How to Get Rid of Blackheads: 13 Proven Tricks

Clear pores are possible if you follow these easy dermatologist-approved tips!

Know the enemy

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The first step in fixing the problem to get rid of blackheads is understanding exactly what it is. Blackheads are actually a type of acne that forms when a pore is clogged with oil or dead skin cells. “Most people don’t know that it turns black because the content of the congested pore gets exposed to oxygen (oxidizes) and darken,” explains Biba de Sousa, an esthetician in Beverly Hills.

Swap harsh scrubs for cleansing grains

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Physical exfoliants use nut shells, sugar, salt, beads, etc. to mechanically slough away dead skin cells. The problem persists when people choose overly abrasive formulas and apply far too much pressure. But that doesn’t mean you have ditch physical exfoliants altogether. Instead, say goodbye to harsh scrubs and hello to gentler alternatives. “I’m a fan of mechanical exfoliation with rice powder,” says board-certified dermatologist Debra Jaliman, MD. “Unlike rough formulas, cleansing grains will polish away dirt, oil, impurities, and dead skin cells and flush out pores, without causing irritation.” These are the best face washes for acne for every stage of your life.

Try: Rice Bran Enzyme Powder Wash or Plant Rice & Clean Facial Cleanser

Get to know “skin gritting”

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“Skin gritting” is the blackhead-removing phenomenon taking social media by storm. It starts by massaging skin with oil, applying a clay mask, and then going in with oil a second time. And we’ve seen some seriously bonkers photos of people’s discarded blackheads. But, according to experts, the jury’s still out on this shock-and-awe treatment.

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