How to Get Rid of Blackheads at Home
A buildup of oil, dead skin cells and bacteria in a sebaceous gland causes a pore to become clogged, and the result is a whitehead, blackhead or pimple. A blackhead is blocked pore, or comedo, that opens up and appears dark on the skin. (The dark color is not dirt; it's the result of air reacting with the contents of the plugged pore.) If your skin is prone to blackheads, which are most prevalent on the T-zone area of the face (chin, nose and forehead), you can engage in a consistent regimen each morning and evening to target them.
Cleanse blackhead-prone areas with a cleanser or soap formulated for acne or oily skin.
Apply toner with a cotton ball, which will provide additional cleansing and prepare your skin for the acne treatment lotion or gel. Allow skin to dry thoroughly.
Apply the lotion or gel in a thin layer onto blackhead-prone areas after cleansing and toning. You may need to reduce the amount or the frequency of application if your skin becomes overly dry or peels as a result.
Use only grooming products, cosmetics and sunscreens that are oil free and labeled "non-comedogenic" to avoid clogging pores further. In addition, avoid touching your face, as such contact can result in transmission of more bacteria and oil to the skin.
Apply a mask every week or so to further absorb oil from blackhead-prone areas and disinfect them. Let the mask dry completely, then soften with a moistened washcloth and rinse thoroughly.
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