The first and most important step in getting rid of blackheads is to understand your skin type. There are five basic skin types, each having its own unique set of characteristics.
Normal Skin Type
People with a “normal skin type” are the lucky ones! Their skin often has very few imperfections with little sensitivity, small pores, and a radiant complexion.
Dry Skin Type
A dry skin type is characterized by small pores, a rough complexion, irritated and sometimes red patches of skin, little elasticity and lines in the skin. Dry skin is very sensitive to atmospheric changes and can become irritated by the sun, wind, medications, bathing and some cosmetic ingredients. This skin type requires you to take shorter baths, use more gentle soaps and apply soothing moisturizer to the face daily.
Oily Skin Type
This skin type the most common for people with blackhead and acne problems. It is characterized by enlarged pores, a shiny and thick complexion, and blackheads, spots, and blemishes on the face. The negative symptoms of an oily skin type may be exacerbated during puberty, stress and hot, humid weather.
Luckily there are many products available to manage an oily skin type. A simple routine of washing the skin 1-2 times a day and using a gentle daily scrub is a great way to reduce blemishes. Do not pop the spots! They will take longer to heal and may leave scars. Also look out for products labeled “noncomedogenic,” they prevent the pores from becoming clogged.
Combination Skin Type
A combination skin type is oily in some places (usually around the T zone) and dry in others. This skin type benefits from using different skin care products in different areas of the face. Combination skin type often produces widened pores, blackheads and shiny skin.
Sensitive Skin Type
Sensitive skin often occurs in people with a dry skin type. The most important aspect of skincare with sensitive skin is to find out what is triggering your sensitivity and avoid it! Often sensitivity is caused by a reaction to the skincare products you use. Try changing up your routine to see if this helps. Sensitive skin is characterized by redness, itching, burning, and dryness.