Deep Seated Blackhead Removal
Dealing with breakouts can be a hassle, but there's something about blackheads that's especially frustrating. Even though they're not caused by poor hygiene, these black-tipped pimples look dirty and are hard to hide with concealer and powder. When you can see them on your face and feel them beneath your skin, you've got deep-seated blackheads -- and chances are good you want to get rid of them as quickly as possible.
Blackheads are easy to recognize because of the dark color that gives them their name. Like whiteheads, blackheads are formed when a clog in the hair follicle -- usually caused by dirt or oil -- causes your skin to form a bump. Blackheads, even deep-seated ones, may clog the depths of your hair follicle, but they're close enough to the surface to erupt on your skin. In fact, blackheads are open on the surface of your skin, and their distinctive dark color comes from the contents of the clogged follicle coming into contact with air. If your blackhead hurts deep beneath the skin, it may be that you have cystic acne beneath the surface as well as blackheads.
Removing blackheads can help ease pain and improve your appearance, but popping them can damage your skin, cause redness and inflammation and send bacteria to the surrounding skin, where it can actually cause more blackheads, explains MedLine Plus, an online health information resource maintained by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
The best way to remove blackheads is to target them with an exfoliating cleanser designed especially for blackheads, says "Seventeen" beauty writer Meredith Gray. These scrubs will target and remove pore-clogging debris so your blackheads disappear, Gray explains. Keep the cleanser focused on affected areas, though, because it has the potential to dry out acne-free skin.
If you can't wait a few days for your blackhead to vanish, "Ladies Home Journal" recommends this method. Use a clay mask to draw the oil and dead skin cells clogging your pore to the surface of your skin, then follow with a pore-cleansing strip after rinsing away the mask. Your blackhead should come off when you pull the strip. Your skin may be red and tender afterward, but a few minutes of cold compress treatment should relieve the color and discomfort. If this method doesn't work the first time, wait a few hours and try again, recommends the beauty department at "Ladies Home Journal."
Removing blackheads can be tricky, so your best bet is to avoid getting them in the first place. You can do this by using a mild cleanser on your face twice a day and steering clear of greasy moisturizers and make-up that can clog your pores, notes MedLine Plus. If you're prone to blackheads, you may also want to make sure you shampoo your hair regularly to prevent oily hair from causing clogs and get into the habit of not touching your face during the day, which gives oil from your fingers a chance to clog your pores.
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