How to eliminate Blackheads - A Comprehensive Guide

There are masses of articles online telling us how to get rid of acne and spots, but not so many telling us how to get rid of blackheads. Although not as apparent as acne, sufferers can feel very self-conscious about blackheads and find them distressing. Hopefully, you will find this guide comprehensive enough to answer any possible questions you may have on how to get rid of blackheads. So read on.    Knowing how to get rid of blackheads in a non-abrasive and gentle manner is a key factor to consider when it comes to maintaining healthy glowing skin. If you are too harsh or aggressive when trying to get rid of blackheads then you could end up leaving your fragile skin damaged, sore, and looking worse than it did before.

There are masses of articles online telling us how to get rid of acne and spots, but not so many telling us how to get rid of blackheads. Although not as apparent as acne, sufferers can feel very self-conscious about blackheads and find them distressing. Hopefully, you will find this guide comprehensive enough to answer any possible questions you may have on how to get rid of blackheads. So read on.

Knowing how to get rid of blackheads in a non-abrasive and gentle manner is a key factor to consider when it comes to maintaining healthy glowing skin. If you are too harsh or aggressive when trying to get rid of blackheads then you could end up leaving your fragile skin damaged, sore, and looking worse than it did before.

It's important to understand the causes of blackheads if we want to combat them effectively. Blackheads can develop at any stage of a person's life but generally start from the teenage years onwards. This is because our hormones are going crazy during our teens. We start producing high levels of androgen and other oil-producing hormones. These oils (known as Sebum), along with a few dead skin cells collect in our skin's pores where they become exposed to oxygen which turns them black and solid. Particularly oily areas of the skin such as the nose, chin, and cheeks are usually affected by blackheads the most. Sometimes they can appear in clusters across an area of the skin (this is often the case on the nose) and sometimes as large individual blackheads.

So that's what blackheads are, but what can we do about them?

Preventing Blackheads

Well first off, prevention is better than cure. Keeping on top of your skincare regime will help stop blackheads from forming before they even develop. It doesn't have to be an extensive and time-consuming regime, it just has to be regular. At least twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, use a warm damp flannel to open up your pores before washing your face with a little mild anti-bacterial soap. Soap infused with tea tree oil has become a popular choice for people looking for a natural anti-bacterial option.

If you wear make-up make sure you remove it all completed before you go to bed at night. Make-up is a big cause of blackheads because it blocks up the pores in your skin and is often greasy. Greasy and clogged up pores are a recipe for disaster as far as blackheads are concerned so get yourself into the habit of thoroughly removing your make-up.

If you don't do it already, you may want to consider using an exfoliate or face scrub about once a week. This will help remove dead skin cells from your pores and prevent them from getting blocked. Anyone who already suffers from acne should probably give exfoliates and face scrubs a miss, as they will only further agitate and damage inflamed skin.

Diet is an important part of preventing the formation of blackheads, and of maintaining healthy glowing skin in general. Drinking plenty of water daily will hydrate the skin and allow it to naturally exfoliate clogged up pores of oil and dead cell debris. Eating a well balanced and healthy diet will improve your skin's overall appearance, giving it a real natural glow. Avoid greasy foods such as burgers and pizza's etc if possible, as they will just make matters worse.

So that's the prevention out of the way, but what can you do right now to get rid of any blackheads that have already developed?

How to get rid of Blackheads

There are a few approaches we can take when trying to get rid of blackheads. Some more effective than others. The most obvious one is to squeeze them out, but you've got to make sure you do it right, and, as we mentioned earlier, not damage your skin in the process. So start with the more gentle methods first.

The Steaming Method

Firstly, we need to encourage those clogged pores to open up a bit and make it easier to remove the blackhead. You should do the following process first before embarking on any sort of blackhead removal attempt.

Fill a bowl up with hot water (hot but not boiling), the place you head above the water so that your face can take advantage of the steam. You may want to drape a towel over the back of your head so that it traps the steam in, giving you the full benefit. Stay like this for about 5 minutes until your face is wet with perspiration and condensation. Your pores should be opened up now, ready to safely get rid of those pesky blackheads.

There is a wide selection of products available online or from your local pharmacy which is specially made for easier, more effective face steaming, it might be worth checking them out too.

Have a cotton ball or cotton make-up pad handy and dip it into the hot water, squeeze off any excess water then run it over the affected areas of your skin. Rinse the pad off in the water and repeat the process two or three times, ensure the pad remains hot. This should take away any dislodged blackheads that had become loose throughout the facial steaming. You may want to cleanse after using this steaming method.

Exfoliates and Face Scrubs

As we mentioned earlier in this article, using a good quality face scrub or exfoliate will not only help prevent blackheads by removing dead skin cells, but it will also help remove any blackheads which have already formed. It's important not to overdo it when it comes to scrubs. Once a week will be plenty.

Read also: Blackheads Removal Tools 

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