Clear your Skin and Learn How to Remove Blackheads with Vaseline®

Many people will experience blackheads. Discover how to treat yours, and prevent them.

Clear your Skin and Learn How to Remove Blackheads with Vaseline®
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    What Are the Causes of Blackheads?
    A blackhead is formed when a follicle becomes clogged with dead cells and oils, creating a bump called a comedone. As the top part of the plug is in contact with the air, it turns dark; hence the term “blackhead”.

    Your chances of getting blackheads are increased by factors like hormonal changes, using oily cosmetics and stress.
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    How to Remove Blackheads
    Just like acne, there are treatments for blackheads but things can take time. As hormones increase the appearance of blackheads, patience is a virtue.
    • Don’t Touch Your Blackheads
    Blackheads are the result of blocked follicles, so it’s important to keep your pores clean. Touching your blackheads can spread bacteria across your skin, blocking pores and potentially causing more pimples. Popping, squeezing or picking blackheads risks acne scarring too.
    • Wash Your Face Twice a Day
    Using a gentle cleanser or mild soap, wash your face twice a day. Avoid products that could further irritate your skin, like astringents or facial scrubs.
    • Use Oil-free Cosmetics
    Opt for makeup and toiletries that are oil-free and “noncomedogenic” or “nonacnegenic”. These will hydrate your skin, without blocking your pores and causing further blackheads.
    • Keep Your Hair Clean
    Greasy hair can easily transfer oil and dead skin cells to your face. To speed up recovery time and help remove blackheads, make sure you wash your hair regularly and try to keep it away from your face.
    • Try Over-the-counter Acne Products
    Acne products containing benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, resorcinol or salicylic acid can help to dry out the excess oil that causes breakouts. Some can have side effects at first, such as red skin, dryness and scaling, but these should clear up after around a month. This should be used under supervision from a healthcare professional.
    • Cover Healing Skin with Vaseline® Jelly
    Although Vaseline® Petroleum Jelly doesn’t directly treat acne, its protective formula means it could help your skin recover faster from a breakout. After cleansing thoroughly (but not too aggressively), apply Vaseline® Jelly to form a protective barrier on the surface of your skin – this can help to prevent germs from re-infecting pores. Vaseline® Jelly can also keep the skin moisturized, accelerating its natural cycle of regeneration (where dead cells slough off and new and fresh skin cells rise to the surface). By protecting your skin and keeping bacteria out, petroleum jelly can help to speed up recovery and improve the overall appearance of the skin.
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    How to Prevent Blackheads
    Hormones, stress and lifestyle factors mean it’s almost impossible to remove blackheads completely. However, you can make breakouts less likely.
    • Take Care Not to Overwash Your Skin
    It’s tempting to want to wash your face as much as possible. However, overwashing can irritate your skin and take away your natural oils, causing more breakouts. Cleansing once in the morning and once in the evening is normally enough to keep your skin fresh and clean. If you sweat a lot during exercise, it’s also worth washing after working out.
    • Try Clay-based Products
    For centuries, clay has been used as a natural remedy for skin complaints. Bentonite and Kaolin clays in particular have a purifying effect, pulling oil from the skin and controlling shine. To try it for yourself, use a clay mask once or twice a week to unclog pores.
Everyone experiences blackheads at some point in their life. A healthy skincare routine can help you avoid breakouts and speed up skin recovery.
The advice in this article does not constitute medical advice, it is solely available for information purposes.