Shikha Mittal


How To Fight With Blackheads

Blackheads are so annoying and stubborn. They create so any problems on skin. And it’s totally a myth that’s blackheads are caused by dirt and excessive scrubbing of face will help you to get rid of it. If you scrub your face obsessively, it will only irritate your skin and dry out your face. If you want to get rid of blackheads, read on to know some of the efficient methods through which you can get rid of blackheads.  First before taking any step to get rid from it you must know what blackheads are and how they appear on your skin.

The technical name for a blackhead is an open comedone. Blackheads are those black tipped bumps that appear on your face, particularly on your nose, chin, and forehead. This happens when your pores get clogged with oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria, becoming a ‘whitehead.’ When the trapped matter reacts with oxygen and darkens, it becomes a blackhead. Besides the face, these types of acne can also appear on your neck, chest, shoulders, arms, and back as well.

Now the question arises why it is appears

  • The appearance of blackheads varies based on many things including age, skin care regimen, hormone status and heredity
  • Excessive use of cosmetics
  • Certain medications can also trigger blackheads
  • Formation of dead skin cells
  • Those with an oily skin type experience blackheads more often because of the excess sebum that gets trapped into the hair follicle.
  • Dry skin types experience blackheads due to accumulation of dead skin cells into the pores.
  • Stress can also make your skin produce excess sebum that makes your face greasy and oily, thus causing blackheads.

Precaution is better than cure

You must follow some habits so that your skin will be free from blackheads

  • Avoid over cleansing your face (It may cause dry skin).
  • Avoid consumption of oily/fast food and excess dairy products.
  • You have to remove makeup before sleeping.
  • Wear loose clothes so that you can avoid excessive sweating.
  • Wash your face daily.
  • Try to hydrate your skin regularly and keep your skin oil free.
  • Moisturize you skin on a regular basis.
  • Avoid picking or popping your blackheads
  • Self- extraction by squeezing blackheads increases your risk of scarring. So Don’t Just Don’t Do It.

Treatment For Blackheads

  • Topical Application
  • Manual Removal
  • Light / Laser Therapy
  • Chemical Peels
  • Microdermabrasion

Topical Application

Topical medications target either bacteria or oil within the skin and can be applied directly to the skin to help you overcome this pesky condition. Topical treatment for blackhead is available as washes, solutions, lotions, gels and creams. They may have a single or multiple active ingredients. There are numerous products available in supermarkets and pharmacies. Some require a doctor's prescription.

Manual Removal

This treatment is done by dermatologist. The safest way to remove a blackhead is by seeing your dermatologist. They use special tool to extract blackhead that is comedone extractor tool, which is one way to safely remove blackheads. The small loop on the end of a metal rod gently retracts the skin around the blackhead, bringing the contents to the surface which is perfectly done by your derm. Your dermatologist will then push from various angles to ensure all the buildup is removed from the pore. Your dermatologist will use specialized techniques and sterilized tools to prevent damage to your skin so don’t try it at home.

Light / Laser Therapy

Laser light treatment helps to minimize the appearance of pores also reduce the incidence of blackheads. There are different type of therapies are needed to treat different acne conditions.  Laser light reach seep into the skin’s surface to kill acne-causing bacteria or reduce oil that resides on the skin. Actually laser therapies cannot treat blackheads, they can address some blemishes. Yes, it can be expensive treatment also require multiple sessions. But it will be beneficial for those who suffer with excessively large pores or severe acne

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels treatment will help get rid of stubborn blackheads. A peel is a great way to "increase cell turnover and prevent blocked pores, which help to leave the skin clear and decongested. Chemical peels in general are highly recommended as an excellent treatment for rejuvenating the outer layers of the skin. They can help control excess oil production and clear dead skin cells, which results in fewer breakouts.


Microdermabrasion is especially useful in getting rid of blackheads because it will literally suck excess oil out of the pores.  It gentle abrasive crystals are passed over the skin in a fine jet.  This loosens dead skin and removes the top part of the blackhead. As you go back for more treatments, the blackheads will gradually be removed. It will also remove the dead skin and excess oil that causes them in the first place. Therefore blackheads are far less likely to form.