💥How to Get Rid of Blackheads: 5 Ingredients to Effectively Fight Them
Jun. 18, 2020
Blackheads suck—we know. One of the most common skincare issues, blackheads, or “open comedones”, affect over 50 million people in the US. If you’re one of the many searching for a way to banish the blemishes for good, we are now sharing how to do it and what ingredients to include in your routine.
While some enjoy popping pimples and others are repulsed by it, one thing is true—blackheads are stubborn, annoying, and they almost always come back like that annoying ex. If you’re just about ready to give up on these bothersome bumps, don’t! We went to work to find the safest and most effective methods to get rid of them for good, without squeezing or popping anything. But first, in order to pulverize your pustules, you need to understand what they are and what causes them.
What Are Blackheads and What Causes Them?
Blackheads appear as small bumps, usually on the nose, that are dark in color. Caused by clogged hair follicles, they turn black once the mixture of oil and dead skin cells is exposed to air. The technical term is open comedone, literally meaning an open acne lesion. The opening refers to the hair follicle that contains one hair and a sebaceous gland. Once the mixture of bacteria, oil and dead skin sits in that opening and oxidizes, it produces a tiny bump called a comedo. Gross, we know. Despite their color, blackheads have nothing to do with dirt or being dirty.
How to Treat Blackheads?
Treating blackheads isn’t that bad when you have the correct tools in your medicine cabinet. Blackhead fighting ingredients to look for in your daily skincare products should include:
- Salicylic acid - for anyone suffering with blackheads, your go to skincare product should always include salicylic acid. This acne-prone skincare hero is known for its ability to effectively unclog pores. Dermatologists suggest that if you have sensitive skin, look for a targeted treatment as it can be drying.
- Benzoyl peroxide - another blackhead busting staple, this antibacterial ingredient works to break down and loosen the gunk that's built up in your pores. Not only that, it can kill the very bacteria that leads to a bad breakout.
- Glycolic acid - an AHA, (alpha hydroxy acid) glycolic acid is another great pore cleanser. It immediately goes to work exfoliating the top layer of the skin and removing bacteria and oil deep down in your pores. Bonus: it also increases collagen production!
- Retinoids - retinoids are powerful, vitamin A compounds that increase cell turnover and regeneration, meaning they can fight blackheads (and wrinkles!).
- Azelaic acid - not as well-known as the other ingredients, but just as powerful, this acid works to effectively target blackheads as well as improve hyperpigmentation and UV damages.
How to Safely Remove Blackheads
If these blemish busting ingredients aren’t working for your skin, fear not! Cherie has a few other tricks up our sleeves! When all else fails, you can try:
- Over-the-counter spot treatments - widely available in drug stores without the need for a prescription, many OTC blackhead treatments contain all the goods like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and resorcinol. These are available in cleansing pads, creams and gels and work to kill the bacteria on your skin, while drying excess oil.
- Speaking with your dermatologist - your dermatologist may suggest taking a prescription medication to help with the flare ups. Oral medications, including birth control or spironolactone work with your hormones to decrease oil production and prevent new pimples from popping up.
- Manual removal - your dermatologist is stocked with tons of devices to remove pesky blackheads. An instrument called a round loop extractor can effectively remove the plug that is causing the bacteria filled blackhead.
- Skin treatments - microdermabrasion’s and chemical peels remove dead skin and any clogs within your pores. During a microdermabrasion, your dermatologist uses a special instrument to gently sand the thicker, outer layers of your skin. During a chemical peel, your dermatologist will use a strong solution that over time will “peel off” the top layer of your skin.
- Laser or light therapy - done by a skincare professional, each method uses intense beams of light to decrease oil production and kill bacteria. These methods work below the top layer of your skin so it’s not damaged.
It’s important to remember that clearing blackheads for good takes time and a little effort. While some people may be prone to them, these tips and tricks can help get them under control. And one more pro tip before we go—don’t forget to moisturize! Most of these blackhead fighting ingredients are drying, so it’s essential to incorporate a moisturizer that works best for your skin type. Do you have pesky blackheads? What do you do to keep them at bay?
Drink of water for your skin!
