Blackheads 101: What Are They And How To Treat Them
Probably one of the biggest skincare concerns we hear at the moment is… “Help! I have Blackheads, how do I treat them?” And just like you we’re not sure there's anything more annoying than Blackheads!
Blackheads are one of the most common skincare complaints, yet there are a lot of myths about exactly what Blackheads are and how we can get rid of them. Well look no further as we give you the 411 on those dark little clogged pores on your face.
What Are Blackheads?
Blackheads are small bumps that are formed on your skin due to blocked hair follicles. These small bumps are called Blackheads - simply because the head is black. Blackheads are in acne’s family and will usually form on your face, but they can also appear on your back, neck, arms and even shoulders.
Blackheads vs Spots
Spots and Blackheads are both caused by blocked pores, but spots are created when the hair follicle is completely sealed, blocking the sebum and dirt in the hair follicle from getting to the surface. So, if the pore is just clogged but not sealed, the oil and dead skin in the pore can reach the skin's surface. When it connects with air, the sebum turns a black colour forming what we know as a blackhead.
Blackheads vs Whiteheads
There are actually two types of Blackheads: Blackheads and whiteheads. Blackheads are open comedones which look like tiny black dots. Whiteheads are closed comedones which look like tiny grains of rice and because the pore is closed, the sebum cannot reach the surface which makes the head look white and lumpy.
What Causes Blackheads?
Blackheads can be formed by many factors. Not only that, but the way they appear, are created, or how often they develop, depends a lot on many specific characteristics. Basic things that you might not think about like your skin type, age, gender and hormonal factors will have an effect on blackhead formulation.
3 steps to a blackhead forming
- Excess sebum production inside the skin's pores makes it hard for the sebum to reach the surface of the skin - resulting in blocked pores.
- As the flow of oil begins to block, it mixes with dead skin cells that haven't exfoliated as properly as they should have which then narrows the hole of the pores so that the sebum does not produce naturally.
- If the pore is still slightly visible, the mixture of excess sebum and dead skin cells are able to be affected by oxygen which turns the product black, forming a blackhead.
How Do I Effectively Treat Blackheads?
Whether big or small, Blackheads are definitely stubborn! Even though there are an overwhelming amount of products on the market that all claim to get rid of your annoying black dots once and for all, Blackheads are pretty much part of life - and almost everybody will experience them at one point in their lives.
So realistically, they're inevitable, but there is definitely some strategy when it comes to handling and treating them - patience and consistency is key! There are a few different ways you can attack Blackheads but first you’ll need to be patient with your skin and know that consistency is key.
Don’t pick your skin
We know, It’s easier said than done - but it’s incredibly important. Harmful bacterias and oil are on your hands, and anytime you touch or pick at your skin you’re transferring it to your face. Picking at your skin can also cause irreversible scarring. We know it’s hard, but please try to resist!
Choose the right products
If you’re serious about putting an end to pesky Blackheads, be mindful about the products you put on your face. Using non-comedogenic makeup and skincare products can help reduce your blackheads. Make sure your moisturizer has at least 30 SPF or above and avoid oily facial products. A good rule of thumb is that, the thinner the product, the better. Anytime you apply a product to your skin it has the potential to clog your pores.
Use an alpha or beta hydroxy acid cleanser
Alpha or beta hydroxy acid, are best known for their skin care assistance properties. We recommend a salicylic acid wash (once a day) - you may even find medicated face wipes that contain AHA’s!
Be careful of pore strips and facemasks
If you remember not too long ago, the charcoal face mask phase didn't end too well for most, so you’ll know to tread carefully. Adhesive nose strips and facemasks often have the instant pleasure that most people are looking for - peeling it off your nose and physically seeing your blackheads all standing to attention - but most often these products won’t solve your hidden skin issues and will cause repeat offenders.
Exfoliation is and should be an important part of every skin care routine, but it’s very easy to overdo it so we recommend just a couple of times a week will be enough. Glycolic acid acts as a great exfoliator, helping to remove the outer layer of dead skin cells – and obviously those annoying Blackheads.
You may have had a facial and had your Blackheads manually extracted before and noticed how clear your face looks and feels. So sometimes a good course of action for those pesky black dots is by manual extraction, but it should always be done by a professional, otherwise you risk scarring your skin for good. Ask your dermatologist about a chemical peel and microdermabrasion too.
