Discover how to treat and prevent blackheads.
- What Are the Causes of Blackheads?
A blackhead is formed when a follicle becomes clogged with dead cells and oils, creating a bump called a comedone. As the top part of the plug is in contact with the air, it turns dark; hence the term “blackhead.”
Your chances of getting blackheads may be increased by factors like hormonal changes, stress, and using inappropriate products on the face.
- How to Remove Blackheads
Just like acne, there are treatments for blackheads but things can take time. As hormones increase the appearance of blackheads, patience is a virtue.
Don’t Touch Your Blackheads
Blackheads are the result of blocked follicles, so it’s important to keep your pores clean. Touching your blackheads can spread bacteria across your skin, blocking pores and potentially causing more pimples. Popping, squeezing or picking blackheads risks acne scarring too.
Wash Your Face Twice a Day
Try using a gentle cleanser or mild soap to wash your face twice a day. Avoid products that could further irritate your skin, like astringents or facial scrubs.
Keep Your Hair Clean
Greasy hair may transfer oil and dead skin cells to your face. Make sure you wash your hair regularly and try to keep it away from your face.
Try Over-the-counter Acne Products
Always consult your dermatologist first, but acne products containing benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol or salicylic acid can help to dry out the excess oil that causes breakouts.
- How to Prevent Blackheads
Hormones, stress and lifestyle factors mean it’s almost impossible to remove blackheads completely. However, you can make breakouts less likely.
Take Care Not to Overwash Your Skin
It’s tempting to want to wash your face as much as possible. However, overwashing may irritate your skin and take away your natural oils, causing more breakouts. Cleansing once in the morning and once in the evening is normally enough to keep your skin fresh and clean. If you sweat a lot during exercise, it’s also worth washing after working out.
Try Clay-based Products
For centuries, clay has been used as a natural remedy for skin complaints. Bentonite and Kaolin clays in particular are known to have a purifying effect, pulling oil from the skin and controlling shine. To try it for yourself, use a clay mask once or twice a week to unclog pores.
Everyone experiences blackheads at some point in their life. A healthy skincare routine can help you avoid breakouts and speed up skin recovery.
The advice in this article does not constitute medical advice, it is solely available for information purposes. Always consult your doctor about any skin care or health concerns.