Blackheads, known as open comedones, are one of common types of acne. This open comedone is a blackish plug on the skin. Contrary to the popular belief that it is caused by poor hygiene, blackheads are causes by excessive oils and dead skin cells which stuck in the opening of a hair follicle. When the outer most portion of this combination contacts with air, oxidation occurs and turns this portion to black.

Blackheads are common problems for people with oily skin. In oily skin, sebaceous glands are overactive and thus produce more oil than is needed. Blackheads can lead to more severe acne like pimples and cystic acne and permanent problems like enlarged pores and acne scars (if blackheads become blemish).

BlackheadsHow to Get Ridof Blackheads?

The effective blackhead treatment is to remove excessive oils and dead skin cells which can build up in your pores.

Skin care for blackheads

  • Blackhead cleanser: Clean your face twice a day with a cleanser that contains salicylic acid. Salicylic acid helps remove dead skin cells and unclog pores.
  • Moisturizer and sunscreen for blackheads: Use oil-free moisturizer as moisturizer that contains oils will add extra oils to the skin.

Salicylic acid, topical retinoids, Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), and Benzoyl Peroxide can be used to treat and prevent blackheads. They help reduce the level of oil production and remove dead skin cells from the skin.

  • Exfoliation: It is important that you use a gentle exfoliator once or twice a week to remove dead skin cells. Don’t over exfoliating because doing so can lead to skin irritation, trigger oil production, and worsen the problem of blackheads.

Makeup for blackheads. Use water-based makeup labeled as non-comedogenic as oil-based makeup can cause the buildup of oils in your follicles. Don’t forget to remove makeup completely when not needed.

Blackhead removal tools. Comedone extractor or blackhead strip can be used to remove blackheads. A comedone extractor is a small, metal, circular device. To extract blackheads, you have to start with loosening the pores. Place your face over a bowl of very hot water for a few minutes. Then place the extractor on the comedone and push down the surrounding skin, causing the built-up oils to extrude. Make sure that you are using a sterile instrument.

A blackhead strip is an adhesive tape-like strip which can remove blackheads on your nose. Place the strip on your nose and removed it ten minutes later. The strip will take blackheads with it.

Oily skin treatment. You can control the occurrence of blackheads by using proper skin care products for oily skin.

Acne supplements. Vitamin A, E, and zinc are one of acne supplements that help balance your hormone. Hormonal imbalance can trigger the sebaceous glands to produce excessive oils.

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