Those pesky blackheads seem to come in droves! Sometimes, one appears, and it seems to multiply. Next thing you know, your time is getting eaten up by trying to get dark-plug-free skin. Squeezing them yourself feels so good but you could just be damaging your skin even more with scarring and the like. Here’s what experts advise you should do.
1.) Use a facial scrub with AHAs and BHAs.
When trying to remove blackheads at home, the safe route is not extraction because that’s usually done with your hands and nails, but exfoliation, so throw away those pore strips right now. Blackheads are hair follicles that were filled with dead skin cells, opening the pore and was exposed to air, which gave it the black color.
A scrub would provide the physical exfoliation. AHAs, such as glycolic acid, and BHAs, like salicylic acid, induce chemical exfoliation, clearing up your pores. Remember to use it thrice a week at most. Otherwise, you’ll end up with dry skin and worsen your skin problems.
2.) Try retinoid creams.
These contain compounds that are very similar to Vitamin A in chemical structure, so they spur your skin into skin cell reproduction, creating new ones to replace the old and dead. It helps reduce dark spots and fine lines, making your skin look younger. Apply this when the salicylic facial scrub doesn’t work. There are also plenty there for sensitive skin.
3.) Try exfoliants with rice powder.
Fighting blackheads sometimes feels like a mix of tradeoffs, where you clear your skin but damage or dry it in the process. One way to avoid it is to look at the products you’re using and what they’re made of. The natural ingredient will be gentler on your skin while still removing dirt and oil, unlike those using beads and nut shells.
4.) Tea tree oil.
When you want one product to deal with several skin issues at the same time, tea tree oil is your go-to from nature. It treats from acne to blackheads to inflammation to bacteria and fungus.
Mix it with fuller’s earth, steam your face, and apply it. Remove it after 5-10 minutes. You can also use it as a tonic and spray it directly on your face by mixing it first with filtered water and apple cider vinegar. Voilà!
5.) See a dermatologist.
In some cases, DIY options don’t produce results. Be sure to try them first before spending those well-earned bucks on an appointment to find out all you need is an over-the-counter answer. However, if you’re juggling different skin concerns or you feel an expert opinion would give you better peace of mind, then it would be the wise option.
These ideas work in general but if you find you need a more tailored approach, keep in mind that our bodies are as unique as personalities. One size might not fit all perfectly but dermatologists do recommend you try out possible solutions before seeing them. Just remember to choose products from a trusted company with ingredients you know would help your body.