Blackhead strips can be gratifying to use, but they're not a good long-term solution for blackheads.
Beauty advice can feel like a long list of prohibitions. Don't sleep in your makeup. Don't pop your pimples. Don't pick at your skin. So when blackhead strips entered the market, many people were thrilled.
After all, these strips offer the satisfaction of squeezing a blackhead without the skin damage. In just a few minutes, a blackhead strip removes those darkened plugs and improves the appearance of pores.
But blackhead strips will not cure the issues underlying blackheads. The strips can and do work, and there's no shame in using them. But if you rely on them alone to cure your skin woes, you're setting yourself up for failure.
Combating the Cause of Blackheads: Oil
Blackheads and whiteheads are both caused by the same culprit: sebum. Sebum is the natural oil that your skin produces to lubricate and protect itself. But when sebum accumulates in pores, it can trap bacteria, dirt, and other debris, resulting in blackheads.
The truth is that blackhead strips do nothing to eliminate sebum. In fact, they can even stimulate excess sebum production if you use them too much.
To remove excess oil and address the underlying cause of breakouts, you need a daily cleanser that removes oil without stripping your skin. Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel is an excellent everyday choice for acne-prone skin.
The Importance of Exfoliation
Even if your skin doesn't look or feel oily, dead skin cells can trap oil under your skin's surface, producing blackheads. Regular exfoliation removes excess oil and dead skin to help unclog pores. Try Skinstitut Enzymatic Micro Peel for a weekly exfoliation treatment that leaves your skin soft, smooth, and blackhead-free.
The Risks of Excessive Blackhead Strip Use
So are blackhead strips just one more gratifying skin treatment you have to give up? Not even close. The key is to use them in moderation. Stick to once or twice per week. Using them more frequently exposes your skin to a number of risks:
- The adhesives on blackhead strips can clog your pores, particularly if you don't cleanse immediately after use.
- Blackhead strips literally strip everything from your skin, not just dirt and debris, so your skin may become dry and irritated.
- Paradoxically, the adhesives that grab blackheads may also stick to the walls of your pores, becoming trapped and leading to even more blackheads.
- Because blackhead strips don't combat the underlying cause of blackheads, your skin will remain oily—even if it is blackhead-free—if you don't supplement your blackhead strips with another product.