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In the constant fight for clearer skin, blackheads are among the most obnoxious issues. Despite popular belief, these annoying spots are not the result of dirt. They occur when dead skin cells and oil plug the pores in the skin. When the pores are exposed to the air, the skin cells darken and become blackheads. They are most noticeable on the face but can occur anywhere on the body.

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1. AHAs and BHAs

Most people are aware that they should exfoliate their skin, but some exfoliants are more suitable than others, especially for the face. There are two types of chemical exfoliants: alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs). Gently scrubbing the skin with a BHA or AHA removes dead skin cells that contribute to blackheads and other skin issues.

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