Blackheads are the thorn in all our sides. No matter how much you wash, squeeze, scrub and squeeze again, some of these stubborn little guys refuse to move. We’re all looking for solutions and one of the most common ports of call seems to be face scrub. But can face scrub really get rid of those pesky blackheads? Let’s dive in.
Here’s what face scrub does
Face scrub is a powerful exfoliator that people use to give their skin a shiny, youthful glow. It sits apart from regular face wash or cleanser because of its unique texture, which is made up of heaps of tiny stone-like particles derived from bamboo powder, salt crystals, microplastics, volcanic rock, and more. When you apply it to your face and rub it in, these harsh granules act as scrapers that wipe away dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Then the rest of the ingredients, which include healthy vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids, do a comprehensive cleaning job. The results usually speak for themselves and face scrubs are must-haves in the world of skincare routines.
How blackheads are formed
Blackheads can affect everyone no matter what your skin type is, but the people who will likely suffer the most are those with particularly oily skin. This is because blackheads form when your pores get blocked by Sebum, which is a natural oil your skin produces. They can also arise from irritated hair follicles that have trouble growing, causing skin irritation. Everyone associates blackheads with the face, but they can actually appear in a number of areas all over your body including your neck, chest, arms, and legs. They certainly get around.
How face scrub can help treat blackheads
Can face scrub help you with blackheads, absolutely. Can it solve the problem completely, unfortunately not. Face scrub is designed to scrape away dead skin cells that lie on the surface of your face, and it does a fantastic job at it. The issue with blackheads is the bulk of them lie quite deep below the surface, so while the scrub may be able to remove the black tip it doesn’t always manage to remove the gunk underneath. This can give a false sense of security because if you can’t see the black dot anymore, you might assume you’ve gotten rid of the entire thing. Sadly the blackness will return relatively quickly if the body of the blackhead isn’t extracted.
What else can I do?
Even though we understand how frustrating it is to look in the mirror and see those persistent blackheads peppered all over your face, endlessly squeezing your nose isn’t a recommended solution to the problem. This can unnecessarily create pressure on your skin and cause redness, so let’s back off from that for now. We’d suggest looking into firm peels or masks that you can apply after using a strong facial scrub. Once your skin has been exfoliated, using the mask could allow it to latch onto the substance under the skin surface and you may have more luck removing it when you peel it off. You could also research powerful salicylic acid products that are also designed to remove dead skin cells, giving you further access to the rest of the blackhead.
Prevention is key
In conclusion, blackheads are an annoyance that we all have to deal with. While treating the blackheads you already have is one issue, the best way to defend yourself against future problems is to try and prevent them from forming in the first place. This will involve regular facial exfoliating to remove those dead skin cells and to keep your oil production in check. Remember, blackheads are created when your pores are blocked by oil, so if you have oily skin you should be managing that effectively as often as you can with products specifically made for that skin type. Prevention really is the best strategy.