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Blackheads are one of the most common forms of acne, and those with oily redhead skin are even more susceptible. Blackheads occur when your pores get clogged with dead skin, dirt, and excess oil. Unlike a whitehead, blackheads are rooted deep in your skin and they don’t usually go away on their own.

If you’re suffering from pesky blackheads listen up, we’ve got some tips and some expert advice on how to combat them once and for all. We talked with medical aesthetician, Cheryl Staurowsky, from Sanctuary Medical Center in Boca Raton, Florida. Here’s what she told us: “One of the best ways for redheads to combat blackheads is to add a combination of Beta Hydroxy, Alpha Hydroxy, and Retinols into your current redhead skincare regimen. These all can come in various products such as topical serums, lotions, and creams. Consistent exposure is best.” 

“Monthly peels or HydraFacials that include AHA’s and BHA’s are ideal as well,” Staurowsky says. “Experienced estheticians have very delicate tips, tricks, and tools that help with cleaning out stubborn blackheads. If seen monthly, and the consumer is consistently using great products at home, results will be seen as soon as 4-6 weeks.” 

Here are important tips Staurowsky recommends redheads should follow every day:

Cleanse

It’s important to cleanse and clean your skin when you’ve got blackheads. Cleansing will help remove some of the surface build-up and help avoid more blackheads from appearing.

‘Redhead Friendly’ Cleanser Recommendation: ClarityRX Cleanse Daily Vitamin-Infused Cleanser 

Adrienne, the co-founder of How to be a Redhead, talks about how she keeps her skin looking young in this TikTok video. One of her secrets is this ClarityRX cleanser:

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Exfoliate

Gently exfoliate the face to unclog the pores and help loosen up some of that build-up. 

‘Redhead Friendly’ Exfoliator Recommendation: Paula’s Choice Liquid Exfoliant 

Get Out the Gunk Professionally 

It can be super tempting to squeeze and pick at your blackheads, but don’t! Picking and squeezing can lead to infections. Instead, extract the gunk by having an esthetician clear them out. You can do an extracting mask at home, but redheads with sensitive skin should be very careful. 

Rock it like a Redhead! 

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