This Acid Is The Ultimate Magic Eraser For Your Blackheads
Blemish-free skin is no longer a struggle because the best acid for blackheads is the only superhero without a cape that you really need.
Let’s talk about blackheads. Yes, those pesky little black blemishes that are both annoying and stubborn. No matter how many steps we add to our skincare routine, there are always a few rogue blackheads that somehow manage to stay. They almost seem to mock us as we wait for our sheet masks to work their magic. This was me a few months ago until I finally discovered the best acid for blackheads.
Yes, that’s “acid” you just read.
You may have tried everything under the sun to get rid of those pinprick black blemishes that litter the better part of your nose, chin and even cheeks.
The fact is, all those products that may have worked for your skin when you were 16, won’t cut it for you anymore. You need something a bit more workable in your 20s.
That’s why as far as removing blackheads is concerned, there is only one product that works the best, and that is glycolic acid. It’s the new buzzword in the skincare industry and used mostly in peels and exfoliators for this very reason.
Glycolic acid is a natural exfoliator and a part of the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) group. It’s naturally found in sugarcane, green grapes, pineapple and even beetroot (yes, you can apply all of these on your face as natural face masks).
It has the smallest molecule in the acid group, therefore, it penetrates deeper into your pores and pore-clogging skin cells. Eventually giving you a clearer skin without any sebum or dirt.
Incidentally, it also works to reduce fine lines, the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, and even out skintone. Research has also shown that glycolic acid increases collagen production and plumps your skin, giving you a more youthful texture.
Now, some of you may argue that you’ve tried products with AHA and they didn’t remove blackheads. So how is this acid different?
A lot of AHA products contain lactic acid that have larger molecules. So penetration is not as deep as it is with glycolic acid. While it might work on the surface (which in most cases, it does), it may not go deep in and remove all the dirt that has been clogging your pores. So, you may not have had the same desired result.
That’s why glycolic acid is the best acid for blackheads and a lot of chemical peels have it as its main ingredient and work well when used properly.
Which brings us to the technique of using glycolic acid.
Glycolic acid packs quite a powerful punch and is strong on its own. But the good news is that most glycolic acid products in the market are either diluted creams or peel off masks.
If you haven’t tried it before and suddenly plan to shift to products containing this acid, we’d suggest you take it easy. Ideally you should start with a gentle product and introduce it slowly into your skincare regime.
You can use a glycolic acid-based face wash or cleanser like the Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, S$27 in the morning. Alternatively, you can use face wash and then layer on a glycolic acid toner like the Mario Badescu Glycolid Acid Toner, S$40 or sweep your face with pads like the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads, S$51.
Don’t forget to top it up with an antioxidant cream or serum and your usual sunscreen.
Also, since it’s a potent agent you might want to use it on alternate days. Skip it on days when you use other acids and chemical peels. Otherwise you risk drying your skin too much.
For a lot of you with sensitive skin, such as mine, using an exfoliating pad may prove to be irritating. So you can use glycolic acid based moisturiser instead, like the Mario Badescu Glycolic Skin Renewal Complex, S$55.90.
But remember that they are not as concentrated as toners, chemical peels or masks. So they are perfect for somebody who has just introduced glycolic acid in their skincare regime.
Whichever formula or brand you pick, always make sure you have a sunscreen on you at all times. Not to sound too pesky, but apart from giving you a blackhead-free skin, glycolic acid also makes your skin sensitive to sunlight. So make sure that you harness all of its goodness whilst protecting yourself from skin damage.