Blackheads are definitely one of the tougher skin conditions to get under control. It is probably because blackheads take so long to form that it can take a while to get rid of them properly. Not only that- but one should always take care to prevent damage to the skin and stop more blackheads forming.
What is a blackhead?
A blackhead is a common, mild type of acne. It is caused by blocked sebum (oil) from a hair follicle that has been exposed to the air. They are also known as open comedones. Sebum blocked follicles are that closed appear white in colour and are known as whiteheads or closed comedones. While some people may not like the appearance of blackheads they are not painful, nor do they reflect a lack of hygiene.
Effective at home care
There are many products out there to suit individual skin types and product preferences. A good cleaning and exfoliating – but not over doing it- is key, and many of the types of products to target blackheads focus on these two steps.
- Charcoal and clay type cleansers absorb excess oils.
- Clearing cleansers with botanicals that deeply cleanse and regulate sebum
- Mildly medicated cleansers and wipes with BHAs that target the pores
- Charcoal and clay masques to more deeply target excess oils that cause blackheads
- Exfoliating cleansing brushes to use in combination with non-medicated cleansers
- Physical and chemical type exfoliants once or twice per week to detoxify the skin
- Oil free moisturisers that give skin the hydration it needs without clogging pores
Leaders in skin health, the International Dermal Institute [IDI], also advise that a regular deep cleanse with a professional skin therapist can help keep your skin free of blackheads.
While at home, the IDI also recommends these top tips for cleansing:
- Cleanse in an upward, circular motion to lift hairs and get into follicles.
- Focus on facial creases where sebum collects such as corners of the nose or crease of chin, or where more congestion is felt such as the T-zone or along the jawline.
- Use steam to improve emulsification of cleansers, and encourage natural detoxification of the skin.
- Use light pressure so as not to overheat skin with heavy friction movements, as this could sensitize and increase oil production.
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