Dermatologists Tell You How to Prevent Blackheads

Blackheads and visible pores are a common problem for men and women of all ages. Knowing how to treat and prevent blackheads can enhance your appearance and the healthy glow of your skin. Find out how they form and what you can do for clear and smooth skin.

Discover how to prevent blackheads.

What Are Blackheads?

Blackheads, otherwise known as open comedones, are a type of acne. They’re generally small bumps on your skin that are black in color. Usually, they form on your face (especially in your T zone), but sometimes they can appear on your chest, shoulders, and back as well.

Luckily, blackheads are a mild form of acne, so preventing them should be easier than you think.

How Do Blackheads Form?

Blackheads happen because your pores and hair follicles are clogged. Dirt, sebum, dead skin cells, and heavy skin care products can trigger the formation of a blackhead. 

Unlike other types of acne, blackheads aren’t inflammatory, and they generally don’t happen due to an overgrowth of bacteria.

Contrary to popular belief, blackheads aren’t black because of dirt. The blackness you see happens because the keratin plug in the clogged pore oxidizes. When it comes in contact with air, it turns black.

Luckily, treating acne isn’t hard. But, you need the right products to achieve the best results.

Top Products to Treat and Prevent Blackheads

If you want to treat and prevent acne and blackheads, you need to use products that target their main causes. Products that lower your skin’s oiliness and cleanse it effectively are great to fight blackheads.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid, is a common ingredient in over-the-counter face cleansers. It effectively washes away dead skin cells and oil from your skin.

The percentage range of products containing salicylic acid can range from 0.5% to 5%. However, more isn’t always better. Stronger acid can be harsh on sensitive skin.

The BIALife Foaming Cleanser contains 2% salicylic acid. Strong enough to effectively clean your skin and remove any particles that cause blackheads, but gentle enough to use every day.

Topical Retinoids

Retinoids are Vitamin A derivatives that have the potential to clear up your skin and prevent blackheads. You can find over-the-counter retinol and prescription retinoid products that restore your skin barrier. 

It’s important to note that retinoids can significantly dry out your skin, especially when you first start using it. Adding a light moisturizer to rehydrate your skin barrier is crucial if you use topical retinoids.


The quickest way to get rid of blackheads is to pop them, right? However, as board-certified dermatologists, we advise against you doing the extraction. Trusted beauticians and dermatologists have the necessary skill, knowledge, and tools to extract your blackheads for you.

If you do decide to try it yourself, at least prepare your skin well for it. Cleanse and steam your skin to open your pores. And use clean tools to complete the process. You can buy blackhead extraction tools to help guide you through removing them.

Chemical Peel

The purpose of a chemical peel is to remove the top layer of your skin. It’s an effective procedure to remove impurities, signs of aging, sun damage, and even blackheads.

You can get a chemical peel at the doctor’s office or at a certified beauty salon.

Face Mask

Face masks grew in popularity over the last couple of years. They’re relatively cheap, easy to apply, and can bring you great results.

A good quality face mask can prevent blackheads by effectively removing dirt and excess oil from your face. 

Face masks can help revitalize your skin after blackheads.

Non-Comedogenic Products

There are countless skin care and make up products out there. No matter which brand or scent you like, always make sure that the product you’re using is non-comedogenic. If it’s heavy and clogs your pores, you’’ probably get blackheads.

Luckily, preventing blackheads is easy if you avoid products that help cause them.

Skin Ritual to Prevent Blackheads in 6 Steps

A regular skin care routine can prevent blackheads and reduce the appearance of your pores. Follow these steps to revitalize your skin and achieve a healthy, clear glow.

1. Cleanse Your Face Twice a Day

The excess oil on your skin is a natural reaction. However, you don’t need to let it accumulate. Washing your face with water and an oil-repellent cleanser can clear it away effectively.

Cleansing when you wake up can also help you get a fresh start for the day. And a cleanse before you go to sleep can prepare your skin for the rejuvenation process it goes through overnight.

2. Exfoliate Gently

Exfoliating once or twice a week can help remove dead skin cells that a simple cleanse wouldn’t. However, you need to be careful how you exfoliate.

Using harsh products or methods doesn’t make your skin cleaner. It will only irritate your skin. It’s best to use a muslin cloth and gently exfoliate. Alternatively, you can also opt for a chemical exfoliation with a glypeel mask.

3. Apply the Right Skin Care Products

After cleansing and the occasional exfoliation, you can apply the skin care products that prevent blackheads. Avoid heavy comedogenic products at all costs. And if you have sensitive skin, opt for fragrance-free options.

A lot of people don’t use moisturizers because they’re afraid it will lead to a breakout. While it’s true that overproduction of oil causes acne and blackheads, dry skin poses other threats. 

Specifically, you risk more skin irritation and increased signs of aging. That’s why you need to make sure you hydrate your skin to restore its elasticity without the threat of acne.

4. Use Sunscreen and Avoid the Sun

The sun’s UV rays can significantly damage your skin. They can cause uneven skin tone, wrinkles, burns, and even skin cancer. Protecting your skin against the sun is crucial, even in cloudy weather.

Additionally, some acne medications can make your skin even more sensitive to the sun. If you want to treat and prevent blackheads effectively, make sure you avoid the sunshine.

Sunscreen can help prevent blackheads.

5. Wash Your Hair Often

If you have oily hair, the oil from your scalp can come in contact with your face. That oil can easily clog your pores, which results in blackheads. Wash your hair regularly, especially if you have oily hair.

6. Wash Your Pillowcases Regularly

Dead skin cells, oil, and dirt can accumulate on your pillows as you sleep. To prevent blackheads and acne, make sure you wash them regularly. 

Discover the Best Way to Prevent Blackheads for You

Knowing how to prevent and treat blackheads is crucial to restore a healthy skin barrier. But, you need the right tools and methods that suit your skin type. Otherwise you risk making your acne worse.

The best way to discover your skin type and the ideal method to prevent blackheads is with the help of board-certified dermatologists. Luckily, you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your home to talk to a skin care mentor.

At BIALife, we know how difficult it is to find the right skin care products for you. That’s why we want to recommend personalized suggestions that make your skin care routine successful.

Unlock your skin’s true potential when you become a BIALife member today!

With love, Janelle & Shasa

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