliating acid is a BHA or beta-hydroxy acid. We won’t go in-depth on the difference between AHAs and BHAs here but salicylic acid is generally the best ingredient for reducing blackheads because it cleans pores deeper than any other ingredients. Not only are dead cells lifted away with salicylic acid but it dissolves excess oil, too.
Method #2- Exfoliate
Using additional exfoliating products like toners and scrubs is a great way to reduce blackheads. Again, BHA products are incredibly useful here but AHAs like Lactic or Glycolic acid also help. Generally, men can use physical exfoliants more often than women because our skin is a little thicker and rougher, but this isn't always the case.
Method #3 - Masks and Retinoids
While retinol-based products are best known for their anti-aging properties, their ability to encourage skin cell turnover will also help to reduce blackheads. Clay masks are another great product to help draw out deep-seated impurities from the skin and reduce blackheads while preventing future blackheads from forming.
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Now that you know how to remove blackheads from your face, it’s time to start using the right products to reach your skincare goals. Ask a Bottlecode Expert to build a skincare routine for your by booking a consultation or shop from our collection of the best products for getting rid of blackheads here.