How Do I Prevent Blackheads?
Every skin type is different and should be treated that way. So when it comes to clearing Blackheads, prevention is key.
4 top tips to prevent Blackheads forming:
- Choose skincare products with a liquid formula or in a gel texture.
- Avoid using products that will irritate your skin such as alcohol, peppermint, menthol, lemon/lime and eucalyptus.
- Get rid of excess sebum by using a mask regularly to absorb sebum, particularly on the more oily parts of your face.
- Visit your beautician as they will safely remove your Blackheads and give you the right tips to prevent them in the future.
NEVER MISS A SPOT SHAVING AGAIN 🪒🧼
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DIY PUMPKIN ENZYME MASK- EXFOLIATE & GLOW 🎃
You can make so many masks with pumpkin purée that are completely customizable to your skin care needs. I chose this specific mask for its exfoliating and nourishing properties. When done with the mask your skin will be hydrated and glowing. With continued use, dark spots will improve. Benefits: Pumpkin- “rich in enzymes, beta-carotene, amino acids, and antioxidants to fight the visible signs of aging” Honey- nourishes and improves blemished skin Glycolic acid- improves skins exfoliation rate providing an even skin tone and texture What you’ll need: 2 tbs pure pumpkin purée 1 tbs honey Few drops of a glycolic acid ( I used which has glycolic in it) To make: Put all ingredients in a dish and mix. Apply with a mask brush or clean hands. I wait until the mask dries up a bit (around 30 minutes) then wash off. 🎃This mask has a solid consistency. If you work quick it will not slide around the face. It smells just like pumpkin and if you want you could even add in some essential oils. 🎃I have combination, sensitive skin and have not noticed any sensitivities with this mask. I would recommend to those who are looking to lightly exfoliate and improve their skins texture. Or if you love pumpkin, you will love this mask! #CheriePartner
Get rid of dry patches instantly -Peeling gels
Do you get large or small dry flakey patches because of either colder weather or retinoids or acne treatments? I do get these dry flakey patches all the time with my retinoid use and sometimes when the air gets dry around me. But that isn't the main concern for me, these dry patches come in my way of getting a good flawless foundation routine. When I have an event or meeting to attend and if I have these dry patches it's hard for me to moisturize them and keep them moisturized and look good under my makeup. There was only one solution to such dry fkakey skin, that is Exfoliation!! I figured the quick exfoliating masks and solutions (chemical exfoliation) work but they did not get rid of those dry patches completely. So I tried these peeling gels before my morning shower and vola!! They instantly removed my dry patches and made my skin super soft and smooth for a flawless makeup application!! 😍❤️ I love using these both, @wishful Yo Glow enzyme scrub HUDA BEAUTY - Yo Glow Facial Enzyme Scrub @saturdayskin Rub-A-Dub Refining peel gel SATURDAY SKIN - Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel ✨ These both are refining physical exfoliators that work by creating white balled up action and pills when you rub it gently on your skin. They generally have chemical exfoliants as well like Papaya and pineapple enzymes as well as physical exfoliators. The lightweight, milky texture gently buffs away dead skin cells and impurities for immediate results that also makes the perfect canvas for seamless makeup application. You start off with a watery gel like this, which you spread over your face then you see the product balling up on your face creating this weird peeled skin texture. ✨But have you Wondered what is it exactly?? Is it your skin falling off or peeling that way? Is it just the product that's balling up and not exfoliate skin well? or is it just a gimmick?? The Answer is: peeling gels are actually a very gentle physical scrub – the scrubbing bits are the soft, bunched up fibres, which are usually made of bunched up acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer* (sometimes listed as “carbomer” in the ingredients list). Some gels also contain a lot of cellulose, which adds to the bunching effect (this is usually in the opaque ones) ☑️😍Conclusion: Peeling gels aren’t chemical exfoliants – they’re gentle physical exfoliants (scrubs). The fibres form from ingredients that are in the gel to begin with, balling up from the rubbing motion with some help from oils on your skin. There will be a small amount of dead skin in there too. I am a fan of Peeling gels, they definitely help me a lot with instant exfoliation without being crazy abrasive on my skin. This is the evidence I like physical exfoliants as much as I love chemical ones. 😊❤️ Have you used Peeling gels? Do you like them? Share your thoughts ❤️
NEW BEAUTY YOU NEED✨
