blackheads

Woken up absolutely covered in acne. I usually have a couple of spots and some blackheads but I haven’t been this bad in years. I really hope it’s not a side effect of my meds. If it is I’ll actually cry. I have been stressed and run down so hopefully it’s my body just noping out for a bit. Looks like I’ve hit adult puberty.

Show your blackheads the door!

Blackheads be gone!

Ever wondered what blackheads are? When the oil and dead skin cells that are trapped in your pores make contact with the air, it oxidizes and darkens, causing the familiar appearance of a blackhead. Their favourite place to cluster is around the nose area, where they hang around being annoying! Regular exfoliation is the key, so give blackheads the boot and say hello to clear skin with a product like Simple® Clear Skin Oil Balancing Facial Scrub. It uses ingredients like zinc and chamomile to fight spots and blackheads, while the light scrubbing action removes dead skin cells and keeps pores lovely and clean. So it’s effective and gentle at the same time.

You can go a long way to preventing them with regular exfoliation, though try not to overdo it. “This is a gradual process and needs to be dealt with gently,” says our skin and make-up expert, Caroline Frazer. “Once or twice a week is enough for most people’s skin. Scrubbing too hard can cause irritation to the skin, so it’s important to be gentle.”


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    Clear Skin Oil Balancing Facial Scrub 
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    Kind to Skin Deep Cleansing Face Mask 
    Also pretty great for blackheads, this face mask is the perfect treat to give your skin, to help draw out deep down dirt and gently remove those dead skin cells.

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Do you just hate those little bumps all over your nose? Don’t be a hater, they’re just doing their job! Learn how in this SciShow Quick Question.

Lemon, a natural astringent and a rich source of citric acid not only cleanses and helps make your skin brighter, but also fights off germs present inside your skin pores. It also regulates oil production in the skin, thus preventing more blackhead to be formed. Salt, again having antibacterial properties, combats germs and bacteria that work to clog your pores. It is also an excellent exfoliator which scours off excessive dead cells, dirt, and grime from the skin.

Get this:

  • Seasalt- 1 tbsp
  • Lemon- ½ tsp
  • Water- 1 tsp
  • Mix all the ingredients well.
  • Apply this on your nose (and even face, if you have blackheads there too).
  • Gently massage the area in circular strokes. Don’t be harsh while rubbing.
  • Do this for about 2-4 minutes.
  • Wash off with lukewarm water.
  • After a while wash off your face with cold water so that any pores that may have opened, get closed again.

Do this:
You may use this scrub 1-2 times a week, but not more than that. Also do not step out in the sun after applying lemon juice to your skin as it makes your skin too sensitive to sunrays.

How to actually treat spots

Acne myth - “Squeezing blackheads, whiteheads and spots is the best way to get rid of acne.” This could actually make symptoms worse and may leave you with scarring. Spots are temporary, scars are permanent.

What are spots?

Your pores emit a natural oil that keeps your skin soft and supple. If your pores or hair follicles dry out or get clogged by dead skin then they can get blocked. When bacteria gets inside your pores this causes spots. 

How to take care of your skin & prevent spots

  • Avoid touching areas that are prone to spots - especially your face. Grease and bacteria from your fingers can create new and irritate existing spots. This can be simple habits like leaning your chin on your palm. 
  • Always remove all your make up and wash spot-prone areas before going to bed.
  • If dry skin is a problem, use a fragrance-free, water-based moisturiser.
  • Always take all your make up off before you exercise - your sweat mixed with your make up is a spot-causing disaster.
  • Shower as soon as possible once you finish exercising. 
  • Wash your hair regularly and try to avoid letting your hair fall across your face. (If you have a fringe you might notice more spots than usual on your forehead - make sure you wash your fringe and your face regularly)

How to treat existing spots

  • Continue to follow the previous tips, especially removing concealer before exercise and sleep. Shower as soon as possible once you finish exercising as sweat can irritate spots.
  • Wash the affected area with a mild soap or cleanser and lukewarm water. Very hot or cold water can make acne worse.
  • Use benzoyl peroxide - an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory cream. Use once or twice daily, 20 minutes after washing.
  • Don’t try to “clean out” blackheads or squeeze spots. This can make them worse and cause permanent scarring.

