Category: Fashion & Beauty
Created on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 00:00
Written by Amelia Ang
Blackheads – otherwise known as comedones – are a tough nut to crack and a problem for both males and females. Picking them may leave you with scars and cause them to come back quicker than before. Leaving them alone is not an option either, for they are a bad sight to bear and will only result in bigger pores which means more blackheads later. Here, we have some tips on how to get rid of blackheads.
A whitehead is formed when oil, dirt or dead skin cells builds up and clogs your pore. Its uglier cousin, the blackhead, appears upon oxidisation and solidification. Prevention is better than cure. But if you have blackheads and not remove it, these little black pearls can only accumulate and grow in size.
Your daily or weekly beauty regime matters in removing these little black pearls as and when they grow. Cleansing your face with a gentle salicylic acid-based or Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA)-based cleanser, then drying it with a warm cloth before patting it dry and using tissue to dap at your blackheads gently will help remove some superficial ones. Toning closes pores and neutalises skin again while exfoliating helps remove dead skin that clogs pores. Scrubbing is also recommended twice a week, and a clay mask weekly to soak up all excess grease. Do not overdo this as your skin may turn dry and cause a whole new problem! Check your Make Up
What you use to cover your blackheads should not further the damage. For example, thick layers of powder or concealer may just be the reason why your pores are clogged and all greasy. Use them sparingly and go for organic ones. It might appear to be expensive in the upstart but treatments will prove to be even more so. Diet
You are what you eat – or drink for that matter. Drink lots of water to refresh your body. Also, as much as possible, avoid alcohol, caffeine, dairy products, a diet high in carbohydrates and fat which contribute to the formation of blackheads. Additionally, stress results in sporadic increases in testosterones, a breeding ground for blackheads. Make a lifestyle change for your health as well as less blackheads and give it some time to show! Seek a Professional
If all things fail after a good period of time, seek a professional. Your blackhead problem might be deeper-rooted than you think or can solve. These professionals have the tools and, more importantly, the skills to treat your exact problem. On a case-by-case basis, there are solutions that only authorized personnel are allowed to prescribe too.
Still, professional treatments are often expensive, or more so than presentation, so do try to clear your blackheads off with our suggested steps above first! You might also like: For Voluminous Tresses
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