How to Treat Blackheads the Right Way

How to Treat Blackheads the Right Way

It’s time to bid adieu to blackheads and bonjour to spotless skin!

If you've ever struggled with acne, you've probably noticed those annoying black dots that show up on your skin. These spots are known as blackheads, which appear anywhere on your body, but usually on the nose, forehead, and chin. Blackheads can be a real nuisance that keeps coming back. But don't worry, you're not alone in dealing with this common skin issue.

In addition to avoiding picking at them, there are several methods that can help keep your skin clear and spotless. Here are some answers to all your blackhead-related questions to help you manage pesky spots once and for all!

What are blackheads?

Firstly, it's essential to understand what they actually are. Technically referred to as "open comedones," blackheads are easy to spot on the skin thanks to their slightly raised appearance and dark color. Whiteheads, on the other hand, are those with skin covering the spots (hence, they bear the technical term closed comedones). Both bumps aren't painful like pimples because they aren't inflamed.

While comedones are not harmful to your physical health, blackheads can be unsightly and can make you feel self-conscious. The good news is that you can maintain clear and smooth skin with proper treatment and prevention.

What are blackheads caused by?

Blackheads are a common skin concern for many folks. They occur when sebum, an oily substance produced by the skin, mixes with dead skin cells and blocks the pores. The air's exposure to sebum causes them to oxidize and turn black. That said, having blackheads isn't a sign that you have bad hygiene (as those uninformed tend to say). However, if you're prone to getting them, it's worth trying to pinpoint the root cause.

Producing too much body oil, the presence of the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria on the skin, dead skin cells buildup, hormonal changes and taking birth control pills or certain drugs, such as corticosteroids, lithium, or androgens, can up your chances of developing acne and blackheads when your body.

Some believe that what you eat or drink can affect acne. Minimizing your consumption of dairy products and foods that raise blood sugar levels, such as carbohydrates, doesn't hurt.

So, if you hope to prevent blackheads from forming, keep your skin clean, exfoliate regularly, and try to identify and avoid any potential triggers.

Who do blackheads affect?

Blackheads are a common skin issue among teenagers and young adults of both genders undergoing hormonal changes. However, it's not uncommon for adults in their 20s, 30s, and beyond to continue to experience blackheads still. Genetics and hormones can also play a role in excessive oil production, which is a major cause of blackheads. Those with naturally oily skin and larger pore size are, sadly, likelier to experience visible blackheads.

What happens if you don't remove blackheads?

Have you ever wondered what happens if you leave blackheads alone? If they are close to the surface of your skin, they may naturally go away as your skin sheds or with face washing. However, if deeply embedded (often appearing as larger dots), they can become stubborn and require “pore”-fessional extraction. You don't want to risk leaving them untouched, as they can lead to more severe skin issues. Therefore, it's best to take care of them sooner rather than later.

Is it ok to squeeze out blackheads?

Under no circumstances should you pick your blackheads. We know it’s tempting, but hear us out.

When it comes to removing blackheads, many people turn to DIY methods such as pore strips or using sharp tools. While these methods may seem like an easy fix, they can actually pose serious risks to your skin. Pore strips, for example, can be too harsh and strip away healthy oils from your skin, leading to dryness and irritation. Using sharp tools can also cause damage to your skin, leaving scars if not done properly. The same goes for nails, which are the trojan horse of bacteria. Yikes!

It's important to understand the potential risks of these methods and consider seeking professional help for safer and more effective blackhead removal.

How do you get rid of deep blackheads?

Unfortunately, deep blackheads mandate more than just a simple squeeze. It's best to seek the help of a professional, such as a dermatologist or master esthetician. These skilled experts use a steamer to open up pores non-invasively and a specialized tool called a round loop extractor to apply even pressure and gently extract the plug causing the blackhead. With their expertise, they can ensure the blemish is completely removed and minimize the risk of it coming back.

Professional Nano Facial SteamerDo facial steamers help with pores?

Technically speaking, facial steamers don’t "open" up pores. What it actually does is soften oil deposits both inside the pores and on the skin's surface. This can make removing the oil and other debris that can clog pores easier. It’s why estheticians often use steam before extractions during professional facials.

Steaming is generally a safe option for most skin types, but it can be especially helpful for those with blackheads or whiteheads, or for anyone whose pores look larger due to trapped dirt and grime.

Plus, once your pores are clearer, your skincare products can penetrate deeper and work more effectively. Not to mention, facial steaming can also increase blood flow for a healthy glow, reduce puffiness, and provide a soothing spa-like experience.

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What are the best ways to get rid of blackheads?

Whether you want to try at-home remedies or seek professional treatment, there are many remedies for blackheads and whiteheads.

  • Use OTC remedies or topical solutions like azelaic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, retinoids, and more to tackle blackheads sans invasive tools.
  • Consider mechanical exfoliators like the Hydro Deep Cleansing Facial Device. Compared to microdermabrasion that “sands” the skin to discourage pore congestion, this “aqua peel” device uses suction to lift dead skin cells and water to flush impurities out of the pores.
  • Alternatively, chemical peels remove dead skin cells and reveal smoother skin underneath. Mild peels are available over the counter, while stronger peels are performed by dermatologists or other skincare professionals as part of a facial or a stand-alone treatment.
  • Laser and light therapies use tiny beams of intense light to minimize oil production and bacteria. They are excellent choices for treating blackheads and acne without breaking the top layers of the skin.

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How to prevent blackheads?

Blackheads can be frustrating to deal with, but with a proper skincare routine, you can keep them at bay.

  1. Wash your face twice daily with a gentle cleanser. Be careful not to overwash your face, as it can irritate your skin and worsen your acne. Look for products that have antibacterial ingredients that target P. acnes bacteria.
  2. Once a week, perform spring cleaning on your skin.  Use the Professional Nano Facial Steamer to loosen tight pores and the currently-on-sale Cleansing Bundle (makeup remover pads + headband + silicon facial brush) to rid your skin of dirt and dead skin cell buildup.
  3. When purchasing makeup, lotions, or sunscreens, look for the label “oil-free” or “noncomedogenic.” While you’re at it, once in a while, take a break from makeup and let your skin breathe!
  4. Consider exfoliating scrubs and masks to clear dead skin cells and reduce the appearance of blackheads. Just make sure to choose products that won't irritate your skin.

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Treating blackheads the right way requires a combination of consistent skincare routines, healthy lifestyle habits, and professional help when necessary. With patience and persistence, you can score smoother, spotless skin. Remember, prevention is key, so continue to take good care of your skin while waiting for your next spa facial appointment. With these tips in mind, you'll be on your way to healthy, radiant skin in no time!

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