8 Easy Blackhead Remedies You Need for Clear Skin

blackhead remediesNo matter how diligent you are with your skincare routine, eliminating blackheads requires a very specific plan of attack — and these blackhead remedies will help get rid of them once and for all.

What Are Blackheads, Anyway?

They may look like straight-up dirt embedded in your skin, but blackheads aren’t quite that gross.

In fact, they’re a perfectly normal mix of dead skin cells and naturally occurring oils.

Exposure to air is what causes this mixture to oxidize and ultimately turn black.

8 Blackhead Remedies That Actually Work

OK, now you know what they are — let’s look at ways to treat them!

1. Treat blackheads with salicylic acid — not benzoyl peroxide.

I’ve known that salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide were go-to fixes for acne since I read my very first magazine, but I only recently discovered that each of these solutions targets specific skincare woes.

Benzoyl peroxide is better for whiteheads, while salicylic acid is the holy grail of blackhead remedies.

Why? Because salicylic acid actually encourages cellular turnover, which helps to unclog your pores.

Benzoyl peroxide, on the other hand, specifically targets anaerobic bacteria (which is killed by exposure to air). Since blackheads are already exposed to air at the surface of your pores, benzoyl peroxide doesn’t have much of an overall effect.

Just follow up your nightly face wash with a salicylic acid spot treatment as needed.

2. Exfoliate on a regular basis.

If you struggle with blackheads, you’ll want to make sure you get in the habit of exfoliating two to three times a week (or just once a week if your skin is on the sensitive side).

Blackheads are halfway comprised of dead skin cells, and regular exfoliation helps to keep your pores clean.

3. Add clay masks to your routine.

Blackheads are also made up of oil, and nothing addresses excess oil quite like a clay mask.

Apply this skincare treatment once a week for around 15 minutes to absorb oil and prevent blackheads from forming in the first place.

4. Rely on retinoids.

Another way to stop blackheads in their tracks? Retinoids.

These powerhouse ingredients slough off dead skin cells and help expedite new cellular turnover, which in turn keeps your pores free and clear.

5. Steam before you strip.

Who doesn’t enjoy using a pore strip to yank out blackheads at the root, right?

But as gratifying as these little strips are, you’re sometimes just pulling out a bunch of peach fuzz.

Increase your odds of removing an actual blackhead by steaming your skin beforehand.

6. Add a toner.

Another product that directly reduces your total amount of blackheads is a good old-fashioned toner.

This skincare essential dissolves oil and sebum on the skin, which in turn prevents blackheads from forming.

7. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.

Keeping your skin oil-free and exfoliated can inadvertently lead to dryness (ugh).

Combat dehydration by using noncomedogenic moisturizers that restore your skin’s glow without clogging your pores.

8. Get a prescription.

Of course, if you’ve tried anything and everything under the sun and still can’t eliminate those pesky blackheads, then it may be time to see a professional.

Ask your doctor or dermatologist about prescription-based treatment options that can address blackheads as well as other types of skin concerns.

Which of these blackhead remedies do you use to keep blemishes at bay? 

Lesley Sheridan is a high-maintenance fashion, beauty and lifestyle writer who thinks she’s low-maintenance. (Yes, she stole that line from When Harry Met Sally.) In addition to writing for The Local Lifestyle, her work regularly appears on Zenni Optical and Slickdeals. Make her day by sending her a tweet.

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