The Dirt on Blackheads

blackheads form when clogged pores are expose to air

Avoiding close-ups because of those pesky blackheads? Find out what’s going on so you can take the spotlight back.

What are blackheads?

Blackheads are small black dots that appear on your skin.

What causes blackheads?

Like zits, blackheads can show up when excess oil on your skin blocks pores. When the oil and dead skin cells are exposed to air, they turn black.

Blackhead treatment: To squeeze or not to squeeze

It’s tempting, but resist the urge! Squeezing out blackheads might actually make them worse, because your hands carry more bacteria and oil that can clog pores.

How to prevent blackheads

By helping to keep pores clear of oil and skin cell build-up. Use oil-free skin care and beauty products that contain anti-acne ingredients like salicylic acid, and wash your face with a medicated cleanser. You can also exfoliate to help remove dead skin cells.

Which blackhead cleanser should I use?

Cleansers with salicylic acid get rid of the excess oil on your skin while unclogging pores, helping to keep those unwelcome blackheads away. CLEAN & CLEAR® Advantage Blackhead Clearing Scrub works like a charm in banishing pesky blackheads.