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.
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.
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.