Blackheads are a common complaint for women and men of all ages. Blackheads are widened hair follicles that are filled with skin debris, bacteria and oil.
They are a form of acne that is commonly caused by the production of too much oil, undergoing hormonal changes that increase oil production, buildup of bacteria.
While prevention of blackheads is constant washing, removal of them can be difficult. There are many products on the market today that claim to help eliminate blackheads. How many of them actually work.
Debunking some common myths about blackheads?
Skin hygiene. Some people say that not cleaning your derma properly will result in blackheads, but most scientist agree that exterior factors are not as important as internal factors when it comes to blackheads. So, rubbing your face in the mud isn’t going to have as much of an effect as, say, eating really well.
Stress. You’ve probably heard (like a million times) that stress results in breakouts but this is not the case. It is possible that stressful situations and anxiety could contribute to an individual picking at their face and irritating their derma, indirectly resulting in blackheads.
It’s also possible that stress changes hormone levels in the body, which could contribute to breakouts; still, results are inconclusive.
Food doesn’t matter. Food always matters! Skin is a great indicator of your overall health, and eating anti-inflammatory foods can help reduce all kinds of inflammation, including acne.
Freeman Facial Clay Mask Feeling Beautiful Avocado & Oatmeal
Freeman Facial Clay Feeling Beautiful Avocado & Oatmeal is an avocado and oatmeal clay face cover for blackheads.
It purges pores by drawing out embedded excess oils and dirt. The best face mask is best used for oily to combination skin.
This is kind of a combination cleasing + moisturizing mask. It digs all the gunk out of your pores, and it also conditions your skin, which is really nice (and it makes your derma feel awesome). Plus, it’s the only one of these reviewed masks that has the added benefit of not being tested on animals
Just using this product a couple times a week can reduce breakouts, which is nice because it also means it’ll last you a pretty long time.
However, it’s a strong formula, so if you have sensitive derma, you should probably choose something a bit more gentle. And remember, this is formulated for oily skin, so if you’ve got dry derma, this could make it drier.
Dead Sea Mud Face Mask
Pure and Essential’s Dead Sea Mud Face cover is a 100% natural blend of therapeutic Dead Sea mud and organic essential oils.
The cover draws out toxins and grime and conditions your complexion while re-mineralizing the derma. The combination of organic shea butter, aloe juice, and jojoba oils helps to renew, purify, tighten, and exfoliate the derma.
It takes about ten minutes for the products to work. After ten minutes, gently run the mask in a circular motion to help exfoliation. Rinse off with warm water and pat dry. You only need to use it once a week.
One of the things we really like about this cover is the clean feeling you get afterwards. Also, we don’t know if it’s a placebo or not, but we also felt like our pores were noticeably smaller. If you’re looking for a good mask, put this on the list.
Avon Clearskin Blackhead Eliminating Deep Treatment Mask
The economically priced Clearskin Blackhead Eliminating Deep Treatment is said to not only help eliminate blackheads but also prevent the formation of future ones.
The mask’s 5% salicylic acid is supposed to absorb the blackhead causing oil from the derma. The cover only needs 5 minutes to dry before being rinsed off, which is nice if you’re in a hurry. Plus, like magic, the cover turns white when ready!
LATHER White Clay Deep Pore Cleansing
The Lather White Clay Deep Pore Cleansing is a detoxifying cover for oily and acne-prone derma. The white clay is said to stimulate circulation in the skin for a healthy appearance.
Key ingredients include betonite clay that draws out oils and impurities from the pores and tea tree oil that eliminates acne causing bacteria.
The product claims that it can also be used for sensitive dermis. This cover takes about 10 minutes to work its magic.
This product does a great job of really conditioning the dermis deeply, so you’ll probably notice that awesome smooth, glowy feeling afterwards.
Anthony Logistics for Men Deep Pore Cleansing Clay
For men, exists the Deep Pore Cleansing Clay by Anthony Logistics. It is a little pricier at $23.00 for 4oz.
This enriched clay cover contains apricot oil, for softening the skin, calendula, for toning the dermis, and Vitamins A, C, D, and E, for nourishing the dermis. It works well for normal to oily skin.
The cream claims to absorb excess oils that cause blackheads and help tighten pores. This cover works in about 10 minutes, and you use it twice a week.
This product excels in pore size reduction — mostly from its firming agents, so you can expect your dermis to feel tighter and younger post-mask, which is really nice. It’s not the best at reducing redness, but it still does a pretty good job.