Blackheads are those tiny bumps on the skin. They generally appear when debris and sebum clogs a hair follicle. Blackheads are normally a mild form of acne lesion that is able to appear all over the body. Generally, you will notice blackheads on your face, but they can also appear on the neck, shoulders, back, chest and even your arms. They are one of the two types of comedones (a blackhead), the open comedones, to be exact. In this scenario, the clogged pore is open to the skin surface. Unlike pimples, blackheads do not cause any pain because there is less inflammation with this type of acne than others.
If you have acne, you also tend to get blackheads also. They are caused by a mix of oils and debris that clogged the pores. Know how to battle them without causing irritation to damage the skin. How to get rid of blackheads on the face, will start you off in the right direction.
Ways to Getting Rid Of Blackheads
Are there blackheads on your chin, nose or forehead? When you first feel a pimple forming. Press it with a cotton swab soaked in witch hazel. There are a number of available treatments for you. The effective methods also come in a wide range to choose from. Some of them include:
Topical Application: Cleansing your skin properly on a daily basis can work like charm for your blackheads and other treatments. You can also find some topical ointments that help to improve the condition at a faster rate. These ointments generally have the ability to exfoliate your skin by clearing the pores of dirt, oil, and bacteria. Thus, with continuous usage, the acne will become less and also prevent any future outbreak.
Manual Removal: In cases, dermatologists prefer to use a special instrument, round loop extractor (also referred to as a comedo extractor) for removing blackheads. This tool essentially pushes the skin surrounding the pore. This puts force on the contents of the pore and forces them to pop out of the skin. The applicator also pushes from various angle to ensure that all the polluting contents come out and the pore is clean and fresh. Never try to remove the blackheads at home with your fingertips or nail. In the case of improper removal, the skin cell walls may rupture and will eventually lead to inflammation and infection, causing more damage to your skin. This may also trigger severe acne conditions like severe pimples and other acne symptoms. If you push with your finger, you may also drive the polluting contents deep into your skin, causing more damage from within.
Light and Laser Therapy: Light and laser therapy is quite effective in reducing the incidents of blackheads. The light is well-designed so that it can reach deep into the skin’s surface. Thus, it stimulates the collagen production and kills acne-causing bacteria residing on the skin. The treatment can be costly and needs multiple sessions. However, for excessively large pores and/or severe acne, this treatment can be very beneficial.
Chemical Peels: Chemical peels use strong chemical solutions. In this method, the solution is applied to the skin. This causes the top, the polluted layer of the skin stripped from the area. Thus, it reveals the underneath smoother and fresh cells. This helps to unclog the pores and getting rid of those pesky blackheads. Most of the chemical peels are mild ones. Only dermatologists and certified experts with experience are to use stronger peels.
Microdermabrasion: This method involves using gentler abrasive materials and tools that remove the outer layer of the skin along with a suction tool. This often dislodges the blackheads and removes the polluting contents.
Natural remedies: Facial scrubs and face masks are quite effective for getting rid of blackheads and in cases, surprisingly fast! If your paste contains a mild natural acid like apple cider vinegar, lemon juice or tea tree oil with a base of yogurt, oatmeal or egg whites, this makes easier relief from blackheads. You can also have the same effect with the scrub of olive oil with granulated sugar or honey with sugar. There are also other effective natural remedies.
It is important to tailor your skincare according to your particular skin type. To prevent irritation, start with an exfoliator with two percent or less salicylic acid or glycolic and lactic acids daily. Let it sit for about ten minutes on your damp skin in order to give the acid time to work properly, then rinse. After you shower, use a cotton swab on either side of the blackhead, then gently press down. Don’t force anything, if it doesn’t move, stop and apply a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment.
A few skin care tips: Consider your diet. If you love cheese, this can be bad for you. Reported studies show that cutting back on dairy can improve acne. Avoid processed foods, like pasta, bread, and white rice. Always keep your skin hydrated with moisturizer. Try a Beet, Strawberries and Kale Smoothie. Beet is a source of folate, vitamin B known to stimulate cell repair, which keeps you looking healthy and young. Kale is an anti-aging super green, and strawberries are filled with fiber which helps to prevent constipation which is most often the cause of breakouts due to the buildup in your system.
Remember common causes of damage to the skin which include sun damage, over exfoliation and peels, over cleaning, extreme heat, and cold, and using very harsh products can damage the skin and these can also lead to dryness and irritation of the skin. Don’t pick your blackheads. Picking can spread bacteria and cause additional breakouts and can even lead to permanent scarring of the skin. It is suggested that if you cannot control yourself to keep your fingers off, you can apply the area with witch hazel to disinfect it, then apply an antibiotic like Neosporin which will help to get rid of bacteria and help the spots to heal.
There are a number of ways you can prevent blackheads without spending a ton of money. Let’s begin with, cleanse your skin regularly, use oil-free products, and try using suitable exfoliating products. Blackheads on the face are unpleasant to look at. It can also be the reason for your stress. Talk to your doctor if you are feeling stressed for advice and treatment.
If you are still experiencing breakouts after eight weeks, visit a dermatologist, especially if you have big, angry pimples. Scarring is preventable if you treat acne early, but can be permanent if you don’t. Your treatment will depend on what your doctor learns from talking to you and from the examination of your skin. I hope that these treatments will help you get rid of those annoying black dots. If you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to share with your friends and family. Cheers!
You can learn more about the secrets on how to overcome acne here.