While I have been blessed with semi-clear skin (thanks Mom and Dad), wearing makeup on a daily basis has given me quite a few nasty blackheads that I constantly struggle to get rid of. So after watching the Live Chat Q&A with ELLE beauty editor Emily Dougherty, I decided to take her advice and try both chemical and physical exfoliation and I think I finally found my perfect blackhead killer combo!
*Step 1. Use a cleanser with salicylic acid. Salicylic acid has been widely known to exfoliate and unclog pores so start using a cleanser with a 1-2% concentration to clean and exfoliate.
* Step 2. Exfoliate physically. The fastest way to smooth away dead skin is through physical exfoliation. Look for products that contain jojoba beads, salt, sugar, synthetic micro-beads etc. and remember to make sure the particles are fine so they do not irritate your skin.
* Step 3. Apply a thin layer of Benzoyl Peroxide. Thanks to its ability to rid the follicle of excess dead skin cells and introduce oxygen into the pore, Benzoyl Peroxide has been commonly used in acne treatment products like Proactiv and Clearasil to kill acne-causing bacteria. Stick with a 2.5% concentration for everyday use.
Below is the products I use for my blackhead killer combo:
H20 Plus Sea Pure Gentle Refining Polish
Paula’s Choice Clear 3-Step Acne Fighting Treatment
I have been using this combo everyday for a week now and I swear at least 90% of my blackheads have completely vanished! So try it out and let me know if it works for you too. Would love to hear feedback!
* One word of caution, over-exfoliation can dry out the skin. If you experience flakes or peeling, remember to moisturize with an oil-free, non-comedogenic moisturizer. You can also ease your way in slowly, i.e. using the combo once every 2-3 days before doing it every day. And as always, skincare regimen is a personal thing. What works on me may or may not work on everyone else so please use with discretion.