Blackheads mainly affect those with oily to combination skin. They’re difficult to get rid of, and can’t be removed by simply cleansing. We strongly advise that you don’t squeeze them because that can make them worse. So how can you get rid of them?
Step 1: Cleanse your skin
Before getting started with face scrubs and masks, it’s important to completely cleanse your skin and get rid of any impurities. Try our purifying cleansing gel, which is packed with purifying ingredients like zinc PCA to deeply cleanse your skin, regulate sebum production and limit the development of imperfections.
Step 2: Remove dead skin cells
To get rid of blackheads, daily cleansing is key but is also not enough. Use a face scrub regularly on clean and dry skin, around one to two times per week, to unblock your pores, get rid of dead skin cells and reduce the appearance of imperfections. You could try our regenerating face scrub with olive squalane, or our radiance face scrub with rosehip oil, both of which help to exfoliate your skin and gently unblock your pores thanks to their mechanical action and triple textural transformation. Your skin will be left smooth, refined, brightened and nourished. Both products are suitable for all skin types. However, exfoliating too often can irritate your skin. If that happens, your skin will produce excess sebum, which can block your pores. This is why it’s important to only use face scrubs once or twice a week, depending on your skin’s needs.
Plus, it’s not only the skin on your face which is subject to blackheads. Certains parts of your body can also be home to open comedones. Just like for your face, make sure to use a body scrub once a week.
Pro tip: To make exfoliating easier, try a steam bath (or facial sauna) beforehand to “liquify” your sebum. Boil some water, then add a few drops of green tea essential oil, which has purifying properties. Once the water is boiling, position your face above it and cover your head with a towel, then let the steam work its magic on your skin.
Step 3: Detox your skin
Using a purifying mask will help to get your skin totally clear by dislodging small imperfections that are blocking your pores. We recommend trying our purifying mask with charcoal and organic nettle. It contains purifying ingredients like green clay, stinging nettle and pine charcoal, so helps to regulate sebum production, tighten your pores, reduce the appearance of imperfections and deeply cleanse your skin. Use it once or twice per week on clean, dry skin. For the best results, use it after your face scrub. Apply a semi-thick layer, leave it for 15 minutes, then rinse it off with plenty of clean water. This mask is suitable for all skin types, but especially those with oily or combination skin that is prone to imperfections.
Pro tip: You can complete your skincare routine with our purifying toner with salicylic acid, known for its keratolytic and purifying properties, which helps to prevent the appearance of blackheads and blocked pores.
WU I-T. & al. Clinical evaluation of salicylic acid scrub, toner and mask in reducing blackheads. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (2004).