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How to get rid of blackheads

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Blackheads form when oil, dead skin, and bacteria combine to produce a gluey gunk (to be scientific) that lodges in your pores, oxidizes, and turns black. They’re a very pesky, very common trait of oily and combination skin that’ll keep coming back unless you treat your skin properly. Here’s the three-step strategy for keeping blackheads at bay.

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The breakdown
  • 01
    Wash your face twice a day

    Oil, dead skin, and dirt collect in your pores during the day and while you sleep—that’s how blackheads happen. Washing your face in the morning and evening (with the right cleanser) will help to prevent future blackheads and clear the ones you’ve got.

  • 02
    Use acids

    Acid-based products are the secret weapon for blackhead removal. Found in certain creams and toners, ingredients like Salicylic and Glycolic acid combine the size and strength to dive deep into your pores, loosen, and destroy existing blackheads better than any method—especially squeezing.

  • 03
    Don’t quit

    It takes time and consistency to show blackheads who’s boss. Keep up with your regimen if you want to see real results. Also, we know laundry sucks but be sure to wash your pillowcase regularly.

If you don’t see results with this strategy, you’re likely not dealing with blackheads but rather sebaceous filaments (oil lining your pores). Sebaceous filaments look similar to blackheads but are generally smaller and lighter. Like blackheads, they’re a very common trait of oily skin—I have them on my nose (hi, Rob here). While you can’t actually get rid of sebaceous filaments, you can greatly lessen their appearance by using the right oil-regulating skincare products.

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