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More Than Clean by Vi-Tae
Overall rating: 9.5
Natural Ingredients: 9.8
Value for money: 9.3
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About Blackhead Expert
There are many blackhead treatment products on the market today and knowing how to find the right blackhead remover for you can be difficult. Luckily, our dedicated team invests as much time as possible trialing and testing the best blackhead remover products so that you don’t have to. We aim to cater for everyone’s needs by reviewing products which target a range of budgets and skin types.
Find out the most effective ways to remove blackheads, not only through our blackhead skincare guides, but also through our useful tips and tricks section. Through these tools, we aim to help our readers understand the benefits of blackhead remover products and how to get the most out of them. We are confident that we have reviewed the best blackhead remover for you.
Blackheads, whitehead and pimples are caused by a very similar problem. It all starts when a collection of sebum (oil secreted by the skin) and skin cells build up inside one of the skin’s hair follicles. If too much sebum is produced, the build up may plug the pore, allowing bacteria to accumulate. This produces what is known as a “comedone“.
Whiteheads and blackheads are both a type of comedone, but are slightly different. When a whitehead forms the pore is completely plugged, sealing it away from the outside environment. Conversely, when a blackhead forms, there is a tiny opening in the pore which allows air to get inside.
Sebum contains a pigment called melanin, the same compound that colors your skin. When melanin is exposed to oxygen in the air, a reaction occurs called “oxidation” which turns the pigment black. The black color lends credence to the false myth that blackheads are caused by dirt. Click here for more blackhead myths.
A comedone will sometimes turn into a pimple when the sebum filled pore bursts under the skin. When this happens, white blood cells rush to the scene to fight off the invading bacteria, causing inflammation in the affected area. The pus inside a pimple is made up of white blood cells which have died during the fight.
The most common cause of blackheads is a hormonal imbalance, which is why blackheads and acne are so common in teens going through puberty. The hormone DHT (dihydrotestosterone) is the main culprit, as it is the hormone which controls the production of sebum from oil glands.
Hormonal imbalance during pregnancy is also a reason why many child bearing women find themselves breaking out in bouts of acne and blackheads. Similarly the hormonal changes experienced during menopause can cause acne and blackheads in some women. An unhealthy diet may be another cause of hormonal imbalance. See our article on the best foods for acne and blackheads for more information.
Although anyone can get blackheads and acne, your susceptibility to these skin conditions depends upon your genetic make up and skin type. If you have an oily or combination skin type, then you are more likely to experience severe blackheads and cystic acne.
Luckily help is at hand. In the next section we will be looking at the different types of blackhead removers to help you decide what is the best solution to your blackheads.
It is shocking that many products on the market today labeled as “blackhead removers” actually contain a variety of irritants such as alcohol, witch hazel, methnol, peppermint and eucalyptus. These irritants are usually designed to improve the product’s fragrance and potency, however they have negative long term effects on the skin.
Irritants stimulate the nerve endings in your skin, which is why they sometimes cause itching and inflammation. When irritated, the nerve endings begin a cascade of chemical reactions which result in the production of more hormones, including DHT. This leads to increased oil production in the skin and subsequently more blackheads.
It is therefore essential to avoid using these products. Even common bathroom products such as a bar of soap can make your blackheads worse, as the binding agents that hold it together can clog your pores.
In this quick guide we will talk about the most commonly used treatments for blackheads and how effective each one is. We suggest that you consult our more detailed product guides for each treatment which are located in the navigation menu.
Blackhead Treatment KitsBlackhead CreamSalicylic AcidClay MaskPore StripsDaily ScrubExtractor Tool
Blackhead Treatment Kits
Acne and blackhead treatment kits are your best chance of getting rid of acne and blackheads for good as they are able to utilize a variety of treatment techniques within a set of different formulas. Many people do not realise the extent of their skin condition and are resigned to taking minimal measures to improve the appearance of their skin. The right treatment kit can rejuvinate your face, removing acne, blackheads, patchiness/blotches and generally improving your skin tone. Clear skin is attainable for anyone who is willing to put in the effort!
