Top 10 Things to Try If You Want to Remove Blackheads

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Julia Adams

Julia Adams

Last updated:  2021-05-11 14:07:38

Are you tired of problems that come with oily skin types, such as breakouts and blackheads? Yes, we've all been there at some point in our lives. But nobody will tell you that these issues don't just disappear when you enter adulthood. Because we sympathize and understand better than anyone how persistent and annoying this problem can be, we've decided to share some of the things that helped us deal with it. Here's our list of top 10 things to try that will help you remove blackheads. 

10. Don't Use Benzoyl Peroxide

Benzoyl Peroxide is a terrific ingredient but not very effective for blackheads

If you're struggling with acne, you've definitely heard of benzoyl peroxide and used it many times. It's an over-the-counter product that can help you with cysts and pustules as it fights inflammation and swelling. It also kills the underlying bacteria that can be the main cause of a pimple. 

On the other hand, blackheads aren't inflammatory, so this product won't be of much use. These small bumps appear on your skin because of clogged hair follicles and aren't caused by bacteria, so benzoyl peroxide can't help you deal with this issue. Therefore, it's just a common skincare misconception.

9. Take off Your Makeup

Taking off makeup is essential for good skin (Photo by Emma Bauso/Pexels)

When the day is almost over, the last thing on your mind is taking off your makeup. However, like your mom said to you, be very careful with how you treat your face and nourish your skin. Not only does sleeping with your makeup cause more blackheads, but also pimples, inflammation, redness, and eventually wrinkles. 

In particular, people with oily skin should pay the most attention to cleaning their face, as they're more prone to have certain issues. For example, a dermatologist will always recommend a creamy face wash if you suffer from dryness or a foamy cleanser if dealing with excess sebum. So pick the right product according to your needs, and take that extra five minutes at the end of the day to give your skin some love! 

8. Charcoal Mask

Charcoal will cleanse your skin (Photo by Dexter Fernandes/Pexels)

Charcoal has become quite popular in skincare, especially when used as a face mask. Dermatologists claim that it can remove impurities and bacteria from the skin and give you a flawless complexion. That's all great, but do you know how to use a charcoal mask? 

First of all, you'll need to do a patch test, and it's best to try it on the inside of your elbow. In case there's no itching or redness within a few hours, it should be safe to try it on your face. Then, you should thoroughly wash your skin and let it dry. Afterward, apply the charcoal mask evenly on your entire face and let it dry for 15 minutes. Finally, you just need to wash it off and use your regular moisturizer. And remember, no matter how oily your skin is, apply this no more than three times a week. 

7. Clay Mask

Clay mask will unclog your pores (Photo by Shiny Diamond/Pexels)

Clay masks are an excellent choice when dealing with oily skin and breakouts. What they actually do is draw toxins and sebum out of the skin and help unclog pores. In treating blackheads and acne, we recommend that you use a mixture of clay and warm water. 

Specifically, the heat will help release oil and dirt in your skin, leaving you with a healthy complexion. Many clay masks contain sulfur, an amazing natural ingredient that breaks down dead skin cells and consequently removes blackheads. Of course, no matter which version of this product you choose, use it once to two times per week in addition to your overall skincare routine. 

6. Skin Brush

Find a gentle face brush, like a Foreo

Many dermatologists say that skin brushes can be a great way to keep your skin in check, providing a similar effect that your AHAs or BHAs give. Using this technique is exfoliation, in fact, as you physically remove dead skin cells. 

Remember to check with a dermatologist or an esthetician if this method is a good choice for you. For example, people with sensitive skin or skin prone to rosacea should never do it. On the other hand, if your issue is oiliness, acne, and blackheads, it's a great addition to your routine. However, it's best to use it only once a week and pick a gentle brush that's not too harsh on your skin. 

5. Non-comedogenic Products

Non-comedogenic products should be your go-to (Photo by Sora Shimazaki/Pexels)

If you're already prone to problematic skin conditions, including acne and blackheads, you should use only non-comedogenic products. That goes for your skincare and your makeup products, with special attention to your moisturizer and liquid powder, which sits on your face the most. 

But what does non-comedogenic really mean, and how to pick the right product? Specifically, it indicates that the product you use won't cause you clogged pores or comedones. To find out which one is safe to use for your skin type, you have to carefully read the labels. In reality, moisturizers and other skincare products which are non-comedogenic usually don't contain any oils and are lightweight. 

4. Chemical Peel

What to expect from a peel

In case none of the previous options works for you, consider trying out a chemical peel. Although mostly used for its anti-age properties, it's also a great choice for people dealing with acne and blackheads. Peels usually contain some great AHAs, like glycolic acid, that provide great exfoliation. 

After the treatment, you may immediately see the benefits reflected in smoother and refreshed-looking skin. Although a chemical peel isn't considered a primary procedure to eliminate blackheads, it removes dead skin cells and cleans pores, which will help greatly. And if you have mature skin in combination with your main problem, don't waste a minute, and try this treatment.

3. Topical Retinoids

Topical retinoids are beneficial for your skin on so many levels

One of the most reliable and scientifically proven ways to get rid of acne, pimples, and blackheads is definitely using retinoids. They're not over-the-counter products and must be prescribed by a dermatologist. In which way does this ingredient help you, and what is it exactly? 

A retinoid is a form of vitamin A that stimulates cell turnover on the skin. What this actually means is that dead skin cells are removed more quickly to be replaced by new ones. Specifically, this process opens your pores, thus releasing the bacteria or dirt that causes pimples or blackheads. Not only that this ingredient is great for acne, but also for treating scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. 

2. Salicylic Acid

Learn everything about salicylic acid

Salicylic acid is a great ingredient that deeply cleanses your pores but can be quite irritating and drying on the skin at the same time. That's why it would be best to implement it into your skincare regime through a cleanser. Dermatologists and doctors claim it is by far the best component you can use to remove blackheads because it breaks down the excess oil and dead skin cells. 

In the beginning, try to implement a daily cleanser with salicylic acid once per day, preferably at night. Then, as your skin adapts to it, you can try to wash your face with it in the mornings also. But remember, many people are susceptible to this ingredient, so don't overdo it, because potentially you could cause more harm than good. 

1. Visit a Dermatologist

Sometimes only a professional can help you

Whether some of the previous options work for you, remember, for a skincare product to achieve full results, it usually takes around 12 weeks. In case you don't have the patience to wait, or nothing truly helps you, it's probably time to get that dermatologist appointment. 

Besides prescribing some oral drugs that can help your cause, or some retinoids, a doctor can also perform a professional extraction. Really, there's nothing like advice from a dermatologist who can help you realize why are the things you're doing wrong. So if you're struggling with blackheads for years, don't waste time, and book your appointment with a professional. 

In the end, we must note that all the advice we gave you are great routines to implement even if you're only trying to maintain a healthy complexion. But remember that we're all different and need a personalized skincare regime. So before trying something outrageous, consult with a dermatologist who will lead you in the right direction. 

Tell us, what did you think of our top 10 tips to get rid of blackheads, and have you tried any? Share your experience in the comments section. 

Cover photo: Sora Shimazaki/Pexels


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