We’ve spoken to a team of top dermatologists to find out the best blemish-busting secrets so you can get rid of those pesky blackheads for good.
Need advice on how to get rid of blackheads? Look no further. One of life’s niggling skincare issues, blackheads can be hard to shift. We’ve spoken to a team of top dermatologists to find out the best blemish-busting secrets so you can get rid of those pesky blackheads for good.
“Blackheads are small plugs that form in the exit to the hair follicle (the pore),” says Dr Mervyn Patterson, cosmetic dermatologist at Woodford Medical. “Normally cells lining the entrance to the follicle gradually move upwards and outwards onto the skin surface as a constant natural procession. With blackheads, this movement is slowed causing a build-up of cells in the neck of the hair follicle. It is these cells combined with sebum that cause the plug in the follicle.”
Once you’ve found a cleanser that works for you, use it every day to banish blackheads for good. ‘Using a cleanser such as Epionce Lytic Gel Cleanser (£27.50, epionce.co.uk) – a favourite among many dermatologists, helps to gently prevent blackhead formation by making the environment in the neck of the follicle unfavourable to the formation of a blackhead,’ says Dr Patterson. ‘The cleanser contains a skin-friendly formulation of salicylic and skin barrier repair lipids to adequately cleanse the skin without unwanted harsh stripping.’
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So when should it be done? ‘Night time is prime time for exfoliation as it will prep the skin ready for any night creams to penetrate and treat. After exfoliating, I recommend using a gentle wash or cleanser to remove any traces of exfoliation before applying leave-on products to the skin,’ says Hextall.
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Dr Patterson recommends trying microdermabrasion and an Epionce salicylic peel combination: ‘The microdermabrasion is controlled exfoliation combined with suction which helps to disrupt and extract the blackheads and the application of the salicylic acid helps to further loosen the blockage. The salicylic peel has additional anti-bacterial, oil control and anti-inflammatory effects. A skilled therapist adept at extractions is helpful but becoming a very rare commodity these days. I have to stress that combining these treatments with a long-term thought-out skincare regime is vital to preventing and treating blackheads.’
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So there you have it: our guide to getting rid of blackheads. Happy blemish-busting!