You Should Quit Using Your Clarisonic Because dead skin is the only thing standing between you and popping out that blackhead, it makes sense to exfoliate every day, right? Wrong. Resist the siren song of those "invigorating granules" and Clarisonic-type scrubbing devices -- Dr. Bellman says she's seen far too many patients do more harm than good by over-exfoliating and irritating their skin more -- which only leads to more pore blockage.
Picking also counts as irritating your blackheads. It's not as bad as popping a pimple ("[A picked pimple] will stay red for two to three weeks instead of two to three days," warns Dr. Alexiades-Armenakas) it can still lead to infection and scarring.
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