No matter what.
Fortunately, we've uncovered some of the best ways to get rid of those obnoxious little back spots and how to make sure they don't come back again.
WTF Is a BlackheadYou need to know your enemy before you can defeat it, right?
Blackheads, in all of their disgusting glory, are basically pores clogged with nasty skin stuff like dead cells, oil and bacteria. Because blackheads often reach the surface of the skin, they oxidize, making them turn black while simultaneously making our hair turn white.
We blame our premature grays on you, blackheads.
Fortunately, they don't need to take up a permanent residence on your face, though they seem to be enjoying the view from there. Here's what you can do to attack them at the source.
1. Make Salicylic Acid Your New BestieIn case you haven't heard of salicylic acid, it just so happens to be the main ingredient in your fave acne cream that helps fight break outs. Refinery 29 says that salicylic acid will also help your blackheads because it can increase skin-cell turnover, which will eventually unclog your pores.
Take a gentle cleanser that contains salicylic acid concentrations between .5 and 2 percent, and apply it once or twice a day. The longer you keep it on, the more likely it is to work but be sure to be careful. Salicylic acid is known to dry out and irritate skin, so if you notice this happening, reduce the amount of time you leave it on your face.
2. Exfoliation ForeverThis is more a preventive measure but it's important all the same. Using gentle exfoliants on your face will help to remove dead skin cells that can build up and eventually clog your pores. That being said, don't overdo it. Exfoliating one to two times a week will be enough to make sure blackheads aren't staging an invasion.
3. Make a Skin Brush Your Magic Weapon
If you've ever seen a skin brush, you've probably thought to yourself, "Wow, that just looks like it'll do an amazing job." That's because it totes will. Skin brushes are not only great for upping your exfoliation game (and preventing clog pores), they can help cleansing ingredients penetrate deeper into your skin to get rid of the gunk build-up that'll cause blackheads.
Yes, they're a bit on the pricier side but once you see how well they work, it's going to feel so worth it.
4. Bring on the Pain With the Pore StripsIt's a classic because it totally works. Pore strips are nice and sticky, which means that they can catch the nastiness inside of your pores and pull it out. They heard like a b**tch and there's no denying that, but there is something completely blissful about seeing all the dirt previously on your face finally ending up somewhere else.
Just be careful; if your skin is currently facing a bad, peeling sunburn, you're going to want to skip the strips.
5. Moisturize the Daylights Out of Your SkinMoisturizing is a tempting step to skip if you have particularly oily skin, but you should never go a day without it, no matter what! Taking the time to moisturize your face will help get rid of dead skin and keep your new cells healthy, which ultimately means less stuff to potentially get stuck in your pores.
And of course, if you're finding that your blackheads are just so happy hanging out on your face, you can always call up the ol' derm and ask for some professional help. They know what they're doing, after all.