Category: Blackheads

Getting Rid of Blackheads—the Smart Way

Is getting rid of blackheads permanently even possible? This page shows you the best way to deal with these stubborn plugs—while also minimizing your pores, reducing breakouts, and softening your skin.

Woman with blackhead strip on nose
Tried everything to get rid of blackheads?

Sure, you may squeeze a few blackheads every now and get those pores clear—only to have them come back in what seems like minutes. Ugh!

What about all those scrubs and blackhead strips you’ve tried? Useless at best, damaging at worst…

Those little black plugs are stubborn. But don’t resign yourself to just covering them up and dealing with them forever…

There is a Solution to Get Rid of Blackheads!

And at the same time help refine your pores so they’re not only clear but look better.

Pore size is something you’re (unfortunately) born with, and if you battle blackheads you by definition have oily or combination skin with obvious pores.

These pores can look even larger when they’re filled with a blackhead “plug”, so by keeping them clear you can greatly improve their appearance.

*Important: it isn’t possible to make your pores entirely disappear. But with the steps on this page you can make enough of an impact that only small barely visible ones are left.

Getting Rid of Blackheads—a Different Approach

Blackheads require a different approach. Unlike pimples which form when a pore opening blocks and results in bacteria growth and inflammation, blackheads are a benign plug. Dead skin cells and excess oil combine, which oxidizes on contact with air, and looks black.

They don’t go away on their own like pimples because the body doesn’t have to get rid of them—there is no threat as there’s no bacteria or inflammation.

They just look bad! Especially since they tend to congregate on places such as your nose.

Spade digging in the sand
Squeezing blackheads is like digging a hole in wet sand. Frustrating, tiresome, and endless!

Squeezing (or using an extractor) does work temporarily but it’s like trying to dig a hole in wet sand—the water (oil) and sand (dead skin cells) are still there.

To keep that hole clear we need to keep the sand and water away from it…

Here’s how:

The Simple Daily Step That Clears and Prevents Blackheads

Consistently keep the pores clear from oil and dead skin cells. The occasional squeeze is fine but you know from experience how stubborn these plugs are.

The pore then “refines” as it goes back to its normal size—and it is much less likely to refill. Your skin will look fresh and clean.

So How Do You Achieve This?

By using glycolic acid which dissolves the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together so pores cannot block and skin remains clear.

Used properly on a consistent basis, a good glycolic acid product is the easiest and most effective way to get rid of blackheads.

  • It consistently provides gentle, even exfoliation to break down and dissolve those plugs, which don’t get a chance to come back
  • It rebalances the oil production of your skin—no more oil slick by mid afternoon (very common if you suffer from blackheads, particularly on the nose)

Glycolic Acid Has Other Benefits

Glycolic acid is the best not only for getting rid of blackheads, but if you also have aging concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, dry or dull skin.

Because it dissolves the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together it gives an effective surface exfoliation. This helps smooth out fine lines, improve skin texture, and brightens your complexion.

For most people in general, you should be using glycolic acid. Its ability to improve skin is remarkable.

How Long Does it Take to See an Improvement in Blackheads?

It can take from 7 to 30 days to notice a real improvement depending on your skin.

But after the first few days you will notice a difference in your skins clarity, and some people notice a significant difference in blackheads and breakouts in the first week.

Expect the best results in about 3months. Skin will be constantly improving and by this time pores are greatly refined. Blackheads will either have significantly reduced or disappeared entirely.

Results and What to Expect When Getting Rid of Blackheads

Instantly your skin will look brighter. Any excess oil is dissolved and it feels fresh and clean.  Continue to use it and you will help prevent blackheads from coming back.

Depending on the condition of your skin beforehand, really noticeable results may take from 7 days to 3 or 4 weeks—but don’t let that put you off. You’ve dealt with blackheads for years, so it’s really nothing.

Pores will start to look more refined and the occasional blockage that can easily be dealt with. Continue to use the acid product to prevent blackheads from coming back.

The most successful way to get rid of blackheads is to deal with the cause—so by continuously dissolving the dead skin cells and oil that block the pores, you can make a significant difference to your skin.

See more about how to use glycolic acid here.

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