Before getting into what you should do to help reduce blackheads, first you must understand what blackheads are. Blackheads are a mix of oil and dirt that are sitting in your pores. When they are exposed to air they oxidize, causing them to turn black. Having blackheads doesn’t mean you’re a dirty person so don’t try scrubbing your skin to get them out.
1. Exfoliate- After cleansing with your normal cleanser exfoliate 2-3 times a week. Exfoliating is a different type of cleanser that has beads in it. The beads act as an abrasive texture on your skin which removes the dead dull skin cells on your skin. The reason why exfoliating is so important, not only for blackheads, but for your skin is because in order to fully remove blackheads, you must loosen them up by exfoliating.
2. Cleansers With Salicylic acid Salicylic acid is an ingredient in cleaners and spot treatments to get rid of pimples. Salicylic acid is effective in the long-term, it helps prevent new blackheads from becoming and keeping your pores small and clear.
3. Finding a Blackhead Treatment that Works For You- Every skin type is different. For help figuring out which skin type you are click Here. Many blackheads simply arise from not exfoliating enough and washing your face morning and night. However, some are more stubborn. Those need extra attention from using clay masks to using special treatment masks and serums to really kick them out the right way. If you are unsure of which products to use for this crucial step, email me and I will find them for you.
4. Moisturize- Many people skip this step which is arguably the most important step. Moisturizing your skin after all these drying products is crucial to maintaining the correct oil production. When your skin is so dry it thinks “I need to produce more oil to make up for the dryness”. This is how blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples form. Once again email me if you need help picking a cleanser.