blackheads

Steam the Shit out of your face!

I love steaming my face. It leaves my skin feeling soft, and gives me a glow. Here is why you should steam your face too! Steaming your face will literally steam the Shit out of your face that you don’t want.

Benefits

Cleanses pores

Increases blood circulation

Gets rid of toxins

Promotes relaxation

Gives a skin a glow

Here are the directions:

1.       Grab a pot and fill it with water

2.       Wash face

3.       Bring the water to a hot temperature where you can see steam come from pot

4.       Add any oils to the hot water

5.       You can either pour the water into a bowl or leave water in pot

6.       Lean your head over the pot or bowl for 5-10 mins with a towel over your head

7.       Exfoliate, tone and moisturize

8.       Steam your face once or twice a month

Please be careful while following these instructions

Skincare tips + some myth busting (acne edition) -pt1.

These are not your usual “drink water, moisturize, get plenty of sleep” shit. These are real stuff that worked for me, and they could work for you too. Keep in mind that everyone is different tho. Ur skin might not react as well as mine did.

1. It does not matter which cleanser you use

As long as it doesn’t irritate you and isn’t overly drying, it ok. Don’t bother investing in cleansers with active substances such as benzoyl peroxide or glycolic/salicylic acid, cleanesers simply do not sit on your skin for long enough for those to work. Save that money.

2. You don’t really have to change your pillowcase everyday, ya kno.

Acne bacteria are anaerobic. They won’t survive on your pillowcase anyway. Same goes for your pijamas, bra etc. if you have back acne.

3. Speaking of back acne, wear cotton and try not to carry too heavy rucksacks.

And for the love of god, don’t wear synthetic clothes AND carry heavy luggage at the same time. Will irritate you af. Synthetics do not absorb sweat so it just accumulates on your skin the whole day. Icky.

4. EXFOLIATION

But not the mechanical kind. Damages skin. Get yourself a good enzyme or acid peel, or a cream that contains them. Makes your skin so soft and nice and really helps with getting rid of blackheads and preventing blocked pores. As a bonus, gets rid of flaky skin, if you have it. There are many kinds of acids used for chemical exfoliation, mainly categorized as alpha hydroxy acids and beta hydroxy acids. They say alphas are gentler, and therefore better for sensitive skin, but also less effective for acne. I’ve tried and liked both, since I don’t have sensitive skin. Both worked for me. Do some research on this to find the best acid to use on your skin. Very important: exfoliate at night and use sunscreens!!! Exfoliating substances make your skin more sensitive to sunlight!

4. Invest in a chemical peel.

Get it performed by a dermatologist. For me, doing it once a month for three or four months saved my skin FOREVER.

5. Ditch lemon on your face…

…and apple cider vinegar. And baking soda. And sugar scrubs. And olive oil. The first two are too acidic. Baking soda is too basic. Sugar scrubs are too abrasive. Olive oil’s chemical composture isn’t suitable for acne prone skin (too much oleic acid. Ur oily skin already has enough of it. Search for oils high in linoleic acid if you want to use oils as moisturizers). Raw honey is good, apparently. Cinnamon and turmeric too. Stay vary with turmeric because according to some studies it makes skin more sensitive to sunlight.

6. You don’t really have to use toner. Invest in some hyaluronic acid serum if you want a middle step between cleansing and moisturizing.

Hyaluronic acid is an amazing humectant, and makes skin sooo well hydrated. I prefer to first apply hyaluronic to hydrate and then seal that water in with some oil-based moisturizer. That + regular exfoliation = soft skin!!!!

7. Retinoids

I used Differin on my back and it cleared me up sooo well and also got rid of my hyperkeratosis pilaris. I had quite bad bacne, and after three months they are pretty much gone. Unfortunately I’m still waiting for post-inflammatory erithema (red marks) to fade buuuut hey, I have no more acne! You should also probably go to your dermatologists to get more information on which retionid you need. Don'tforget to wear sunscreen while you’re on it. Also: you don’t have to exfoliate while on retinoid. You can, if your skin is not sensitive, but it’s not particularly necessery.

8. Topical antioxidants

Literally the most important and least known thing on this list. Lemme get a bit scienc-y.

All acne begin their journey as blocked pores. Blocked pores are those white, bumpy, skin-colored little shits below the skin surface. The most important thing you can do to prevent your acne is to prevent blocked pores. Pores are blocked as a result of sebum oxidation and consequent formation of squalene peroxide, the most comedogenic substance on earth. Bam. You have clogged pore, the perfect breeding ground for acne bacteria, which then triggers inflammatory response by your body and you get a red zit.

But this red zit would’ve never happened if your sebum never oxidized. Substances that prevent oxidation are - you guess it - antioxidants. So get yourself a good product with vitamin c, vitamin e, niacin(b3), or green tea (green tea is especially good, because it also reduces sebum output. It’s not enough to just place teabag on your skin, it wil just sit on your skin and won’t penetrate. Buy a cream). This is where you splurge, ladies. Antioxidants are also good as an anti-aging agent and serve as a protection from envirotmental pollution. Pays to invest in them.

