How to Banish Blackheads for Good

Most of us have to deal with the stubborn little specks called blackheads getting in the way of a perfect complexion. Blackheads may not be as obvious as whiteheads or cystic acne, but it’s important to treat these suckers because the longer they hang out on your face, the more they expand your pores as they fill up with blockage.

What are blackheads?

According to board certified dermatologist Dr. Karyn Grossman, these annoying comedones (the official medical term) are usually caused by a buildup of sebum and keratin in the hair follicles of skin. The keratin oxidizes, resulting in literal black heads. Gross, we know. While we can’t stop our bodies from producing oil or prevent cells from making dead skin cells, what we can do is minimize blackhead buildup with a proper skin care regimen.

How to get rid of blackheads

Elizabeth Jones, advanced instructor for Dermalogica and the International Dermal Institute, stresses the importance of cleansing every day to get rid of blackheads. She even suggests a double cleanse in the evening when more dirt and oil have built up. Regularly exfoliating is also essential because it removes dead skin and other debris in follicles.

When it comes to choosing the right products to get rid of blackheads, board certified dermatologist and Director of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology Dr. Carolyn Jacob recommends looking for products with salicylic acid because it reduces inflammation and also treats surface blemishes.

Ready to learn how to remove blackheads for good? Read on for some of the best products for your skin.

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How to Get Rid of Blackheads for Good