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What You Need to Know About Blackheads

Everyone hates blackheads. They are hard to remove, annoying to look at and just plain gross. There are a few facts about blackheads you need to know if you get them often. Here are some little known facts about blackheads and some of the right ways to remove them.

  1. Blackheads are actually called open comedomes. Open comedomes are widened hair follicles that get filled with skin debris, bacteria and sebum oil.
  2. When sebum in the pores contains melanin and hits the surface of the pore, it oxidizes. When this happens, it turns to a dark color and that is why blackheads are black.
  3. Blackheads are most often caused by the overproduction of oil.
  4. If you use pore strips often, know that it isn’t enough to keep them away. If you don’t use oil-free products and don’t take care of your skin, they will come back.
  5. Use retinoids and products containing salicylic-acid to clear the clogged pores and prevent blackheads from returning.
  6. Don’t squeeze or pop blackheads because it will only make things worse. If you do want them to be removed, see a dermatologist to or someone who does facials to remove them properly and in a sanitary way.
  7. If you have really bad blackheads that won’t seem to disappear, head to your dermatologist to ask about prescription products or treatments.
  8. Use natural DIY treatments if you want to try something that is more natural and inexpensive. Mix baking soda with apple cider vinegar to create a paste and exfoliate your skin that contains blackheads. Use this treatment weekly.
  9. Wash your face in the morning and in the evening. Washing more than that can cause your skin to become dry and try to overproduce oil, which will lead to more blackheads and acne. So don’t irritate your skin by washing your face too often.
  10. Lastly, be gentle. Blackheads can be very frustrating and don’t completely go away in a day. Use gentle products and avoid over stimulating products or treatments. Be patient and see your dermatologist if you aren’t seeing results! Also remember that chances are no one else notices your blackheads. Don’t stress out about them.

Do you get blackheads? Where do you get them most often? Which treatments do you use and what works well for you? Share with us your experiences.




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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing