What can I do about my blackheads?

Just like all your favorite accessories, acne comes in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. One of the most popular? Blackheads.

Unlike whiteheads, blackheads remain open at the tip so that the oil and bacteria in your pore can react with the open air, which oxidizes them and changes them to those black dots that tend to hang out all over your nose. Blackheads can take some time to get rid of, but they don’t get inflamed like other acne. Still, they can still be tough to treat and prevent, so check out the tips below for a daily regimen that will help keep them in check:

  • Gently wash your face twice a day using only mild cleansers. Stay away from fragrant soaps and cleansers. Many of them dry out and irritate your
    skin, and there’s no point in smelling like a vanilla breeze if you feel like pepperoni sandpaper.
  • If you have a lot of blackheads, make sure to exfoliate every day or every other day to remove dead skin and unclog your pores. Do this with gentle
    scrubs and wash with your clean hands instead of a rough washcloth, as one may cause further irritation.
  • Check your makeup cabinet to double-check that none of your cosmetics are oil-based. These can clog your pores and cause blackheads.
  • Eat your fruits and veggies! Some good ones to look out for are carrots, sweet potatoes, and kale, as they have beta-carotene, an
    antioxidant that works to prevent blackhead breakouts.
  • As always, no touching! Your face is a work of art, and just like the Mona Lisa, you’re grubby hands are gonna mess it up. Touching and picking and
    squeezing can add unwanted oil to your skin as well as further irritate the blackheads.
  • If you’re having a particularly hard time, look into topical ointments containing benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or azelaic acid which can all clear out your pores and get rid of those blackheads.

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