The right cocktail of products can target blackheads, giving you clear, beautiful skin in a matter of days.
While most people struggle with blackheads from time to time, the truth is that you don't have to. The right skincare regimen can virtually eliminate these unpleasant little marks. Here's how to make blackheads a thing of the past.
The Right Cleanser
Begin with a cleanser designed for oily or acne-prone skin. Cleanse your face before bed, and gently cleanse with a micellar water when you wake up. Cleansing is the most important step in the fight against blackheads, so consider trying a couple of products before deciding on one you like.
If your skin is sensitive or prone to dryness, steer clear of using multiple skincare products with active ingredients. Choosing a serum with active ingredients, in combination with a gentle cleanser and moisturiser, is always a good idea. A cleanser with actives will often not be on the skin long enough to do the job it needs to to banish blackheads, and it's much easier to only apply a serum to the areas of your skin that need treatment.
If you'd like to keep things simple, choosing a cleanser designed specifically for blackhead control is a great idea. Medik8 Pore Cleanse Gel contains both AHAs and BHAs for blackhead clearing, and works to gently exfoliate the skin.
Even if your skin doesn't seem oily, you can develop blackheads when dead skin becomes trapped in your pores—or when that skin traps makeup and dirt just beneath the skin's surface. Gentle exfoliation controls excess oil and eliminates dead skin that can become trapped in pores.
If you only have a few blackheads, you may find that a healthy skincare regimen is all you need to get rid of them. But if you're prone to regular breakouts or have very oily skin, it's time to bring in the reinforcements and add another product to your routine.
Targeted treatments containing salicylic acid or glycolic acid remove excess oil and debris, thereby eliminating blackheads. These products can dry your skin and cause irritation, so apply them only to the affected area—not to your entire face. Adore Beauty skincare experts can help you choose a product that is right for you, simply fill out this form.
Start with an every-other-day approach, then gradually increase to once per day. Your skin can adjust slowly to these products without allergic reactions or excessive peeling.
As with most things in life, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to blackheads. Some steps you can take to reduce the frequency of your breakouts include:
- Wear makeup only when you have to and take it off as soon as you are able, or choose makeup for sensitive or acne-prone skin.
- Never squeeze blackheads. Doing so can push the plug deeper into your skin and introduce pimple-causing bacteria.
- You should also avoid touching your face, since your hands can introduce bacteria to the skin.
- Use only lightweight, non-comedogenic skincare products.
- Use a good daily moisturiser to offset the potentially drying effects of acne treatments on dry and sensitive skin. A good example is Medik8 Beta Moisturise, as it is a light, oil-free moisturiser that will help to reduce blackheads without clogging the pores.