All of us have suffered from blemishes and breakouts at some point during our lives. They can rock our self-confidence and leave us feeling low and isolated. At worst acne can come in the form of painful cysts which cover our faces, backs, and necks. At best you might be breakout-free but suffer from the occasional blackhead. Blackheads are notoriously difficult to budge and are tempting to pick at. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about blackheads and how to banish them for good…
What Are Blackheads?
Blackheads can be a bit more bothersome than other spots, mainly because of their color. The dark color of these spots makes them easier to notice and harder to conceal. These spots get their unusual color because they oxidize. Unlike other spots, a blackhead is an open comedo. This means it is exposed to air, which oxidizes it and turns it black. Whiteheads are closed comedones and aren’t exposed to air so remain white. Blackheads form in the same way as other spots. A mixture of dead skin cells, bacteria, and sebum mix together in a pore to clog it and cause a spot.
How Can We Get Rid Of Them?
It is possible to treat blackheads, but it can take some time. If you’ve ever wondered why blackheads don’t seem to budge and thought you were going crazy, you weren’t. Blackheads are so difficult to get rid of because we get no help from our bodies. Blackheads may look unsightly but unlike other spots, they pose no risk or threat to us. So our bodies don’t help us fight them in any way. So we’re all on our own with these ones! Salicylic acid is the holy grail ingredient when it comes to dealing with blackheads. This treatment gently exfoliates your skin, getting rid of dead skin cells and encouraging the production of new ones. In effect, it unclogs pores and leaves them clean. Over the counter treatments and face washes are a good way to start. Use these formulas twice a day.
Alternatively, try using leave-on masks and pinpoint treatments on your blackheads. Beautyambition.com has lots of reviews and recommendations about the best products to use on acne-prone skin. If you really can’t shift your blackheads you can also seek professional help. A doctor will be able to remove the blackhead by extracting it. This is only to be done under clinical conditions, don’t try it at home!
Are There Any Side-Effects?
It is easy to overdo it with salicylic acid. The formula can be incredibly drying and left on the skin for too long you may see some redness. Experiencing and itchy, tight, or uncomfortable sensation isn’t uncommon either. Most likely your skin needs some time to adjust. Lessen the amount of product you’re using if you have any of these symptoms. When your skin calms down you can gradually build it back up again.
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