Skincare for Blackheads

Blackheads are like an annoying ex. No matter what you do and no matter how hard you try, they just keep coming back! Everytime you squeeze one of them away, you find dozens more to get through. (How’s that for a fun visual).

As satisfying as it is to squeeze a blackhead or whitehead in that moment, it’s not a long-term solution.

Luckily, there’s no shortage of remedies and approaches to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads once and for all. It all comes down to finding the best treatment option for you, your skin type, and the reason behind the blackheads and whiteheads.

What are blackheads & whiteheads?

Before you try and rid the skin of these pesky little demons, it helps to understand what they are first. Blackheads and whiteheads are subtypes of acne, are common with acne prone and normal skin, and are referred to as comedones.

Blackheads look like little black dots that have formed into your skin and are ‘open comedones’. In the case of blackheads, these consist of the follicles beneath your skin having large pores. These large pores become clogged with sebum, skin cells and bacteria and turn black when oxidised.

A whitehead meanwhile is acne formed when sebum, dead skin, and bacteria become trapped within one of your pores as air isn’t able to enter the follicle. Usually, whiteheads are slightly raised and feature a white tip.

Both comedones can feature anywhere on your body from the T-zone, chest, back, shoulders and arms. Acne can occur in men and women, at almost any age. Blackheads and whiteheads are also common in those with oily skin, combination skin, dry skin, and normal skin - all skin types will get blackheads and whiteheads. Skincare products can help to manage excelled oil, dissolve dead skin cells, unclog pores, and treat blackheads and whiteheads. Other products can work to prevent blackheads from forming on the skin. Read on to discover more about which treatments are ideal as blackhead treatments - from to pore strips, chemical peels, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid, alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, salicylic acid, and even acne treatments with natural ingredients like aloe vera.

 

Skin care treatments for Blackhead & Whiteheads

Clogged pores are the main cause of both blackheads and whiteheads. Blocked pores can result in a number of reasons- hormonal changes, overly sensitive skin and oily skin and complexion are the most common triggers of acne.

When it comes to blackhead and whitehead skincare, maintaining a consistent treatment regimen can work wonders to prevent the pesky closed and open comedones from coming back. Here are a few tips that can easily be implemented into your current routine to treat stubborn blackheads and prevent them from occurring:

  • Washing your face once in the evening with a mild, non-fragrant soap
  • Use lukewarm water for cleansing
  • Exfoliating only a few times per week
  • Avoid harsh scrubs- they cause irritation, redness and flare-ups
  • Keep hair products away from the face

 

Shopping tips for Blackhead & Whitehead skin care

Whether you have combination skin, oily, mature or sensitive skin, the severity of blackheads and whiteheads will vary from individual to individual. So, you need to be extra selective shopping for your beauty products, whether it’s moisturisers, non-clog makeup to facial cleansers. Luckily, Boniik may have the skincare brands you need to fight off stubborn clogged pores.

Exfoliation for Blackheads & Whiteheads

First thing’s first. Let’s talk about the importance of exfoliation.

Exfoliation is crucial to prevent future blackheads and whiteheads from forming, ridding the pores from impurities and reducing the skin’s overactive sebum production. Exfoliation is also crucial to draw away dead skin cells, leftover makeup residue, dirt and dead skin that could turn into blackheads.

While exfoliating is important, the key to clearer skin is to not go overboard as tempting as it is. Over-exfoliating causes damage to the layers of your skin, causing dryness and irritations. Our beauty experts recommend exfoliating twice a week to maintain your skin’s natural oil production.

Whitehead & Blackhead Treatments

Secondly, find skincare that doesn’t clog your pores, will help to dissolve impurities and control excess oil. Look for lightweight foaming and cleansing micellar waters that feature salycylic acid, AHA (Alpha hydroxy acid), or BHA (Beta hydroxy acid). These blackhead & whitehead skincare treatments can break down the impurities and bacteria within the pores, and draw them away from the follicle.

It is also important to avoid using heavy and rich moisturiser that can easily clog your pores. Try using light day and night creams infused with tea tree oil to balance your oil production, maintain your skin’s natural hydration levels, and calm inflammation. A night time masqe infused with soothing natural enzymes could also help tidy dead skin cells naturally without unnecessarily causing damage to the skin’s surface.

 

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