Our skin produces sebum (oil) for protection against the elements. Too much sebum results in oily skin, while too little results dry skin.
When sebum comes in contact with air and pollution it oxidizes and the top becomes dark hence the blackhead. The dark, visible part is like a lid on a pot, while the pore below is full of sebum that cannot come out because the top is now hard. Oily and combination skin will have more blackheads, while dry skin has almost none.
Here are some suggestions on how to deal with pesky blackheads:
Don’t try to squeeze them out. You may bruise the skin and the blackhead will still be there, mocking you.
Don’t resort to removal strips. The ingredients on these may irritate the skin and they only remove the top layer, leaving the pore full of sebum.
Don’t use harsh cleansers containing alcohol and avoid rough, grainy exfoliants that may irritate or scratch the skin.
Do cleanse at night with a gentle milk cleanser AND toner or a special face wash. You may use a good facial brush on the areas with blackheads.
Do use a moisturizer suitable for your skin type. Dehydrated oily skin will produce even more oil to compensate for lack of water.
Do visit your esthetician once a month for a thorough cleansing facial.
Do use a face mask once a week.