How to Remove Blackheads to Shrink Pores?

Most of us have had the displeasure of experiencing blackheads at some point in our lives. Maybe some of us are experiencing them right at this moment. They come in the form of small acne-like spots that usually cluster around the nose, cheeks, and forehead area of the face. You can also develop blackheads on the chest and back regions as well, which can be very inconvenient and maybe even cause insecurities. And although they are small, they can be tricky to deal with and remove.

An introduction to Blackheads

What are blackheads?

Blackheads form over an open hair follicle when there is a build-up of dead skin cells and excess sebum. This build-up blocks the pores and is visible to us as small black bumps. When these pores are plugged, the dead skin cells in the open pore react with oxygen in the air and turn black, forming a blackhead. While they do have a raised texture, they aren’t as raised as pimples, and they also aren’t inflammatory. This means they are not infected, and they will not cause pain and discomfort in the same way as pimples and pustules. While this explains how blackheads are formed, there are a variety of reasons why they do.

How are blackheads formed?

A common cause for blackheads is hormonal fluctuation. During various stages in life, you can experience hormonal changes. This includes puberty, pregnancy, and the menstrual cycle. These hormones can impact your skin’s sebum production causing it to produce more than is necessary. This excess sebum has no where to go besides the open hair follicle. Similarly, stress is a big factor when it comes to hormone fluctuation. This too can trigger and increase in sebum production leading to the formation of blackheads.

Another cause is the overproduction of skin cells, which essentially does the same thing. Extra skin cells add a build-up to the pores and clogs them. Sometimes, medications can have the side effect of rapid skin cell turnover which can lead to this formation of clogged pores. Weather conditions also play a role in the production of blackheads. If you live in a warmer and more humid climate, you are more likely to develop blackheads because when the hot environment can ramp up our sebum production.

Skin-care Techniques that Help with Blackheads Removal

Before we get into how to remove them, here’s how NOT to: pre strips do not help and in fact, the pulling action while removing can cause the skin to stretch and gain wrinkles. Trying to pop them off with your fingers is also not a viable solution as it just further irritates the skin. So, here’s how you should remove blackheads, methods that are both safe and effective!

Blackheads Removal Therapy

Blackhead Remover

Using specific products that are made to target blackheads is the safest way to go. A trustworthy device we recommend is the Project E Beauty Vacuum+ Blackhead Removal Therapy Device. This device a great blackheads removal device and also shrink pores. It works by using a vacuum absorption technique, and the device features 3 suction levels. You can easily adjust the most appropriate suction levels for your different skin areas. It is also very versatile as it comes with 4 different suction heads that target different skin issues. For example, the large circular hole head with strong suction can remove stubborn blackheads and shrink pores, and the oval hole suction head can make your skin more elastic and compact, perfect for the T zone region. The best part of this treatment is that it is not painful for you! The device is designed with imported air pump which generates a proper centrifugal force to suck the blackheads and shrink pores without hurting your skin.

Aqua Collagen Gel

Collagen Gel

Use this vacuum device with the Project E Beauty Aqua Collagen Gel. It offers great results together to achieve blackheads removal, and the collagen gel also provides additional improvements for the skin. Collagen improves skin elasticity and helps in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps you shrink pores and reduce blackheads. This gel features the highest potency of naturally extracted collagen that’s immensely important for skin health! It is multipurpose and can be used on its own, or even with other products– as is the case now. Apply it in the morning and at night before heading to bed. With only 3-4 pumps of the product, you can rejuvenate your skin!

Closing thoughts on Blackheads?

You now no longer need to be insecure about these stubborn blackheads as you can take care of your skin using these products. These are really convenient at-home treatments for all those who do not have time in their schedules to visit a skin specialist often to manually extract the blackheads.

 

 

 written by Olivia Khader

 

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