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Asian woman with acne looking for treatment for blackheads on nose

What if I told you:

That you do not need to spend tons of money to get rid of blackheads?

In a 2019 survey conducted by Statista researcher, R. Hirschmann, blackheads and whiteheads are the TOP skin concerns among Singaporean women at 67%!

With a myriad of blackhead treatments and acne skincare products in the market, which is the right one for your skin?

Read on for the starters guide on how to get rid of  blackheads:

Key Takeaways:

  1. Regularly washing your face aids in blackhead removal
  2. Avoid harsh ingredients like retinol and benzoyl peroxide if you have sensitive skin
  3. Use natural alternatives to get rid of blackheads and improve your skin microbiome

Blackheads are the leading cause of concern for singaporean women in 2019


What Are Blackheads?

Before learning the solution on how to remove blackheads, one must first understand what are blackheads?

Blackheads are one of the most common forms of Acne. Many people think that blackheads are dirty or form because they did not maintain a clean enough routine. But that is far from the truth. 

Blackheads occur when a pore gets clogged with excess sebum and dirt and remains open. As it gets exposed to the air, the oil and dead skin get oxidized and turn darker (or black) which results in blackheads. When a clogged pore closes up instead, you get a whitehead.


Fun Fact: Blackheads are called open comedones. Whiteheads are closed comedones


How to Remove Blackheads?

Wash your face regularly

It goes without saying that regular cleansing helps with blackheads removal and prevents acne. 

Our advice is to go for gentle foam cleansers that do not harshly strip your skin barrier of the essential oils!

Washing your face twice daily helps get rid of blackheads by cleaning your skin from dirt and excess sebum that has accumulated overnight or throughout the day. As blackheads form from clogged pores due to the accumulation of dirt and oil, it is always good practice to wash your face after exercising, or after a long day at work.

With mask wearing as the norm, blackheads on the nose is a common occurrence due to the heat and moisture getting trapped in the mask, increasing the likelihood of clogged pores.

However, for sensitive skin types, be careful not to over-cleanse. Double cleansing may seem appealing due to the hype the media gives, but did you know that over cleansing can harshly strip your delicate skin barrier of essential oils? Causing not only drier skin, but an unbalanced skin microbiome, which can lead to more breakouts, more blackheads and even acne. 


Gentle Salicylic Acid Scrub

A true lifesaver for Resistant Skin Types. 

Salicylic acids are great beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) that help clear the sebum that clogs pores and causes blackheads and whiteheads. 

However, for Sensitive Skin Types, Salicylic acid can be too harsh and cause irritation and inflammation. Be sure to understand what your skin can or cannot handle before purchasing your skin care. 

For a quick guide on how to find out your skin type, read here


Retinoid Topical Creams

If you have been fighting blackheads for quite a while now, it wouldn’t be the first time you read that retinol is one solution for blackheads removal.

But here is something not many blogs tell you:

Retinols can react badly on sensitive skin types. 

These topical creams are great for blackheads removal, clearing clogged pores and acne. Retinoids also increase the rate of skin cell turnover, giving you softer newer skin – reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

But retinoids are often the cause of irritation and sensitivity for mature women. Always take a patch test before applying retinol on your face. It is also important to research the percentage of retinol in a product as well as create a balanced routine that compliments the topical cream – not go against it. 

The best alternative is to use natural ingredients that are clinically proven to get rid of blackheads and ingredients that work on blackheads removal and acne prevention. 

Check out these ingredients that are a natural alternative to Retinoids, which are more effective and are perfect for dry and sensitive skin thanks to a pH balanced formula. 


Avoid Benzoyl Peroxide 

Don’t make this beginner’s mistake!

Benzoyl peroxide works great for inflammatory acne such as cysts, pustules, papules, and nodules. But blackheads and whiteheads are not inflammatory acne. They are comedones which are acne lesions that occur when a hair follicle gets clogged with dirt and oil. 

So benzoyl peroxide will not be effective against these blackheads!

Instead, focus on non-comedogenic ingredients to clear pores and regulate sebum – the main cause of blackheads. 

Blackheads and whiteheads are not considered inflammatory types of acne, so benzoyl peroxide will not have a marked effect. It won’t hurt, but it probably won’t help either. Benzoyl peroxide will stain towels and clothes, so be cautious when using it.

Use a pore minimizer instead!

Clinically proven to reduce sebum rate – in turn reducing the formation of blackheads.  Lemon Myrtle, found on this product reduces the appearance of pore size for a refined and perfect skin in only 15 days

As a natural ingredient harvested from the Australian rainforests, its high defense against oil production and sebum control is unparalleled! 

You will definitely be able to get rid of blackheads and achieve clearer skin naturally.


Moisturise with a Balancing Moisturiser

Even if you forget to eat your veggies – do not forget to moisturise! 

Moisturising is a must even for those with oily skin types.


Even though your skin may be oily, it can also be dehydrated! The lack of moisture in the skin can cause your skin to produce more oil to prevent further loss of water to the environment!

Check out these Natural Anti-inflammatory Ingredients in the Balancing Moisturiser Gel-Cream


Some of the key ingredients in our Balancing Moisturiser Gel-Cream are: 

Purified sugar beetroot: Rich in vitamins and minerals like vitamin C and iron, beetroot has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. It can help reduce acne breakouts, get rid of blackheads, brighten the skin and slow signs of aging. 

Glycerin from coconut and palm oils: Coconut and palm oils contain antioxidants and fatty acids, which reduce inflammation, irritation, acne breakouts, and redness. They trap moisture in the skin, helping to hydrate and plump the skin while giving it a healthy glow. 


If you have oily, combination or acne prone skin, you may try this bundle Soothing & Power Lift Set (O)  which includes Balancing Moisturiser Gel-cream, skin Soothing & Hydrating booster and Skin Firming Booster.  This set is suitable for improving acne scars, blackheads removal and preventing early signs of aging.


Finding the Right Balance with a Healthy Skin Microbiome

Healthy skin starts from the inside.

Often acne, pimples and blackheads on the skin are hinting at deeper troubles under or on the skin surface. One such cause would be an unbalanced skin microbiome

Many blackheads removal solutions only target at the surface – removing the excess sebum from clogged pores. What many solutions do not offer is a long-term skincare routine to prevent blackheads from occurring.

Strengthening the skin barrier and ensuring that your skin is constantly hydrated helps maintain a healthy skin microbiome. Prebiotics in Kernel Corn aid as a skin humectant (to reduce the loss of moisture), emollient (to soften and moisturize), and moisture replenisher. A fantastic solution for anyone that is looking to get rid of blackheads for good.


Find Your True Skin Type and Build Your Routine

The temptation for squeezing blackheads on your nose will always linger. As professionals, we advise you against it as it can lead to inflammation or even permanent acne scarring. 

Instead, look for gentle skincare products that suit your needs exactly. There are many products that help you with blackheads removal but only one skincare routine that is for your skin and skin needs. 

Our skin iD test will uncover your skin type and offer you a fully personalised routine with detailed information on which ingredients your skin needs. 

What’s more – these products are developed and made right here in Singapore to ensure the highest standard of quality and safety. 

Do you want to learn more about your skin type? Take the skin iD test today and receive a personalised skincare routine instantly.  


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