Gentle Pore Cleanser for Blackheads
Blackheads, also called open comedones, are small, dark spots on the surface of the skin. According to Medline Plus, they are caused by a plug in the opening of a pore. While blackheads are not painful, they do keep your skin from looking its best. Treat blackheads by keeping your skin clean, clearing out the pores with gentle exfoliation and encouraging skin cell turnover.
There are several options to clean your skin and reduce blackheads. You can opt to use a gentle cleanser and then treat blackheads with a salicylic acid cream or gel. Or, you can use a cleanser that contains salicylic acid. Other products that encourage cell turnover, like glycolic acid, may help to treat blackheads. Gentle exfoliating cleansers and treatments can also improve the appearance of your skin.
Cleansers for blackhead-prone skin should remove excess dirt and oils from the skin. Beta hydroxy acids, including salicylic acid, or alpha hydroxy acids, such as glycolic acid, help to increase skin cell turnover, exfoliate the skin and clear plugs from your pores, according to AcneTalks.com. Over time, these products will help to unclog your pores and eliminate blackheads; however, you will need to continue using them even after your skin is clear.
You may opt to physically remove the plug from your pores to clean them out. You should be especially careful to avoid causing infection or worsening your acne. Pore cleansing strips are an ideal option, according to AcneTalks.com. These strips adhere to your skin, removing the plugs of oil and skin cells from within each follicle without causing irritation or potential scarring.
Over-drying your skin with alcohol-based toners and strong products will not help to treat acne. You may even find that drying your skin increases oil production, making acne worse. Use a light, non-comedogenic moisturizer to prevent over drying, particularly if you use a cleanser or treatment with salicylic acid to eliminate blackheads, recommends DermaDoctor.com.
Limit the products you use on your skin, particularly those containing harsh ingredients. If you plan to use a treatment lotion or cream, opt for a gentle cleanser without salicylic or glycolic acids. Benzoyl peroxide products are not as effective on blackheads, according to AcneTalks.com, and can be drying, particularly in combination with salicylic acid. Redness and flaking are common side effects of blackhead treatment, and can typically be controlled with moisturizer.
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