Blackheads are inevitable. When they take over our t-zone, we want them out. Blackheads can lead to the appearance of painful pimples and blemishes. But squeezing them out is not the answer, it really can be detrimental to your skin. You can even create more skin concerns by using your fingers to remove them. Why? Because our fingernails accumulate a lot of impurities and bacteria by touching surfaces. If you squeeze your blackheads, you can involuntarily be giving your skin more bacteria that could lead to serious skin infections. While the quest to get rid of blackheads seems to never end, we compiled our 5 best and favorite beauty devices that will help you to get rid of blackheads.
What are Blackheads & What Causes Them?
Blackheads are also known as comedones. These dark bumps appear on the skin after whiteheads oxidize. We have pores all over our face, and each pore contains one hair and one oil gland. The oil-producing glands are also known as sebaceous glands. While sebum has a negative connotation, it helps to moisturize and protect the skin. However, if these glands produce excess or fewer oil quantities, it can affect your skin. If you have dry skin, your oil glands are not producing enough sebum to keep your skin healthy and moisturized. On the other hand, if your skin is too oily, your glands are producing excess sebum. When your skin produces excess sebum, and in combination with dead skin cells, it can clog pores leading to the appearance of blackheads. Unfortunately, clogged pores are a great place for bacteria to strive leading to painful infections in the form of pimples and blemishes.
Other factors that can aggravate and contribute to the appearance of blackheads are hormonal imbalances, poor diet, stress, pollution, sweat, etc.
Where are Blackheads More Common?
Blackheads are more common on the face because it has the highest concentration of oil glands. Typically, the t-zone (forehead and nose area) is more prone to blackheads because the glands on these areas tend to produce more sebum. The chest and the back are also commonly affected by blackheads. Interesting fact, only the palms of the hands and feet sole do not have oil glands.
How to Remove Blackheads?
The last thing you should do is use your nails to squeeze out your blackheads. We know it’s hard, but our nails have a lot of bacteria, and when you use them to squeeze blackheads, it can cause an infection making everything worse. The best thing you can do for your skin is using the right products and tools to keep skin clean and healthy. As we said before, blackheads start with dead skin cells and excess sebum that clog pores, properly cleanse and exfoliate the skin without overdoing it. Skin still needs some of those oils to keep you moisturized and smooth. Find below the best skincare tools that will help you to get rid of blackheads.
Best 5 Skincare Devices to Remove Blackheads & Maintain Your Skin Health
Keeping your skin healthy, and treat it properly according to your skin type, is the best thing you can do to reduce the appearance of blackheads. We leave you with our current favorite five skincare devices that will help you to keep your skin gorgeous and radiant.
TOUCHBeauty’s Dual-Mode Facial Cleansing Brush is an essential item in any skincare routine, especially if you have combination or oily skin. The gentle bristles will rotate or oscillate to remove debris, dead skin cells, and excess sebum. Your skin will feel clean and smooth. After a few usages, you will notice fewer blackheads on the face, and your complexion will be radiant.
If you prefer sonic vibration and silicone bristles, we have the perfect solution for you. The Silicone Sonic Cleansing Brush provides two surfaces for daily gentle cleansing and exfoliation. The touch-points are soft and gentle on the skin. The sonic vibration massages the skin aiding the touch-points deeply cleanse the skin. By cleansing and exfoliating your skin properly, you are helping it to keep clear of blackheads and acne breakouts.
This device is a game-changer for those who have an open battle with blackheads. The Ultrasonic Scrub Device generates up to 26.000 ultrasonic vibrations. When in contact with water, these vibrations will create a fine mist. This mist helps the spatula blade to remove all debris and gunk from your skin, you can physically see it. The idea behind it is to apply the spatula on wet skin with light pressure and gently move along facial contours. The spatula has a special shape making it easier to use on the nose area which is typically more congested with excess sebum and blackheads. This device will keep your skin clean and radiant. This device has an extra mode to infuse skincare products into the skin and maximize its effectiveness.
The Cream Booster uses positive and negative ionic therapy to cleanse pores and maximize the absorption of your favorite serum or lotion. The positive ion treatment is ideal to use on the skin after you finish cleansing your complexion. This device has a special ring to attach a cotton pad (soak the cotton pad with toner) and use it on the skin with the positive ion mode to attract and remove stubborn impurities from the skin, you can think of this step as a second cleansing. Use a gentle and moisturizing toner that will not be harsh on your skin. By removing all impurities from your pores, you are giving your skin the best chance to get rid of blackheads. Afterward, use the negative ion therapy to massage the skin and to help your serum or lotion to skin into your skin nicely and maximize its effectiveness. This device also features yellow light therapy to brighten the complexion.
The 3-In-1 Facial Beauty Device has three attachments to treat different skin concerns, including a light therapy attachment. Light therapy is an amazing option for those battling acne and blackheads. This device features 4 different light wavelengths, and you can use three of them to help your skin to get clear of blackheads and acne. The red light (630nm) is primarily used to boost the production of collagen, but it is also soothing and known to reduce inflammation. The mixed-light (pink) is amazing at controlling oil glands. It can help to reduce the production of sebum, which is one of the causes of blackhead formation on the face. But the star of the show truly is the blue light therapy (415nm). The blue light has anti-bacterial properties. It is known as the best light to tackle your blackheads and blemishes. This light helps to kill acne-causing bacteria that are typically found in oil glands. It helps to reduce acne breakouts and blackheads over time. Light therapy is very gentle on the skin and it’s not painful.
Final Tips to Prevent & Reduce Blackheads
- Start by getting a healthy and balanced diet.
- Drink more water, reduce salt intake, and oily food.
- Open your pores before you cleanse the skin to remove all impurities easily.
- Always moisturize your skin even if you have oily skin. Just make sure you use a lighter cream that stabilizes your oil production.
The secret to reducing the appearance of blackheads is to be consistent and use the right products/tools according to your skin type. And always be gentle with your skin.