Today, we’re discussing a widespread and frustrating issue that affects many people—blackheads. You may have tried various blackhead removal products on the market, only to find their effectiveness underwhelming. Moreover, popular salon treatments like facial steaming and exfoliating scrubs can actually worsen the situation. So, let’s dive into the topic of blackheads and how to properly address them.
Understanding the root cause of blackheads is crucial. They typically form from dead skin cells and dirt accumulating on the skin. Over-cleansing can sometimes irritate the skin, causing it to thicken and clog pores. When pores become clogged, sebaceous glands may become compressed and rupture, releasing irritating oils that can lead to acne.
To tackle blackheads effectively, it’s important to avoid excessive squeezing, which can also cause sebaceous glands to rupture and create a vicious cycle. Additionally, it’s best to avoid the following four common methods:
Facial steaming: Heating the face can cause blood vessels to dilate, potentially leading to rosacea. Overdoing facial steaming can also dry out the skin and accelerate aging. Unless your skin is extremely oily, most people should avoid this treatment.
Facial brushes: While facial brushes can help with exfoliation, they pose the risk of stimulating pore dilation, leading to further blockage.
Exfoliating scrubs: Scrubs containing microbeads, facial washes, and gels indeed exfoliate the skin but may also cause pore dilation and clogging.
Blackhead strips: Clay masks or blackhead strips can remove pore-clogging substances, but they can also make the skin more sensitive.
By understanding the causes of blackheads and avoiding these common yet potentially harmful treatments, you can work towards clearer, healthier skin.