Blackheads are one of the most common skin concerns we are asked about during our skin consultations. They can be stubborn and are often hard to hide which is extremely frustrating. And with maskne, blackheads are appearing even more.
What are blackheads?
Blackheads are pores that are filled with oil or sebum, debris and dead skin cells. The oily mixture sits at the surface of the pore, where is gets oxidised by air and turns a black or grey colour.
It’s good to note that blackheads and whiteheads are nothing to do we cleanliness. Cleansing will help remove the excess surface oil, but a cleanser can’t reach deep into the pores where the blackhead is rooted.
What not to do
Don't use abrasive face scrubs to clear the blackheads. The blackheads are too deep in the pores to be removed by scrubbing and this action could only upset your skin.
Don’t use blackhead removing strips, these only remove the surface layer of the blackheads and has no effect on the pore so blackheads can quickly get clogged again.
Don’t use products that aggravate your skin, or don’t suit your skin type as this could make your blackheads much worse.
What you should do
Use products that rebalance your oily production and help minimise your pores.
Minimise and absorb excess oil with clay masks, oil blotting papers and products contains zinc.
Exfoliate to remove dead skin cells. BHA liquid exfoliants work to unclog pores and reduce blackheads for a clearer and brighter complexion.
Follow this routine to rid blackheads for goods
It’s good to follow a basic skincare routine, to balance your complexion and clear blackheads.
Start with a Cleanser. We would recommend our Pure Skin Face Wash, a gently jelly cleanser that removes all traces of makeup and spf.
Exfoliate. A BHA exfoliant is oil soluble so will get deep into the pores and unclog the dirt, while also addressing enlarged pores and other blemishes.
Always wear SPF during the day, our BB is non-comedogenic so won’t block pores.
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