Bonus tip

Sudocrem + tea tree oil = spot treatment!!!

Ok so this is it for now. I hope some of you will find this advice useful. I wanted to include diet/supplement tips in this post too but since this text turned out to be hella long I decided to leave it for another time. Stay happy pals!

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Basil & Honey deep facial cleanse solution!

How to make:

  • 2 handfuls of fresh basil, finely chopped.
  • 1 TBSP  honey

- Add the chopped Basil to a pestle & mortar and work into a consistent fine mass, add the honey and muddle into a paste.

- You can apply this straight to your face with a cotton pad or separate the liquid from the bits by pouring it into a saucer or cup. The liquid is the important stuff as all the goodness has been extracted from the bits in the mortar!

- Let the mixture soak in over 15 minutes and rinse off with water.


What does this do? 

- The Basil helps to clear blackheads away and kill off any lingering germs. It also reduces inflammation caused by any rogue acne and tones the skin.

- The Honey helps to bind any impurities that the basil draws out of the pores and it’s antibacterial properties help to deeply cleanse it of any bacteria that could potentially become infected spots.

- This mask is great for helping tone the skin and clear away blackheads while preventing acne build up.

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Quick bonus tip! if you suffer really badly from blackheads around the nose area just wet two fresh basil leaves and place on either side of your nose for 15 minutes, this will help to fight blackheads.

Vegans can use olive oil in place of the honey!

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Pssst, if you have clogged or enlarged pores, you need this in your life.

I saw it at Ulta the other day and decided to give it a shot and I am seriously so impressed. I have normal-dry, semi flaky skin and I struggle with texture and my husband has borderline oily skin with texture as well and we both loved it. I’ve noticed a big difference in the size of the pores on my nose and it really exfoliates and softens your skin without being too harsh or drying your skin out which is amazing. It’s gotten my pores WAY cleaner than any GlamGlow mask ever has and it’s so much gentler on your skin. And it’s only $10.50 as opposed to $69.

UNEXPECTED scrub for beautiful smooth skin

I been recently  using coffee grounds as a  facial/body scrub and I love it.  I brew my own coffee everyday and use the grounds for my beauty needs. I love how it makes my face feel and look, plus i’m saving money on buying a facial scrub. This is a natural and easy  scrub that I recommend you trying.

Benefits

  • Makes skin smooth
  • Exfoliates dry skin
  • Improves cellulite
  • Contains a lot of antioxidants
  • Improves puffy eyes
  • Fights wrinkles
  • Improves blood circulation

Instructions:

  1. ¼ cup of coffee
  2. ½ cup of Preferred oil
  3. Optional: 2 tbsp of salt or sugar

Mix these ingredients together and rub the mixture in a circular motion. I recommend changing the proportions of these ingredients depending on your skin type and if you will be using this as a facial or body scrub.

anonymous asked:

How do you know the difference between blackheads and sebaceous filaments?

This is a common question and for good reason. People are being paid to convince you that they’re the same thing!

Sebaceous filaments are a little collection of sebum and dead skin cells around your pores. It’s natural to have them. You can cleanse and exfoliate your skin regularly, but you will still always have them.

Blackheads are zits that have been exposed to air, turning the sebum black. These are not natural and should be removed. With proper skin care, they should not return.

Sebaceous filaments are super common, whereas blackheads really aren’t. Beauty companies (*cough* Biore *cough*) make money off of convincing you that your sebaceous filaments are blackheads. Then you buy their pore strips and black masks to remove them. This does damage to your skin in the long term, stripping the skin and potentially causing broken capillaries. I repeat, sebaceous filaments are natural and do not need to be removed!

Sebaceous Filaments:

Blackheads:

Do you see the difference? The sebaceous filaments are flat, uniform, and not necessarily black. The Blackheads are sporadic, slightly raised, and starkly black in color.

I hope this was helpful! :)

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.

More OTP prompts
  • you’re dating my best friend but i think i might be falling in love with you
  • we sit next to each other in the park every day during our lunch breaks and one of these days i will have the guts to say something to you
  • we both want the same shoe but there’s only one pair left in what happens to be both of our size
  • you fell off your skateboard, i laughed and you saw me
  • ben & jerry’s is giving away free ice-cream and we team up together to find out where their stupid truck is so that we can gorge ourselves on the goodness
  • your kid threw up on my in the waiting room at the hospital
  • you caught me in the library watching hours of pimple popping and blackhead squeezing videos but didn’t say anything because they fascinate you too
  • “hi i know you don’t know me but i have no idea where i am and i really need the bathroom, can i please use yours?”
20 skin things I've learned at 20

Number 1

Patience is key with any skin care problem.


When something unsightly crops up, usually at the worst time too, I know that instinct to want to get rid of it there and then. But that’s not realistic. And if you (do I what I did) and slather loads of products on in an attempt to destroy it overnight, you will make more problems for yourself.