If you have to squeeze a spot, use a comedone extractor (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Glow-Professional-Comedone-Extractor-Blackhead/dp/B0041AX098). Using your fingers can damage skin and blood vessels, and make your spot even worse.

Avoid touching the area with your fingers, especially after squeezing. It is an open wound and your fingers will fill the hole with more grease and bacteria which could cause infection and permanent scarring. Instead, wash it with lukewarm water and use an antiseptic cream. It is best to do all this in the evening before you go to bed, so that it has time to heal before you go outside.

Do not squeeze or pick at your skin

If you have a nodule or other small imperfection, leave it alone. Chances are you are the only one who has even noticed it. 

For example, those “blackheads” on your nose are not actually black heads, they are sebaceous filaments. They often confused with blackheads, however, they cannot be removed and are a permanent part of the human skin. They may diminish in old age, as the sebaceous glands begin to produce less sebum. Do not buy into companies like biore selling nose strips - they damage your skin and the sebaceous filaments will come back in a matter of hours.

Obsessively picking at spots or skin can develop into Dermatillomania, a compulsion that causes you to make wounds in otherwise healthy skin. It is a form of OCD that often develops in teenagers and young adults. [source]

Bottom line - don’t obsess over tiny “imperfections” in your body. Everyone has them, whether it be spots or wrinkles, moles, cellulite, varicose veins… Your skin is an incredible thing, and you need to take care of it!

This post is a combination of my personal wisdom and NHS recommendations.

SPOT IT: CAOLION HOT AND COOL PORE PERFECTORS

The brand’s original pore packs line expands with a brand-new cleanser.

There’s nothing more satisfying than treatments you can actually feel working on your skin, and K-Beauty line Caolion practically wrote the book on them. Its revolutionary Blackhead Steam Pore Pack had been fighting blackheads in South Korea for 20 years before recently coming stateside so that we could feel its two-part steam and cooling effects, too.

And not only can we catch up on the original pore pack, but we’re just in time for the release of its latest blackhead buster: the Pore Blackhead Steam Foam Cleanser. Like its treatment predecessor, the foam cleanser combines a heat-inducing exfoliating treatment with a minty-fresh, visibly pore tightening second step. But, unlike the original, the cleanser uses brown sugar to scrub off dead surface skin cells and peppermint oil to depuff for a wash that’s half frothy and half milky.

You can use the cleanser every day—or you can even just do the Steam Foam Cleanser in the evening and the Cooling Foam Cleanser in the morning if time is tight. And if you notice your pores go back to black sooner than usual, combine the treatments so gunk doesn’t stand a fighting chance.

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How to Clear/Treat Blackheads

Blackheads are probably the trickiest acne to treat because those little suckers are deep in the pores. Blackheads are caused by build up of oil, so blackheads tend to accumulate in the T Zone where the majority of people are oily. To prevent blackheads you want a good skin care routine and make sure you cleanse your face morning and night. I have a post on a good skin care routine here. There are a few little tricks to get remove and treat black heads!

  • Exfoliation. Since blackheads are so deep into the skin, exfoliating is key to remove dead skin to reach where the blackhead is so you can treat it. Even if you have a great skin care routine, if you have built up dead skin and clogged pores your acne medication won’t be as effective. Exfoliation using a face scrub will remove dead skin and make it easier to clean your pores. My favorite face scrubs are Olay’s Microdermabrasion System which is a very intense face scrub and St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub which is a more gentle face scrub, I personally prefer a more intense face scrub but sensitive skin should go for a gentle one.
  • Steam. Placing your face over steamy water or placing a hot towel over your skin opens up your pores. By opening up your pores any acne medication like a toner, cleanser or spot treatment will be more effective and have a deeper clean.
  • Pore Strips. I’ve heard that pore strips are fairly harmful to your skin, so I wouldn’t recommend them as a weekly thing but pore strips are pretty effective! They won’t remove every black head but they will remove some. Biore makes great pore strips, however there are many sold at the drugstore!
  • Clay Masks. Clay masks are great for controlling oil and cleaning deep into the pores.

