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Skincare 101 – How to Get Rid of Those Pesky Blackheads


Raise your hand if you feel blackheads are extremely annoying? They destroy your beauty and they make you want to pick at the black spots. DON’T DO THAT! It’s bad enough they have made an appearance and now you are going to scratch them and cause more damage?

If you are looking for solutions to get rid of blackheads then you have come to the right place! We have written a short guide to give you all the whats and whys of blackhead removal.

Key Takeaways
• Blackheads are nothing but mere small bumps on your nose that don’t do much damage to your skin.
• Blackheads occur when your skin produces too much sebum.
• Other causes of blackheads are hormonal changes.
• You can remove blackheads by using salicylic acid, retinoid cream, AHA and BHA solutions, clay mask, and chemical peels
• K-Beauty Recommendations: Aloe BHA Skin Toner by Benton, Real Fit Retinol Serum by COSRX, Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2x by Innisfree, BHA Blackhead Power Liquid by COSRX and Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon by Neogen

What Is Blackhead?

We all know blackheads by their appearance. Those small bumpy spots on your nose and a few on your chin, which feel a bit rough to touch… did we describe them accurately? But this still doesn’t answer the question.

Blackheads are commonly referred to as “small bumps.” They usually form when the hair follicles on your skin get clogged.

This is how the story begins:

Skin always wanted to stay clear, clean and pure but sebum had other plans. It would always produce too much oil and then fraternize with dead skin cells and bacteria that landed on skin. Sebum was never evil. There was a time when it was the waxy, oily substance that the sebaceous glands produced. It coated, protected and moisturized skin. However, one day when the body went through a hormonal change, sebum lost it. It forced the skin to produces excess oil, which then led to the formation of blackheads.

The dirty mixture of bacteria and sebum clogged the skin pores and when it solidified, a hard cap formed over the entrance. When this substance came in contact with open air, it oxidized and turned black. Horrified, skin had no idea what to do. This was new territory and the black spots just sat there, not doing anything.

And that’s how they earned the name blackheads!

The Spread of Blackheads

Blackheads on nose are the ones that are commonly visible. When you don’t take care of your skin, they quickly spread to other body parts. Not that they are contagious but when your skin is not exfoliated, blackheads can appear just about anywhere. They can be found on your forehead, near the side burns and chin. The reason why your nose and these three areas get more blackheads is because they see more than the usual sebum secretion.

You might have even heard the word whitehead with blackhead, which is almost the same. They both are comedo, which refers to clogged pores. However, the latter is more of an under-skin problem. The skin’s pores are completely covered but there’s a pus buildup underneath that’s clearly visible on the surface.

Why Does It Happen?

As mentioned above, blackheads respond to hormones. They usually appear during puberty, periods and menopause. We have already established that sebum production is the primary cause of blackheads but there are other causes too. These include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Hormonal contraceptives
  • Stress
  • Intense sweating due to overly humid environments or heavy exercise
  • Lotions that don’t suit your skin
  • Sleeping with makeup on

Should I Worry About These Black Spots?

Yes and no. It’s a little bit confusing but hear us out ― blackheads don’t cause any harm. However, picking at them can have consequences. Admit it, you do this often! By squeezing your blackheads, you will leave behind scars that will permanently mar your skin. You might even end p irritating your skin, which can lead to pimples and we all know how long they last and the havoc they wreak. So, stay away from any blackhead cleaner tool unless you know how to use them properly.

How Can I Remove Blackheads?

From cleansers to masks and tools, there are plenty of ways to remove blackheads. Following are five ways you remove blackheads without going to the trouble of making DIY masks or toners:

1.    Try a Salicylic Acid Scrub for Mild Blackheads

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that removes excess sebum from your skin and gently exfoliates the cells on the surface. When it comes to blackhead removal, you will need a little extra help, which is why a salicylic acid scrub is the best choice. The dual exfoliation powers of the acid and scrub will remove the blackheads and clean the pores.

When using salicylic acid scrub, make sure to follow up with a moisturizer to minimize any irritation the scrub beads might cause. If you have oily skin then use the scrub 3 times a week and if you have sensitive skin then once a week. If you feel that the scrub is not working well for your skin then remove this element from the equation. Use a salicylic acid blackhead cleanser instead.

