To do so, you’ll have to remove or seal up all your pores – of which both can’t be done without killing your body’s largest organ. But should you still bother with clearing your skin of blackheads? Yes.
“Large, stubborn and ignored blackheads will keep growing into giant comedones, and they won’t be easy to extract. In some cases, minor surgery is required, and that’s likely to leave a scar,” says Dr Liew Hui Min, specialist in dermatology and consultant at Raffles Skin & Aesthetics.
Here’s how blackheads form: Sebum from the skin mixes with dirt, sweat, dead skin and pollution to form a clog in the pore which then oxidises and turns black.
To manage the blackhead battle, skincare products with salicylic acid is recommended. It’s a betahydroxy acid, so it’s gentle on skin. It’s also oil-soluble and gets right into pores as a deep cleanser to dissolve the clog and reduce sebum production.
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