Blackheads are unsightly and annoying, but thankfully quite easy to get rid of once you know how. They are caused by blocked pores. The easiest way to get rid of a blackhead is to unblock the pore and let your skin breathe.

What is the best skin care routine to eliminate blackheads?

Skin is resilient but, like any of your other organs, it needs taking care of if you are going to get the best out of it. Hydrated skin looks healthier and is less prone to spots and acne. Drinking two litres of water every day will keep your skin hydrated from the inside and help prevent blackheads. To nourish and protect your skin from the outside; apply a cleanser every day. The best cleansers for blackhead removal contain benzoyl peroxide. This ingredient is most effective at unclogging pores. However, if you have dry or sensitive skin, it could cause irritation. So, use a face wash that contains salicylic acid instead. This is a gentler alternative that will not work as fast, but will still keep pores clear and prevent new blackheads from developing. After applying cleanser or cleansing wash, it's also wise to apply a medicated cream especially formulated for acne. Choose one that contains either benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid if you have sensitive skin. These specially formulated creams will stay on the skin longer and give the ingredients time to work. The skin takes two weeks to renew itself, so you should see a noticeable improvement by then.

If you're still seeing blackheads after two weeks, then get an electric face brush/massager. Brushing your face will help open the pores. Use once a week if you have sensitive skin or daily if your skin is oily.

It's tempting to pick blackheads, especially if they're getting you down, but this could cause scarring. Instead of picking them, get yourself some pore strips to aid your blackhead removal. These work best after a few days of using medicated cream.

How can I prevent blackheads returning?

Cleansing and moisturising your skin daily will keep it healthy. Make sure you wash your skin before applying make-up or face cream. Use a clay face mask once a week. It will keep the oil in your skin under control and less oil means less blackheads. See, blackhead removal is simple and easy.

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