Acne is a part of most people’s lives, and it can lead to whiteheads, blackheads, and pimples. Blackheads occur when the follicles in your skin, or pores, become clogged with debris and built-up sebum, an oil produced naturally by your body. They’re called “blackheads” because they are open comedones, meaning the debris and oil clogging your pore is open to the air. This turns black when it oxidizes (is exposed to oxygen), but it isn’t dirt. Even if you have sensitive skin, you can still work to treat your blackheads. You can also prevent them in the future by following certain strategies.
Try salicylic acid. Though this type of acid may cause you to have a reaction if your skin is sensitive, it’s the best over-the-counter cleaner for whiteheads and blackheads. It treats blackheads by reducing swelling and unclogging blocked pores. Try looking for a foaming cleanser with this product in it. You can also apply it as a cream, gel, or ointment.
- Because your skin is sensitive, test it on a small area of your face first. If you break out or itch, move on to another product.
- Salicylic acid may make your skin more dry or irritated, especially when you first start using it. Try using it only in small amounts, and increase the amount you use as your skin adjusts.
- Use the cleanser once or twice a day. Use your cleanser with salicylic acid to cleanse your face while you’re having a break out. Splash water on your face first, then rub the cleanser in. You can use a washcloth if you do it gently but don’t scrub too hard. Wash the soap off, and dry your face off.