Posted By: Lindsay Schroeder Posted In: Blackheads Date Posted: April 3rd, 2012 Comments: 7

Blackheads, (open comedos), are pesky and unflattering and either black or yellow in color. And usually the first sign of acne. Nobody wants blackheads but everyone has them at one point in his or her life. Blackheads form in enlarged hair follicles on the skin and are filled with debris from the skin, bacteria, and oil.

Blackheads usually form at the start of puberty, when hormones levels are at an all-time high, awakening the sebaceous glands, which make the skin more oily. An excess of oil fills the pores, and get stuck, and once mixed with bacteria and germs in the air, become black or yellow in color. Though teenagers seem to have the most trouble with blackheads, you can also get them in your 20’s, 30’s, and beyond. Unfortunately, the more oily your skin is, the more likely you are to have blackheads. Makeup and skincare products with added oils can also clog pores which will lead to blackheads so it’s very important to cleanse your skin morning and night to wash away any residue that leads to this unwanted build-up. Many think that blackheads are formed by dirt in the skin but this is not true. It’s by an excess of oils so be sure not to over cleanse your skin because it will become irritated.  Cleansers with salicylic acid will help those with oily skin.

Exfoliating the skin with a gentle exfoliant 2-3 times a week will also help ridding the skin of cellular build-up, hence minimizing blackheads. Some have found that using a facial masque once a week also helps gently remove blackheads from the pores.

Having greasy hair can also be a factor in having oily skin which leads to blackheads. Make sure to keep your hair away from your face, even while you are sleeping, if your hair becomes greasy throughout the day. The less contact your skin has with any oils, the better.

Avoid foods that are fried or greasy and drink plenty of water. Remember, what you put into your body will exude through your skin. If you are stressed, find ways to de-stress during the day because stress can affect the outcome of your skin. Get plenty of sleep and change your bed sheets weekly. Talk to your dermatologist about topical medications, which have been known to reduce blackheads and acne.  Try not to pick or squeeze at your blackheads because this can lead to scarring, which will last a lot longer than blackheads!


Let the discussion begin!

  • T.K - April 10, 2012 at 6:38 am - Reply

    I’ve had blackheads on my nose for a really long time and i’ve tried everything! Scrubs, facials, diets – nothing! Do you have any recommended products that would help me?

  • rachel - April 10, 2012 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    Biore has a really Good nose strip to remove blackheads. Like The article said exfoilating is really Good. Hope this helps and Good luck:)

  • Pauline - April 18, 2012 at 11:27 am - Reply

    I recommend you to use Tony Moly products egg pore scrub and the appletox which is used to exfoliate. Tony Moly is a korean product, I’ve been using it for years and I guaranteed you’ll love this product!

  • ssc - April 23, 2012 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    I have really oily skin no matter what I do or use my face just produce more oil, which leads to blemishes and blackheads. I live in the caribbean which is always hot, is it anything i can use to make it less oily. I currently washing my face with Neutrogena (acne-prone skin) soap and would use witchhazel during the day, also i would use a mild scrub twice a week.

  • stacy - May 7, 2012 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Avoid any thing with sodium laureth sulphate in the ingrediants… This will strip oil and ur skin will produce more! Use a cream cleanser and alcohol free toner to reballance ur skins ph (natural bacteria barier) avoid scrubbing your skin as this will stimulate oil production, instead use either a AHA mask 2 times a week or a daily glycolic based moisturiser. Oil absorbing lotions are also a good idea, the best way to treat oily skin is progressivly not agressivly 🙂 you will most likely always have a bit of excess oil but remember this will cause slower ageing than on a drier skin! Winner!

  • tza - May 20, 2012 at 4:11 am - Reply

    As for me, I usually use egg white to remove blackheads and whiteheads. Wet the facial cotton with white egg. Put the facial cotton at ur face. Let it dry, and tadaaaaa. Its all gone. I usually use it at night before I sleep 🙂

  • adebisi - June 14, 2012 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    I ave black heads and pimples,have used black heads eraser scrub but still yet I have black heads and pimples,pls what can I use?

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