Men’s facials treatments to get rid of blackheads or ‘comedones’ as they’re known to dermatologists, form in the skin’s pores when its natural oil (sebum) mixes with dead cells and bacteria and hardens to form a plug that eventually oxidizes and turns black. Nice huh?
Most commonly found around the nose and chin, where oil production is greatest, they’re not just unsightly but can permanently enlarge the pores, too, so it’s worth preventing them forming. The best way to do this is with a grooming routine that includes an oil busting face wash like Lab Series Oil Control Face Wash, an exfoliating scrub like Molton Brown’s Deep Clean Face Scrub (to keep pores free of gunk) and a clay mask like Baxter of California’s Clarifying Clay Mask, which can be used once a week after exfoliating to hoover up dirt and excess oil.
If blackheads do form, you can remove them with special tools like The Body Shop’s Blackhead Remover, but these are fiddly and you need to know what you’re doing to avoid damaging the skin. A much easier (and far more satisfying) method is to use Biore Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips which, quite literally, pull the plug on blocked pores. To make things easier, use after steaming your face over a bowl of boiling water or taking a hot shower – both of which will open the pores slightly.