Below is my rough time scale for how long things should go, with a bit of encouragement from skin care products.


Whiteheads: 2-5 days
Black heads: 2 days - 1 month
Milia: 1 week -a couple months
Deep pimples/ blind pimples: 1 week - 1 month
Eczema/ dry skin: 5 days - 2 weeks


Please don’t do what I did and damage your skin by desperately using ultra strong products, and a different product each day to try and get rid of a pimple.

I hope these time scales reassure you, but everyone’s skin is different and they can of course vary.

‎"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!

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.

SHOP CAOLION >

my tips for a clear face!

I used to always have pimples and really bad blackheads. Then I started doing some research and tried out some methods to get rid of these pimples, I found some really cheap methods which you can create with products you already have at home. So here it goes!

  • Wash your face twice a day with water. I would recommend to just splash some water in your face after you’ve just woken up and to wash your face again before you go to sleep. This way you’ll remove all the superficial dirt and oils that get on your face every day and night.
  • Scrub every day. If you shower before you go to sleep, just grab a washcloth and take your make up off with it. This worked really good for me because most make up remove products are really oily and clogh your pores. Also, take the washcloth and gently rub your face. It’s the cheapest and easiest way of scrubbing your face without damaging your skin. If you shower in the morning, you should also scrub your face before you go to sleep because  your face needs to be clean before you go to sleep. Otherwise, your pores will clog and you’ll get pimples and blackheads etc. If you want to scrub your face extremely clean (you should do this every week, I do it on thursdays), you can buy a seasalt scub or make you own scrub/face mask with toothspaste and seasalt. Just mix the seasalt and toothpaste and put it on your blackheads for 10/15 minutes. Then, instead of washing it off, make circular movement with wet fingers on the blackheads (be gentle!) and then wash it off. 
  • Change your pillow sheet every week. Your pillow actually collects al the dirt that sits on your face and in your hair. If you change it every week, your face won’t lie on a oily/dirty surface every night for 8 hours. If you want to get rid of your pimples as soon as possible, you can change your pillowsheet every day or sleep on a fresh towel every night. This didn’t really worked for me, but it did for others so maybe it’ll work for you!
  • Only drink water and tea. This did work great for me. Just carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go. Try to not drink any soda’s. Your skin is an organ and needs water to stay healthy. I promise you you’ll also feel happier and healthier if you drink more water!
  • Don’t touch your face. Your hands are not clean and if you touch your face, you’ll get that dirt in your pores. I always rest my face on my hands when I’m in class, but if you don’t do this you’ll see results very quick.
  • Make your own face mask or buy face masks.made of clay. Clay masks suck the dirt and oil out of your face and will make it super smooth. They are usually pretty expensive, so I found a way to make them myself, and this mask works acually better for me than most masks. Just mix some flour and water and stir until it looks like soft, thick clay. Then put it on your face and wash it off when it’s dry and hard. Be carefull with washing it off, because your skin feels very vulnerable and it will hurt if you’re not gentle. This works great for blackheads. Also, if you want to buy a clay face mask, I would recommend the brand Dr. van den Hoog (or Dr. Hoog, I don’t know the exact name). I do a diy face mask every week (on sunday), and a calming clay mask in the middle of the week (on thursday).
  • Eat healthy. Try to eat a lot of fruits and don’t eat potato chips and chocolate. Greasy foods really work on my skin, and not eating them really cleared up my face. But I admit, it’s very hard to eat healthy..
  • Use a product/cream for acne. I use the Biodermal ACNE crème every morning and night after I’ve washed my face. This is a very mild cream and it doesn’t dry the skin, which is very important. I also use Sudocrem, which is supposed to be a cream for baby butts. But this cream works also super good for pimples, blackheads, redness, dryness and impurities. We used to call Sudocrem the wondercream, because it literally works for everything and it’s super cheap. I think these 2 products are only available in the Netherlands, but if you can get your hands on them, you skin will be very gratefull. Also, don’t use extreme products or products with alcohol in them. This will make your skin very dry and will only keep your pimples away for a short time.

These tips made my life a lot easier and made my skin happy, I hope they’ll also work for you and I would love to know if they do!

I completely understand the “how to get a clear skin” trend because I am always 👌 this close to sell my soul to Lucifer for a better skin quality but let’s remember that it is okay to have pimples and it is okay to have blackheads. Breakouts are also v normal. Acne and eczema are normal and you shouldn’t be ashamed of them and they both can be cured. Let’s normalize this. You’re beautiful, no matter what.

@skin care experts

My skin is generally clearest and smoother, but what can I do to get rid of these deep rooted blackheads on my cheeks?

I seriously drink nothing but water. I religiously use all the acne and dark spot medications my dermatologist prescribed, per her instructions. I use Cetaphil Gentle Wash twice a day. I use this hot blackhead cleanser by Biore once a week, which I assume is exfoliating? I could be wrong. I don’t think it’s doing much for me