It is often said that a black spot on your face, called a beauty mark, is an attractive feature. However, not all black spots are beautiful, some are just, well, dirt and debris. While a pretty little birthmark might be considered desirable, blackheads on nose and face certainly aren’t. They are, in fact, a nightmare for most women who care about their skin. So what exactly are blackheads? A form of ‘comedo’ (called so because of their worm-like appearance), it's basically a hair follicle that has been clogged by dirt and oil. The ones that are exposed and have oxidized are known as blackheads while those that are closed are called whiteheads. Now, blackheads, although being a symptom of acne, are non-inflammatory in nature and do not really cause discomfort, except maybe to your vanity.
- 1. How to get rid of blackheads -The no makeup sleep
- 2. Pore strips no more!
- 3. Retinoids to the rescue
- 4. Salicylic acid, your skin’s new best friend
- 5. Clay masks and essential oils vs. skin gritting
Blackheads can occur on anyone’s skin, even those not prone to acne, and they can be quite tempting to pop as well. However, attempting to push the blackhead out, without professional help, can possibly lead to scarring of your skin. How can we get rid of blackheads then, and get our clear flawless skin back? Well, our team at BeBeautiful looked into the issue and came up with a list of tips and tricks to prevent blackheads. Apart from cleansing and exfoliating your skin regularly and consuming a healthy diet, here’s what you can do.
1. How to get rid of blackheads -The no makeup sleep
If you’ve ever heard the saying ‘prevention is better than cure’, truer words were never spoken. You won’t really have to think about how to get rid of blackheads if you could just prevent them from occurring in the first place. Blackheads are formed as a result of the pores of your skin getting clogged and one of the major reasons for pore-clogging is sleeping with your makeup on.
Taking all of your makeup off before you hit the bed is the cardinal rule of skincare. Make sure that you’re well stocked up on a good cleansing oil or milk. The Lakmé Gentle and Soft Deep Pore Cleanser, for example, can remove all the impurities as well as makeup, giving you soft, supple and fresh-feeling skin. It is also enriched with vitamin E so it conditions your skin as it cleans
2. Pore strips no more!
Pore strips are increasingly gaining popularity as a quick solution for removing blackheads on face. And while they work wonderfully , they could also possibly strip your skin of natural oils, as well as hair follicles in the process. This could, in turn, lead to your skin becoming dry and irritated, causing the sebaceous glands in your skin to go into overdrive, producing more oil than they usually would. So while pore strips do remove blackheads quite efficiently, their extensive use could also contribute to the blackheads recurring even more frequently!
3. Retinoids to the rescue
Topical retinoids are all the creams, lotions, gels and other skincare products that contain certain amounts of medicine made from vitamin A. Not only can they fight the blemishes on your skin caused by acne and blackheads, they also aid cellular turnover in your skin, unclog your pores and help prevent blackheads from forming in the future as well. Quite the multitaskers, aren’t they? The retinol in them, however, is also photosensitive. So it is better that you use these products in the night, and make sure that you use an SPF during the day.
4. Salicylic acid, your skin’s new best friend
So you want to know how to get rid of blackheads on face and nose, aren’t you? Salicylic acid is one substance that can certainly help you in this quest of yours. Why do we recommend skincare products having salicylic acid? Well, for one, it breaks down all the dirt and debris that clogs up your pores. So using a cleanser with salicylic acid in it, is an excellent way of removing those stubborn blackheads. You need to be a bit careful here though since your skin can take some time to get used to it. If you’re going to use products containing salicylic acid for the first time, we’d suggest that you use them only once in the day, switching to a regular cleanser at other times.
AHAs and BHAs
Now, we’ve already talked about how pore strips are not very good for your skin since they can cause skin irritation. How do you exfoliate your skin without irritating it then? Rather than opting for scrubs that are harsh on your skin, using products containing AHAs (alpha-hydroxy acids) and BHAs (beta hydroxy acids) that are rather gentle on your skin is one way to go about it. They work by removing the top dead skin layer of your skin, thereby cleansing your pores and even making your skin a whole lot softer. An example of AHAs would be glycolic acid while salicylic acid (Yup, the same one we only just told you about) is an example of BHAs. Between the two, the latter one is more easily available in the market but both work just as well when it comes to removing and preventing blackheads.
5. Clay masks and essential oils vs. skin gritting
It is just about every other day that you come across some of the other new skincare techniques offering a solution to people who want to know how to get rid of blackheads, especially if you’re a regular on social media (who isn’t these days?). Skin gritting, the latest one to take the internet by storm, involves double cleansing, both before and after using a clay mask. And while the technique isn’t exactly unsafe, combining all of these processes together can strip your skin of its moisture, making it rather dry and irritable. Instead, we’d recommend that you take it a bit slowly, opting for either a clay mask or a natural cleansing oil, such as tea tree oil or argan oil, from time to time. The Lakmé Absolute Argan Oil Radiance Rinse Off Cleansing Oil is one such oil that is lightweight, cleanses deeply and even dissolves waterproof makeup.