Caused by a natural buildup of sebum, blackheads and whiteheads usually occur around the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead.[Unfortunately, it is impossible to reduce the size of your pores, or prevent clogged pores, but you can minimize the amount of dirt and debris in your pores to keep your skin looking clean and clear.
Determine your skin type. To get rid of blackheads and whiteheads, you need to use products that loosen and soften the dead skin cells on the surface of your skin so they do not stay in your pores. Your skin type (normal, oily, combination of normal and oily) will determine what type of skincare product you should use to get rid of blackheads and whiteheads. If you are not sure about your skin type, your dermatologist will be able to help you determine your skin type.
- Try a commercial product that is formulated for specific skin types. For example, Clinique has a four step skin care line that is fashioned for different skin types.
- If you have a normal skin type, your skin type is not overly sensitive to skin care products. You may use over the counter skin care products already, but want to focus on removing blackheads and whiteheads to improve your skin tone. If you have normal skin type you will want to use a gentle astringent and soap as well and a gentle exfoliant.
- If you have an oily skin type, your skin may be prone to oil buildup on your “T-zone” (forehead, nose, and chin). You may use prescribed products from a dermatologist and have acne prone skin due to your oily skin type. If you have oily skin you will want to use a harsher astringent and soap and a coarser exfoliant on the skin.
- If you have a combination skin type, your skin may have normal and oily patches. Your skin may also be prone to dryness, especially in the winter months, and be sensitive to over the counter skin care products. You may use prescribed products from a dermatologist to fight off the development of acne. For this type of skin, be gentle when it is normal and use harsher cleansing when it is oily.