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What Are Blackheads And How To Prevent Them

Blackheads are blackened material that builds up in the pores. The material is usually dirt and oil that is built up over time from not taking care of your skin properly. This buildup hardens and turns black over time. If the blackheads aren't treated properly, they can turn into acne, enlarged pores, or other skin issues. To treat and prevent blackheads, read on for helpful skincare tips.


Exfoliating your skin can be beneficial in a number of ways. It helps clean and rid your skin of dead skin cells. These dead skin cells can eventually clog your pores and leave you with whiteheads or blackheads. You may also have oily skin if you do not exfoliate your skin. To exfoliate your skin, you can use a facial cleanser that contains micro-beads to exfoliate the skin. Using a rotating derma-exfoliator brush can also help exfoliate the skin. Using this type of tool should be done carefully so as to not damage the skin cells. If the rotating derma-exfoliator is too harsh, it can leave your skin red and irritated. If this happens, discontinue using it.


Cleanse your skin using a facial soap or facial cleanser made specifically for the face. Body soaps or other types of soap may dry out the skin. If the skin dries out too much, it will produce more oil. The excess oil can build up and lead to acne breakouts. Look for cleansers that are made for your skin type and for your specific skin problem. If you have oily skin, you need something that will cleanse but not add too much moisturizer to your skin. If you have dry skin, you may need the extra moisturizer in your cleanser.

Remove Blackheads

Removing the blackheads may take more than just cleaning and exfoliating. Removing the blackheads themselves may take some extra work. Using a blackhead removing mask can help clean your pores to remove the hardened blackhead material. You can find these masks at your local beauty supply store. Look for masks that specifically cleanse and remove blackheads.


Using a gentle and sheer moisturizer can help keep your skin supple and hydrated, without clogging your pores. Without moisturizer, your skin can dry out from a number of different things including weather changes, age or diet. Your skin will naturally produce oils to help with the dryness, which will lead to acne. Be sure to use a facial moisturizer rather than a body moisturizer, as body moisturizers may be too thick.

Blackheads can leave your skin with uneven skin tone, and those tiny black marks can be unsightly. Visit your local physician services for help clearing up your skin, and with any skin conditions you may have.