How to get rid of blackheads is a question we get a lot from our clients and customers. What a lot of people don't know is there are simple solutions and there are various reasons why you have blackheads.
Let’s take a look at these and our tips to help you manage those blackheads!
What are blackheads?
Blackheads are one of the most common forms of acne, they are slightly raised although are not painful, because they are not inflamed like pimples. As they are not infected, no pain or redness comes with them. They visibly look like small black dots.
They form when a hair follicle gets clogged with dead skin cells and excess oil (sebum). These blockages get stuck there and slowly oxidize their surface and changing colour to black. It’s more noticeable in areas of your skin with more open pores and oil production. For example, the nose, cheeks and back.
Why do hair follicles get clogged?
There are two factors:
1. Dead skin cells
Our skin naturally sheds dead skin cells every 1 to 3 months depending on our age and skin condition. There could be some obstructions in this process, causing dead skin to stay on the skin and clogging the hair follicles.
2. Excess oil
Our skin naturally produces oil to protect the skin and prevent moisture loss. Some people naturally produce excessive oil, but truly any skin type can overproduce oil under certain conditions - for instance, if the products you are applying to your skin don't suit your skin type, you could end up with excessive oil left on your skin.
What are some tips to combating blackheads?
1. Cleanse the skin in the morning and double cleanse at night
This is the most important step to keep skin clear. Remember to choose a Cleanser specific to your skin type. Double cleansing at night is essential because during the day, excess oil, dirt, and impurities can build up on the surface of the skin. It’s necessary to remove them every night to ensure your skin remains clear - only a single cleanse won’t be enough.
- Start your 1st cleanse the right way
- Effectively removes oil, dirt, grime and make-up
2. Use Salicylic Acid
Salicylic Acid is a type of BHA’s and one of the hero ingredients to treat blackheads. It breaks down excess oil and dead skin cells from pores that lead to congestion and an increase in blackheads.
- Clears breakouts and congestion
- Reduces visible ageing
3. Use Retinol
Among Retinol's numerous benefits, increasing cell turnover is what will keep pores clear and help skin stay hydrated and smooth.
- Helps reduce congestion, uneven skin tone and fine lines and wrinkles
4. Regular but not over-exfoliation
Exfoliation is vital to get rid of dead skin cells and all skin types will benefit from it. However, some people think the more exfoliation, the better, which is a huge misconception!
Over exfoliating will remove more oil than necessary, leaving the skin dry. The skin will then produce more oil to compensate for this lack of moisture, which in turn will create even more blackheads. So remember, moderation and suitable exfoliation is the key.
- Removes dulling surface debris that causes congestion
- Reveals brighter smoother skin
5. Use non-comedogenic skincare products
A non-comedogenic product is one that was formulated to not block or clog pores. The whole Dermalogica range is non-comedogenic. Another important note is to choose a product compatible with your skin oil production and skin type.
6. Use Activated Charcoal Powder
Activated Charcoal powder is a natural ingredient that works as an antibacterial, natural exfoliant that attracts toxins and impurities from the skin like a magnet, bringing them out of your skin.
- A dual-action cleanser purifies pores for smoother skin
- Protects skin microbiome
7. Keep the skin Hydrated
The skin needs hydration to be functional. If there is a lack of hydration, the skin over produces oil to compensate. Again you don't want to have excess oil on the skin!
Drinking water is, of course, a good idea, but the truth is that the skin is unfortunately the last organ to receive the benefits from it. It’s much quicker and effective if the skin can load hydration topically from a product such as a good moisturiser, appropriate for your skin type and concerns.
- Non-greasy and suitable for all skin types
- Hydrates tissues and smooths fine lines of dehydration
8. Try a Chemical peel
Chemical Peels are beneficial to the skin in many ways. It helps remove dead skin cells, controls oil production, helps minimise the appearance of pores and hydrates the skin. Getting multiple benefits from only one treatment is surely a bonus withs the Chemical Peels.
To learn more about achieving those professional skin treatment results at home, then read our blog on Achieving your most Radiant Skin..Ever!
- Your prfessional at-home peel
- Brings radiance and softeness to your skin
- Brighter and healthier looking skin
If you still cannot get rid of blackheads, extraction by a qualified Skin Therapist is a great option. I know it’s tempting, BUT don't try to do it yourself! Without the right technique, it risks irritating and causing skin infections.
If you’re interested in the Skin Treatments we offer for blackheads or products for your home care, please reach out to us at any time. Our Skin Experts will be happy to find the best for your skin.