Blackheads, much like cockroaches, are the worst for this very reason: every time you squeeze one of them away, you find dozens more to tackle. What exactly are these pesky dark spots? Blackheads form when a clog or plug develops in the opening of hair follicles in your skin.
Each follicle contains one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces oil. This oil, called sebum, helps keep your skin soft. Dead skin cells and oils collect in the opening to the skin follicle, producing a bump called a comedo.
While trying to erase them makes them multiply, you can resort to other ideas for solutions. Squeezing blackheads out is also bad idea as it can damage the skin. Luckily, some formula creams as well as inexpensive home remedies–that don’t involve squeezing–can help remove blackheads safely and effectively.
First of all, wash your face using warm water and a gentle exfoliating scrub. The exfoliating scrub will help to remove dead skin cells. Apply steam to your face to open the pores. You can do this by boiling a pan of water and standing with a towel draped over your head above the steam for 10 to 15 minutes until the water has cooled. If you wish, you can add some fragrant herbs to the water such as rosemary or chamomile.
Apply raw egg whites to your face and allow them to dry thoroughly. Egg whites will tighten the pores as they dry, safely forcing the blackheads out. After 10 to 15 minutes, gently wash your face with a warm, wet washcloth to remove the egg whites.
Alternatively, warm a small amount of honey in the microwave for ten seconds. Apply the warm honey to your face and allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes. The honey acts as a natural peel that’s effective in removing blackheads.
For creams and lotions, ideally you need to look for salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is a great option for dissolving those blackheads away, and it can be found in over-the-counter products. Ideally, you’d use a leave-on product rather than a cleanser or soap, since the longer the exposure to the active ingredient, the better it’ll work. After using a salicylic acid product for several weeks, many of the blackheads will resolve, but others will just loosen.
The best defense against the dark arts of blackheads also includes moisturizing. Yes! All of these methods mentioned above may strip oils from the skin and be drying, so you might be surprised to learn that you need to moisturize to treat their blackheads. It’s important to maintain the right balance in the skin, and moisturizing will allow you to continue using exfoliating products without any issues. If a retinoid is too drying, try applying it over moisturizer (or even between layers of moisturizer). Also, choose non-comedogenic moisturizers only because they won’t clog the pores.
It is also recommended to use an enzymatic exfoliator at least twice a week. What you eat can have a negative effect on your skin. Staying hydrated and eating a healthy diet will help prevent acne and blackheads.