How to Get Rid of Blackheads - 10 Ways for Blackhead Removal
What are Blackheads?
When it comes to blackheads, know thine enemy! They sit on our skin mocking us, tiny but annoying blemishes just under the surface of our skin made of our natural oils, sweat, and dead skin, plus outside dust, dirt, and pollution.
This mixture clogs the pores and creates the blackheads (small black dots also called comedones).
Turns out, we are all pretty obsessed with blackheads! We all know and want to learn how to get rid of blackheads.
Squeeze one and suddenly you see them everywhere. As much as extraction can be satisfying, it can also scar and isn’t a permanent solution - you’ll be hunting for more soon enough. When the skin overproduces oil, blackheads removal is particularly difficult.
How to Get Rid of Blackheads Permanently?
Wash your face in the morning, after exercising, and always before bed
Cleansing prevents all the gunk we discussed above from settling into your pores. For blackhead removal, look for cleansers with salicylic acid, tea tree oil, calendula, camphor, and volcanic mud.
Our BelleCôte estheticians recommend Marine Volcanic Mud Cleanser - it thoroughly cleanses the skin and removes sweat and debris.
Apply a toner with salicylic acid
Instead of benzoyl peroxide, use a toner that contains salicylic acid, especially on and around the nose. Salicylic acid is the preferred ingredient for whitehead and blackhead removal because it breaks down the materials that clog pores.
Preferably, use a toner with 2% salicylic acid and 10% azelaic acid like our Azelaic Toner. The combination of azelaic acid and salicylic acid control bacteria inside pores, removing excess oil and allowing the skin to shed dead cells much more readily.
Try DIY for Blackhead Removal!
How to get rid of blackheads on Nose:
For blackheads on nose, create a paste using baking soda and fresh squeezed lemon juice. Combine into a toothpaste consistency, and apply on the blackhead-affected area.
Use your fingers to gently scrub the skin for a few minutes and then wash off with water. This can be done twice a week.
How to get rid of blackheads on Face:
Take a quick trip to the kitchen and make yourself an oatmeal mask! Put a cup of oats in a blender and grind until powdery. Add to a cup of lukewarm water and stir until it becomes a uniform paste.
Apply to the face and let dry completely. After, rinse the skin with lukewarm water.
Upgrade your exfoliator
Never use a scrub for blackhead removal! Most scrubs contain ground apricot pits and sand, both of which can leave scratches on your skin, causing irritation and redness. Instead, select an exfoliator that contains acids.
The best combination is a mandelic, salicylic, and lactic acid blend - these alpha and beta hydroxy acids remove excess oil and exfoliate the cells from the inside out. Exfoliate 3 times per week, try our Organic Seaweed Exfoliator, the perfect cure for mild blackheads. It moisturizes while it treats with rich organic African Shea butter.
Avoid pore strips and other home extraction methods
You’ve already learned that picking, scratching, and popping any form of acne is a no-no. Still, it can be tempting to employ some form of extraction to get rid of those pesky blackheads.
In recent years, there’s been an uptick in masks, pore strips, and extraction tools that promise to clear your pores; although pore strips may help in blackhead removal, they can also remove elements that actually help your skin - this includes natural oils and hair follicles.
Removing all of these elements can cause your skin to dry out and become irritated. When irritation occurs, your sebaceous glands may go into survival mode and produce even more oil — resulting in more blackheads, the opposite of the desired outcome.
Treat yourself to a steam bath twice a week
Steam helps your pores to open, revealing blackheads, dirt, toxins and extra skin oils. Boil water in a saucepan and when it starts to boil, shut off the heat and place your face just above, covering your head with a towel just like you would if you had a cold. Rinse with room temperature water.
Use masks twice a week
When you finish with a steam bath, your pores will be open and you will get much better results if you immediately apply a mask for blackhead removal. Clay masks are ideal for this application, because they fight acne and absorb unnecessary oil, sweat, and dirt, and then close the pores completely.
Try our Collagen Tightening Mask with marine clay, laminaria extract, marine collagen, and peptides.
Change your pillowcase twice a week
Try Retinol or Activated Charcoal
For deeper blackheads, retinoids can get rid of blackheads and clogged pores by reducing the stickiness of the cells that tend to become clogged. The right percentage and regimen can totally transform your skin, and that includes helping to keep deep blackheads at bay.
