By: Lucille McClinn
Not everyone with acne gets blackheads, but when it happens it’s totally frustrating. Blackheads are caused by clogged hair follicles and are usually brown or black on the surface. They typically appear on the oiliest areas on the face (on the forehead, nose, and chin). Women and people with oily skin are more prone to get them than men.
Blackheads are very difficult to get rid of, and they can turn into whiteheads. It is advised to not extract them from your face. It is best to remove them by exfoliation, using a product with beta hyrdoxy acid or alpha hydroxy acid. Exfoliating manually with a face brush or silicone pads can help too, but doing it too much can cause more blackheads. To get a quick fix, there are biorè strips. Biorè strips pull out black heads using a strong adhesive. They work only on blackheads close to the surface and should only be used once every three days. Ingredients like active charcoal may also help. Charcoal masks are easy to make yourself although sometimes leave temporary black stains in pores.
Blackheads can also be an effect of imbalanced hormones or excess bacteria. If you may think it could be imbalanced hormones, see a dermatologist for preventive options. If the blackheads are caused by excess bacteria, consider what might be producing bacteria. Touching your face, your pillowcase, and diet are things that can create a buildup of bacteria. If you have oily skin, try to prevent an accumulation of oil with oil blotting sheets and avoid using oil-based products. Blackheads can also occur on the back and chest. Try using body washes or shampoo that don’t contain sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate. They are ingredients known for causing acne.
Blackheads are a pain to get rid of and a pain to look at in a mirror. Refrain from extracting and touching, it will make a big difference in your blackheads. Try to find a wash that is specifically for blackheads, or use a serum every month that has a high percentage of salicylic acid in it. Look for glycolic acids as well. It takes a couple weeks to get rid of blackheads, so be patient when using a treatment. Blackheads are a nuisance, but being cautious and taking action can prevent and eradicate them. Remember not to overwork your skin or be too tough on it, as that will make the matter worse. It sucks having the curse of blackheads, but if you try, you’ll get through the frustration.