Not all of us are able to get facials right now, but are still struggling with skin problems like blackheads. Removing blackheads at home isn’t as hard as it sounds. There are plenty of tools, masks, and other techniques you can use at home to make sure your skin is as clear as ever, quarantine or not.
What are blackheads?
To get rid of blackheads, it helps to know what they are. Technically, it’s not a blackhead – it’s called an open comedone. These annoying little guys are an oxidized blend of dead skin cells and oil. When exposed to air, this mix oxidizes, which makes them turn black.
Get squeaky clean
Always cleanse first – but what you’re cleansing with can have a serious effect on blackheads, surprisingly. Use a face wash that contains salicylic acid to help slough off those dead skin cells and prevent pores from getting clogged. You can also use a face mask with salicylic acid to work on acne.
Remember to exfoliate
To remove blackheads effectively, you always need to exfoliate. You can do this with two different kinds of glycolic acids: AHAs, or alpha hydroxy acids and BHAS, or beta hydroxy acids. You can even apply this with a skin brush, an electric-based system like Clarisonic offers, or the popular Forea brush. You can even take it a further step and get a chemical peel treatment, which removes the top layer of skin, but is more often used for anti-aging benefits.
Use a face mask
There are tons of different masks that you can use to get remove pimples and cleanse pores. There’s even a face mask for blackheads specifically. Here are the different masks that we suggest integrating into your routine to say goodbye to those blackheads.