Finding the right skincare for your skin can be challenging; it can take time, effort and your purse could feel a lot lighter before hitting on what works for you. When it comes to blackhead removers, there are plenty on the market to choose from, which is why we’ve taken the work out for you!
Picking and squeezing the skin is something that is tempting to all of us, but tries to avoid it as much as possible. It can result in scarring the skin permanently and can also spread bacteria around the face.
So what are the options when it comes to getting rid of blackheads?
Understanding the cause and prevention techniques can help narrow down on how to say goodbye to them for good!
Blackheads: What They Are.
Similar to how acne forms, blackheads appear when the hair follicles on your face become blocked. The oxidization of the top layer creates the dark top or ‘blackhead’.
Blackheads can appear with any skin type, but most often in acne-prone, oily and combination skin. Typically, you’ll find them along the T-Zone - this is because it is the area where the most oil (sebum) is produced.
Blackheads & Sebaceous Filaments
Many mistake sebaceous filaments for blackheads. Sebaceous filaments shouldn’t be tampered with – they help the flow of sebum around the pores of the skin - so they’re actually beneficial!
Sebaceous filaments are mistaken for blackheads because they’re similar in appearance and can be extracted by pressing on the skin (but they always come back, so don’t try this)!
However, sebaceous filaments aren’t dark like blackheads are, they have more of a yellow/lighter appearance, which is the easiest way to tell the difference.
The Cause of Blackheads
Blackheads can pop up for a number of reasons:
- Excessive sebum. The skin can sometimes go into overdrive and produce unnecessary amounts of oil. This can be blamed on a number of things, including hormones and medication.
- Skin contaminants. Impurities such as pollution and bacteria can contribute to blackheads. However, this can be easily dealt with, with a consistent organic skincare routine.
- Synthetic skincare. Conventional skin care can often include ingredients that interfere with the function of the skin and block your pores. Popular synthetic ingredients, such as mineral oil are occlusive and don’t let the skin ‘breathe’.
Carefully consider what you put on your skin – it can be permanently affected by the wrong treatment. Because the skin absorbs cosmetics into the body so quickly – it can have an impact on your overall health too.
We’ve put together a list of popular blackhead removers, along with pros and cons, to help you consider what path is right for you and your skin!
Physical Blackhead Remover
Instead of squeezing your skin with your fingers, you can buy a blackhead remover tool that can be pressed on to the skin to manually extract them.
Conventional 'synthetic' skincare that makes sensational claims and can be found just about anywhere – but we think you should take a closer look at its overall impact…
Even pseudo-medical skincare for acne and spots often uses harsh, oil-stripping ingredients, such as benzoyl peroxide. This is counterproductive - when the skin is totally stripped of its natural oils, it can end up producing more than ever to compensate, which means – you guessed it - more blackheads and breakouts.
All in all, synthetic skincare is unlikely to be as gentle as, or take care of your skin like all-organic skincare can – you just won’t find the same benefits to your skin or your body!
Pore strips are a popular go-to for blackhead sufferers. They are essentially sticky sheets designed to be placed over the affected area. In the process of peeling it off, it is meant to extract blackheads. You can imagine this isn’t a particularly gentle method!
Although you may find some gunk from your pores on the pore strip, this is often only pulling the top layer of the blackhead out, rather than the entire ‘plug’.
Diet & Nutrition
Eating well is never a bad decision, especially for your skin. Filling your body with lots of fruits and vegetables – hopefully, organic ones! – is going to nourish the body and leave you with a lovely, clear complexion.
But be mindful that you may be eating something now that isn’t quite agreeing with you, which should be eliminated from your diet.