There Are A Variety Of Tools Available For Blackhead Treatment
When it comes to blackhead treatment and other skin health issues, it seems as though there are as many products and techniques as there are people who need them! It can be difficult to evaluate which of these methods really work, and which ones are just hype. Read more for straight talk on which methods of blackhead treatment will help you be your healthiest, most beautiful self!
Comedone extractor: 5/5 stars
One of the best and most affordable methods of blackhead treatment is the comedone extractor. This small stainless steel device is a little bigger than a pair of tweezers and has a metal loop on each end. To use a comedone extractor, match one of the metal loops to the blackhead in question. Then place the loop on top of the blackhead and apply downward pressure. This technique forces out the oxidized sebum and dead skin cells that are giving the blackhead its color. Using a comedone extractor works best in conjunction with other methods of blackhead treatment discussed below, such as treating your face with steam.
Chemical peel: 4/5 stars
Chemical peels involve applying a layer of strong chemicals in the form of a mask to the face. After waiting a given period of time, the chemicals are “peeled” off along with the top layer of skin. For patients with damage or scarring to the top layer of their skin, a chemical peel can be very helpful. The disadvantages of a chemical peel as a form of blackhead treatment are inconvenience and cost. Chemical peels should be done by a licensed esthetician or a dermatologist and can cost up to $150 per session. When performed every 4-6 weeks, as typically recommended, the cost is prohibitive for most people.
Eating a healthy diet: 3/5 stars
Different people have different levels of success using a healthy diet as a form of blackhead treatment. In general, sticking to fresh fruit and vegetables, drinking lots of water, and avoiding unhealthy fats such as saturated and trans fats will help improve the clarity and texture of your skin. Eating a healthy diet can be very successfully used in conjunction with other methods of blackhead treatment, such as steam treatments and the comedone extractor.
Steam treatments: 3/5 stars
Steam treatments can be very helpful when used along with other forms of blackhead treatment, and are a must when it comes to successfully using a comedone extractor. Treating your face with steam can be as simple as boiling some water on the stovetop and holding your face above the steam with a towel draped over your head to trap as much steam as possible. Five to ten minute steam treatments will soften the pores and allow for more effective extraction of blackheads. Be careful not to get your face too close to the steam. Steam burns can be terrible, so move away if you experience pain while steaming your face.
If you use one or more than one of these blackhead treatment methods and are diligent in their use, then you will no doubt see an improvement in your skin tone and clarity.