Don’t squeeze that blackhead! There’s a gentler way to get rid of it, and several steps you can take to prevent new ones from forming.
You will need
- A medium-size pot of boiling water
- Tea tree
- or lavender essential oil
- A large towel
- A mild soap or facial cleanser
- Moisturizer containing retinol
- SPF 30 sunscreen
- Oil-free foundation
- Facial cleanser containing glycolic acid
- Baby shampoo
- Facial masks
- A dermatologist
- A natural sea sponge
Step 1 Don’t pick them Don’t try to remove blackheads either with your fingernails or with any kind of instrument. Both can lead to infection and scarring.
Step 2 Steam your face Boil a medium pot of water, add a few drops of tea tree, eucalyptus, or lavender essential oil, and place it on a table. Sit with your face over the pot for five minutes, with a towel draped over your head to trap the steam. The combination of steam and those particular oils will loosen existing blackheads. Repeat weekly.
Step 3 Wash your face To prevent future blackheads, wash your face daily with warm water and a mild soap or cleanser that is color- and fragrance-free.
Replace your face cloth with a natural sea sponge, which exfoliates skin better.
Step 4 Moisturize Slather on an over-the-counter moisturizer containing the collagen-booster retinol every night after you wash your face. If you have sensitive skin, only use it every other day.
Retinol increases skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so use a sunscreen with SPF 30 daily.
Step 5 Clean up your makeup act Always use oil-free foundation, never put makeup on a sweaty face, remove makeup at night with a cleanser that contains glycolic acid, and clean makeup brushes and sponges with baby shampoo monthly.
Step 6 Put on a mask Use a facial mask once a week. Clay masks are especially good for drawing impurities out of pores.
Step 7 Go to a pro If new blackheads keep developing, consider going to a dermatologist for a medical facial.
The ‘black’ in ‘blackheads’ isn’t dirt. Your skin’s natural oils turn black when they oxidize after getting trapped in clogged pores.