To be able to solve a problem, firstly, the main source of the problem has to be addressed. Blackheads are not an exception in this sense. Therefore, having enough information about blackheads is the most important step in blackheads treatment. We wrote a comprehensive article about blackheads, including the main causes and risk factors.
In this article, we will discover the ways to remove blackheads, tips and natural methods to get rid of them. However, before touching upon these issues, it is sensible to briefly talk about blackheads themselves.
Quite briefly, blackheads are harmless bumps on the skin and a mild form of acne. They appear in the skin when the oil and dirt just below the skin layer come into contact with each other. When this formation is oxidised, it turns black tiny bumps.
Even though people who have oily skin are more susceptible to encounter blackhead formation in their skin, every individual can develop these black bumps.
Effective Ways to Remove Blackheads
Fortunately, there are many treatment methods for blackheads. Treatment methods may vary from person to person since everyone has a unique skin type. Following are the main treatment methods for blackheads.
1- Over-the-counter Drugs
For the treatment of blackheads, there are many over-the-counter medicines (products) available in pharmacies. Generally, individuals apply these products directly to their face. And, most of these products are in the form of cream, gel or mask.
These products are designed to reduce excess skin oil (sebum) and to remove the dead skin cells which bring about blackhead formation. Note: Pregnant women should talk to their doctor regarding using over-the-counter medicines.
2 -Prescribed Drugs
At first patients try to manage blackheads with the products purchased from pharmacies. If these products don’t bring expected results, the dermatologist will prescribe the most suitable medicines. Just as above mentioned over-the-counter medicines, these prescribed medicines ( cream/gel/mask) too are applied to the black-headed area.
These products are used in order to clean up hair follicles thanks to the vitamin A content of the products. Your dermatologist will determine the most suitable medicine for you considering different variables.
3- Cleansing with Hand
This treatment method is applied by specifically trained skin experts. The aim of this treatment is to deal with the congestion that causes blackheads. The tool is called as blemish extractor. The expert applies pressure on the black-headed area to remove blackheads.
There are two ways to use chemical peelings. Some of the peelings are available in the pharmacies. These are home peels and the patient can apply these kinds of peelings on his/her own. The second option is to use stronger peels that can be applied only by dermatologists or skin specialists.
The aim of this treatment methods is to remove the dead skin cells — that are responsible for blackheads along with other causing factors — and to narrow the pores.
5- Light and Laser Therapies
As mentioned earlier, people with oily skin are more susceptible to develop blackheads due to excess sebum production. In this treatment, dermatologists use tiny beams of intense light to decrease this excess sebum production. Additionally, this method is beneficial to kill blackhead-causing bacteria.
Tips to Avoid Blackheads
Below given tips might be effective in terms of preventing or at least minimising blackheads formation. The following recommendations are backed by dermatologists.
Oil-free Products: Many people but especially women, tend to use creams, makeup products and skin moisturisers. Particularly, the use of sunscreens 4-seasons is recommended by doctors to protect the skin. However, if these products contain oil, it may contribute to blackheads formation. Therefore, individuals should prefer oil-free creams and cosmetics products to protect the oil balance of the skin.
Face Hygiene: Most of the time those who are dealing with forms of acne including blackheads may be mistaken in terms of washing face. People often think that too much face wash will relieve facial acne problems by cleaning the face. But, washing the face more than twice a day may worsen skin problems. Therefore, it is ideal to wash your face after waking up and before going to bed to remove oil build-up.
Face peels: Even though face peels may not be 100 per cent effective, they can prevent the formation of blackheads by removing the dead skin cells. Additionally, exfoliating sponges too can gently remove the dead skin. Make sure these products don’t irritate your skin.
Pillowcase: This method is worth trying. Because, if we just follow simple logic, bacteria/ dirt and dead skin cells accumulate on the pillowcase. Therefore, changing the pillowcase on a regular basis for instance once in 4 days may minimise the risk of blackheads and acne formation.
Natural Solutions For Blackheads
Masks that can be made with products found in almost every home can be more effective against black spots than one would imagine. Just beware if you are allergic to any of the ingredients used for the mask. You can check by applying onto a small area of the skin.
Honey and Lemon Mask
Thanks to honey’s antibacterial and lemon’ astringent properties, these two can be an effective way to treat blackheads. Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with a half a lemon juice. Apply this mixture on the black-headed area and wait for 5 to 10 minutes. Thereafter, wash the face with cold water for the best result.
Oatmeal and Yoghurt Mask
This mask will be effective in removing the dead skins cells and keep the pores clean. However, to get better results, the person should use it after the shower when the skin pores are open due to warm/hot water.
Mix 1 tablespoon oatmeal and 2 tablespoons yogurt in a bowl. Then add 1 tablespoon lemon juice and olive oil. Stir all the ingredients thoroughly. Then, spread the mixture on the face with your fingers and or a cotton ball. After waiting for 20 minutes rinse your face with lukewarm or cold water.
Honey and Cinnamon Powder
As mentioned above, honey is good for the skin. Cinnamon, on the other hand, has antibacterial and astringent properties which are effective in the blackhead treatment.
In a bowl mix the cinnamon powder and honey until the mixture get a thick consistency. Apply the mixture on the blackheaded areas. And, wash the mask after 20 minutes ideally with lukewarm water. It is suitable for daily use. Apply it everyday for 15 days and monitor if it works.
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