We highly recommend the Exposed Acne Treatment as we found it to be by far the best acne and blackhead treatment system that we tested. Click here for our full review of this product.
- Best for: Anyone who is willing to put in the effort to clear their skin.
- Pros: Treatment kits give the highest chance of success at removing blackheads.
- Cons: Can be time consuming.
Blackhead creams provide a simple all in one solution to blackheads, which can be extremely effective. It is common for these products to be chock full of nasty chemicals and irritants which will only make your condition worse. However, there are some fantastic natural blackhead removal products out there which can work wonders for people with mild-moderate blackheads where simple skincare routines have failed.
These products are often a great long term solution to blackheads as they get to the heart of the problem by restoring the healthy flow of oils in the skin. We have trialed and tested many of these products and we advise you to visit our Blackhead Creams page for detailed information on what we have found the be the best blackhead creams.
- Best for: People with very oily skin where a simple skincare routine is not enough.
- Pros: The right product can effortlessly clear away your blackheads.
- Cons: Natural and effective products can sometimes be expensive.
Salicylic acid is one of the most popular acne and blackhead treatment methods and is found as an ingredient in many treatment products. It works by improving the skin cell turn-over rate and dissolving the contents of block pores. This results in fresh feeling skin with a healthy glow.
We recommend using a 2% salicylic acid face wash twice a day for great results. The longer you leave the product on your face, the more time it will have to work. However, if it is left on for too long, it may cause irritation and dryness so experiment and see what works best for you.
We recommend: Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant
- Best for: People with non-irritatable skin
- Pros: Simple to use and long term results
- Cons: Can cause dryness and irritation
Healing clays are a wonderfully versatile treatment for many skin conditions and make a great addition to your weekly skincare routine. We recommend that you use clay masks every 1-2 weeks, if you have oily skin you may use clay more often, however overuse can cause irritation.
Clay masks and other face masks need not be a chore, they are fun to do with friends and in my experience give your face a soothing pulsating massage. If you have problems with blackheads and have not yet tried clay masks, then we highly recommend that give them a go. Take a look at our clay mask page for more detailed information on chosing the right clay mask for you.
- Best for: All skin types.
- Pros: Cheap, effective, fun.
- Cons: Time consuming.
Pore strips are an appealing short term solution to removing blackheads. They provide instant results and when used correctly can be very effective at reducing the appearance of blackheads. They are however only a short term solution. A pore strip will only remove the very surface of the blackhead, making them appear to vanish, however they will soon pop right back up after just a couple of days.
Pore strips are not completely useless though. They are a great tool to have at the ready in case of a sudden outbreak and are very cheap to buy. Make sure however that you choose pore strips which do not contain irritants. Please consult our pore strip page for a more detailed guide on pore strips.
- Best for: Oily or combination skin.
- Pros: Cheap, quick results, can reduce acne.
- Cons: Not a long term solution and may damage skin.
Using a facial cleanser is an easy addition to your morning routine which can provide great results through gentle, non-invasive means. Using facial cleaner not only significantly reduces your risk of blackheads and acne, but will also improve the general health of your skin. For those with oily skin, thoroughly cleaning the face once to twice a day is essential. Facial cleansers also contain moisturizing elements which reduce dryness.
Have a look at our facial cleanser page for the best facial cleanser for blackheads.
- Best for: All skin types.
- Pros: Cheap, quick, simple.
- Cons: There are none!
A blackhead extractor is a another great addition to your blackhead removing routine. This tool is often used in professional spa facials to quickly extract large blackheads before a more thorough clean.
Take a look at our blackhead extractor tool page to find out more.
- Best for: All skin types.
- Pros: Quick results for large visible blackheads.
- Cons: Not as delicate as other treatments.
If you are still unsure of the right blackhead treatment for you then please browse the tips & tricks and blog section of our website where you will find plenty of useful information on the different treatments and products available. Included in our tips & tricks section is a skincare routine guide which is personalized for your skin type. If you are unsure of your skin type then visit our skin type guide page.
By following the simple guides on this site and chosing the right blackhead treatment for you, you can finally win the battle against blackheads and acne.
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