Blackhead Removal - What's The Best Way to Get Rid of Blackheads?
Blackheads suck, but blackhead removal is easy.
Yeah, I said it. They can be painful and make your face look like it's dirty. They certainly aren't as bad as their closed top counterparts (whiteheads), but they are still a pain. Blackhead removal is pretty easy too. You can either push them out or change your face wash.
Blackheads are very similar to whiteheads, except they are open at the tip. The pore that they grow in makes too much sebum, and this excess mixes with dead skin cells, bacteria, and other grime on your face to form the blackhead. Where one blackhead is, more are likely to pop up in the area. They also have the ability to grow on any part of your body, this makes knowing how black head removal works all the more important.
What Should You Do About It?
While blackheads seem like the harmless counterparts of major pimples, not treating them will lead to more pimples and worse acne. Be sure to do something about them before they grow into a much larger problem. Read on to learn what steps to take, how to do it properly, and some great tools to use.
Blackhead Removal - Push Them Out
For minor blackheads, pushing them out is probably the best method for removal. You must keep a few things in mind though. Most importantly is that you must be sanitary while doing this. Having an open wound on your face is an open door for infection, namely staph infection. Before blackhead removal, wash your face first, then your hands before starting. After the blackhead has been removed, use a cotton swab with alcohol to sterilize it. It'll sting a little bit, but that's better than dealing with infection later on. This is the best way to get rid of blackheads.
Also, it's super important to be very careful while pushing the blackhead out. If you push down on your face too hard you will damage the tissue underneath the surface of the skin. Tissue damage below the skin level will contribute to acne scars if a major breakout happens in that same area. It also hurts to push hard on your face! If it hurts, you're probably doing it wrong! Do your best to push sideways for blackhead removal, or acne scar removal will be your next step!
Blackhead Removal Tools
The tool that I use to get rid of my blackheads. This also works very well for getting rid of body acne that's hard to reach.
Effective and affordable tool to scrub blackheads right off of your face (gently, of course).
Blackhead removal with steam! Cleanse your pores from the inside out. Your skin has never felt so clean!
A combination of fine mist and suction vacuums the blackheads right out of your face.
Zeno actually works! It uses heat to get rid of your acne very effectively.
Blackhead Removal - Exfoliate
Depending on your skin's level of sensitivity, changing your face wash to an exfoliator is the best way for blackhead removal. If your skin is very sensitive or dry, this may be out of the question. Also, if you are using other acne treatments or acne medications from your doctor adding another solution to the mix will aggravate your skin further. Be sure to read the labels on every product you use to make sure you aren't going to make the problem worse.
Using an exfoliating face wash helps clear the crap off your face and prevent the pores from clogging up. It will remove the dead skin cells and dirt before they get stuck in your skin's follicles. Most exfoliating face washes also have acne treating medication as well (usually salicylic acid) that helps treat your whiteheads and blemishes as well.
For the past three or four years, my daily face wash for blackhead removal has been St. Ives Apricot Scrub. In my opinion it is the best face wash for blackheads. It can be found at any local drug store or big-box retailer. Amazon currently has a great price on a six-pack (see link below) that will save you $7-8.
This is a great price if you want to buy in bulk. You'll save seven or eight bucks over the drug store price. This is the product that I've used since I was 12!
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