How to Clear Up Blackheads

Apart from acne, blackheads are another stubborn skin problem we have to deal with. Blackheads are formed when a pore on the skin gets clogged with oil. The black "head" is formed when the oil changes color as it oxidizes.

Fortunately we can clear these blackheads in just a few simple steps.

Cleanse you skin

Sometimes washing the face is not enough. It can’t always wash away deep-seated dirt. That’s why it’s important to exfoliate. Use a gentle facial scrub and gently rub it onto the skin in a circular motion. Focus on the T-zone: the forehead, nose and chin. The T-zone is usually the oiliest area of the face. After exfoliating, use an oil free moisturizer to prevent skin from drying.

Use oil-free products

Remember that blackheads are formed when oil clogs a pore. Throw away your oil-based skin products. The oil in them can clog the pores and may actually boost the formation of blackheads. Use products that are oil-free.

Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide

Acne products usually contain salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. They get rid of the bacteria that causes acne and slough off dead skin and thus unclog the pores. Some acne medications containing salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide can be brought over the counter at drugstores.

Regular facials

Get a facial at least once a month from a professional (certified) esthetician. A professional facial can remove dirt and blackheads that home remedies or store-bought products can’t. A professional esthetician can get rid of stubborn blackheads without damaging the skin plus give professional advice on caring for the skin.

Consult a dermatologist

Finally, if you skin still doesn’t clear up after doing all of the aforementioned steps, perhaps it’s time to consult with your dermatologist. He/she can prescribe a stronger medication to clear your skin of blackheads. A dermatologist can also tell you about your overall skin condition and recommend skin care regimens.