Changing seasons can cause our skin to freak out a little bit. Whether your skin concerns are acne, damaged skin, or blackheads there are ways to treat your skin correctly. If you deal with blackheads like most of us do don’t worry today I’m sharing how to remove blackheads correctly so you can have flawless skin all year round.

How to pop a blackhead safely:

Shower first. A warm shower will open up your pores and make it easier to pop the blackheads. You can also do a 10-15 minute steam treatment to get the same affect.

Wash your hands thoroughly. Use soap and water and wash for 20 seconds. Popping a blackhead with dirty fingers will only add more bacteria to your pores.

Dab an astringent onto your skin. You can buy an inexpensive bottle of astringent at a pharmacy or beauty store. Wet the blackhead area, with just a small amount of it.

Squeeze the blackhead with a cotton ball to pop it. Squeeze gently on either side of the blackhead to extract the dirt from your face.

Wash your skin with water and astringent. Splash your face with cool water, then, dab a small amount of astringent on once more. Wash your hands afterwards.

Don’t use your own blackhead removal tools. Many stores now offer blackhead removing instruments to give yourself an at-home facial. However, these tools often get full of bacteria and can scar your skin. Leave using steel instruments to the professionals and stick to using cleansers and exfoliants.

Avoid ultra-abrasive exfoliants. If you have sensitive skin, using harsh exfoliants can just irritate it and make your blackheads worse. If you are ever in pain from an exfoliant, stop using it and go with a more gentle cleanser.

Wash your face twice a day:

Remove makeup before washing your face. Makeup will quickly clog up your pores if left on, so it’s important to take it off every night with makeup removing wipes or cleanser.

Wash your face in the morning and at night. Washing your face in the morning will freshen you up for the day, while cleansing at night, removes accumulated dirt from the day.

Use gentle, acne-fighting cleanser. Choose a cleanser for your skin type, aiming for one that will remove oil and clear out your pores.

Follow up with a gentle facial moisturizer. A good moisturizer keeps your skin from producing too much oil, which causes blackheads.

Wash your pillowcases. Your pillowcases catch dead skin cells and excess oil from your face when you sleep on them at night. Wash them at least once a week to remove buildup of dirt from the fabric to help keep your face clear of blackheads.

Don’t touch your face. Even if you aren’t picking at your blackheads, touching your face transfers bacteria from your hands to your face. Your hands are the dirtiest part of your body and are often the cause of many cases of blackheads. Avoid resting your face on your hands or needlessly touching your skin.

How do you remove blackheads? Let us know in the comments.