What Causes Blackheads?
Blackheads are the product of the production of excess oil inside your pores. Hormones cause this, which is why teenagers often have more blackheads than those that are younger or older than they are. This excess oil then backs up in the pores. It then combines with dead skin cells. When this combination is then exposed to the air, it turns black, leading to what we know as blackheads.
What If My Acne Isn’t That Bad?
According to Medical New Today, a person with mild acne has a limited number of acne. Someone with severe acne has a large amount of acne, much of which could be cystic. If you have moderate acne, you are somewhere in between. You should treat acne according to how severe it is. That means that if your acne level is low, your blackheads may eventually go away on their own, but for many others this is not the case. If your acne is severe, you should treat as soon as possible in order to prevent worse effects and any potential scarring.
Can I Not Just Pop My Blackheads?
You must always be mindful of some of the common myths about blackheads. Many people believe that picking, popping, or squeezing blackheads (as well as pimples, cysts, etc.) will help remove the blackhead. This is not necessarily true. While it may provide some primary satisfaction and help the blackhead disappear, it can easily cause inflammation, and even worse, scarring.
Can I Use a Face Scrub?
Another common myth is that face scrubs will help remove blackheads. Some do have the ability to remove the top layer of a blackhead, but mostly they cannot clean down into your pores, and they usually lead to severe facial irritation.
The Best Clay Masks for Blackheads
A healthy alternative to face scrubs are clay masks. Masks can absorb the dirt from deep in your pores without scratching up your skin. We have collected a list of some of the best clay masks for you.
Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask
According to the experts at Paula’s Choice, this clay mask has the power to absorb oils and uproot blackheads. The mask is great for fighting intense acne, especially blackheads and enlarged pores. Just one use of this clay mask will smooth your rough and/or uneven skin. Not only that, but it also makes your skin feel incredibly soft, and leaves behind a clean, silky, matte finish.
Those with sensitive need not worry; this popular clay facemask not only avoids causing irritation, it reduces whatever irritation you might have already had. People of all skin types can use this mask. Whether your skin is very oily, overly dry, or somewhere in between, this clay mask is great for you and your pores.
Because of the mask’s strong, absorbent capabilities, you do not have to use it more than once or twice a week, making one tube go a long way.
Miracle Revival Mud Skin Restoring Treatment Mask
This clay-based mask works wonders for anyone with combination to oily skin. Skin sensitivity should not be a problem, as this particular mask is gentle, and will not cause irritation. Paula’s Choice says that the formula of the mask contains clay (kaolin), as well as other absorbent ingredients and skin-conditioning agents that allows it the ability to absorb excess oil successfully without leaving skin feeling tight or dry. Not only that, but it rinses well after application, leaving behind a smooth and clean feeling.
Another great quality of this mask is that it is fragrance free. Therefore, it makes your skin feel fresh without smelling like any sort of unwelcome scent. In addition, fragrances often cause inflammation in sensitive skin, so there is no need to worry about that occurring with this mask.
The only downside to this product is that its packaging is a jar. Unlike tubes, jars cannot preserve the effectiveness for products like clay masks. Therefore, if you find that after many months your mask is not displaying the same success as it once was, you can blame it on the packaging.
Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Charcoal Mask
This popular mask is perfect for anyone with combination skin or oily skin. It is made with a clay base which helps it absorb unwanted oils; therefore, allowing it to reduce and prevent blackheads. It is great for anyone with sensitive skin because it is fragrance free and does not cause irritation. Once rinsed, it leaves a sleek, matte finish on your skin. To top it off, it is incredibly gentle, making your skin very soft after removal.
According to Paula’s Choice and Beautypedia, this mask is dark gray and dries in only about ten minutes. In addition, you do not have to worry about scrubbing this mask off; it rinses off easily and quickly.
What is even better is that this mask’s packaging is a tube, not a jar; therefore, it has long lasting effects and you do not have to worry about it drying up to soon.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Mask
Into the Gloss sites this clay mask as the best clay mask of them all. Many suggest that you mix this mask with apple cider vinegar instead of water to get the best effect. Once applied, this mask becomes crispy on the wearers face before they should rinse it off. This mask absorbs unwanted oils and unclogs dirt filled pores. Say goodbye to those blackheads!
A bonus is that this mask is fragrance and additive free. That is right it is all natural! Therefore, if you have sensitive skin, there is no need to worry, because this natural clay mask will not irritate your skin.
The only downside to this mask is that it can be a little harsh, so you should not use it more than once every two weeks.
Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Masque
According to Into the Gloss, this clay mask is soothing and cleansing. It leaves your skin feeling silky and fresh. After one use of this mask, your pores and blackheads become noticeably smaller. It clears out all of the deep dirt. This mask also helps reduce any redness that you may have, which is a great bonus.
It can even help reduce and heal cystic type blemishes, which is hard to find in a good facemask.
The only downside to this product is the price. It comes in a fairly small jar for such an expensive; however, a little bit goes a long way, especially with a high quality product. The great success of this product makes the steep price worth it.