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Danger: Why you shouldn't squeeze your blackheads

Blackheads are different from acne spots, and instead are fatty deposits which clog pores. As annoying as they are, it is not advised to squeeze them yourself. We’ll explain why.

Published November 9, 2022, by La rédaction, — 5 min read

Everything you need to know about blackheads.

Blackheads or “open comedones” are dark-coloured blockages in your pores. The role of your pores is to allow sebum and sweat to flow freely. However, if your pores are blocked with impurities, dead skin cells, or too much sebum, a blackhead forms. The mixture of gunk oxidizes on contact with the air and becomes black, which is where they get their name. They are usually found on your T-zone, which is your forehead, nose and chin.

Certain factors lead to more blackheads: hormones, makeup, using the wrong products or those that are too heavy, taking certain medication, etc… Plus, those with oily or combination skin are more prone to blackheads since their skin secretes more sebum than normal.

Why should you avoid squeezing your blackheads?

We know it's tempting, but messing with or extracting your own blackheads is a bad idea, no matter how annoying or unsightly you may find them. In doing so, you not only risk aggravating them and infecting them with the germs on your fingers and nails, which could cause an acne spot, but you also risk irreversibly damaging your skin, and causing scarring,

Plus, if you haven’t disinfected the area, it can cause blackheads to multiply. Also, when we do squeeze them we generally only get about half of the blockage out, which causes inflammation. You should also avoid using patches to rip out blackheads from your nose or chin, because they’re too aggressive for your skin. If you really have to get rid of your blackheads, we strongly advise you to visit a dermatologist or a skincare professional to extract them without damaging your skin.

How to get rid of blackheads without squeezing them.

  • Cleansing morning and evening with a product that suits your skin type is key to having clean, clear skin. It helps to get rid of excess sebum, dead skin cells, and impurities which can block your pores. In the evenings, make sure you take off every last trace of makeup and any other dirt with a good makeup remover ;

  • Unblocking your pores with our peeling mask with red fruit acids once or twice a week will help to not only get rid of dead skin cells and increase natural desquamation, without damaging your skin, but will also help to clean inside your pores ;

  • Use our purifying mask with charcoal and organic nettle once or twice a week to absorb excess sebum and deeply cleanse your skin. Before applying the mask, try dilating your pores with a steam bath. ;

  • When finishing your skincare routine, don’t forget to hydrate your skin. During the day, use a sunscreen with minimum SPF 30 to protect your skin from the sun, which can increase your sebum production. At night, try our purifying night serum to help regulate your sebum production.

Of course, you can complement this basic routine with other products, such as our purifying toner with salicylic acid, to help even your skin tone, get rid of dead skin cells, and tighten your pores.

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