Although pimples can be quite painful and uncomfortable, blackheads can be just as unsightly. In this post we will discuss a few methods that will teach you just how to get rid of blackheads. Before going into details as to how you can eliminate these blemishes, you should know exactly what blackheads are and how they differ from typical pimples.
Many believe that blackheads are blemishes that form before pimples occur, the first sign of an acne breakout. It is true that blackheads may be the first sign of a pimple invasion but it is not always the case. Many times a blackhead is simply a clogged pore that is being pushed out of the body with ease. When your pores become clogged, you body will naturally attempt to remove the foreign object. This causes a build up of white cells (puss). When the foreign object is easily pushed out of the pore, it appears as a blackhead. When the path is obstructed the white cells begin to build and cause an irritation on the surface of the skin, this is called a pimple. Whether your blackheads are caused by the acne bacteria, or they are simply clogged pores, they can be eliminated in the same ways.
What Causes Blackheads
There are two main reasons why a person develops blackheads. The most common reason for a blackhead breakout is unclean skin. This is not meant to insinuate that if you have a sudden blackhead breakout that you are an unclean person. It simply means that you may need to wash your face more often because your pores are being obstructed. If you only wash your face in the mornings and before bed, you may need to increase the frequency. The second most common reason for blackhead breakouts is that your skin is infected with the acne bacteria. Although, the bacteria that causes acne will cause a large portion of your skin to be covered in blackheads and pimples, you can still help to avoid these breakouts by frequently washing your face. Washing your face will help to cleanse the skin of bacteria. You can be sure that if you have recently developed blackheads that it is due to one of these two reasons. Now that you know what causes blackheads, you can learn the best ways to get rid of this form of acne.
How To Get Rid Of Blackheads
As I said before, blackheads are not as painful as full blown pimples, but they can be very unsightly. Let’s face it, it doesn’t matter how bad your breakout is, no one wants to walk around with any type of acne on their face. The best way to remove and prevent blackheads and pimples is by frequently washing your face. There are many cleansers available (Noxzema, Clean and Clear, Clearasil, Spring Breeze) that claim to do a better job of cleansing your skin, but the truth is as long as you wash your face often, you will greatly reduce breakouts, no matter what type of cleanser you use. This is a great tip to keep your skin clear of acne but it won’t fix your problem over night. Below you will find a few tips on how to get rid of blackheads. These tips are meant to be used as temporary solutions and should be used moderately. Even though these are temporary fixes, they will work almost immediately.
What Not To Do
When you notice blackheads forming on your face, it may be tempting to “pop” these blemishes. You may think that by squeezing the blackhead that you are helping your body get rid of the foreign object and cleaning your skin. In truth, by popping a blackhead, you are force-ably and quickly ripping the object through your pores. This can cause a large opening, on a microscopic scale, which may allow even more acne bacteria to enter your body. This will, over time, cause even worse acne breakouts. Another disadvantage to zit popping is the fact the you are causing acne scarring. This is irreversible damage to the skin that results in pock marks. If you feel self-conscious about blackheads, imagine how you will feel if your face is covered in acne scars.
How To Quickly Get Rid Of Blackheads
If you are planning on increasing the amount of times per day that you wash your face to try and avoid blackheads but are looking for an easy and quick way to get rid of these terrible blemishes right now, here are a few quick ways to get rid of blackheads.
Pore Cleansers – Pore cleansers, such as the one made by Biore, help to eliminate blackheads without damaging or irritating your skin. Pore cleansers are very simple, yet effective, devices that will help to clear up your blackheads immediately. The way this blackhead remover works is quite simple. The strip, which looks almost like a white bandaid, is applied to blemished skin. The strip attaches itself to the blackheads. when you remove the pad, the blackheads come with it. This differs from popping your blackheads because the the Biore strip widens pores before it is removed and therefore will not damage the skin. The blackheads are easily removed because the pores are widened. This means that there will be no scarring and the skin will not be damaged, allowing acne bacteria to enter the pores. Once the pore cleanser is removed the pores will begin to close back to normal size. If you are worried about the dangers of widening your pores, there is nothing to fear. Your pores will naturally widen, this allows them to release sweat. Boire and similar products can be found at most supermarkets and beauty product retailers.
Benzoyl Peroxide – Benzoyl Peroxide is an antibacterial agent that will help you to eliminate your blackhead breakout. Most acne creams that use Benzoyal Peroxide have a consistency of 2.5%. This percentage is perfect. It will easily clear up and acne problems without damaging your skin in anyway. This blackhead remedy can be purchased, much like the Biore strip, at any beauty supply shop, supermarket, or pharmacy.
Getting Rid Of Blackheads With Water – Aside from washing your face with it, warm water can help you get rid of your blackheads in another way. Remember when I said that pores naturally open and close to allow sweat to be released in order to cool off your skin? This reaction is caused by heat. By soaking a wash cloth in warm water and placing that wash cloth over blackhead covered skin, you will be forcing open your pores and allowing the blemishes to more easily escape. This is the safest and most natural way to remove blackheads. You may be surprised as to how well this method works. Try it for yourself, every night before bed, after you have washed your face, apply a warm cloth to the effected areas. You could notice a considerable difference in your skin as soon as the very next morning.
These are just a few examples of how to get rid of blackheads quickly. If, however, you have a severe and somewhat uncontrollable problem with these blemishes, your best bet may be to see a dermatologist. Your doctor will be able to prescribe a more powerful medicine to help you clear your skin.