As we all know, blackheads are unsightly and gross and there’s nothing we’d like better than to get rid of them forever.
BUT, there is a proper way to get rid of blackheads and a dangerous way.
The Worst Way To Get Rid Of Blackheads
You know those pore strips that you put over your nose than rip off? These feel really good to do because you get to see all the gunk that comes off your nose in real time, but they are actually very detrimental to your skin.
What these strips are actually doing is tearing off the top layer of skin where your blackheads are located and also because you are mechanically removing the blackheads from the pores, the pores often get stretched and fill back in even worst later on.
And if you’re really unlucky, you will get broken capillaries that can only be fixed with vascular lasers.
So in short: KEEP AWAY FROM PORE STRIPS!
How To Really Remove Blackheads (Without Damaging your skin!)
Of course the proper way to remove blackheads is the reason you’re reading this article in the first place – blackhead masks!
Blackhead masks are an amazing and safe way to remove impurities and blackheads from your skin because they don’t actually tug and pull on your skin resulting in damage. They slowly draw out the impurities without damaging the surrounding skin.
And they’re not just good for removing blackheads! These masks often have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects that overall will increase the health and look of your skin!
The Best Blackhead Masks
Now here’s the good part!
There are essentially 3 types of masks blackhead masks you can opt for.
1) Bentonite Clay
These are extremely popular as of late and for good reason, they work extremely well and are all natural. The only downside is if you already suffer from dry or sensitive skin, this will dry you out even more and might not be too good for your sensitive skin. If that’s you, I would avoid this type of clay mask.
If you got dry or sensitive skin, this is the mask for you. This is a very soothing mask that will work perfectly for all skin types but especially if you suffer from dry/sensitive skin.
3) Green French
If you’re more on the oily side in terms of skin type, this is the perfect mask for you.
How To Use Blackhead Masks
Blackhead masks are quite easy to use (although sometimes can get messy!)
Step 1: Wash your face
Easy enough. Wash your face with something very gentle (even just water will do).
Step 2: Mix your clay
Pretty much every mask you make will use a ratio of 1:1.
So for every 1 tbsp of powder, use 1 tbsp of water (or raw organic apple cider vinegar).
Make sure to mix the clay with a NON-METAL UTENSIL!
Step 3: Apply clay to face
You can do this with your hands but I prefer to use a brush as it makes it much easier.
Step 4: Remove and Rinse
After approximately 10-15 minutes of letting the clay work, it’s time to remove it off your face.
You don’t want to scrub it off harshly, instead use a damp towel and pat your face while rinsing.
Tip: Clay can get stuck in your drain and cause you some plumbing bills, use a sink stopper!
Step 5: Moisturize
Having clay sit on your face for that long will inevitably dry out your skin.
Make sure you apply your favorite moisturizer right after!
How Often To Use Blackhead Clay Mask
You definitely do not want to over do it when it comes to clay masks as they can irritate and dry out your skin.
Most people have great success with once a week but that can even be too much for some people.
Once every 7-10 days is the ideal when it comes to blackhead mask usage.