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Yuk, blackheads, even people with dry skin get these – and they turn up often in the same place on your face – be it your nose, cheek or chin over and over again, no matter what you pop on them.
Some people seem to struggle with them more than others – which does seem unfair, especially if you are someone who really goes the extra mile to try to annihilate them!
Unfortunately, fiddling with them, applying nose strips and squeezing them will only worsen the problem – so what is the solution?
WHAT ARE BLACKHEADS?
Hair grows from hair follicles in the pores, and the sebum (the skin’s natural protection – often mistaken for oil) producing sebaceous glands lie underneath. When these pores are plugged, the dead skin cells in the open pore react with oxygen in the air and turn black forming a blackhead.
BE DILIGENT ABOUT HYGIENE
This means washing your face every night before bedtime – with a cleanser NOT face wipes. Always wash your hands before you touch your face – or anyone’s face for that matter!
And always keep your makeup brushes clean – give eyeshadow and blusher brushes a good scrub weekly, and clean your foundation brush every day – even better, wash your hands, and apply your foundation with your fingertips which you can then wash after you have applied everything if you are likely to not wash your foundation brush daily (which is most girls true??)
The problem with blackheads is – although you may manage to remove the blackheads, the pores are still left behind and can become clogged again and again unless you keep the skin clean and healthy.
Exfoliating your skin regularly – that is twice to three times weekly – not less, not more will help slough off dead skin cells which can get mixed with oil, and sebum and dirt and then get clogged in the pores.
An effective facial scrub such as David Deans Bamboo Polish should be effective enough for most, but if you have very dry and aging skin, or your blackheads are really giving you grief, you can also use a non-inflammatory alpha hydroxy acid such as Lactic acid such as The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% or 5% if your skin is sensitive.
Retin A (otherwise known as retinoic acid) or retinol such as those found in The Ordinary Retinoids which give you a wide variety of strengths to suit your needs are a great way to increase cell turnover, remove dead skin cells, but also refine pores.
This is especially good for anyone with mature skin who still suffers from blackheads or younger skins which also suffer from chronic congestion.
AVOID SKIN CLOGGING PRODUCTS
Besides avoiding skin clogging products such as long lasting foundations, and petroleum (yes, we are talking about petrol) based oils – if the product contains Paraffinum Liquidum or petrolatum – they will block your pores. Personally, I am not really a fan of glycerine either.
Glycerine is a humectant and draws moisture from the air or the skin. This sounds like a good thing – but if you are working in an airconditioned office, or living in a heated or airconditioned house in winter or in a dry climate in summer – it will draw the moisture out of your skin causing you to become even dryer – meaning – you will age faster.
Also, if you are a vegan – you need to check that it is a plant sourced glycerine – not animal.
USE THE CORRECT CLEANSER FOR YOUR SKIN
Choosing the correct cleanser for your skin is also incredibly important. If you use a foaming cleanser or any cleanser which foams in any way shape or form, and your skin is not dripping with oil, you will be dehydrating your skin – dehydrated skin equals dry flaking skin – equals dry skin cells which then clog pores and become congested blackheads. So, when in doubt, choose a cream cleanser for normal skin, combination skin or sensitive skin or dehydrated skin, because when the skin is well moisturised, the skin will exfoliate itself more efficiently.
USE A FACE MASK
Although face masks are recommended as a weekly treat – a good one can be used daily. Use a quality mask such as Eco Tan’s Face Compost mask which not only purifies, but also nourishes the skin.
NEED TO SQUEEZE
Squeezing blackheads is a no-no go since it can lead to marks or scarring. Leave this to a qualified facialist who will prepare your skin correctly before extracting them, and then will finish it off with the correct mask and moisturiser.
No money and still need to squeeze? Although not ideal – I would rather you do it well than badly……….
Have a hot shower and thoroughly double cleanse your face and then exfoliate – or double cleanse and exfoliate the skin and pop your face over a hot bowl of water with a towel over your head.
Whilst your pores are open – extract those blackheads. Wipe the treated area with Eucalyptus or Tea Tree oil before applying your mask.
Leave the mask on for a good 20 minutes before removing – wiping the treated area again with Eucalyptus or Tea Tree oil and then applying a moisturiser.
DO NOT APPLY ANY FORM OF MAKEUP FOR AT LEAST 6 HOURS
If your budget allows for it – ideally have a course of chemical peels with a facialist (beauty therapist) – ideally have treatments with a light therapy session as part of the treatment as the light will regenerate the skin and help to repair the damaged pores.
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