In order to successfully fight off a problem, it’s necessary to learn all about it. If the blackheads are your enemy, the first step in defeating them is learning about what they really are. By definition, a blackhead is a clogged pore (or a hair follicle), which is not closed by the skin. The colloquial name comes from the fact that blackheads look like tiny black spots on your skin, usually around your nostrils, but also on the forehead and other parts of the face.
The Lain name of blackheads is Comedo, which was used for describing parasitic worms in the ancient past. Dermatologists have given this name to blackheads due to the appearance of the material of which they’re made of. If you squeeze a blackhead out, you will see a worm-like material coming out. In fact, squeezing is one of the most commonly used methods for getting rid of the blackheads. However, the fact that it’s popular doesn’t mean that it’s the best. On the contrary, squeezing the blackheads can result in permanent skin damage.
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Which Treatments Should You Stay Away From?
Squeezing might be the worst thing you can do to treat blackheads. Not only is it extremely hurtful, it’s also very dangerous as it can lead to infections. On top of that, squeezing can also leave permanent scars on your face. Apart from that, you also need to refrain from using other aggressive methods, like certain chemicals, for example.
The internet is flooded with advice on how to treat blackheads, many of which are advising the usage of regular soap or even toothpaste. This is far from being the best treatment for blackheads. In fact, it’s one of the worst as soap and toothpaste are guaranteed to dry your skin, which will cause it to tear, leading to possible infections. Heck you might as well be using your hands and popping your blackheads at this point.
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With all of the risks in mind, you might get an impression that treating blackheads at home is not a good idea. Actually, this is why a lot of people decide to go to a beautician to get rid of the blackheads. The problem is that the beautician will probably use even aggressive methods for removing them, like the cyanoacrylate method, for example. Surely, this will make the blackheads disappear, but may cause you problems in a long term. That is why the best treatment for blackheads is not to cure the symptom, but the cause!
How Exfoliation Removes the Cause of Blackheads?
By definition, exfoliation is a process of removing the pieces of dead skin. As the dead skin is actually the cause of blackheads, by clogging the pores, the best way of solving this issue is getting rid of the dead skin. Surely, it may take more time than other ways for treating blackheads, but exfoliation has no negative effects. Apart from treating the cause of blackheads, making them go away forever, exfoliation has a number of other benefits as well. It will make your skin glow and prevent the appearance of other types of acne.
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Making your own Blackhead Cleanser
In order to make your own blackhead cleanser, you will need a teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of water. Put the two ingredients in glass or a bowl and mix until you create a paste. Now take a piece of cotton wool and gently apply the paste onto the skin affected with blackheads. If you use it on a daily basis, you should see the results in only a couple of days, but it can take up to a week.
Exfoliation is seriously one of the best treatment for blackheads. Don’t just take our word for it, try it out yourself. Try making your own blackhead cleanser, or purchasing your own, and try this for 7 days. Then let our readers know how it worked our for you, and maybe even tips on how we can improve this method so that everyone can have vibrant skin!