Blackheads are open comedones (clogged pores) that have an oxidized mix of sebum, dirt, and dead skin, which creates its dark hue. The ultimate key to getting rid of them is by making sure your pores are free from oil and dirt. Instead of squuezing them by yourself, try these stellar ways to make them disappear for good.

Add special, pore-clearing items in your regimen

Making sure that your pores are free from oil and dirt, revv up your cleansing routine by using a balancing toner after your facial wash. Alternatively, you can use a clay mask once a week to expel the nasties off your face.

TRY: Banila Co The Blacks Heating Mask Volcano, P695, at Glorietta

Use an advanced exfoliating regimen for two weeks

This derma-approved skincare regimen is powered by alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) and beta hydroxy acids (BHA). AHA (like glycolic and lactic acid) carefully lifts dead skin, which helps remove the gunk inside the pores. BHA (salycylic acid) can dislodge clogged pores, melting the blackheads and zits away. Go back to your usual skincare regimen after two weeks. These gentle acids are meant for exfoliating and may leave your skin sensitive when used in prolonged periods.

TRY: Neostrata Refine Oily Skin Solution; Resurface Ultra Smoothing Lotion; Resurface Smoothing Cream, starts at P2,500 each at dermatologists

Have a facial once a month

I know this can be steep for some, but having your derma profesionally squeeze all the sebum out is a way to cleanse and prevent future blackheads from re-appearing. Minimize your fancy coffee intake so you can have extra budget for a pampering facial.

TRY: Luminisce Luxury Facial, P2,500; Clear Laser Peel, P5,500, at 2/F Mercury Drug Bldg., (in front of St. Luke’s Medical Center) 32nd St. cor. 4th Ave., Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Contact: 0915-979-4661, 02-5118500

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