The gentle-yet-effective way
to treat blackheads, without the pain,
squeezing or damage to skin.
Why we get them, how to treat them.
What are blackheads?
They’re simply clogged pores at the surface of the skin. A blackhead’s dark color is not due to dirt—it’s actually the oxidation of oil.
Why do we get them?
They start with excess oil. When there’s too much oil, it can mix with dead skin cells and clog pores. Clogs at skin’s surface oxidize and darken, resulting in blackheads. Sub-surface clogs appear as bumps under the skin or as whiteheads near the surface.
What’s the best way to treat them?
Start with the source of problem: unclog pores with exfoliation, and cleanse skin of excess oil and debris. A consistent skin care routine for oilier skins helps keep blackheads from making an appearance.
Why can’t I squeeze them?
Squeezing causes visible skin damage, especially if it’s a daily occurrence. It can also stretch the elastic around the pores, which makes them wider and larger, and they won’t bounce back into shape. Ultimately, your pores will look larger and become increasingly more visible. Squeezing or picking can also cause inflammation, hyperpigmentation and scarring. It may even create more blackheads, since your hands can introduce bacteria, oil and dirt into your pores. The bottom line: don’t squeeze. Use Clinique’s gentle Blackhead Extractor to remove blackheads.