Get Rid of Annoying Blackheads

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Get Rid of
Annoying
Blackheads

Get Rid of
Annoying
Blackheads

A simple way clear your skin according to the experts

For a lot of guys, blackheads are a persistent annoyance—a roadblock to clear, healthy skin. Those pesky little dots just won't go away, no matter how much scrubbing you do. That's where science comes in. Once you understand them and how they work, you'll be able to eradicate them. According to Rachel Nazarian, a dermatologist at New York's Schweiger Dermatology Group, blackheads are just an oxidized mix of oil and dead skin cells that are sitting in open pores. It's the exposure to air that causes them to oxidize and darken.

Despite the off-putting color, blackheads have nothing to do with dirt, she says. Every skin type is susceptible to them, which is why they're so common. But those with oilier skin are more prone to getting blackheads. The best plan of action when it comes to getting rid of them is not anything as gross as those squeezing YouTube videos (don't Google it). It's a simple 1-2-3 approach that slowly but surely dissolves them and shrinks your pores.

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Cleanse
Deeply

Malin + Goetz Facial Cleansing Oil

Facial cleansing oil,
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Those pesky blackheads are essentially little plugs that block your pores, so a quick wash with a regular facial cleanser won't do much to get rid of them. You want to make sure you're cleansing thoroughly. And several facialists recommended starting with an oil-based cleanser. You apply it to dry hands and rub it into your face for about a minute, focusing on congested areas or anywhere you've got a blackhead. Then add warm water and it emulsifies into a standard lather. Wash as you normally would and rinse.

Malin + Goetz Facial Cleansing Oil

Facial cleansing oil,
$42 by Malin + Goetz

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Target
Treatment

Clean & Clear Acne Spot Treatment

Acne spot treatment,
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Salicylic acid is pretty much the only spot treatment that can reduce blackheads, says Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai. Scientifically speaking, salicylic acid is “lipophilic,” which refers to its ability to attract and dissolve oil. Unlike other cleansers and exfoliators that mainly stay on the surface of the skin, salicylic acid will actually go deeper into the pore, allowing it to dislodge the debris and excess oil that turn into blackheads (or make current ones larger). This gel has the dermatologist-recommended 2% concentration, along with anti-inflammatory witch hazel to calm the skin.

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Put Clay
to Work

Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask

Cold Plunge pore mask,
$38 by Ole Henriksen

One final method for getting rid of blackheads is an oil-absorbing clay mask, which will help strip away excess oil and loosen the waxy plugs that top off blackheads. This cooling, antioxidant-rich mask combines naturally antiseptic kelp and Irish moss with avocado oil (to prevent drying out the skin). Afterwards, your skin is smoother and pores are noticeably smaller. Just don't use the clay mask every day—once or twice a week is all you need.

Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask

Cold Plunge pore mask,
$38 by Ole Henriksen

Pore strip illustration

Avoid Pore Strips

While they're certainly satisfying to rip off, they're just too harsh for most skin types and will lead to more issues than they solve. Much of the gunk you see pulled out onto the strip isn't blackheads but your sebaceous filaments—structures that allow sebum to flow to the surface of the skin. They also pull off a superficial layer of skin, which is why you're often left itchy afterwards.

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