Blackheads. This one word instils a horrifying dream in every person’s mind. After acne, it is probably the most feared word. If you have got it, chances are that these stubborn blackheads are not ready to leave your skin. You might have tried every recipe in your grandma’s secret book to get rid of the blackheads on your face and every product on the shelf, but nothing seems to work.
So, here we have rounded up the best secrets to help you get rid of the blackheads forever, so that you don’t spend hours in front of the mirror trying to pop the blackheads and realising the next day that there are a dozen more.
But first, let us understand what blackheads are so that you don’t go on a popping spree and end up damaging your skin.
Blackheads are just an oxidized mix of oil and dead skin cells that are sitting in pores — the exposure to air is what causes them to oxidize and turn black. Having them is not a sign that you’re too dirty, so don’t cause more damage by being rough with your skin and scrubbing really hard.
Blackheads differ from other pimples because they are open, and not enclosed by a layer of skin like most spots or pimples.
So, let us see what you can do to stop them.
Watch what you eat
You are what you eat. And hence the 3 coffees you are drinking along with the bottles of beer can cause blackheads. Dairy products and high carb and high-fat diets are also responsible for causing blackheads on your face.
Get enough sleep
Everything is connected to how healthy your body is as a whole. If you have a stress-free life and if you sleep for 7-8 hours daily, your skin will remain healthy and will glow.
Use Salicylic acid gel on the affected area
Salicylic acid is an amazing option for dissolving those blackheads on your face quickly. There are several products available which contain salicylic acid. You can choose to use a leave-on product or a cleanser or soap. Preferably use the leave-on product as the longer exposure would help to get rid of these blackheads sooner.
Retinoids are probably a one-stop solution for a lot of things. Many people with sensitive skin hesitate to try these, but low-strength retinoids are available which would be more tolerable. Try using products containing retinoids in an appropriate amount. Too much of retinoid can damage your skin by drying it. You can go for the leave-on product or a cleanser.
Use an exfoliator
You need to use an enzymatic exfoliator at least twice a week to wash away the surface skin cells and the dead cells. You can opt for the natural exfoliators or on shelf products. Don’t go too harsh on your skin to remove the blackheads or your skin will turn red. Rub in a circular motion slowly and later wash with lukewarm water. This method works like a charm to remove the blackheads on your face.
Go for medicines
You can take medicines like oral contraceptive pills and Spironolactone to reduce the oil production on your skin and for preventing your pores from being blocked. These meds might help to remove the blackheads already present and to prevent new ones from showing up. Medicines should be taken by ones who suffer from chronic blackhead problem.
All the methods described above are extremely drying and strip oils from your skin. So, it is necessary to moisturize to treat your blackheads in the right way. Moisturizing ensures that you maintain a healthy skin as well.
Finding the right balance between these treatments is also important. Don’t try all the methods at once. Try to go over these methods one at a time and see which one works for your skin. Every skin is different and what works for your friend might not work for you. Try to strike the balance between moisturizing and treating your skin. Also, don’t over exert your skin. Treat your skin only twice or thrice a week. If you do more than that, you would probably be drying your skin, as a result harming it.