Your nose is dotted ferociously with black dots and you're sick of trying every product off the shelf. You're wondering if anyone's going to save you. Well, here we are to help!

Blackheads, whiteheads and acne is a very pesky skin ailment that is NOT a pleasure having. The first step to raging war against these skin problems is to first understand each of them before slapping on countless products that may not even be specifically targeting your problem areas.

First, blackheads. What's the difference between a blackhead and a whitehead? Other than their colours of course. W\A blackhead is a comedone formed when the opening of a hair follicle becomes wider than normal. Because the follicle opening is wider, the sebum (responsible for keeping the skin and hair moisturised) and sloughed off dead skin cells react chemically with the air, resulting in the oxidation of melanin, which in turn causes the dark colouration of the blackhead.

Whiteheads, on the other hand, is a comedone formed from a hair follicle not exposed to air. It is similar to blackheads only the lack of exposure to air does not lead to the oxidation of melanin so the clogged matter stays white.

1. Getting rid of blackheads may seem tricky, but it actually is fairly simple. First, wash your skin gently twice a day with water and a mild soap. Harsh soaps and scrubbing too hard only make matters worse. Use skin care products that won't clog your pores.

2. Second, use a gentle exfoliant to get rid of dead skin cells.

3. NEVER squeeze before preparations as it can damage the skin surrounding the pore. How to prepare your skin before squeezing? Just step into a hot shower and soften your skin. Alternatively you can also try steaming your face over a bowl of hot water.

4. Blackheads and whiteheads can also be treated with topical products like benzoyl peroxide and tretinoin.


And there you have it. With a little effort, you can get rid of those spots that have been bugging you for far too long!