We’re in the deep of winter and our skin get dehydrated and beaten by the harsh elements. Treat your skin to a pure drink of water that is based with pure Artic water —The ultra pure water that flows from the Arctic is known for its unique functional composition that’s buzzed about for helping to recharge dull-looking skin. By adding moisture back in helps fortify your skin and enhances skins’ luminosity. LUMENE - Nordic-C Glow Boost Essence Serum 30ml $12-$25 depends on size and retail. Based with pure artic spring water and two types o hyaluronic acids this serum is super emollient and hydrating. Love love love how gentle this formula is. LUMENE - Nordic C Valo Glow Lumenessence Brightening Beauty Lotion $14-$18 A gorgeous lightweight toning essence with pure artic water, hyaluronic acids and vitamin c rich berry complex. I love that it is gentle and not drying. 🐰 cruelty free and sustainably sourced
HOLY GRAIL SPF 🌞🌞🌞
Okay guys as I have said before I am guilty of rarely ever wearing sunscreen. I just never liked the feel of it on my skin. I always felt like it made me greasy & clogged my pores. However, once I heard about this product I was very intrigued. NIOD - Survival 30 It actually isn’t sold in the United States for some reason so I had to purchase it on a UK website. (Beauty Bay) It is an antioxidant serum with SPF 30. At first, it appears to be tinted but it’s actually not. On NIOD’s website they state: “The slight tinted appearance is derived from the active technologies including Lutein, Fractionated Melanin and Pycnogenol.” It blends in with your skin so easily & does not leave a white cast like some other SPF products. However this serum literally makes my skin tone soo even & perfect! It also contains silicone so it completely smooths over my pores. AND besides all that great stuff, it’s a mineral sunscreen! So it protects against environmental & lifestyle issues. Like UV rays, blue light, etc. I have never loved a product as much as this one! I literally cannot believe how good my skin looks while using this stuff! For a 30ml bottle, I paid $33 on the Beauty Bay site. For me, that is completely worth it! It comes in this adorable packaging & pretty glass bottle. It also has a pump dispenser & squirts out the perfect amount for a single use! I really can’t recommend this stuff enough guys! It’s wonderful!! @cherie@Cheriebeauty@CheriePick
Wednesday Wellness 🙏🏾
This past week has been rather hard and long for me. I ultimately decided to get back on track with my wellness plan. My main wellness goal for 2021, is to indulge in myself more. I definitely am a firm believe in “as within, so without”. I started my day with: #Four Sigmatic - Mushroom Elixir Mix with Chaga[products]#[FiveStars] I have been getting back into adaptogen and herbal medicine. What we put into our bodies is just as important as what goes on the outside. Adaptogens are apart of ancient medicinal traditions traced all over the world. I also drink Tulsi “Holy Basil” Tea. If you need a pick me up or emotional boost I highly recommend! SUNDAY RILEY - U.F.O. Ultra-Clarifying Face Oil is my treatment of choice I used during the day. Do not be afraid to use salicylic acid during the day. I applied plenty of sunscreen afterwards as well! This is a GODSEND for clearing up acne and acne scarring. It’s by far the best acne treatment I’ve tried and its mostly due to the immediate results I get. This is a dry oil, so it should be used before a heavy moisturizer or sunscreen. THE BODY SHOP - Spa of the World Thai Makrut Lime Firming Oil is a staple in my night time routine. When I want to relax and really unwind I use a body roller with this oil. It smells like a fresh key lime pie and it’s so hydrating. This is great for firming, especially when paired with a body tool. What do you do for wellness?
Black Owned Makeup Look
So I decided to use the products I pictured in my first photo (minus my highlight shade and lipstick) I used the #Ace Beaute - Nostalgia Palette[products]#[FiveStars] for my entire eye look. I definitely enjoyed these products. My only advice is to shake the UOMA BEAUTY - Say What?! Foundation before use (because it can come out watery) but the coverage is absolutely flawless. I was shocked with the consistency the coverage I got. What’s your favorite black owned brands? (I do not own right to the song)
Clear skin the gentle way?
Thank you @cheriefor this amazing gift 🤩 “buh-koo-chee-all” HERBIVORE - Bakuchiol Anti-Aging Serum I’ve already become a diehard Herbivore lover. So to receive this beauty was super exciting. When I started my acne journey on Cherie I was (and still am) a Differin Acne Gel stan. This was my choice of retinol and I wanted it strong to treat acne and boost my cellular turnover. Now that my acne is currently under control and it’s getting hot again, I definitely want something smooth and gentle. Bakuchiol is a gentler alternative to the very popular ingredient retinol. So essentially you’ll get overall youthful results for your skin. I haven’t tested this on my acne theory yet, but overall my face has been smooth and irritation free. This serum does not have a smell which I love for products of this caliber. I also love that it’s light and not drying at all. I use this at night and since i have a tolerance to retinol I use it every night. I haven’t been using it long enough to see results (about 12 weeks) but I definitely can’t wait to finish this. Have you tried Bakuchiol?
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