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How to Remove Blackheads Like a Pro

Are you constantly struggling to rid your skin of bothersome blackheads? Have you tried numerous masks, pore strips, and products without much success?

If you answered yes, you are not alone. In fact, many women and men battle blackheads on a regular basis and rarely achieve the clear, even skin that they desire.

The good news is that are several ways that you can remove blackheads in-office and at-home.

Continue reading to learn how to remove blackheads like a pro.

What Are Blackheads?

Despite popular belief, blackheads are not trapped dirt. Rather they occur when an enlarged pore becomes filled with sebum, and the trapped oil oxidizes and turns black.

How Do Professionals Treat Blackheads?

The only truly effective way to reduce blackheads is through manual extraction.

During an in-office facial, warm steam is applied to skin in order to increase its temperature. Then, the provider will perform a gentle massage to melt oil that’s hardened and oxidized within pores.

Once the sebum is properly lubricated, it’s extracted. At the end of the process, a cooling mask is placed on the face to soothe skin and reduce redness.

How to Remove Blackheads Like A Pro?

Although the best way to address blackheads is with a professional treatment, patients can take steps to manage the problem from home. Here’s how.

To start, apply a thick, creamy moisturizer to skin immediately after showering. Next, cover skin with cellophane or plastic wrap. Then apply a hot, damp wash cloth on top of the wrap, followed by a second cloth layered on the first.

Lastly, take a tissue around your forefingers and gently squeeze blackhead to express the oil.

Blackhead Prevention

In addition to the above tips, skincare products can help prevent blackheads from reoccurring.

An acid-based cleanser or serum works to clear pores and keep oil-buildup at bay. Antioxidants like vitamin C and vitamin E are able to stop oil from oxidizing, which will significantly limit the incidence of blackheads.

Bothered by Blackheads?

If you are bothered by blackheads and want to restore a clear, even, and glowing complexion, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation with one of our highly skilled and experienced providers.

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