Dr. Julia Tzu tells INSIDER that there are several ways to extract blackheads.
The bad news is that there is no permanent method for blackhead removal.
Pore strips are actually your best at-home option.
If you have a face, it’s likely that you’ve encountered a blackhead (or two, or three, or 20) in your life. They congest our noses, chins, and can even appear on our backs and legs. But what are these pesky blemishes and how do we get rid of them?
In its most basic term — blackheads are clogged hair follicles. According to Healthline, blackheads (also called closed comedones) occur when dead skin cells and oils collect and clog the opening of a hair follicle.
The collection of skin and oil is then exposed to the air, which causes it to look black. It’s frustrating that something so simple is so difficult to tame, so INSIDER consulted with Dr. Julia Tzu, Founder and Medical Director of Wall Street Dermatology, to learn how to extract blackheads and keep our complexions clear.
So how do you extract blackheads?
According to Dr. Tzu, there isn’t one way to remove these pesky blemishes. “There are many ways to remove blackheads,” she told INSIDER. “You just have to be careful to avoid irritating or damaging the surrounding skin while removing them.”
The only at-home method for blackhead removal Dr. Tzu recommends are pore strips.
“I’ve tried many different brands of pore strips throughout my life, and liked the Ponds pore strips the best, though they are no longer available,” Dr. Tzu lamented.
She recommends Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips and said that “if applied properly, [Bioré pore strips] does a decent job of removing 15-20% of blackheads,” but cautions that “it’s important not to overdo the pore strips though, as that can lead to skin irritation.”
Dr. Tzu recommends in-office microdermabrasion for the most effective results.
“If you wanted a more sophisticated skin cleanup,” Dr. Tzu told INSIDER, “you can visit your dermatologist for a vacuum-based microdermabrasion.” According to Tzu, microdermabrasion is an “elegant, non-invasive, and efficient way to remove both blackheads and dirt in the pores,” or in layperson’s terms, it “sucks the dead skin cells and blackheads out.”
This is especially great if you have dozens of blackheads dotting an area like your nose. Tzu documents this “lunchtime” procedure on her Instagram, where you can see the blackheads literally being vacuumed …read more
Source:: Business Insider