There is nothing more frustrating than clusters of blackheads riddling your nose. When they do pop up, your goal is to get rid of them ASAP. But before you can effectively remove them, you need to understand exactly what blackheads are—and what not to do.
A blackhead is a combination of oil and dead skin cells sitting in a dilated pore, resulting in a tiny bump, says Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, MD, board-certified dermatologist and clinical instructor at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in New York City. Your nose is magnet for blackheads because there is simply a higher concentration of pores in that area for most people.
You might wonder why the mix is white or yellowish if you’ve ever tried squeezing those suckers out (and we know you have—which is a major no-no), but when it’s exposed to air as it’s sitting in your skin, the top layer oxidizes, resulting in the black color, explains Tara Rao, MD, board-certified dermatologist at Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City.
Here’s why a hands-off policy is crucial: Trying to squeeze out blackheads yourself can be really unhygienic if not done properly. You may end up making the problem worse by spreading around acne-causing bacteria, or even pushing it deeper into your skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Going at your face can also result in infections, acne scars, or redness and irritation.
“Having blackheads doesn’t mean your skin is dirty and needs to be scrubbed away aggressively,” says Dr. Levin. Treat it nicely, and you’ll clear the problem. Ready to upgrade your skincare arsenal? Here is exactly what you should look for to banish blackheads for good.
Take a closer look at your skincare routine
We know it’s tempting to go crazy with masks, pore strips, and other fancy products when your nose is dotted with blackheads, but sometimes using too much all at once can do more harm than good, especially if you’re not paying attention to the label.
“Certain oils and waxes contained in serums and moisturizers can induce blackheads,” such as mineral oils or cocoa butter. “While each person has a unique reaction to various products, selecting products that are labeled ‘non-comedogenic’ will reduce your exposure to these ingredients.” This means the product was specifically designed to not clog your pores.Our Simple Pure Beauty Serum while rubbed on the nose automatically creates a breakout of the blackheads and make it easier to remove it with a scrub.The serum absorb directly into the pores and keep them cleaned out, as well as preventing the oil from filling back up so quickly.
Iis part is crucial for lessening the appearance of blackheads. As I mentioned, a blackhead is oil that has oxidized and turned black, so if you can prevent the oil from oxidizing, the oil will not turn black (or at least as quickly).
Antioxidants used in skin care products have many benefits such as encouraging collagen production, lightening discoloration (brown spots) and slowing down the production of skin-damaging free radicals, but one surprising benefit is their ability to prevent oil from oxidizing
I can’t speak for all antioxidant products but I can tell you for certain, our Our Simply Pure Beauty Serum uses three forms of stable, no-sting vitamin C which makes this product not only suitable for preventing blackheads, but for sensitive skin too.