Hello, my beauties, Kay Beauty here! Recently I’ve had a lot of people asking me about the best way to remove blackheads, so this post is dedicated to those little pesky dark dots!
Are They Really Blackheads?
Blackheads are open pores clogged with sebum and debris that turn black because the gunk in them oxidize when exposed to air. Many people struggle with blackheads on their nose and T-zone area, because that’s an area where the skin produces more sebum.
However, there’s a difference between blackheads, which are clogged pores, and the normal appearance of your pores. To an extent, dark spots in these areas are inevitable and normal. Your pores naturally produce sebum to lubricate and protect your skin, and there will always be at least a small amount of oxidization when the sebum is exposed to air. Those darkened pores are known as sebaceous filaments, and no matter what you do to remove them, they will always fill back up.
Whether those spots are true blackheads, however, or merely sebaceous filaments, there are things you can do to minimize their appearance without resorting to squeezing (which can stretch the pore and permanently damage your skin).
- Apply BHA
BHA, which comes in the form of salicylic acid or betaine salicylate, is oil-soluble and is thus able to exfoliate inside the pore, loosening oil and dead skin that may be clogging pores. Consistent use of a BHA product should cause blackheads and sebaceous filaments to appear less prominent.
A favorite in the KBeauty community, and a perennial bestseller, the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Liquid is one of the best gentle BHA products for keeping those pores clear.
Removing excess dead skin cells from the surface of your skin can help prevent buildup of pore-clogging debris. Whether you exfoliate with AHA or with a gentle physical scrub, make sure you keep the exfoliation extra-gentle to avoid irritating or inflaming your skin, and limit use to a couple times a week, especially if using in conjunction with BHA. As always, be sure to wear sunscreen, as freshly-exfoliated skin is more sensitive to the sun.
One of our favorite choices for gentle exfoliation is the Neogen Bio-Gauze Wine Peeling Pads. These delicious smelling pads physically exfoliate with the gentle textured pad, and chemically exfoliate with AHAs and wine extracts. The best part is, they are extremely gentle.
Another option for gentle exfoliation is a peeling gel, like the Mizon Apple Smoothie Peeling Gel. This gel-like product rolls up into little balls when massaged over your skin, taking dead skin and debris with it.
- Oil Cleanse
As I touched upon in my post on double-cleansing last week, oil dissolves oil, and is therefore a particularly good choice for cleansing oily or clogged skin. Massaging the oil cleanser over areas that have blackheads and clogged pores will help to clean them out.
- Reduce Oil With Clay and Charcoal Masks
Clay and charcoal masks naturally absorb oil that may be clogging pores, and regular use can help to keep pores looking smaller and clearer. If you find clay masks drying, use them just in the T-zone or on problem areas.
We love the Dr Jart Dermaclear Clay Foam masks/cleansers for drawing out impurities from the pores. This innovative clay mask absorbs oil and when mixed with water, gently foams to thoroughly cleanse skin and leaves it refreshed.
Consistent care of your skin with these four methods should help to reduce the appearance of blackheads and sebaceous filaments.
What are your favorite ways to shrink blackheads?
See you next week for more skincare tips!