Blackheads – arrgghhhhh!!!
Wind back the years to your early youth and one of the first signs of being a teenager is the appearance of blackheads. And from that very moment when that dot of black dares to spoil that perfect childhood skin, the removal of them becomes an obsession. Against the backdrop of your perfect complexion, the colour of black seems to take on a brightness that you’ve never witnessed before in your life, and that means that that bad boy blackhead has to go.
So just what is the best way to go when faced with the dilemma of those nightmare blackheads and even better, is there a way of preventing them from randomly popping up in the first place?
The Blackhead Removal Tool
Since time began, various gadgets have been invented that promise instant removal of even the most stubborn of blackheads.
Most now seem to be double ended with different sized holes for different sized problems! They work by forcing the blackhead to pop out of the skin pore so you can then remove it. Simply press the tool around the blackhead in order to force the little blighter out!
The tools themselves do look quite clinical and can be quite sharp on the skin. And as they tend to leave a tell-tale red rimmed circle around the area where you have been working, it is probably best not to have a removal session just before heading out for the night.
But on balance, and as they come at a relatively low price point, they can be worth owning and having to hand in case of an outbreak emergency.
Try steaming the face over a bowl of hot water first as this opens up the pores and so makes the blackheads easier to remove. Always remember to close the pores again after by splashing the skin generously with cold water.
The more sensible version of the piece of sticky tape placed over the nose, the pore strip works by literally sticking to the blackheads so when you remove the strip, it takes the offending items with it.
The advantage of spending your hard earned cash on the pore strip is that they come laden with skin goodies such as tea tree oil and witch hazel which give the skin a thorough cleanse at the same time as removing the blackhead. As a result, this is a product that is also working to prevent further blackheads as well as acne appearing.
There is perhaps something a bit odd about ripping dirt away from your skin, and you have to accept that you will look supremely stupid during the process, but it is also very satisfying and dare we say it – enjoyable!
So impressive an ingredient that it is used to treat skin conditions such as acne and psoriasis, salicylic acid is a powerful exfoliator. This makes it an excellent blackhead fighter, as it clears out the pores and sloughs away dead skin cells, encouraging new improved skin to make an appearance and prevent acne and blackhead outbreaks in the future. As such, as well as being available over the counter to buy on its own, it may well make a guest appearance in other skin care products too.