To be honest, blackheads are the bane of my existence. They can be frustrating! (especially when you want to ace those no makeup selfies.)
If there's one thing in common that all experts will tell you when you talk about blackheads it is the perils of picking and popping blackheads and blemishes, but I can't deny, the temptation remains! To be honest, I've never had luck with quick, overnight fixes for these pesky scars. So, In an attempt to save my skin (literally), I had made it my personal mission to scout and try out some of the most promising dermatologist-approved hacks - to get rid of these stubborn spots for good!
Anyone else super annoyed with blackheads? Yes? Then keep on reading to find out once and for all how to blitz the blackheads.Rip Open Those Green Tea Bags
We are all aware of the endless benefits that green tea offers and how it enhances the overall health of the skin, but who knew it could save us from clingy scars?
Melt Away Your Skin Oil With Oil Cleansing (Trust us!)
Follow the steps to get rid of these annoying blackheads: Make a cup of green tea like you would to drink it but let the tea bag steep for around an hour. Let the tea bag cool down, and then break it open to release the leaves. Put the leaves in a bowl and add 1 tbsp of honey. If the mixture is super thick, add a few drops of rose water. Apply the mixture in an even layer over your skin and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Repeat once or twice a week until you start to see results.
It may seem absurd to add oil to oily skin, but some skincare experts recommend it, as it's gentle and safe for the skin barrier. As blackheads result from pores clogged with dead skin cells and oil, this process primarily works on the principle of 'like dissolves like' as it helps remove excess oils from the surface of the skin.
Try A Chemical Exfoliant
All you've to do is - Drip 1 to 2 teaspoons of jojoba oil or argan oil onto your palms. Use your fingertips to gently massage the oil all over your face for a min of 1 to 2 minutes. Use a damp, warm washcloth to lightly wipe away the oil; careful not to press too hard into the skin. Pat with a dry towel and apply moisturizer if you feel like you need it.
Skincare experts recommend incorporating chemical exfoliants with ingredients like glycolic acid, salicylic acid, AHAs, BHAs or over-the-counter chemical peels into your skincare routine. These are really good to keep blackheads at bay as they chemically disintegration the topmost layer of the skin cells and dissolve everything. Thus, unclogging the pores.
Meet the skincare ingredient that needs no introduction. Chances are you've heard a fair bit about retinoids and the endless benefits it has to offer. Retinols are vitamin A derivative that is a hero ingredient that is considered to be one of the best in treating skin imperfections through accelerated exfoliation. You have to be patient, though, as they take about 12 weeks to kick in.
It's important to use them with care as retinoids can be pretty strong. If you've never used them before, gradually build up the strength - start off slowly, using it once or twice a week; if you're not too red or itchy, you can start using it every night. Then once you're ok with that percentage, you can move up to a stronger dose.