Skin 101: Blackheads & How To Get Rid Of Them

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What are blackheads and how can we banish them for good? 

Blackheads are caused by a mix of oil and dead skin cells that sit in your pores and oxidize (exposure to air), which causes them to look dark. Having blackheads does not mean that you are dirty, in fact many women that have great skincare routines still suffer from pesky blackheads. 

Getting rid of blackheads can feel like an extremely hard task to overcome. However, since blackheads is the mixture between dead skin cells and oil, exfoliation is the key. Exfoliating with a cleanser two to three times a week will benefit your skin tremendously as a whole. If you have sensitive skin, exfoliating once a week is best. 

Exfoliators that are papaya, pumpkin, or charcoal based are best for getting blackheads out of your skin. Exolfiating everyday is bad for your skin because it can cause redness and irritation due to stripping the skin of its natural oils. 

Before exfoliating, make sure you skin is free of makeup. Wash your face with a non-exfoliating cleanser before using a exfoliating cleanser. 

Exfoliating only helps with removing the dead skin cells on the surface on the skin. But, blackheads are caused by dead skin cells and oil buildup in the pore. 

Leave salicylic acid on your blackheads. This acid dissolves blackheads and can be one of the main ingredients in products that are labeled for acne. Leaving on the product over night is best because it dries on the skin and the more exposure to it will help your blackheads dissolve and loosen them up. 

For a temporary relief, use a pore strip. Although they will not cure them for good, they will temporarily get them out of your pores for a day or so. 

Best pore strips on the market: 

Down To The Pores, $5.99, available at Ulta Beauty.

Dr. Jart+ Pore Master Patch, $7.50, available at Sephora.

Boscia Pore Purifying Black Strips, $28, available at Sephora.

Sources: Allure and Refinery 29
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