To win the war against blackheads, you need a solid blackhead removal gameplan. And this gameplan is to ultimately keep your skin as clean and clear of oil/debris as much as possible. Finding the right skin care regimen can be particularly challenging as you find the right products that work for you by trial and error. Here are four basic steps that anyone can take to fight blackheads, regardless of skin type.
#1 Steam it up!
It has been mentioned before how important steam is for opening and deep cleansing of the pores. Take advantage of warm moisture by taking a hot shower, or invest in a portable facial steamer. Alternatively, you can create a warm compress with a washcloth and place over the face. Steaming is gentle enough to do daily.
You must stay on top of removing dead skin cells to alleviate your blackhead issues. Choose a micro-bead exfoliation product that is gentle and won’t cause damage or irritation to your skin. You can also use oatmeal or baking soda as a natural exfoliant. Be as gentle as possible, lightly scrubbing in a circular fashion.
Alternatively, you can use products with low potency salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, which exfoliate deep into the pores. Do not exfoliate more than 2-3 times a week.
Cleansing is important for preventing and removing oil build-up. You need to cleanse your skin twice a day, in the evening and in the morning. Cleansing in the morning ensures that you remove excess oil produce while you were sleep; cleansing in the evening gets rid of the oil and pollutants accumulated during the day. You should you a mild soap-and alcohol free cleanser to prevent exacerbation of your condition. Clay-based cleansers are especially recommended for oily skin types since they are effective at drawing out the oil from your skin. You can use a cleanser with benzoyl peroxide as well.
After cleansing, you may want to use an astringent to kill bacteria.
#4 Close Your Pores
After cleansing your skin, you will want to close your pores which were opened from steaming. This can easily be done by using cold water as your final rinse. You should also follow up with a toner that will also help to close and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores.