Blackheads and other symptoms of oily skin can be fairly persistent problems. The latter actually feeds into sustaining and worsening the former over time. As a result, treatment generally needs to start with oily skin and progress towards other problems to help minimize the chance for your skin type sustaining particular skin issues. This isn’t that hard in the long run. It does require learning to carefully balance your product usage while making sure that you take proper care of your skin. Dedicating yourself to this can be initially difficult as trying to control entrenched problems tends to be an uphill struggle. It isn’t that hard with the right know-how though. We’ve got a few tips to point you in the right direction. These should give you just enough guidance to figure out steps to help you while allowing room for you to discover your own tricks.
Deluxe Oil Control
Salicylic acid is going to be one of your best friends in your quest to get control of your skin’s health. It is the main beta hydroxy acid used in skincare. These acids are the potent relatives of more common alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic and citric acid. They all share a few traits in common. These hydroxy acids are skin friendly in the right concentrations and capable of dissolving your skin’s natural oils as well as dead skin cells, dirt, and other bits of grime that can end up on your skin. AHAs are the gentler option though and seldom cut out for doing the hard work of managing oily skin. That’s why you’ll want to favor products that include salicylic acid. Cleansers and exfoliation products are where you’re going to find it. Fortunately, these products tend to clearly advertise the compound’s presence by either name or putting “oil control” on the product label. Using these products will help to tame oily skin and let you actually make progress on treating blackheads.
Other Oil Control
Unfortunately, not everyone can actually use salicylic acid. The strength of the compound is its greatest strength and drawback in one. Appropriate formulas can prevent any major problems, but you can still end up drying out your skin or irritating it if your skin doesn’t react well to the compound. That leaves you with the need to find other products to fill in the gap. There are plenty available to help you with solving this problem. We recommend looking into more dilute, natural products for oil control in this matter. Natural astringents such as witch hazel can be very good for helping to ease oily skin. You can help get an idea of ingredients to look for in products by researching other natural astringents too. It is important to note you’re going to want to find actual skincare products using these compounds rather than the compounds themselves. That way you can be sure the formula is right for use in skincare rather than any other uses.
Clean It Up
Actually getting rid of blackheads is comparatively easy after you’ve achieved appropriate oil control. Blackheads form because of things getting trapped in your pores by oils and gradually reacting to the open air. Minimizing oil means that the blackheads cannot sustain themselves and are susceptible to standard skincare practices. The rinsing and cleansing you’re doing to maintain oil control will go a long way towards helping to solve the problem. It is important to note that this method will take time to dissolve and break up most of the blackheads, but your skin should clear up given enough time. You can accelerate the process by taking a spa day. Make an appointment for a facial and ensure extraction is part of the facial. This will ensure a professional, after going through other steps of thoroughly cleaning your skin, will directly target problem areas like blackheads. A facial combined with standard care should result in the rapid and total removal of all blackheads.
Blackheads and oily skin are two-headed problem that needs to be addressed in the appropriate order if it is to be addressed at all. Start by using oil control products suitable for your skin to minimize the amount of natural oils on your skin. This will reduce blackhead formation and help prevent the ones already there from getting worse. Keeping your skin properly cleansed and exfoliated will start clearing out blackheads once oil control is achieved. However, you can benefit from extraction to solve more of them if you’re on a short timetable. Don’t forget that oil control will be important after the extraction though or you’ll end up having the same problem all over again.