What are blackheads?
Firstly, if we are to banish them we need to understand what little pesky blackheads actually are, and find out what causes them. Scientifically known as a ‘comedone’ a blackhead forms when a drop of sebum (oil) becomes encapsulated by the overlaying skin cells on the skins surface, says Dr. Sam Van Eeden.
It sort of turns in to a wax block, that is made up of dead skin cells, debris and bacteria within one of your pores. Sounds lovely I know. Exfoliation of these extra layers of skin cells are particularly less frequent in adolescents, which is why teens often suffer from blackheads.
At first the encapsulated sebum appears as a white pimple under the skin, a white head. However, once the wax block becomes exposed to oxygen, for example once a face scrub is used and the skin is opened, it oxidises and turns black as a result, causing a black head.
So, how to get rid of blackheads?
Good skin hygiene
The most important thing is that you have good skin hygiene. If you use the HOMMAGE Purify Face Cleanser facial wash daily. This will ensure your skin is thoroughly cleansed due to the active ingredients that lifts oil and dirt from the pores of your skin. Ensure that you spend 10-15 seconds scrubbing your face twice daily with this wash. The longer time that you spend cleaning your skin the the more exfoliation your skin will get and you will remove the bulking up layers of dead skin cells. Once you begin using the HOMMAGE Face Cleanser you will already begin to see a big difference in preventing and improving the skin issue. Although this may no cure blackhead altogether it will help to reduce and prevent blackheads once you exfoliate and lift the oil from your skin properly. Also incorporate a merchanized brush into your routine as they help wash out your pores faster. If you have oily skin use one everyday but if you have sensitive or dry skin only use them once a week.
Use pore strips
Press on a pore strip, pore strips get rid of blackheads by pulling them out of your pores and they also work a lot better once the pore has been loosened. To do so you can also try using a benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid treatment cream a few nights in a row before using a pore strip.
Use a clay mask
Use an oil-absorbing clay mask once a week for 10-15 minutes. This will help you to control the amount of oil that your skin produces. The less oil your skin has the less blackheads you will see.
Use Oil-Dissolving facial wipes
One way to get rid of blackheads is to use a facial wipe that includes magic, glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids which will every other night. Wipes containing these ingredients will clear away any dead skin cells that are blocking the pores and help break down the dead skin.
See your dermatologist
If you still aren’t seeing progress in your skin then consider seeing a dermatologist after you’ve tried the changes to your skin routine for over a month. A dermatologist may prescribe you creams such as Retin A or Differen gel to reduce blackheads.
Another option your dermatologist might opt for when tackling blackheads, is a comedone (blackhead) extractor tool. This is manual removal of the thin layer of skin that covers the oil droplet and then carefully extracting the droplet. Once the blackheads are all removed its important that you begin using a good exfoliating wash such as the HOMMAGE Refine Exfoliating Mask.