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 Gentle yet effective exfoliation for those pesky blackheads, but to also helps you get smoother, more radiant looking skin
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.
Kind to Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser Complete your skin loving prep with a light moisturiser, to help keep your skin replenished and hydrated
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.
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.
The 4% BHA foam is a deep exfoliant and I want anyone who’s considering buying it to ensure they don’t have an allergy to salicylic acid, because this treatment is intense.
This exfoliating foam kills acne and eats away at dead skin cells while refining pore walls. People suffering from acne, roughness and big pores can use this foam once or twice per week after cleansing for smooth and even skin texture. BHA/salicylic acid has the added benefit of reducing inflammation, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and diminishing blackheads.
Unlike AHAs like glycolic and lactic acid, BHA can cut through oil and dissolve dead skin WITHOUT the help of a scrub or electronic cleansing brush (which I don’t recommend at any rate!). Because of the high concentration of BHA, you will see a reduction in all types of acne, from small comedones to large, painful cysts anywhere on the body.
To recap, this product is ideal for
-reducing acne, large pores and wrinkles
-brightening and smoothing rough, uneven skin
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.
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!
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.
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.
Blackheads are like little demons that live in your pores. Or that’s what I think. Dirty dirty demons. That make your nose and forehead spotty. Where you often only get blocked pores, and then sometimes you get that unholy spot that looks like someone has dotted you with a fine sharpie.
Anyway if you don’t like those things, and would like some way to remove them, check this out! Me I’m all about the good old fashioned, squeeze your face until everything is red and inflamed, but this is probably better.
In the big wide world of skin issues, acne is one of the most diverse conditions. More than just pus filled pimples are chillin’ under the acne umbrella. What about blackheads? What about whiteheads? What about acne of the cystic variety? When we approach acne with a one size fits all solution, it’s no wonder that our unique issues aren’t taken care of. Treating blackheads the same way you would treat a massive zit is just not going to get the job done. Thinking that it’s not so bad to squeeze zits just because you can get away with squeezing blackheads.
Frankly, there’s a lot of misinformation about acne in general. Acne is a skin condition in which hair follicles get clogged with oil (known as sebum) and dead skin cells. In response, your skin basically freaks out, usually resulting in blackheads, white heads, pimples, cystic acne, etc. What makes each of these types of acne its own unique pain in the butt? No need to be in the dark anymore! Check out this illustrated guide about different types of acne.
Some of us—most of us—get a zit every now and then. But if you always have four or five dotting your face, it’s a different story. You’re waging a never-ending war and spot treatments aren’t going to cut it (or clear it). From the frontlines of the acne fight, we round up some of the most innovative treatments this side of the counter. Welcome to your new acne arsenal; welcome to imminent victory. MELISSA LANE
AT THE FOREFRONT OF STRENGTH PRODUCT: Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel ADVANTAGE: Compares to prescription-strength treatments Make it a quadruple. With the brand’s four-in-one salicylic acid Clearing Complex, this powerful gel is concocted to work as if it were prescribed. Consider it a one-step treatment without stepping into the dermatologist’s office.
AT THE FOREFRONT OF SPEED PRODUCT: Murad Acne Clearing Solution ADVANTAGE: Works in as quickly as 72 hours In a study of this fast-acting solution, 96% of users reported clearer skin in 72 hours. The blend of salicylic acid, queen of meadow extract, tea tree oil, and vitamins not only clears complexions quickly—and without redness—it also gets at the underlying causes of acne to stop it before it starts.
AT THE FOREFRONT OF HYDRATION PRODUCT: Kate Somerville HydraClear Hydrating Acne Gel ADVANTAGE: Delivers oil-free hydration Acne treatments can be a nightmare for dry skin. With a combination of bio-derived hyaluronic acid and red algae, this gel goes to work on breakouts and would-be breakouts with a dose of oil-free moisturizing that mercifully doesn’t clog pores. Have skin that’s sensitive or oily? You’re in luck, it soothes irritation and controls shine, too.