Blackheads. Just the word itself gets people riled up. If you suffer from them, you’ve likely been fighting a never-ending battle. There’s a slew of products out there that claim to banish blackheads, but which method is really the best?
With the help of a few pros, we present the six best ways to get rid of and prevent blackheads — a mix of home remedy, prescription, in-office and over-the-counter methods. Though it’s important to remember, as with all skincare regimens, regular maintenance is just as crucial as the ingredients or methods themselves. So once you’ve found the approach that works best for your skin type, sticking with a routine is half the battle.
Exfoliating with baking soda:Â Exfoliating is one of the only variables we do have control of when it comes to minimizing the appearance of blackheads. You can use cleansers, brushes and sponges to gently scrub away plugged pores, but chances are you already have a key element in your fridge. Baking soda is an ingredient that is often used in microdermabrasion which as a method of exfoliating, can aid in minimizing blackheads when done regularly.
Mixed with water, baking soda can be used to create a gentle scrubbing paste. Alternatively, you can use apple cider vinegar instead of water, which has astringent and anti-bacterial properties and will similarly clear out pores.
Clay Masks:Â Facial masks for patients to use for deep cleaning that can in some circumstances help clean out pores, leaving them smoother looking. Like with microdermabrasion, it needs to be done on a regular basis for best results, while abrasive pastes, powders and clay masks (with kaolin) gently exfoliate and help absorb existing oil, but it will accumulate again shortly after the product is used.
Pore Strips: Whether store-bought or homemade, pore strips can provide immediate improvement of some types of plugged pores but the blackheads will recur unless a proper skin care regime is followed routinely as a preventative measure.
Salicylic and Glycolic Acid:Â The best way to break down oil in clogged pores is by using beta-hydroxy acid (salicylic) or combination peels containing salicylic acid. It is lipophilic (attracted to fat/oils) and concentrates at the surface of the pore to dissolve the plugs. Consistent use will prevent the blackheads before they form and help clear existing pores. Additionally, glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid which is derived from sugar cane, helps clear dead skin and debris on the surface. These two work well in tandem.MYNEWSHUB