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A Proper Cleansing Routine to Get Rid of Blackheads

Updated on December 9, 2012

Blackheads are an unfortunate but treatable blemish

How to Get Rid of Blackheads

Blackheads are a surprisingly common skin ailment given how easy they are to treat. Through the conscientious application of a careful but rigorous skin cleansing regime you will be able to remove these blemishes from your skin permanently.

What are Blackheads?

The blackheads in your skin are the result of dirty grease and dead skin cells in your the skin, which when reacted with organic oils, in the skin, such as sebum, harden into dark plugs that can block your pores. With these dark plugs blocking a pore, the secretions from the sebaceous glands will build up behind the plug, creating spots and blackheads. Although having to put up with pimples, blackheads and other types of acne is particularly irritating, these are a very common skin complaint that are treated easily and can even be prevented from occurring in future.

Stage 1


Cleanse your skin twice every day. There are a great many blackhead products for sale, but a straight-forward, gentle soap product will still make a really good job of cleansing your skin without making it dry out. If you do opt for a specialised blackhead cleanser, make sure before you purchase that it includes one of the two key ingredients: salicylic and beta-hydroxy acid. These active ingredients are used to work on and ultimately dissolve the plugged oil at the tip of your blackheads. These ingredients also have an anti-bacterial impact and so can help you by limiting the inflaming of your skin when you have blackheads. After washing, rinse your skin thoroughly using plenty of water, and then dab it dry without any vigorous rubbing, as this would interfere with scabs and so endanger the healing process on your skin

Stage 2

Carefully exfoliate your skin every three or four days, making use of an exfoliating detergent or gently rubbing with a coarse flannel. This process helps to take away dead cells from your skin and so helps you to prevent future blackheads or pimples from being created. Exfoliating more frequently than a couple of times each week might risk damaging your skin and so doing more harm than good.


Stage 3

Whatever you do, resist the natural inclination towards squeezing your spots. Squeezing pimples and blackheads can cause infection from your unhygienic fingers and also would lead to your skin getting broken, with the end result that the spot is more noticeable and could even cause scarring.


Stage 4


Ensure you have a healthy diet: this is important in so many things, and none more so than maintaining good skin. Eat only minimal amounts of greasy food and make sure you have a large amount of a wide range of different vegetables and fruit. Make sure that you are fully thoroughly hydrated all day, and also ensure you are having plenty of sleep. Many people believe that getting lots of sunlight can also have a pronounced impact on the general quality of your skin and on the quantity and size of your blackheads in particular, but if you decide to test this theory do take care not to burn as sunburn can damage your skin further and exacerbate any existing problems you might have.


Stage 5

You can also use steam to loosen pore blockages and so clear your skin. When heated by the steam, the sebum and dead skin plugs in your pores will soften and become loose, making it easier for your blackheads to be removed by your twice daily washing or twice weekly exfoliating. To do this, pour boiling water into a bowl and hunch over it with a towel over your head and shoulders to keep the steam in. You might also consider adding tea tree oil to the water- this has a natural antibacterial quality and some believe that its presence in the steam will help to clean your pores.


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