Dealing with Blackheads

Blackheads are another form of acne but they are not as serious as the red bumps we usually have on our face.  Still, they are annoying and unsightly especially if you have a lot of these tiny yellow or black spots.

Most common factors that trigger these spots are hormone fluctuations, medications, genetic dispositions, and skin and hair products.  Experts suggest using products that are labeled "non-comedogenic" or "non-acnegenic." 

Proper skin care is a must. Gently washing your face twice a day with a mild facial cleanser can do the job.  It is also advised that you wash your face thoroughly after heavy exercise.  Never scrub your facial skin; it will only irritate skin and worsen acne.  And don't ever pick at your blackheads because it can cause permanent scarring.

You can use over the counter products that contain sodium sulfacetamide and sulfur to treat blackheads.  Tropical retinoids are also good.  If you really want to get rid of it fast, use blackhead extractors, devices that remove blackheads by suction and blackhead strips, which contain glue that binds to blackheads and whiteheads, and remove them when peeled off.

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