Blackheads have been a cause for concern for many of us at least once in our lives, it’s usually people with an oilier skin type having a larger chance of getting blackheads, however, they can affect everyone. Blackheads are one of the most common forms of blemishes found on the skin.
A blackhead is called a blemish and is generally considered in the acne-related skin concerns. However, unlike spots that are inflamed and swollen in appearance, a blackhead is a flat and open blemish that does not contain bacteria like a whitehead or spot. This generally means you can treat them differently. So, you’re probably wondering what a blackhead is? Let us quickly explain what they are, why we get them and how to get rid of blackheads.
What is a blackhead?
Blackheads are formed by a combination of dead skin cells and excess oil (also called sebum) that is found on the skin. They appear black through oxidising due to the fact they don’t have bacteria in them which causes them to swell and have the pore close up, unlike whiteheads.
There are many ways of keeping blackheads at bay, but it does mean you have to stick to a skincare routine that will help you keep your skin clear and prevent any future ones. Read on and take a look at our tips and advice on how to get rid of blackheads.
1. Exfoliating to get rid of blackheads
The first thing you can try is exfoliating, if you do not already an exfoliating product in your skincare routine then adding a scrub is the best place to start.
It’s best to use a face scrub about 2-3 times a week to remove any dead skin cells that build up and can cause blackheads and even spots. Oily skin benefits well from regular face scrubbing due to the excess amount of sebum (oil) produced on the skin. Procoal’s Activated Charcoal Exfoliating Face Scrub is a powerful blend of detoxifying charcoal and rejuvenating pumice. With thanks to the calendula oil, you won’t strip your skin of any vital water and oils needed to keep it at its most healthy and comfortable.
To exfoliate regularly will result in your skin having a balanced overall appearance. It will also mean you will find pesky blackheads will stay at bay for longer! There are also different options for you to consider if you wanted to add exfoliation to your routine.
For example, there are liquid exfoliating acids, such as alpha and beta hydroxy acids (also known as AHAs and BHAs) both of which are great for clearing away build-up and any traces of left-over makeup whilst gently remove any existing blackheads. Opting for a product that contains salicylic acid is the best place to start as this will clear the skin gently without too much maintenance and will restore the glow to your skin.
Seeing as blackheads are usually found on the upper layers of your skin, unlike spots and blemishes, exfoliation is an important part of your skincare routine to keep on top of blackheads. It’s certainly worth introducing if you haven’t already.
If you already use a scrub or liquid exfoliation and are after something else to battle those blackheads, there are also skin brushes. Unlike manual exfoliation, a face brush does the hard work for you and applies the correct amount of pressure to the skin to avoid any irritation or unwanted stripping of the skin. There is a large range of skin brushes available for all budgets so head out for a hunt!
2. Using face masks to get rid of blackheads
I know it feels as though all we seem to talk about it face masks, but with good reason! Clay-based face masks are great at combating blackhead problems. Not only are they the best product for oily skin types, but they are also powerful at retrieving dirt, oil and anything problematic found deep down in your pores.
Once they have removed those unwanted elements clay also works hard at dislodging blackheads.
Another super ingredient to have in a face mask for blackhead combating is activated charcoal, much like clay, charcoal is great for oily skin as it works deep down in your pores detoxifying and drawing away oils, impurities and dead skin cells. Procoal understood just how powerful both these ingredients are and so added them both to the Activated Charcoal Purifying Detox Mask, a skin-transforming mask that contains three different types of clay and charcoal to formulate a mask that dries in 10 minutes and leaves the skin with a healthy glow, whilst eliminating impurities and excess sebum on the skin. Unclogging the pores and removing blackheads!
3. Professional treatments to get rid of blackheads
With blackheads being considered in the same bracket as spots and acne, it will come as no surprise that picking, squeezing and popping a blackhead is a no go. Luckily, blackheads do not contain bacteria unlike spots, but if they are tampered with by you having an at-home facial. That could be the start of something, with infection becoming a possibility. When it comes to blackhead removals the best method to try at home are pore clearing strips. Be sure they are gentle to the skin and remove with ease without any ingredients that can irritate.
As for removing a blackhead, well going by what the videos posted by Dr Pimple Popper aka Dr Sharon Lee, an American dermatologist, famous for her extraction videos on US television programme TLC and her other social channels, something that may appear as a simple blackhead could, in fact, be infected or a cyst. This is why getting a professional to perform extractions is vital.
With a professional extraction, they will use the best tools for the procedure, blackhead extraction tools are designed to allow the experts to loosen the blackhead and remove without causing any permanent damage, such as scarring, over-stretching the pores and prevents bacteria being pushed deep into the pores creating infections.
What else can you do to get rid of blackheads?
The last couple of tips we have to share with you are very simple you’d be pleased to know!
First of all, sleeping with your makeup on can be a recipe for disaster. By not removing your makeup before bed will not only destroy your bed linen, it will also mean your skin has not been cleaned. Meaning the build-up of dead skin cells and oil is joined by makeup products, which happily make their way deep into your pores! This will always, without a doubt, lead to a breakout or blackheads and spots! So even if you find yourself rolling home at gone midnight and just a little bit too tired to remove your makeup, well, you have been warned…
So there you have our top tips on how to get rid of blackheads, using these tricks will result in you being able to have a handle on your skin and keeping it as healthy and clear looking as possible.