This is some information and tips for one of my BFFs! :) you know who you are.
Blackheads, are otherwise known as a comedone, are a mass of hardened sebum and skin cells in a hair follicle. When the follicle is filled with an excess of oil a blackhead forms. It is dark because it is exposed to oxygen and oxidizes.
Blackheads are not simply a bit of dirt that is stuck in your pore. The black is the oxidized product of oil, think of it as the equivalent of tarnished silver. No matter what you do, pores will continue to produce sebum....and will continue to be exposed to air....meaning you will always have blackheads :(. Sorry to burst your bubble!)
To start you have to eliminate the factors that can lead to clogged pores. Get rid of any foundations and heavy moisturizers that may contain oils. Wash with a foaming cleanser, then apply an acne medication over blackhead at night to help unclog pores. The most effective ones will contain at least 2% salicylic acid, which helps to break down the adhesions between cells, softening existing plugs and preventing new ones, retinol, or glycolic acid lotions are also good. You bascially, want to reduce the amount of oil that is produced on your nose, which will help to eliminate the number of blackheads.
So, hope that's enough of my esthetican side coming through. So yeah everyone has them, just some are smaller then others, and some hide them more.
You can temporarily get rid of the blackheads; (in brackets, are my suggestions, things that I know work for me and others)
-cleanse your face with a non comedogenic facial wash (foaming ones, go deeper, but can also dry out your skin)
-exfoliate you face once a week (if oily skin, more often)
-toner, will leave the treatment on your skin longer and absorb deep into the skin for treatment(Biore Triple Action Toner, leaves your skin with a nice cool tingly feeling)
-use acne spot medication (clean and clear persa-gel at 5% benzoyl peroxide, or a salicylic acid treatment cream is great, the medication must be at least 2% or not bother)
-clay masks (will help to absorb any excess oil)
-Biore strips (works on some not on others, I personally love them!)
-moisturize with a non-oil cream/gel (love Clean and Clear soft night cream, and their Finishes pore perfecting moisturizer for day)
These things will help to "clean" them, but you can never get rid of them totally. Nothing has been proven to reduce pore size permanently, though remedies like, clay masks and toners can make them appear smaller for a few hours. If they are "cleaned" and removed of the sebum build-up they will appear smaller and not black.
So, sorry to say that you can get rid of them in the short run, but the long term you will be blessed with them. The important thing to remember is everyone has them, you are not alone, so don't sweat the small stuff!