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How to get rid of blackheads

Blackheads form when oil, dead skin, and bacteria combine to produce a gluey gunk (to be scientific) that lodges in your pores, oxidizes, and turns black. They’re a very pesky, very common trait of oily and combination skin that’ll keep coming back unless you treat your skin properly. Here’s the three-step strategy for keeping blackheads at bay.


The breakdown
  1. Wash your face twice a day

    Oil, dead skin, and dirt collect in your pores during the day and while you sleep—that’s how blackheads happen. Washing your face in the morning and evening (with the right cleanser) will help to prevent future blackheads and clear the ones you’ve got.

  2. Use salicylic acid

    Salicylic acid is the secret weapon to blackhead removal. An ingredient found in certain creams and toners, it combines the size and strength to dive deep into your pores, loosen, and destroy existing blackheads better than any other.

  3. Don’t quit

    It takes time and consistency to show blackheads who’s boss. Keep up with your regimen if you want to see real results. Also, we know laundry sucks but be sure to wash your pillowcase regularly.

If you don’t see results with this strategy, you’re likely not dealing with blackheads but rather sebaceous filaments (oil lining your pores). Sebaceous filaments look similar to blackheads but are generally smaller and lighter. Like blackheads, they’re a very common trait of oily skin. I have them on my nose (hi, Rob here), and while you can’t actually get rid of them, you can greatly lessen their appearance by adopting a proper skincare regimen. The right cleanser will wash away excess oil and a quality moisturizer will regulate oil production—preventing build-up in your pores.

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