Best Ways to Help Prevent and Treat Blackheads

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BlackheadsLet's face it, no one wants blackheads. Yet one in five adults suffer from acne. Don't let that discourage you, because we’ve got the best ways to help prevent and treat blackheads.

Acne happens for several reasons. It's caused by your pores becoming clogged. They can also be caused by changes in hormone levels. Whiteheads are pores clogged with dead skin cells and oil. However, once they're exposed to the air, they can turn black and become a blackhead. To help prevent blackheads, you need a multi-pronged approach:  cleanse, exfoliate, mask, and moisturize.

Key Ingredients

The best ingredients to treat and help prevent acne are sulfur, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, willow bark, witch hazel and resorcinol. These ingredients are effective in treating acne as they can aid in preventing excessive oil production. Salicylic acid helps to prevent pores from becoming clogged by encouraging the shedding of dead skin cells. Willow bark is a commonly used natural salicylic acid. Witch hazel is a natural astringent.

Never Squeeze

Never try to squeeze or extract blackheads on your own. You can damage your skin. You can also cause the acne to spread further, so that you’re dealing with a breakout for a longer period of time. No one wants that! Instead, you need to rely on cleansers, exfoliants, and masks to remove the blackheads.


Keep your pores cleaned out by using our Ain't Misbehavin' Acne Cleanser. When your pores are clean, they're less likely to develop blackheads. They're also less visible on the skin. You can further minimize your pores by using Picture Porefect Pore Minimizer.


To make it less likely for dead skin cells and oil to get clogged in your pores, you need to exfoliate. But don't exfoliate too exuberantly! You need to do it gently or else you risk causing another breakout. Our Physical Chemistry Facial Microdermabrasion + Multi-acid Peel is gentle on your skin but very effective at removing any buildup. Make sure you exfoliate two to three times a week to keep your pores clean.


If you're currently experiencing a breakout and you need to treat it, you definitely want to use a sulfur mask, like our Ain't Misbehavin' Intensive Acne Mask & Emergency Spot Treatment. This mask will help to unclog pores, soothe and refresh the skin, dry up acne and aid the skin in healing.  And, it can be used as a spot treatment too.


It's very important to keep your skin moisturized and protected from UVA / UVB rays. Our Ain't Misbehavin' SPF 30 moisturizer will protect the skin, moisturize it and mattify it. Witch hazel is added to soothe and tone.

By keeping an eye out for key ingredients and using the right products, you can minimize the duration of an acne outbreak. Developing a beauty regimen that includes regular exfoliation will help to prevent blackheads. This will leave you with healthier, clearer, more beautiful skin.

By Jen Mathews
DERMAdoctor Staff Writer

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