Blackheads are blocked hair follicles (pores) on your skin that are clogged due to dead skin cells and excess oil. These pores are generally referred to as blackheads because the exterior seems dark or just a horrid black. Blackheads are a form of acne, the mild kind. They usually form on the face, but they’re not restricted to just the face. They can also form on your back, chest, neck, arms, and shoulders. Despite what you believe, blackheads can appear on non-oily skin too. So, literally, no one is in the safe. People who have oily skin are more susceptible to blackheads, yes, but anyone can get them. They usually form when your pores are clogged with dead skin, excess oil, and dirt but if treated in a timely manner, you can avoid letting the blackheads settle into the skin.
Blackheads, unlike whiteheads, are not as hard to eradicate. Whiteheads form closed pores which makes it hard for products to seep into the skin to try to get it out. Blackheads, on the other hand, form on open surfaces, which when tend to immediately, can readily be taken out.
Here we’ve broken down what causes blackheads, and how to effectively treat it.
Is having blackheads an indication of whether you’re cleaning your face enough?
Exfoliate. Make it your ritual. But be careful, while exfoliants can really help in removing excess oil, using it too much and too rigorously can leave your skin dehydrated. Physical scrubbing is great for keeping your pores clean but over-usage of either of these can do more damage than good. It might leave your skin dry and rash-ridden, which, we're sure, none of you wants.
Popular opinion seems to say, “Ingredients like salicylic acid may help exfoliate dead cells and remove excess oil from the skin, but if used too frequently or applied too roughly, can cause skin irritation", which is true but one ingredient that helps remove blackheads effectively and efficiently is Charcoal. Charcoal, when used correctly, and in a timely manner can do wonder to your skin and its upkeep. We'd recommend trying our Charcoal Facial Range. See for yourselves.
Is picking at the blackhead OK?
Mindlessly picking at the pore is a huge no-no. For clear skin, you’ll have to dismiss this popular practice of pinching or pushing the black plug out. Not only is it extremely unseemly, doing it the wrong way can actually spread some of the germs to otherwise unaffected areas. We know, you might feel tempted to try to pinch or push the gunk out, but that can also leave scars, and do other damage to your skin. You’ll likely have better results using the tips and tricks outlined below. Keep reading to learn how to get rid of your blackheads and prevent future ones from forming. Trust us, we know what we're talking about.
What are some of the ways you can get that blackhead out?
First things first, thoroughly prepping your skin is always a good place to start. By preparing we meant washing it with a damp warm towel or using steam to open your facial pores a bit. If you can’t, you can just wash your face with some warm water, throw on a warm towel over it and let it rest for 3-4 minutes until your pores start expanding. Cleansing your face with a mild, effective cleanser would be second. Right after the shower would be the ideal time to do this. You’ll also want to apply a thin layer of a heavy moisturizer before starting. By using the moisturizer, the heat in your skin would be trapped in for a little while until it’s time to extract. Once you’re done with it, use either your fingers or a tool to get the black plug out. Again, be careful to moisturize enough before going ahead.
Also, pro-tip: Leave the stubborn ones alone.