8 Revolting Facts You Didn't Know About Blackheads

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Let’s face it, blackheads are revolting, yet strangely satisfying. And whilst we may have thought we would grow out of them once we bypassed our teen years we are sadly sorely mistaken. Visible pores are one of the beauty industry's biggest foibles. Even in our 30's we want to know how to get rid of blackheads and fast.

Even if you spend hours in front of a magnifying mirror, poking and prodding until all those tiny little oil plugs have been removed (and left you with a very red face) they invariably come back sooner or later. Whenever I’m on a shoot and model comes in who’s barely in her teen, Yes I long to be her height, but actually it’s her flawless skin and invisible pores that I really covet.

It turns out that all this poking can actually make things worse, so read on for the revolting and possibly even grotesque facts about blackheads you didn't know, yet could well be the route to getting rid of clogged pores forever.

1. What are blackheads? Blackheads, are open comedomes (small bumps or papules). Whiteheads are closed comedomes FYI. These are hair follicles that have become blocked and filled with sebum oil, skin, bacteria and dirt.

2. Why are they black? It’s not trapped dirt as you may have though. Blackheads are made of sebum oil with contains melanin (the pigment that gives your skin its colour). Once the sebum his the air it oxidises and turns dark.

**3. Why do I get them? ** Blackheads are predominantly caused by over production of oil on your skin. So if you have oily skin try and stick to oil free makeup such as the light-as-air Nars Luminous Weightless Foundation and suns creams. The New La Roche Posay Anthelios Sun Care Anti Matt Shine Fluid is specifically created to not irritate oily skin and keep excess sebum at bay.

4. Get a Regular Skincare Routine: A pore strip once in awhile is a surprisingly satisfying way to get rid of your blackheads. However on their own they are not enough. If you don’t follow this up with a regular skin care routine you won't permanently get rid of your blackheads. Use a cleanser and a toner and exfoliate regularly to keep your pores clear.

5. Use Retinoids: Retinoids and salicylic-acid are mild chemical exfoliants that will slough off the dead skin that can clog your pores. Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimiser gently exfoliates your skin, leaving it feeling fresh and shine free. I have seen a visible reduction of blackheads in just one use. This is one product Im not letting out of my sight this summer!

6. Don't Squeeze: Hands up, who is guilty of this (raises own hand). Whilst this is so extremely tempting, you actually run the risk of pushing them further into your skin and permanently damaging and stretching your pores.

7. Get a Dermatologist: If you really want to get rid of your visible blackheads for good, visit a dermatologist for a microdermabrasion or chemical peels. Keep up your skin maintenance in between sessions by investing in a good at home peel. Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel is great for even sensitive skin as it doesnt irritate or sting but still leaves your complexion radiant.

8. Don’t over-wash: Whilst washing your face regularly is the best way to maintain clear skin, especially if you live in a city. If you go overboard you are putting your skin at risk of irritation and dryness. Which can actually cause your skin to overcompensate and over-produce oil which ultimately leads to more blackheads and acne. Twice a day is ample and be gentle. Don’t use harsh cleansers for fast results as it will only damage skin in the long run.

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Read More: 5 Instant Steps To Invisible Pores