A good little at home spa treatment you can do to treat black heads is to first exfoliate with a good face scrub, then steam your face to open up your pores, after your pores have been steamed and open use a face mask (my favorite is Queen Helen’s Mint Julep Face Mask) and then follow with your usual skin care routine. This will deep clean your pores and treat any black heads! Done continually should dramatically help black heads :)

Check out more makeup/skin care tips here!

‎"How to we get rid of blackheads and whiteheads"

Maintaining a clear and beautiful skin, takes time, consistency and effort. Dermatologist may recommend lots of products, but some of them can be expensive and may actually take a long time to work. You can, however, incorporate some home remedies for blackheads and whiteheads into your daily beauty regimen and in a few weeks, you will experience a drastic reduction or even total elimination of the problem.

● Toothpaste – Toothpaste is an effective blackhead and whitehead remover. Apply a thin paste to your infected areas and let it sit on your face for at least 25 minutes. You will probably feel a burning sensation when you apply the toothpaste, but this is normal and will pass. Once you remove the toothpaste, the top of your blackheads and whiteheads will disappear, but you still need to thoroughly wash your face to remove the buildup underneath. Repeat this home remedy every other day for two weeks.

● Tomato – Tomatoes have natural antiseptic properties that dry up whiteheads and blackheads. Peel and mash a small tomato. Apply the tomato pulp to your blackheads and whiteheads before going to bed. Leave the tomato pulp on your face while you sleep and then wash your face in warm water in the morning.

● Lemon -Wash your face in warm water. Then, squeeze the juice of one lemon into a bowl. Add in a pinch of salt and stir the mixture. Apply the mixture to your blackheads and whiteheads. Leave the mixture on for approximately 20 minutes and then wash your face with warm water again.

● Lime – You can also use equal parts of lime juice and cinnamon powder and apply this mixture to blackheads. Leave it on overnight and rinse it off in the morning

● Cornstarch – Mix about a three-to-one cornstarch to vinegar ratio into a paste. Apply it to your problem areas and let sit for 15 to 30 minutes. Remove the paste with warm water and a washcloth.

● Yogurt - Mix three tablespoons of plain yogurt with two tablespoons of oatmeal. Add one teaspoon of olive oil and one tablespoon of lemon juice to the mixture. Stir the mixture thoroughly and apply it to the effective area of the face. Let the mixture sit for five to seven minutes then rinse off with cold water.

● Almond or oatmeal – Mix either oatmeal or almond powder with just enough rose water to make a spreadable paste. Apply it to your problem areas with your fingertips first and then apply it to the rest of your face. Let it set for about 15 minutes and then rinse your face with cold water.

● Rice – Soak rice in milk for 5 hours and then grind this in a blender until it is paste-like in consistency. Use the paste as a scrub on affected areas of the body.

● Potatoes – Grate raw potatoes and then rub the area with the mixture. Wash it off after 15 minutes.

● Fenugreek leaves – Crush some fenugreek leaves and mix with water to form a paste. Put this on the face for 15 minutes and then remove it. Do this every night to keep your face free of blackheads.

● Coriander leaves – Mix some coriander leaves and a little turmeric powder with water and form a paste. Use this as a mask to eliminate blackheads.

● Oatmeal -Grind oatmeal into a powder in a blender and then add some rose water. Use this on affected areas for 15 minutes and then wash it off with cold water.

● Baking soda – Prepare a mixture of equal parts of baking soda and water and rub it onto your face or other body areas prone to blackheads. Leave it on for 15 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.

● Honey is also good for removing blackheads. Spread honey on the affected area and remove it after 15 minutes.

Remember – Be gentle to your skin. Never pinch, scrape, poke, press, or squeeze too hard!

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So I did something gross but effective to my face. I made my own pore mask. Now don’t get me wrong biore’s pore strips are life. I love watching the blackhead rip out of the holes in my face as much as the next girl, but they can get expensive. I bought a packet of non flavored gelatin and followed the instructions here http://petitelefant.com/how-to-pore-strips/ . It really did work and it felt good on your face, as long as you didn’t let it get too hot. I will warn you it rips hair out DONT GET IT CLOSE TO YOUR EYEBROWS!! your face will be baby smooth though. Have fun, go to town and inbox me pics of your disgusting blackhead pus in the mask please I beg you.