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How to Get Rid of Blackheads?

How to Get Rid of Blackheads?

Blackheads become a nuisance for many of you. Despite trying out many remedies, you may find that the blackheads are not going away. Those who extract the blackheads may find the pores getting larger and blackheads forming again. What is the right way to get rid of blackheads? Let us find out what works.

Some of you may think that a blackhead is dirt that has deposited in the pores. That is not true. Black color is the color of oxidized sebum. That is why excess washing of the face does not help. In blackhead formation, the sebum that comes out from the sebaceous gland does not go out on the skin. It gets oxidized in the opening of the gland itself and blocks the gland. This block which is black, because of oxidized sebum, is called a blackhead.

To treat blackheads, you have to find a way that will keep the glands open. Your objective is two fold- remove the existing blackheads and keep the glands open. If you can peel off the dead skin cells around the glands, and dissolve the sebum slowly, the blackheads will disappear.

Topical retinoids are best for removing blackheads. Formulations containing tretinoin, adaplene, tazarotene can be used to remove blackheads. These topical Vitamin A formulations also help reduce sun damage, fine wrinkles and lines. If you have oily skin, use gels. For dry skin, use creams. For sensitive skin use micro-gels.

AHA formulations can also be used to remove blackheads. AHA removes the dead skin layer quickly. Repeated application will remove the blackhead. Know more about AHAs.

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