How to Get Rid of Blackheads

By allanpooh78 on January 23, 2011 In Acne

Although not as alarming as pimples, blackheads are still capable of ruining a perfectly good complexion. But what exactly are blackheads? For most people, they are those small black spots usually scattered on a person’s t-zone. However, what most people don’t know is that blackheads are a variation of acne vulgaris or what is commonly referred to as acne.

Open comedones is the most used name for them, scientifically speaking. The condition is a result of an accumulation of oil in the sebaceous gland ducts. It is referred to as “open” because there is a large entrance to the skin surface, allowing air to reach it so that oxidation takes place, giving it its “black” color. In contrast, whiteheads are close comedones, meaning the entrance for air is closed thus preventing oxidation.

How to Get Rid of Blackheads
If you want to learn how to remove blackheads, then understand first that it’s not necessary to remove them. In fact, the body is perfectly capable of removing it given time. However, if you want fast results, then there are various methods that you can adapt.

Like I said, blackheads can also be classified as acne. Hence, acne medications are equally suited for the purpose. Try using a mild cleanser or salicylic acid to get rid of the problem.

Blackheads Strip
One of the most popular methods of how to remove blackheads is by using strips that are plastered on the nose. This method is actually a very common choice because not only is it effective, it’s also very fast. The whole process takes about ten minutes to finish and manages to remove most of the unsightly blackheads off. Doing so at least once a week will not only help remove the blackheads but might also ultimately tighten the opening of the pores.

Sun Exposure
One thing you might not know is that the sun can help remove blackheads. The sun in itself promotes the peeling of the skin, thus removing possible blockages in the pores and ultimately the blackheads themselves. Keep in mind that the keyword here is moderation.

Squeezing Blackheads
Those who bother to learn how to get rid of blackheads are perfectly aware that like pimples, blackheads must not be popped or squeezed. As mentioned, the body is fully capable of flushing them out of the system so there’s really no need to speed up the process of their removal. However, you might find that popping blackheads will only cause additional irritation to the skin, spreading the bacteria and thus leaving room for more complexion problems.

If you really are determined to pop blackheads, then I recommend that you use a blackhead extractor which allows for a more efficient removal of blackheads. The use of fingers is also possible although you will want to wash your hands first as well as steam your face to soften the blockage in your pores.

Keep in mind that the blackheads you should remove are the ones that are ready to pop and be removed. Otherwise, you will be making a bigger problem than fixing one.

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