Do you have blackheads that just won’t go away? It’s a common problem. Blackheads are triggered by extra oil production, that get trapped in the skin when the pores get clogged, and then hardens and blackens when exposed to air. Since our oil production can be affected by hormones (during menstruation or pregnancy) many women get periodic blackhead outbreaks—especially when our skin is exposed to makeup and dirt. Here are some ways to get rid of these stubborn blackheads.
Keep your face clean
Since blackheads are caused by blocked pores, you need to remove those blocks. Wash your face with a gentle cleanser (ideally one with moisturizing benefits, since washing does strip the skin of oils—which will actually trigger even more oil production. To properly cleanse the skin of dead cells and hardened oils, rub cleanser in a gentle circulation motion. Leave this to dry on the skin, then rinse off. And, use a good makeup remover to take off all traces of makeup. (Read our tips on how to remove waterproof makeup.)
Then—this is a step that most women forget—pat your face dry with a clean towel. Using a dirty towel just transfers dirt back on to your face! If you have very sensitive skin that’s prone to breakouts, consider drying with a paper towel. And never, ever share a towel with somebody else.
You may also want to use a toner, which tightens pores and prevents dirt from blocking them.
Heal skin from within
Keep your skin healthy by eating healthy, with vitamin-rich green vegetables and fruit. Drink plenty of water. You may want to consider taking vitamin supplements, since some of the nutrients are lost during the cooking process.
Choose the right makeup and skin care products for your skin type
There are makeup formulas for oily or sensitive skin. You may also want to use a weekly clay mask, to remove excess oil and unclog pores. Exfoliation can also help shed dead skin cells which may block the pores (this will also reveal new, fresh skin—revealing your natural glow!)
See a dermatologist
Over the counter products help, but a dermatologist can help prescribe high-potency medication that can help control oil, acne, and other breakouts. People with severe outbreaks may even be given a low dose of birth control pills, to control the hormones that lead to excess oil production.
Protect your skin
Look for a cream that contains anti-germicidal agents that help control breakouts caused by exposure to bacteria.
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