Blackheads are the worst. Period. Everytime you manage to successfully squeeze one, a dozen more pop up *argh*. But, as satisfying as squeezing a blackhead feels, you should definitely refrain from doing because it can invite bacteria into your pores and worsen the situation.
While they can appear on any part of the face, blackheads on the chin are the most common ones, across all skin types. But there’s nothing a few tips and right products can’t fix. Scroll down to learn about what causes blackheads on the chin and how to effectively treat them.
What causes blackheads on the chin?
- Those with an oily skin type experience blackheads more often because of the excess sebum that gets trapped into the hair follicle.
- Dry skin types experience blackheads due to accumulation of dead skin cells into the pores.
- Stress can also make your skin produce excess sebum that makes your face greasy and oily, thus causing blackheads.
How to treat blackheads on your chin?
- Physical and chemical exfoliants
Exfoliating is important to get rid of clogged pores. It removes dead skin cells, oils and deep set impurities. There are two types of exfoliants — physical and chemical. Physical exfoliants contain scrubby bits and can be used twice a week at home. However, this can be harsh for some skin types. Chemical exfoliants are considered to be a gentler option as the ingredients in them dissolve the bonds between dead skin cells to give you clear and glowing skin.
- Use a clay mask
Masking is one of the best ways to get rid of excess oil and deep set dirt. Especially ones that contain clay or charcoal like the Lakmé Absolute Perfect Radiance Mineral Clay Mask and Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque. They help detox the skin and with time, help get rid of blackheads.
- Use non comedogenic products
Your skin finds it difficult to absorb heavy skincare products, this leads to pore clogging. Some makeup products are also comedogenic, meaning it blocks your pores and causes blackheads. To prevent this, check for products that have non-comedogenic products mentioned on the label — these won’t clog the pores.