Do you have blackheads? If you don’t, you’re one of the lucky few. Blackheads are a mixture of oil and dead skin cells that get stuck in pores. They’re black because their exposure to air (oxygen) turns them black. Now that you know what blackheads are, you probably want to know how to get rid of them.
Unfortunately, you probably won’t be able to get rid of them for good, but you can try to find a way that works for you that might help decrease them.
Try a salicylic acid treatment gel. After you wash your face and moisturize, use the treatment gel overnight to get rid of blackheads or loosen them. You can also try a retinoid cream. If your skin is sensitive to retinoids, try a low-strength one. Ask your dermatologist if you are unsure what product to try or if you have very sensitive skin.
Don’t forget to exfoliate a few times a week. The best exfoliators to get rid of blackheads contain papaya, charcoal, pineapple or clay. Our Complete Clarity Exfoliating Polish is gentle enough to be used every day. You can also use a vibrating scrub brush a few times a week to really loosen up your pores.
You can also try a pore strip to remove blackheads. Actually, did you know that you can make them at home yourself? All you have to do is mix one tablespoon of gelatin with one and a half tablespoons of milk, yogurt or kefir. Mix them in a pot on low heat until the gelatin dissolves. Let cool as needed, but leave warm. Apply a thin layer anywhere you’d like to remove blackheads. Let sit for about 10-15 minutes and then peel off.
Warming face masks can also help pull out the debris from your pores. Try our Thermal Detox Warming Cleansing Mask to get rid of blackheads and leave your skin moisturized and soft.
You can also get them taken care of with a facial by a professional treatment if you really want to treat yourself. This may last longer than other DIY treatments.
Lastly, don’t forget to moisturize. Treatments to remove blackheads can be very drying, so make sure you are moisturizing properly.
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