To be honest, blackheads are the bane of our existence. They can be frustrating, especially on days we want to ace those no-makeup selfies. If there’s one thing in common that all skin specialists will tell you is the perils of picking and popping blackheads, but we can’t deny, the temptation remains!
So, in an attempt to save our skin (literally), we took upon the mission to try some of the most promising over-the-counter products and list down the ones that actually work. If you’ve never had luck with quick, overnight fixes for these pesky scars, keep scrolling for products that will pull the gunk out of those pores.
Anyone else super annoyed with blackheads? Yes? Then keep on reading to find out once and for all how to blitz the blackheads.
Yes, the goal in getting rid of blackheads isn’t to obliterate your skin. Instead, invest in a chemical peel that gently dissolves the upper layer of dead skin cells. This formula in general is really good for treating blackheads. They cause a chemical disintegration of the top layer of your skin cells, so they melt away absolutely everything, and that unblocks the pores.
If you have blackheads, chances are you are hoarding on as many acne-fighting products and cleansers as possible. However, harsh face wash can actually cause more blackheads, thanks to the fact that it dries out our skin. When our skin feels dry, it overproduces oil leading to clogged pores. This gentle formula from Neutrogena will be very gentle and hydrating to your skin and will help balance the oil production.
Skincare experts recommend incorporating chemical exfoliants with ingredients like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or AHAs into your skincare routine. This gentle exfoliant with 2% salicylic acid will ward off those blackheads and keep your oils in check giving you a glow-up of your dreams. The serum penetrates the pore lining and flushes out dirt, debris, and sebum so your skin looks clear and baby-soft while the aloe vera extract helps to soothe any irritation generally associated with exfoliation.
Here’s the skincare ingredient that needs no introduction. Retinol is a hero ingredient that is considered to be one of the best in treating skin imperfections through accelerated exfoliation. This gentle formula will help pull the gunk out of your pores. You have to be patient, though, as they take about 12 weeks to kick in. If you’ve never used them before, gradually build up the strength- start off slowly, using it once or twice a week; if you’re not too red or itchy, you can start using it every night. Then once you’re ok with that percentage, you can move up to a stronger dose.
Sure, using your fingers as an applicator is the tried and tested way to cleanse, but if you want to graduate from amateur to pro in the beauty universe, a face cleansing brush is a must-have. This brush is cult-loved for its ability to deeply cleanse and gently exfoliate. But keep in mind that they can be irritating to certain skin types. Although chemical peels do a far better job at pulling the gunk out. However, if you are not seeing any improvement in 6 weeks, try washing your face with your cleanser and a facial brush twice a week.
This charcoal mask is really effective when it comes to drawing the impurities out of the skin and reducing oil production. We recommend using this mask at least once a week, especially if you have acne or blemish-prone skin. The clay mask will not only decongest your skin but will also tighten it while smoothing out your skin texture.
Don’t forget to seal in the hydration after using a cleanser or a face mask. This ultra-hydrating formula is infused with the benefits of turmeric and hyaluronic acid which will keep your skin fresh, hydrated, and glowing from a.m to p.m.
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