Blackheads are open comedones (clogged pores) that have an oxidized mix of sebum, dirt, and dead skin, which creates its dark hue. The ultimate key to getting rid of them is by making sure your pores are free from oil and dirt. Instead of squeezing them by yourself, try these stellar ways to make them disappear for good.
Add special, pore-clearing items in your regimen
Making sure that your pores are free from oil and dirt, revv up your cleansing routine by using a balancing toner after your facial wash. Alternatively, you can use a clay mask once a week to expel the nasties off your face.
TRY: Banila Co The Blacks Heating Mask Volcano, P695, at Glorietta
Use an advanced exfoliating regimen for two weeks
This derma-approved skincare regimen is powered by alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA). AHA (like glycolic and lactic acid) carefully lifts dead skin, which helps remove the gunk inside the pores. BHA (salycylic acid) can dislodge clogged pores, melting the blackheads and zits away. Go back to your usual skincare regimen after two weeks. These gentle acids are meant for exfoliating and may leave your skin sensitive when used in prolonged periods.
TRY: Neostrata Refine Oily Skin Solution; Resurface Ultra Smoothing Lotion; Resurface Smoothing Cream, starts at P2,500 each at dermatologists
Have a facial once a month
We know this can be steep for some, but having your derma profesionally squeeze all the sebum out is a way to cleanse and prevent future blackheads from re-appearing. Minimize your fancy coffee intake so you can have extra budget for a pampering facial.
This story originally appeared on Femalenetwork.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.