While over-the-counter treatments and home remedies can be effective for mild blackhead cases, stubborn, recurrent breakouts may require clinical intervention. Don’t be intimidated or discouraged. Fortunately, several cosmetic techniques are used by skin care professionals for blackhead removal. Choose the procedure you are most comfortable with and the one which offers the best chance of success for your skin type.
Before taking the cosmetic treatment plunge, do your research and find the most experienced practitioners in your area. Read online reviews. Ask for recommendations from family, friends and co-workers who have had successful acne treatments. Ask to see before and after photos from previous clients, and if they have happy clients that would be willing to talk to you about their experience. Whatever treatment method you choose, blackheads no longer have to be the bane of your existence.
Lasers: Laser treatments can help kill bacteria, and reduce the size of the oil glands associated with blackheads. Most laser treatments are used in conjunction with other common acne treatments, such as topical products. Laser treatments are usually suggested when other treatment methods have failed to remove your blackheads. Multiple laser treatments are usually required to see positive results.
Photopneumatic therapy uses light and a vacuum to remove excess oil and dead skin cells from skin pores that are clogged.
Photodynamic therapy uses light and a topical agent applied directly to the problem areas. The process helps shrink oil glands, an integral part of blackhead removal. Like with other laser treatments, photodynamic therapy is usually used in conjunction with other acne treatments.
Chemical peels: If you have been skittish about the idea of chemical peels in the past, keep in mind that light peels are considered the most effective in removing blackheads. Chemical peels work by removing the outer layer of dead skin cells and unclogging oil buildup in skin pores. Light peels can be conducted at spas or in a clinical setting. Chemical peels that go deeper into the skin should be performed in a clinical setting, as they can cause skin damage if not administered properly.
Microdermabrasion: Resurfacing the skin via microdermabrasion can reduce the enlarged pores caused by blackheads. Microdermabrasion is a popular blackhead removal treatment because it’s the least invasive, has minor side effects and is more reasonable than other procedures.
Manual extractions: Sure, you could pinch and squeeze your blackheads at home, but if you don’t know exactly what you are doing you could end up with unattractive acne scars. Find a cosmetologist or esthetician who is an expert at manual blackhead extractions. Some prefer to use an extraction tool, others prefer to manipulate the blackheads with their hands, but only after preparing your skin properly.
You can have a manual extraction done with a facial at most spas, or you can go to a clinic dedicated to skin care. The procedure shouldn’t be painful when done correctly, though those with more sensitive skin may feel slight discomfort during the procedure. Aftercare is extremely important after manual extractions. Talk to your cosmetic technician about what products you should use on your face following a blackhead removal treatment.
Kelly Reed is a professional blogger that enjoys providing consumers with beauty advice. She writes for Luminess Air, a leading airbrush makeup systems manufacturer.