Our Guide to Busting Those Blackheads

Ew, blackheads. Those stubborn, icky little black spots that can ruin your whole look. Known in the beauty industry as ‘comedones’, blackheads are, simply put, clogged pores. Blackheads occur when dead skin cells and sebum (oil produced by your skin) collect in the pore and react with oxygen from the air. This causes the cells and sebum to oxidize and turn black, hence the name ‘blackhead’.

In the battle against blackheads, a good skincare routine is one of your closest allies. Taking care of your skin and exfoliating regularly will keep your pores clear and prevent blackheads from forming in the first place. Here are some of our tips for winning the blackhead battle.

Start with a deep cleanser. SkinMedica’s Purifying Foaming Wash contains salicylic acid to get to the bottom of your pores and deep cleanse your skin.

Treat areas prone to blackheads (usually the nose, forehead and chin) with an anti-acne treatment to keep your pores clear and treat any existing blackheads. Try Neostrata Oily Skin Solution, which is made of 8% glycolic acid to gently exfoliate your pores and get rid of any excess sebum and dead skin cells.

Use a weekly power treatment like Murad Pomegranate Exfoliating Mask to show those blackheads who is boss. This mask will remove any impurities, loosen dead skin cells and banish those blackheads. It also contains anti-oxidants to soften and treat your skin.

Using a light, hydrating gel like Exuviance Night Renewal HydraGel will keep your skin from getting dehydrated, without clogging pores. This gel contains Alpha Hydroxy Acids and Polyhydroxy Acids to very gently renew your skin and treat blackheads while minimizing large pores.

We don’t usually recommend manually removing blackheads yourself as there is a risk of inflaming the skin and causing scars. Play it safe by going to a trained skin therapist for extractions and using gentle products to safely and effectively treat and prevent blackheads at home.


Aseya Atiq


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