2.    Use Retinoid Cream for Stubborn Blackheads

If your blackheads have a become nuisance and refuse to leave your skin then something stronger like retinoid cream. This is one of the best blackhead removal solutions for oily skin. The cream treats blackheads by reducing the cells’ stickiness that clogs pores. This also helps speed up the skin healing and regeneration rate. The right product can keep the blackheads at bay, which will make your skin look flawless.

3.    Try AHA and BHA Solutions

The chemical composition of AHA and BHA solutions are quite similar. As exfoliators, they leave the skin feeling soft and smooth, which prevents blackheads. As blackhead cleansers, they create magic when combined together. AHA works on your skin’s top layer and treats pigmentation. On the other hand, BHA is oil-soluble that penetrates the pores and dissolves grime and oil. As a result, the blackheads soften and you can easily remove them with a cotton pad a little pressure.

4.    Go for Clay Masks

If you use those pore strips or removing blackheads then we strongly suggest that you put a stop to them. These strips stretch your skin and make the pores vulnerable to more clogging. Instead, go with a gentler option like a clay mask.

Clay masks are great for oily skin. They don’t pull your skin and gently draw out the impurities by absorbing the oil. As a result, the skin’s surface becomes clean and the blackheads disappear in a matter of minutes.

5.    Peel Them Off

Chemical peels offer plenty of anti-aging benefits for your skin. They reduce the wrinkles, improve skin texture and quality, improve acne scars and more. They work just like clay masks and help soften the hard cap so that the blackheads can be easily removed. Unlike those pore strips, chemicals peels are gentler and remove stubborn blackheads.

Recommendations – K-Beauty Blackhead Removal Products

K-Beauty products have earned the reputation for being the best skincare products on the market. The following products are Korean blackhead cleansers from popular brands:

Aloe BHA Skin Toner by Benton

The Aloe BHA Skin Toner by Benton is one of the best K-Beauty products that contain salicylic acid. The addition of aloe in the toner replenishes the nutrients and moisture in your skin. The toner contains 0.5% salicylic acid, which is the perfect amount for removing blackheads. Benton’s official websites shows studies on how effective this toner is in removing blackheads and the numbers are pretty good.

Real Fit Retinol Serum by COSRX

The Real Fit Retinol Serum by COSRX is infused with a few retinol derivatives that help breathe life into your dull and tired skin. The serum is fortified with calendula oil, which has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Not only does this serum help remove blackheads but also lighten any previous scars that you might have accidentally caused by scratching your skin.

You can combine this serum with COSRX’s Vitamin C serum and brighten your skin. This serum is specifically used for blackheads and not many K-Beauty products offer it.

Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2x by Innisfree

The Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2x by Innisfree gives twice the exfoliating power. The two ingredients that make this blackhead cleanser mask so effective are Jeju Volcanic Clusters™, which is hardened, finely ground volcanic lava that absorbs excess sebum and Lactic Acid that minimize your pores’ appearance by exfoliating dead skin cells.

This clay mask is best for oily and normal skin and can be used for multiple skincare concerns such as dullness, oiliness, uneven texture and pores.

BHA Blackhead Power Liquid by COSRX

The BHA Blackhead Power Liquid by COSRX has been named as the “Best K-Beauty Product for Blackheads.” This powerful liquid contains betaine salicylate that fights bacteria, which causes acne. It’s oil-soluble and penetrates the skin deeply to clean the clogged pores. It also rebuilds moisture, which prevents bacterial from staying on the skin.

Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon by Neogen

The Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon by Neogen is gentle chemical peel comes in the patented hypoallergenic cotton gauze. These allow you to gently exfoliate your skin and remove excess sebum. The unique application form softly wipes the skin and Vitamin C in the toner gives the skin a radiant glow. These peeling pads are like having sunshine in a small jar.


And we come to an end with our list of ways to remove blackheads and types or blackhead cleaners. All these products mentioned above are top of the line and offer multiple skin care benefits. You can even use these products in combination. The Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Lemon by Neogen, BHA Blackhead Power Liquid by COSRX and Aloe BHA Skin Toner by Benton can be used every day with your skincare routine. As for Real Fit Retinol Serum by COSRX and Super Volcanic Pore Clay Mask 2x by Innisfree, you can use them thrice a week because they are powerful cleaners.

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