I had been struggling with pesky blackheads for a few months when I finally decided enough was enough. After trying a multitude of products and techniques, I finally found what works for me, and it just might work for you too. Keep reading to learn more!
In order to understand how to remove blackheads, I had to do a little research on what exactly causes them. According to famous esthetician Shani Darden, “a blackhead happens when the oil that builds up in your pores oxidizes as it’s exposed to the sun and turns black. For someone that has blackheads, you want to make sure you don’t use products that cause congestion”
Step One: Exfoliate Daily With a Cleansing System
Clarisonic Mia 2: $169
Tatcha Deep Cleanse: $38
To begin my journey against blackheads, I started using my Clarisonic again. I use the Deep Pore Facial Cleansing Brush Head Replacement every night, designed for minimizing and clarifying your large, dirty pores. A lot of people believe exfoliating once a day is wayyyy to much, but in my experience, I’ve noticed a huge change in my skin texture, my skin tone, and the size of my pores. The Clarisonic is a gentle alternative to your harsher exfoliants, making it perfect for everyday use. I match my Clarisonic with a gentle cleanser, like Cetaphil, or with the TATCHA deep cleanse. The Clarisonic is officially one of the best investments I’ve ever made!
Step Two: Find Products That Contain BHA/AHA
AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acid, and BHA stands for beta hydroxy acid. Both, however, work to to “‘unglue’ the bonds holding dull, dead skin on the surface. Once those bonds are broken—gently and evenly—skin naturally sheds. So, although you won’t actually see your skin exfoliating, you’ll soon see the smoother, younger-looking skin hiding beneath” (Paula’s Choice). Since the dead skin cells will be properly removed, nothing will be trapping in the dirt and oil that causes blackheads to form. Your skin will appear to be more plump, fine-lines free, and silky smooth. I recommend using the COSRX BHA Blackhead Power Liquid (which I use at night) and the Glossier Exfoliating Skin Perfecter (which I use in the morning).
Step Three: DIY Extractions
Pore Beauty Nose Pack Ten Week Set: ($25.20)
The quickest way to get rid of blackheads is obvious: extract them, but extractions tend to come at a high cost. Thanks to this Korean beauty product by SkinMiso, you can now do them yourself. This eradicated my blackheads within twenty minutes, and the other products I’ve been using (as seen above) have been keeping up this Pore Nose Pack’s hard work.
How-to-use: Cleanse your face with warm water and then follow by dabbing your skin dry with a towel. Apply the Step One nose strip for ten minutes. To follow, use the round side of an extraction tool (my favorite is THIS one by Sephora), and gently press down on your pores to remove the blackheads. Once you have sufficiently and gently removed the blackheads, follow with the Step Two nose strip for ten minutes. To finish, apply the Pore Essence where you removed your blackheads. Pro Tip: don’t push down too hard with the extraction tool – if it’s not coming out, it’s not ready. In order to remove it later on, you should use other products, like the ones mentioned in this post, to loosen up the blackhead.
Step Four: Find Oil-Free Products
To avoid clogging up your pores with unwanted oils, look for products (mainly your moisturizer and sunscreen) that are oil free. One of my favorite lightweight and oil free sunscreens is the Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen: it has a great SPF that subtly hydrates while leaving your pores clean. As for moisturizer, try the Control Corrective Oil Free Hydrating Lotion! It controls sebum levels while still lightly hydrating the skin.