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Tuesday, 06 October 2015 11:48

Banish Those Blackheads For Good

Written by  Cheryl Mah
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The complete guide to keeping blackheads away

Open comedones, commonly known as blackheads, appear on our skin as small bumps. They are actually blocked pores that fill up with sebum, dead skin and bacteria etc, and can even grow to become a pimple! Blackheads usually show up on the oiliest areas of our face, which is usually our nose or T-zone.

What causes blackheads?

Blackheads can be caused by many factors – some of them include hormonal imbalances, sweat, food, caffeine and alcohol, stress, smoking and even skin products! It is difficult to avoid blackheads from appearing, especially if you tend to have oily skin. However, you can try to prevent excess oil from accumulating on your face so that blackheads don’t form as easily.

How do I remove blackheads?

Besides squeezing, squishing or taking a trip to the dermatologist – here are some methods you can use at home to remove those annoying blackheads.

Clay Mask
Apply a facial clay mask to your face. Clay can help with deep cleaning and to remove impurities from your pores. They also gently exfoliate your skin and absorb the existing sebum, however, you need to do this on a regular basis for best results.

Baking Soda
Mix a tablespoon of baking soda and small amount of water so that they form a paste. Apply to your blackheads and let them dry for about 10 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water.

Tea Tree Oil
Tree tree oil contains antiseptic properties that can help to alleviate blackheads effectively.

Egg White Mask
Whip an egg white and add one teaspoon of honey. Apply this mixture to your face/nose and leave it on for about 30 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.

Green Tea
Boil a cup of water and add either 2 bags or 2 teaspoons of green tea to it. Allow the tea to steep for one hour. Strain the tea, remove the tea bags and leave the cup of tea in the fridge for another hour. When the tea is ready, wash your face with a mild cleanser and water then pat your face dry. Soak a cotton ball in the tea and wring out any excessive tea. Dab the wet cotton ball on your blackheads and leave the tea on your face for about 20 minutes. Wash off with water and pat your face dry.

Sugar & Lemon
Add a few drops of lemon juice to one tablespoon of sugar. Gently rub the mixture on your face in a circular motion to remove any dead skin cells. The result will be fresh, glowing skin.

How do I avoid blackheads?

There are a number of ways you can prevent blackheads from forming. Your lifestyle and cosmetic choices do contribute to the health of your skin, so you need to be committed to change if you are serious about it.

It is important that you exfoliate regularly. The process of exfoliation removes dead skin cells from the roots of the blackheads and terminates them.

Change your lifestyle
Keep away from fast foods, sugary foods like chocolates and greasy foods like french fries and fried chicken because they can have a huge (and negative) impact on your face. Instead, drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and to flush the toxins out of your body.

If you are a heavy smoker and/or coffee/alcohol drinker, you should seriously consider cutting on them. Cigarette smoke contains many chemicals that damages your skin surface, while coffee stimulants cause your oil glands to overproduce and alcohol reduces the size of your skin pores, thus causing them to get clogged easily.

Bad skin is also a result of too much stress and anxiety. Try to calm yourself down and get enough rest at night so that your skin is able to heal itself naturally.

Avoid cosmetics with fragrances and artificial colours
Some skincare or makeup products may contain artificial fragrances and artificial tend to clog the hair follicles on your face and cause blackheads to appear. Be careful with moisturisers or face creams that may be too rich – they may hydrate your skin, but they may also end up clogging your pores due to the abundance of oil. Remember to also remove all your makeup completely before you go to bed at night.



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