Most of us have to deal with the stubborn little specks called blackheads getting in the way of a perfect complexion. These annoying comedones (the official medical term) are usually caused by an abundance of oil or dirt buildup and good old genetics. They get their dark coloring from the oxidization that comes with being exposed to the surface of the skin and the melanin within the pore. Gross, we know. It’s important to treat these suckers because the longer they hang out on your face, the more they expand your pores as they fill up with blockage. Here are five ways to help banish blackheads for good.