let us start by saying, you’re not alone in this struggle. no matter what your skin type, everyone has dealt with blackheads. whether it’s due to hormonal changes, excess oil, or lack of exfoliation, pores are destined to become clogged at some point…

pore myths you shouldn’t believe

#1- pores don’t open and close- they’re always open, which is why you’re able to sweat. the amount of oil/sebum your body produces is what controls the size of your pores. the more sebum created, the larger the pore as it stretches to expel it from the skin

#2- blackheads are not trapped dirt. while the color can be deceiving, it’s actually a case of oxidation. because they’re open to the surface of the skin (AKA open comedones), the exposure to air causes them to oxidize and turn dark

#3- pore strips don’t work. while they can remove the tip of the comedone, all of the oil, dead skin and bacteria built up in the rest of the pore is left intact, meaning it’s only a temporary fix

how to get rid of blackheads

committing to a proper skin care routine is your best bet when it comes to preventing blackheads. regular washing and exfoliating can help prevent oil and dead skin buildup that leads to clogged pores

professional facial

never attempt to remove blackheads at home with your fingers. improper removal can leave your skin inflamed, open to infection, and lead to larger pores, making the problem worse. when it comes to extractions, leave it to the pros

chemical exfoliation

if you aren’t exfoliating, dead skin cells start to accumulate on the surface, which can lead to clogged pores. as you get older, your skin’s ability to shed those dead skin cells slows down, which is why exfoliation is key for preventing blackheads. rather than looking for harsh scrubs, you’ll want to focus on chemical exfoliants, such as alpha and beta hydroxy acids (AHAs and BHAs). these nonabrasive peel pads contain a combination of acids to gently remove the rough, top layer dead skin cells by dissolving the bonds that hold them together *we recommend 2-3x/wk at night post-cleansing*

salicylic acid

a BHA (beta hydroxy acid) derived from willow bark. it’s oil-soluble, meaning it’s able to penetrate into pores and dislodge buildup. it also exfoliates the dead skin cells on the surface, preventing future blockages *while it’s present in many different products from cleansers to spot treatments, it works best when left on the skin*

 

antioxidants

your skin is constantly under attack from environmental aggressors such as pollution, smoke and the sun. without adequate antioxidant protection, your sebum gets damaged (AKA oxidized). oxidation is what happens when free radicals accumulate and start attacking your skin, leading to an increase in oil production and premature aging. the primary job of antioxidants is to prevent oxidation from happening *make sure you’re replenishing your supply both internally & externally with topical serums*

it’s important to note: we don’t suggest over-cleansing/exfoliating and stripping the skin of its natural oils as this will cause your oil glands to overcompensate and create even more oil, taking you back to square one