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How to get rid of blackheads

Blackheads are possibly the most annoying things ever. They're not quite pimples, which would inspire fury to all they plague. But they are mean. They are tough to kill. Blackheads are mocking little things that can make you want to just squeeze them out of existence (thus damaging your skin), but it doesn't have to be that way! There are a lot of ways to prevent them and cure them once they begin to multiply.

What causes blackheads and how to prevent them

But wait, before you go charging into combat, you need to know what causes blackheads in the first place. Blackheads are formed when too much oil gets backed up in your pores. The oil then mixes in with dead skin cells. When this yucky combination is exposed to air, it darkens, hence the term "blackheads". 

In other words, the best ways to prevent BH is to:

1. Make sure the oil lessens or flows freely onto the surface of your skin. Hormone imbalance can cause excessive oil production - you might need to take some oral medication as prescribed by your dermatologist, if this is the case. Otherwise, if you're just oily because of your genetic makeup, then the best thing you could do is to wear cosmetics that don't clog pores, and to blot the oil ASAP.

2. Regularly slough off dead skin with an effective cleansing and toning routine. Choose facial washes with a mild exfoliating and anti-oil feature (something like the Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleanser or Pond's Deep Cleansing Facial Foam). Use an alcohol-free toner after cleansing to remove any remaining dead skin/ pore blockages.

3. Use light, water-based, gel moisturizers. Moisturizers that are too rich and too oily can block your pores. Try the Clinique Moisture Surge, Laneige Water EX Sleeping Pack, Celeteque DermoScience Acne Clearing Facial Moisturizer Gel (or Hydration Moisturizer) and the Neutrogena Hydro-boost Water Gel Moisturizer.

4. Regular facials cleanse your skin of impurities on a deeper level. So do it once a month if you can!


Techniques and products to use

Here are some of my tried-and-tested techniques and products in the war against blackheads!

1. Use a vegetable facial sponge or a fine, microfiber cloth to gently exfoliate your face. You can do this before your facial wash - just soak your sponge/cloth in warm water (the hotter the better) and gently massage all over your face. You can also use the sponge/cloth with your facial wash, as if you're washing the dishes. Sud 'em up and massage all over.

Aqua Massage Naturale Demaquillage Cellulose Sponge

2. Instead of using exfoliators with harsh physical scrubbing agents, use a gommage exfoliator. I highly recommend the Cure Natural Aqua Gel. This is a gentle exfoliator that will get rid of dead skin, product build-up, and any remaining surface oil without messing up your moisture barrier. Exfoliate twice a week!

3. Apply salicylic acid or products with salicylic acid on the affected area. This mild acid can calm inflammation and exfoliate the skin. You can buy salicylic acid over the counter at Mercury Drug (ask advice from the pharmacist for the appropriate concentration), or get those acne gels with that prominent ingredient. It's best if you ask a dermatologist for your own tube, though, as he/she can recommend the best one for your skin. 

4. Mask up! A clay mask can help absorb any left-over oil in your pores, and maybe pull out some of the deeper blackheads. Try the Etude House Wonder Pore Mask or the Formula 10.0.6 Deep Down Detox Ultra Cleansing Mud Mask

4. Blot oil as soon as it seeps out. Use oil-blotting sheets!

So there you go. Hope this helps! :) Let me know if you have more questions.

Reader Comments (17)

Hi Miss Liz! This is a very informative and helpful entry! I will try Aqua Massage sponge, I haven't use a sponge on my face, so this is something so new and hopefully effective.. thanks a bunch! ♥

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLlyann Itay

Hi, Liz! Do you still nose pore strip? I agree with blackheads being stubborn and they sure are not pleasing in the eyes! I'm glad that i'm doing the step 1-3 of blackhead prevention. I've never really tried visiting a derma for my facial problems or for facial alone. And because of that, i'm actually planning to buy Olay Professional Pro-x (something similar to clarisonic mia). I think it would be useful for thoroughly cleaning my face and i can use any cleanser i opt. It also has a high rating at makeupalley. Little by little, i'm trying to get into using some of your recommended skincare products. I'm actually hoping to get my hands on all your skincare products! I will get there, in time. :) Thanks for these very helpful tips! I just finished using a nose pore strip earlier so what a coincidence. Hehe. God bless! =)

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

Hi Ate Liz! I know this is isn't the main topic of the blog entry but I just want to know what contact lens you are using. It looks so good on you! Every time you post pictures that ultra mega close- up I always notice it. Hope you reply to this! ;) <3

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThea Gonzales

Thanks Liz for this post.. I really need to try some of your advices.. BH is really irritating to my face :((

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRose

Hi Thea! Did a blog post on it before! Search lang "Executive Optical" in my search bar ;)

August 27, 2013 | Registered CommenterLiz Lanuzo

You can use a comedone extractor to get them out, but if you're prone to them, they'll come back again and again. So your tips are great, especially the one about facials. It's amazing how much dirt our pores accumulate!

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAviva

Blackheads are number 1 problem right now! My second would be large pores! Would proper hydration such as increasing oral fluid intake will lessen oil production? Just a thought. Haha. I've been using EH's wonder pore clay and I love it to bits! I'm eying on completing the collection soon. It really lessens oil production!

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina N.

If only Cure was cheaper... *sigh* I've never tried a vegetable facial sponge before. That one goes into my shopping list. :) As always, you never fail to come up with helpful and informative-but-definitely-not-boring posts. Thank you! :)

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercaterwauler

@caterwauler I found a cheaper alternative to Cure, TonyMoly's Floria Active Peeling Gel is around P500+ :) It's also a gommage exfoliator. Hope you get to try it. I like how it works on my oily, blackhead-prone skin :)

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephie

I am so happy you didn't mention pore strips!
I had horrible blackheads that when I kissed my mom she'd mention how rough my nose felt, and pore strips made it worse!

Love all the tips, and will be getting the vegetable facial sponge, I also want to try out the wonder pore line from etude, which product do you think I should start off with?

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCel

thanks for this one! this will surely help :D

August 27, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterzed chu

@stephie thank you! yay!!! :D

August 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercaterwauler

Clarisonic brush works wonders for my skin!

August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAngela

Hi Ms Liz, thank you for sharing. It felt good to learn tips that I can easily do. I am already using some of the products you mentioned and noticing that my blackheads are starting to lessen. I just need to keep doing it and be committed in taking care of my skin. Have a great day Liz :)

August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFhely

Blackheads are the worst! I have a ton of them on my nose so I rely on trusty nose strips and monthly facials to get rid of them. I use blotting paper too but not as often as I should. Haha

August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShev

I agree blackheads are so annoying, thanks for a great tip, I actually have worst blackheads on my nose and I will try the tip.

August 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRochelle Rivera

Was told by a derma that Blackheads need to be extracted as they're far deeper and tougher to remove than Whiteheads.

August 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Beauty Junkee

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