Oh heavens it’s blackheads again…
The bane of every date night, the curse of our pollutant filled environment, and the sore indignation of all your efforts at maintaining healthy skin that looks uber fly.
There are truly no words to describe how annoying blackheads can be and you know this is especially true for anyone with even mildly oily skin.
Blackheads, like their cousin whiteheads, look so-not-cute, and worse, they can make you look ungroomed even though you might’ve just spent like the past umpteen hours scrubbing your poor old delicate skin raw.
So is there any way to do away with them once-and-for-all? Some magic fix to shoo away the dark little dots on your otherwise blemish-free skin? Any real blackhead removal tips?
Definitely! Although it’s no simple fix, there are a bunch of home remedies you can try. Read on to find out how you can feel blackhead free and forever boujee!
Some Simple Solutions…
Now before we jump into the remedies, you should know that since the primary reason for blackheads is excess oil secretion, the treatment to remain blackhead free is an ongoing process. No one-off blackhead removal treatment can last longer than 20 to 40 days, and your preferred remedy needs to be a holistic part of your skincare routine.
1. Try an Exfoliator
The first and simplest of our steps, try using a physical or chemical exfoliator. You can find these without breaking the bank too.
Exfoliation removes the top layer of the skin, mainly its dead skin cells which means this is sort of like a skin refresh. Not confined to blackheads, exfoliation can do away with the build-up and blockage of your skin’s pores by clearing out dirt, oil and residue from make-up.
A physical exfoliator will often use abrasive beads mixed within the gel that lathers and slowly unblocks your skin pores. However, if this doesn’t work, blackhead removal will be more effective when you use chemical exfoliants like those based on salicylic or glycolic acids.
However, be careful to not overdo this because it can harm and damage your skin, leaving it raw, abraised and unprotected.
2. Use Clay Masks
Using a clay mask once a week on acne or blemish-prone skin can be quite useful. When it comes to pulling pollutants out of the skin and lowering oil production, they’re fantastic.
Exfoliate your skin before using the mask, since this will help it enter deeper into the skin.
3. Avoid Comedogens
Comedogenic products are basically products based on compounds that tend to block your skin and close your pores.
And would you believe it, they are sadly found in a bunch of skincare products. Heck, some might even be sitting on the dresser in front of you right now!
You don’t need thick heavy creams or products based on viscous oils to hydrate your skin, and, when shopping for moisturisers, pay attention to textures a lot! Avoid the products that are based heavily on petroleum jelly, coconut oil, shea butter and especially glycerin!
My take is that if you’re prone to breakouts and blackheads, steer wideeeee clear of these product formulae.
4. Try a Retinoid
Retinoids are famous in the skincare industry for their adeptness at exfoliation of the skin and blemish removal – including blackhead removal.
So, if you have blackhead-type acne or a proclivity for blackheads, retinoids can help.
They are vitamin A-based formulations that speed up the exfoliation process. However, you must be patient since they take around 12 weeks to take effect. Moreover, they can be quite strong and may cause irritation on your skin if you don’t gradually build up the intensity.
A good rule of thumb is to start off with mild application 2 or 3 times a week, then progressing to every night on the same percent-wise dosage, provided there is no redness or itching. After you are used to this, you can go ahead and ramp up the dosage too.
Just don’t rush it!
5. Get tech-savvy with Skincare Tools
There are a dearth of tools out there in the market that can employ new-age cutting edge tech to cleanse your skin.
A thing to be noted is that the chemical exfoliation methods mentioned above tend to be less preferable in the sense that they are at the end of the day artificial external solutions that can disbalance the dermatological equilibrium of our bodies.
With that in mind, a non-invasive physical exfoliation solution is always helpful if it can deliver the right results. And with the Ultrasonic Skin Scrubber and Facial Cleansing Brush, let us introduce you to the game changers for all your blackhead troubles!
The Facial Cleansing Brush
With over 3677 cleansing touch points that vibrate with 7 stages of controllable intensity, the Facial Cleansing Brush is a Spa session right in the comfort of your hands. The Plush Co’s Cleansing Brush removes 99.5% of dirt and oil based residue, while also clearing out blackheads trapped deep within pores, with zero abrasion.
With an antibacterial build, this is the epitome of germ-free skin care.
The Ultrasonic Skin Shovel
For those wishing to go a step further, our Ultrasonic Skin Shovel is the top solution.
With this tool, ultrasonic waves at a frequency of 24000 Hz are produced, thus exfoliating the skin and clearing underlying pores.
Built for the perfect fit on facial anatomy, it provides focused energy through its stainless steel sonic head. Don’t believe our words? You’ll definitely believe the numbers! Smack-bang 100% of our users reported clearer and oil-free skin after just four weeks of regular use.
Blackhead removal is always going to be a very personalised delicate issue to deal with simply because of how much it depends on your overall skin health. And just like everyone else, I understand that you want a quick fix to this problem.
But if you want long lasting results, try out your choice of remedies mentioned above, and if your skin health issues aren’t ameliorated, do consider fixing up an appointment with a medical professional.
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Until next time, take care!