Keeping your skin looking its best is no trivial task, and there are a wide assortment of obstacles that can set you back in this endeavor. Roadblocks like acne, pimples, redness, age spots, rosacea, and more can be a serious thorn in your side when it comes to effective skin care. And that’s not even to mention the “typical” skin problems like dryness, redness, and greasiness!
But no skin care obstacle is quite so stubborn and irksome as the dreaded blackhead. They’re ugly, hard to get rid of, and can happen whether you suffer form acne or not (though they will certainly happen more often if you have acne), sometimes seeming to appear out of nowhere. In short, they’re a pain.
But they are manageable, and Vine Vera happens to know a few ways you can get rid of and prevent blackheads, and we’re about to share them with you.
What Is a Blackhead?
It’s always helpful when treating any given problem to first identify the issue. While you undoubtedly know what a blackhead is and how bothersome they can be, do you actually know what they are?
Blackheads are a type of pimple, meaning they’re pores that have been clogged with things like makeup, oils, makeup, and other debris. Unlike whiteheads, the type of pimple we usually think of when we hear the word “pimple,” blackheads are “open,” meaning the clog is not covered by skin as it is with a whitehead. This allows the pus and debris clogging the pore to be exposed and get dirty and dry, creating the blackish color that earns blackheads their name. Because the clog is closer to the surface, blackheads often do not form a “bump,” like whiteheads, but instead just an unseemly dark dot on the face.
It’s generally a bad idea to “pop” your pimples, because it can leave scarring. And while blackheads don’t really “pop” when you squeeze them like whiteheads do, it’s fairly common to try to extract them through squeezing. This is still a bad idea, though, because it can be easy to accidentally drive the clog deeper into the pore, causing more damage and potentially worsening the infection, or cause scarring through the imprecise pressure created by your fingers. Instead, if you must manually extract your blackheads, get a blackhead extractor, a tool that allows you to press in a circular area right around the blackhead to push it out.
Toners use astringents to constrict your skin and push oils out of your pores. If you have blackheads, the oil moving out of your pores can also have the effect of of pushing out blackheads with it. Just be careful and get a gentle toner that won’t dry out your skin.
To avoid getting blackheads in the first place, there are a few things you can do. For one, get products that contain salicylic acid. This powerful ingredient will kill harmful bacteria that can cause the infections in clogged pores that lead to blackheads and whiteheads. Just be sure it’s a low concentration and doesn’t over-dry your skin.
There are also a number of DIY masques you can use to help prevent blackheads, like an organic honey mask. Honey softens the skin, but also has anti-microbial properties that will help prevent pimple-causing infections. Just spread a thin layer of organic honey over your face and leave it for around 15 minutes before washing off.