Blackheads; we know what they look like, but what are they really?
They are a pore on our skins surface that has oil and dirt in it. Clogged pores are not just a teenage problem, it’s something that comes back with a vengeance as we age. They can be a result of a poor skin care regime but are also the result of hormones, age and heredity.
As tempting as it is, avoid squeezing. It will not only make the skin inflamed, it could also become infected or cause scarring. Not only that, they’ll soon be back!
Instead, try some of the following ideas. Like all pieces of beauty advice it pays to choose your products wisely.
We all know the rules of taking off your make-up before going to bed, but you don’t even need to wait that long. It can be an ever better idea to wash your face of make-up as soon as you have walked in the door to come home.
Exfoliating is simply a way to remove the old dead skin. Not only will it result in great looking skin it helps reduce skin discolouration, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. Gently does it though. It’s something you only need to do once or twice a week.
There are numerous exfoliants available for purchase but you can easily make your own. Try a mix of baking soda and water, blended into a paste. Rub it gently over your face and then wash off.
You can buy any number of products specifically to deal with problem blackheads. Products containing salicylic acid are the best options as they will not only unclog those pores they’ll help to exfoliate your skin at the same time.
A mechanical skin brush not only helps give your skin a good deep cleanse it will be better at penetrating the skin than just using your fingers.
When purchasing moisturisers look for products that are both non-comedogenic and non-acnegenic, as well as being oil free. This will prevent further blackheads.
Retinol is known as a great anti-ageing product but it’s great for those with blackheads too. In fact, many experts consider this the best method of all. They will clear clogged pores and prevent blackheads from forming in the first place. You might notice some skin peeling when you first start using products containing Retinol but the side effects will reduce after four to six weeks and your skin will appear clearer.