Blackhead Remedies -
Squeeze them, dissolve them, get rid of them!

Have you tried all the blackhead remedies on earth, but still deal with those little black dots?

From blackhead strips to homemade masks, there is no shortage of things to try. But now it's time to stop wasting your time, and start doing what actually works to get rid of your blackheads!

Blackhead Remedies

This page will show you how. It includes the 'must do's' that really make a difference long term

Let's get on with it...

PART 1: The Blackhead Remedies That Actually Work Long Term

The following blackhead remedies make a long term difference. It's important to note that they take time to work - which is exactly why they do work. They change your skin for the better - which is never an instant process.

Your blackheads didn't form overnight, so you can't get rid of them (permanently) overnight either.

Be patient, be consistent, and you will see improvement. 

Good Remedy #1:
Use Powerful Acids - Glycolic Acid or Salicylic Acid

These natural acids dissolve oil and dead skin cells, getting right into pores to dissolve those plugs. Then, by continuing to exfoliate skin they help prevent the plug from reforming and keep your skin clear.

A large number of blackheads will start to disappear entirely, others will shrink, and your skin will look better overall. 

How to:

  • Should you use Glycolic or Salicylic Acid? Generally, if you also struggle with acne, Salicylic Acid will be best. Most other skin types or problems benefit best from Glycolic Acid - which is also excellent for anti aging. 
  • Use a product that has a high enough percentage to actually make a difference to your skin! Products with a small amount, or an amount that is diluted by the large number of other ingredients... simply aren't concentrated enough to deal with a blackhead problem.
  • Consistency is key here. You should see a difference in your skin within 1 to 2 weeks, but may not notice a significant improvement in blackheads for 4 to 6 weeks. 

> Check out details and reviews of our Glycolic Daily Exfoliator 7.5% here >

> Check out details and reviews of our Salicylic Daily Exfoliator 2% here >

More details on how and why these acids work for blackheads in this article.

2. Investigate Every Product You Use

You've taken the right step in making a permanent difference to your blackheads by using a quality acid product, as above. 

So this is vitally important - make sure your moisturizer, sunscreen and makeup aren't negating the effects! Remember these products stay on your skin. If you are really struggling with stubborn blackheads, it might be time to make a change:

  • Make sure your moisturizer is oil free. Sometimes, even the oil free type can have other ingredients that are simply too rich for your skin. Try swapping it for at least 2 weeks and see if that makes a difference.
  • Always use a sunscreen made for the face - Neutrogena has good ones.
  • Use non-comedogenic makeup, and try to use the lightest foundation you can.
  • Do a double cleanse at night - first to take off makeup, sunscreen and the day's grime. Second to actually cleanse your skin. Follow with your acid (as above), for super clear, blackhead free skin. 

> Check out details and reviews of our Oil Free Moisturizing Gel here >

3. Internal Must-Do Blackhead Remedies

Blackheads respond really well to the right external treatments, and you can further help control them by taking care of your insides.

Have you ever noticed your blackheads look worse (larger, oilier, darker) after a couple of days of greasy food or too much alcohol?

  • Water - it's no secret water is good for your skin. But are you drinking enough? Most people are slightly dehydrated all the time. Try to drink at least 3 liters a day, see this article for details.
  • Diet - avoid too much of the obvious greasy, oily, processed foods. Sugar is highly inflammatory and can result in excess oil and unbalanced skin. Cut back - I know how super hard this is, so make sure you do the following:
  • Protein - eat adequate protein. Have lean protein with every meal. This keeps your blood sugar stable (less cravings), keeps you full longer (less overeating) and is an important building block for your entire body.
  • Watch the salt - not only is it dehydrating, but it can irritate pores when you naturally sweat it out. This can make the pore more susceptible to blockage (whether that's a pimple or blackhead), and cause your skin to be dull, red or inflamed. 

PART 2: Temporary Remedies For Blackheads

Make an (almost) instant difference to the appearance of your blackheads with the following remedies. The results may be temporary, but we won't complain about that!

4. Steam and Squeeze

Hold your cleansed face over a bowl of steaming water to help 'open' your pores (or just do this after a nice hot shower). Then, using your tissue wrapped fingers or a blackhead extractor, gently squeeze any that are ready to come out.

This can be a great way to get rid of any large, particularly stubborn blackheads. They may fill up again quickly, but sometimes less so. Just make sure you are following the more 'permanent' remedies above as well. 

See this page for further details on how to do this properly >

5. Milk Of Magnesia

Using a thin layer of Milk of Magnesia is a simple and cheap way to control oil and reduce the appearance of blackheads. 

You can find it at a pharmacy or some supermarkets. Apply a very thin layer to blackhead prone areas (usually the nose), and it will keep these areas matte and shine free for the day. 

This can be really helpful for men who might not like to wear concealer or powder. It also works really well as a foundation primer, helping it stay in place (AKA not slide off in an oil slick by 11am). 

6. Lemon Juice and Egg White Mask

A quick way to reduce the appearance of blackheads is to whip up a lemon and egg white mask

  • Separate one egg white and whip it with a fork. Squeeze in a few drops of lemon juice and apply with a cotton ball.
  • Only apply to oily, blackhead prone areas as lemon juice can be irritating.
  • Leave on for 10 - 15mins then rinse off with warm water.
  • Some people like to apply the mixture to a tissue, then apply the soaked tissue to the area. This can work really well, but do be careful when peeling it off.

Lemon juice works as an astringent to tighten pores and soak up oil. Egg white also helps tighten pores and even out skin tone (remember these benefits are temporary but that is fine!). 

PART 3: Blackhead Remedies To AVOID

The following remedies are popular - they're usually the ones you see on all the 'blackhead tips' articles.

The problem with them is not only that they don't really work, but they can cause damage to skin and make your problems worse.

Stick to the remedies above instead, and you will finally start dealing with your blackhead problem!

1. Blackhead Strips

These little strips sure sound fun - who doesn't want to apply one and then watch all the little black plugs get peeled off?

The problem:

  1. They very rarely 'lift' anything out that is significant. You might get one or two plugs that are loose anyway, but that longed-for, completely satisfying unplugging just doesn't happen.
  2. The strips stick to your skin - it's not just the blackhead they are pulling! They also have a habit of lifting off a layer of skin and can cause irritation, redness and further pimples. Not helpful!
  3. Even if they did work well (which they don't)... they would still be a temporary solution. A blackhead strip is not dealing with the problem in any way. You are better off squeezing a few (which is free!) if needed, and concentrating on what works.

2. Facial Scrubs

Not only do manual, gritty scrubs cause micro damage to skin if used too often, but they are useless for making any difference to blackheads.

They don't have the power to affect anything but the surface layer of skin - which is not where blackheads reside. And if you are scrubbing aggressively enough to actually 'lift' out any blackheads, then you are damaging your skin. 

Use a chemical exfoliator such as the acids above, these give a superior exfoliation and effect more than just the surface of skin.

Say goodbye to the sand blasting, forever!

And there you have it.... the blackheads remedies that truly work, including the first important 3 you can use to help them disappear permanently.

Enjoy great skin!

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