A 5-step routine to deal with stubborn blackheads

Written by Sumona BoseMar 03, 2021

All the peel-off masks and nose strips in the world cannot help you eliminate blackheads for good—the best approach to dealing with blackheads in stopping them from developing in the first place. A skincare routine specifically tailored to prevent blackheads can help you keep things under control. This routine limits the clogging of your hair follicles with oil and dead skin cells, thus keeping your skin bump-free in the process.

Religiously following the routine will keep the temptation away from squeezing these bumps or relying on harsh peel-off strips, which can seriously damage the barrier of your skin.

01. Cleanse

Cleanse your face twice a day to ensure your skin does not have dirt and oil sitting on it for too long. Mineral-based cleansers like charcoal and clay can help draw out pore-clogging sebum from your skin without dehydrating it too much. We love the Pond’s White Beauty Mineral Clay Instant Brightness Facial Foam for its gentle yet effective action. Spend at least a minute massaging your face with the cleanser to ensure that the formula does its job.

02. Exfoliate

Exfoliating twice a week is essential to limit dead skin accumulation on your face and keep it blackhead free. The Simple Daily Skin Detox Clear Pore Facial Scrub has been formulated with witch hazel, zinc and thyme for skin that looks fresh and clean. Psst… It is alcohol-free, so even the most sensitive skin types can reap its many benefits.

03. Mask it

Treat yourself to the Dermalogica Sebum Clearing Masque twice a week to keep your skin oil-free and clear. Formulated with salicylic acid, oil-absorbing clays, licorice and niacinamide, this mask functions like an at-home facial clean-up. It also helps calm skin inflammation, thus keeping your pores unclogged and reducing the chances of blackhead.

04. Tone it

The jury is still out on whether a toner is an essential skincare step or not. But if you have blackhead-prone skin, a toner can be your best friend. A non-irritating formula will help unclog and tighten your pores to improve the texture of your face. We love the Lakme Absolute Pore Fix Toner for our toning needs. Use religiously post-cleansing/masking/exfoliating and watch your skin transform!

05. Finish with a lightweight lotion

The best way to control excessive oiliness in your skin is to keep it hydrated and nourished. Opt for a lightweight lotion like the Simple Daily Skin Detox Ultra Light Liquid Moisturiser to avoid clogging your pores with thick creams. The moisturiser helps keep your skin hydrated for 24-hours and gives it a smooth, matte finish.