these unsightly bitches make their debut when the opening of your hair follicles become clogged with dead skin cells and oil. whether it’s due to a hormonal change, an over production of oil, or lack of exfoliation, skin pores are likely to get clogged at some point…unlike pimples, which become red and inflamed from bacteria entering the follicle, blackheads produce a ‘bump’ called a comedone. when the bump is closed, it’s referred to as a whitehead and when it opens, the exposure to air changes its color to black AKA blackhead.

while a professional facial is the best solution to extracting blackheads, you can also keep your pores clean and clear at home

how to maintain clear pores…

-products with salicylic acid. dries excess oil, forcing dead skin cells to shed.
-retinol, aka vitamin A. promotes skin cell turnover and keeps plugs from forming.
-antioxidants. prevents oil from oxidizing.
-exfoliating. removes clogs that cause blackheads. use 1-2x/week.