I know so many people haven’t had the chance to really dress up during covid and wear any makeup at all even with all the releases😭 Sometimes there are so many releases that it gets hard to keep track of everything and to really know where to spend your money so I’m here to tell you, this is where you really should 💸 Ived followed Vesca Beauty on IG since another influencer mentioned the bronzer like they originally released and the inclusivity with the shades really was the hype! Not only that but the inclusion and the quality of the products were amazing too so it’s a win win!🥳 After getting my hands on the two launches they had, I knew I needed more so I went out and bought their new highlighters and their latest release with their lip oils! 👏🏽 so here are some initial thoughts When it came to the lip oils, I really didn’t think much, I thought they maybe too slippery but that brown shade was calllllling my name and I knew I needed it and honestly it looked so beautiful on their model, I decided to go for it! ✊🏽 and I have to say, this is my new GO TO lip product! I’ve been obsessed with the fenty gloss bombs for years now but this has kind of replaced it for the time being VESCA - Lush Glow Creamy Lip Oil they are legging luscious like the name and super moisturizing and hydrating and pack a punch with colour but you can wear it sheer as well! I mean they are so soft and velvety without feeling like their is a ton of product on the lips! I’m thoroughly surprised As for the their highlighters, I really like the shade but just haven’t been able to play with them as much but they do have a a very buttery formula when using your fingers so as a eyeshadow, this will be gorgeous VESCA - Stargaze Luminous Glow I didn’t expect anything less from such an amazing brand and the size of these are just right as well! Not too big yet not tiny either cause really, who actually finishes an entire highlighter?🤭😉 #cheriepartner
💤First Impressions: Brooklinen Mulberry Silk 🐛
Growing up a lot of my friends used silk wraps & bonnets to protect their natural hair or wigs. I’m familiar with silk from my work in fashion, but basically only knew that it’s expensive & difficult to work with. 🛏 Silk pillowcases showed up on my radar again last year after one of my friends who frequently colors her hair passed along the recommendation from her stylist brother. I tried a satin wrap she gave me for a while, but I still tossed & turned so much, it would always slip off & get lost somewhere behind my bed every night. Silk or satin can help prevent breakage & moisture loss as well as extend the lifespan of your blowout or style. 🐛The benefits are actually just as good for skin as they are for hair. SKIN BENEFITS: ￼• 18 amino acids, the same 18 your skin has & a with a similar protein structure • Naturally non-absorbent to prevent moisture loss • Texture also helps prevent fine lines & wrinkles • Hypoallergenic, doesn’t attract dust mites & is a natural fungal repellent. This can help symptoms of many things including ACNE, allergies & eczema • Dense fabric structure repels dust & bacteria to protect your pillow from accumulating dust mites as well • Regulates body temp HAIR BENEFITS: Inherently smoother than other fabrics & natural moisture loss prevention, it keeps your hair shiny, less tangled, with less breakage or hair loss. What’s wrong with cotton? Cotton is a wonderful & versatile fabric, why it’s used a lot in daily life. Most uses for cotton are to keep our bodies dry & comfortable; think towels, Tshirts & socks... They absorb our sweat & bathwater so well, your cotton pillowcase is actually taking some moisture from your skin while you sleep. If you aren’t a good sleeper, you could be doing even more skin damage by the extra tugging, pulling & pressing into folds. SILK vs SATIN Silk is an organic fiber, while the term Satin refers to type of fabric weave or finish. It can be made from anything from silk blends to synthetics like rayon, polyester & nylon. Most satin is polyester. Satin may allow for less friction on your skin & hair, but it doesn’t offer the benefits package of silk. Satin is (most often) vegan though. How is Silk made? From long, thin water-insoluble fibers made by Silkworms during larval stage. The insect's intent is to create a cocoon for its transformation into future moth form. Workers simply unravel the cocoons, each can produce 325–1000 ft. of fine, very strong thread. What to know before purchasing: •THE MOMME -Silk is measured by fabric weight, not thread count. A decent Momme is 19-25. Higher #=stronger fabric •Long fibers=soft/Grade 6A=best •Mulberry Silk -From silkworms that eat only Mulberry leaves, creating long & uniform strands brooklinen - Mulberry Silk Pillowcase Knew it would be an expensive purchase, did a lot of research to select Brooklinen: 💕22 Momme/Mulberry silk $59 each. There are less $ options w/ same specs, but Brooklinen offer returns after 365 days!
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