I Finally Beat My Complexion Nemesis—Blackheads

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There are plenty of blackhead removal products that claim to get rid of them immediately. But there's only one product I've tried that has ever been more effective or more satisfying. And no, it's not that blackhead remover mask or a floss stick, but it does come Dr. Pimple Popper–approved. The item I'm talking about is a product that has over 300 five-star reviews on Amazon, and it promises to get rid of your blackheads swiftly. But before all that, it's important to know what blackheads are so you know how to spot them.

Blackheads occur when pores get blocked; that much we're sure you're already aware of. But did you also know that what you might think is a blackhead is wrong? What you might think is a blackhead could actually be a sebaceous filament. Dermatologist David J. Goldberg, MD, explains, "A sebaceous filament is a naturally occurring part of your skin's system designed to bring oil to the skin." Essentially they are hair follicles that have accumulated some oil, but they won't look as dark as a blackhead.

Blackheads, on the other hand, are clogged openings of hair follicles in your skin and are dark in colour, he says. These are the spots you can tackle and treat, however, Dr. Pimple Popper advises that you don't tackle them until they're fully developed, as you will only make them worse saying "any attempt may cause the comedone [the spot] to stick around for longer and become bigger and uglier."

Now you know how to tell the difference, keep scrolling for the five-star blackhead removal product.

Next up! How to get rid of acne: Beat your blemishes forever.

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