Those blackheads are something else don’t you think? No matter how hard you try to squeeze them out, they just keep on coming back.
So what are the dos and don’ts of removing blackheads?
DON’T extract your blackheads at home especially if you don’t know-how.
It does feel gratifying to see all the oil coming out, but the gratification does not last very long.
By forcefully squeezing them out either with your fingers or an extractor, it can also forcefully open up your pores creating bigger craters in your skin. Once these form into a scar, they become pretty hard to reverse or manage.
DO: Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate
There are a lot of chemical exfoliants available on the market either in the form of a toner, gel, or cream. However, since they are quite strong and can burn your skin, it would be best to go slow. Start with salicylic acid every other night for 2 weeks and increase later on to every night. You can eventually alternate it with glycolic acid to clean up those pores more effectively.
DON’T depend on pore strips.
They do a good job of stripping off the dirt above the skin. But after a while, those black dots will resurface. So yes, they work just fine temporarily. But if you want something that gives a long-term effect, exfoliation is key.
About the Author: Dr. Elli Reyes is a specialist of Aesthetic Medicine from the Philippines. With over four years of specialized training, her aesthetic practice has involved a variety of skin treatments involving Botox, fillers, and the like. As a licensed physician, she has been engaged by multiple clinics and is regularly interviewed by the local media as an expert in the science of the skin. Her research and writings to date have centered on nutrition, functional health, and general beauty.