Nobody enjoys getting acne, least of all those pesky blackheads that seem to pop up when you least expect it. Blackheads occur when your pores become clogged with excess sebum (an oil created by the sebaceous glands that keeps skin supple) and dead skin cells. A blackhead occurs when the pore is open, as the excess of sebum/dead skin cells oxidizes when it comes in contact with the oxygen in the air, turning the pimple black. Harshly scrubbing your face will not get rid of blackheads but will actually strip your skin of oils and cause more sebum to leak out. Also, do not pop blackheads unless you want to risk permanent facial scarring. Instead, here are a few good solutions to getting rid of blackheads that you can try out!
- Bentonite clay masks
Bentonite clay is a mineral-rich substance that has been used for centuries to treat various skin-related ailments. When applying a Bentonite clay mask, your skin receives all of the clay’s nutrients while simultaneously drawing out the oils and impurities within your blackheads. It also helps with circulation, which helps with overall skin tone and health. Mix the clay with water if you have dry or sensitive skin, spread the mixture over your face and leave on until the clay hardens, then wash everything off with water or a wet cloth and view the results!
- Pore strips
Pore strips are an easy and effective way of treating blackheads and is far less painful than popping all your acne. You can make your own pore strips using honey and strips of cotton (milk or cinammon are good supplementary ingredients, as both contain soothing and regenerative properties), spreading the honey over your face and stripping it off using the cotton. Honey has antibacterial properties that can help nourish the skin after it’s been stripped off. You can also purchase storebought ones like Acymer 2x Blackhead Removal Strips, but make sure you stick to your beauty routine to avoid getting more blackheads!
- Baking soda
Baking soda is an effective treatment for blackheads as well as acne as it works as a mildly abrasive exfoliant when mixed with water, helping to clear the skin of dirt and other impurities and stripping away dead skin cells without damaging the skin or infecting it with chemicals. Mix two teaspoons of baking soda with a bit of water to form a paste, then spread over your face and wait for it to dry up before rinsing it off with warm water.
Microdermabrasion is a professional procedure that can be used for extreme cases of acne. A small tube is moved across the surface of the face, blowing tiny micro crystals onto the skin while simultaneously sucking up the top layer of dead skin cells to expose the layer underneath. It sucks out blackheads like a vacuum cleaner, but too much can actually make blackheads harder to remove and pores can become damaged and tough, so take caution!