Blackheads result from excessive oil that becomes trapped in pores beneath the skin’s surface.
Managing blackheads can be as simple as practicing a good skin care routine.
Let’s read with us the do’s and don’ts if you are suffering from blackheads.
Apply a gentle exfoliant several times weekly to help remove stubborn dirt, makeup and dead skin cells that cleansing and rinsing might miss. When you exfoliate and cleanse and wash your face, use a light touch and avoid harsh scrubbing. Pick an exfoliator that’s best suited for your skin type.
Don’t squeeze the spot:
It can be tempting to try to extract them, but squeezing blackheads may irritate them further and even cause scarring. It’s better to avoid touching blackheads at all.
Topical acne treatments that contain active ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide work to kill bacteria that settle on your skin, and also reduce oil production in areas prone to blackheads. Topical treatments are effective for many people and you can even see improvement within a few days. Even after blackheads disappear, you may need to continue applying treatment to prevent future breakouts.
Don’t treat with hydrogen peroxide:
Regardless of whether you have sensitive skin or not, it’s a safe bet to treat blackheads with gentle products that are free of fragrances and irritants. Hydrogen peroxide is a commonly misused solution and is neither a gentle nor a valid long-term treatment.
Do use a retinoid:
Topical retinoids are synthetic derivatives of vitamin A that can deliver a couple of benefits for clearing up your skin. First, they help unplug existing blackheads, which can increase the effectiveness of other topical treatments. They also act as preventive care, working to cut down on the formation of future lesions. If your blackheads are a result of acne, retinoids are especially effective.
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Dr. Sayyam Azam is a certified dermatologist who has specialized in Clinical Dermatology (Pakistan) and Aesthetic Medicine (US). During her specialization, she was involved in multiple clinical as well as aesthetic dermatological procedures such as botox, fillers, and chemical peels. As a licensed dermatologist, she is now running a state-of-the- art Aesthetic Center (The Face Clinic) in Multan, Pakistan.