If you have a sensitivity to Retinol, it is better to be cautious and use an acid exfoliator instead. In this case, try our Black Mud Nourishing Mask, which absorbs even the most stubborn blackheads with activated charcoal and helps heal breakouts with marine black mud.
Don’t forget to moisturize!
When searching ways to get rid of blackheads, moisturizing is a crucial step in any skincare routine — even if you have acne-prone skin, all skin needs to be hydrated. It's important to maintain the right balance, and moisturizing will allow you to continue using exfoliating products without any detrimental issues.
Marine Moisture Gel and Day Light Moisturizer with Stem Cells are great options!
BelleCôte Regimen to Get Rid of Blackheads at Home
|1. Cleanse with Marine Volcanic Mud Cleanser
|1. Cleanse with Marine Volcanic Mud Cleanser
|2. Tone with Azelaic Toner
|2. Tone with Azelaic Toner
|3. Hydrate: Marine Moisture Gel with AHA acids or Day Light Moisturizer
|3. Re-Energize: Wrinkle Erasing Serum with face lifting effect
Exfoliate 3 times a week using our Organic Seaweed Exfoliator with Mandelic, Lactic and Salicylic acids.
For mild blackheads and big pores use BelleCôte Collagen Tightening Mask twice a week.
For deep blackheads and breakouts use Black Mud Nourishing Mask twice a week.
Marine Volcanic Mud Cleanser
A deep pore cleansing mud, this professional formula is recommended for normal to oily and problematic skin. The lightly foaming cleanser is gentle yet unsurpassed in its deep cleansing properties. It is designed to control oil and shine while reducing breakouts, diminishing pores and blackheads.
Directions: Use before bedtime and in the morning. Smooth over wet face and massage firmly with circular motions concentrating on oily parts. Remove by splashing your face with warm water, then thoroughly rinse with cold water.
Active Ingredients: Marine Volcanic Mud, Marine Volcanic Ashes, Organic Tea Tree Oil, Calendula, Peppermint and Camphor.
Exfoliates and reduces oiliness while helping to discourage the formation of blackheads and pimples. Shrinks large pores immediately. Reduces redness on irritated skin.
Directions: Use after cleansing in the morning and evening. Generously moisten a cotton pad and pat on face, concentrating on problem areas. Avoid eye area. For salon settings: recommended use after extractions.
Active Ingredients: Azelaic acid 10%, Salicylic acid 2%, Organic Tea Tree Oil, Allantoin, Calendula, Echinacea.
Marine Moisture Gel
This special, oil-free formula effectively hydrates all skin types, especially oily or blemished skin which needs moisture too. Provides total hydration while healing the skin, minimizing pores and reducing redness; non-greasy, fast absorbing unisex formula.
Directions: Apply after cleaning morning and night. Smooth evenly over the face and massage in gently until all is absorbed.
Active Ingredients: Marine Collagen and Elastin, Peptides, Natural Moisture Factor, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and Lactic Acid along with regenerating, soothing and skin-strengthening ingredients, incorporated in a pleasant light gel.
Marine Collagen Tightening Mask
For all skin types, especially with signs of blackheads, large pores and sagging. It refines and closes pores while tightening and brightening the skin immediately.
Directions: Apply to clean skin. Remove with a hot compress after 10-12 minutes. The steam will help release peptides and enzymes into the skin.
Active Ingredients: Marine Collagen, Marine Elastin, Marine Peptides, Green and Brown Algae (Myorelaxant), Laminaria Complex, sea water, sea minerals and oligo elements.
Black Mud Nourishing Mask
This gifted mask is a FACIAL in a JAR. It heals breakouts and shrinks pores, infuses the skin with essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins, exfoliates, purifies and nourishes at the same time, flashes away toxins, extra dirt and pollution and gives a 3-days glow!
Directions: Apply to clean skin. Do not use around eyes. Remove the mask with a hot compress (facecloth) after 10 minutes. The steam will help release peptides and enzymes into the skin.
Active Ingredients: Organic Seaweed, Dead Sea Black Mud, Black Seed Oil, Linoleic Acid, Marine Volcanic Ashes, Activated Charcoal.
While it’s almost impossible to resist attempting to extract that blackhead with your own two fingers, try your hardest to leave it alone. Using products with effective ingredients like salicylic and mandelic acids, mud, clay and AHA acids, and incorporating some of the tips we shared with you above into your skincare routine, will not only help learn "how to get rid of blackheads" but also prevent new blackheads from forming.