Blackheads, also known as congestion, are a mixture of dead skin cells, oil, and debris mixed together to form a little oxidized ball that
plugs up hair follicles.

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Why It Happens

If the skin over the bump opens, the air exposure causes the plug to look black and forms a blackhead.

How to treat


Remove your makeup

Cleanse away the day - farewell makeup and debris - with a good double cleanse. This means you start with an oil cleanser (which we know feels counter-intuitive)

Then next up

Follow with a water-based cleanser for a thorough clean.


Pro tip:

Another good rule of thumb is to regularly exfoliate – don’t over exfoliate though! Typically, 1-3 times a week is the right amount

Product Recommendation: The Ordinary Lactic Acid


Mask up

But not the type of mask you're used to (we can't wait to get rid of those!). Use a clay-based mask 1-2 times a week - this will help absorb excess oil without drying it out.

Pro tip: follow the directions

Never leave a mask on for longer than the instructions say and do a patch test!


What not to do

If you are looking to get your blackheads extracted, we know it’s tempting but do not do it yourself! Head to an expert to avoid damaging your skin (which can lead to permanent scarring - eek!)

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