The blackheads are a common problem that affects all skin types, especially those with oily skin. The blackheads and whiteheads usually occur around the nose, cheeks, chin and forehead. The blackheads are caused by hardened masses of sebum, formed in the ducts or the sebaceous glands. They are direct result of skin pores becoming clogged with sebum and dead skin cells.
The whiteheads are tiny, pearly, white raised spots. They are caused due to excessive secretion of sebum oil. The whiteheads usually show up as tiny white spots around the eyes. The same lotions, creams and masks are recommended for whiteheads too.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to reduce the pore size, but you can minimize the amount of gunk that is clogged in them.
In order to prevent the appearance of blackheads you should follow a strict skin care regime. Daily skin cleansing is essential. Wash your face at least twice a day using oil and alcohol-free formulas.
Exfoliate three times per week apply the exfoliator in circular motions to all affected areas, normally the nose, forehead and chin. The exfoliation encourages a newer, smoother skin surface by helping to unclog pores, prevent further breakouts and diminish blemishes and pigmentation spots.
A regular old scrubbing will clean your complexion, but it is not enough powerful to banish the blackheads since they are an accumulation of dead skin cells, oil and pigment deep within the pores. If you want, some serious purging you should use a cleanser and a toner that contain salicylic acid every morning and night. Make sure you avoid using overly drying cleansers because they can increase your likelihood of experiencing skin irritations and breakouts.
Daytime protective moisturizers will help the skin maintain its suppleness and moisture.
It’s essential to keep the skin clean and hydrated with appropriate cleansing and care, in order to prevent the formation of blackheads, whiteheads and pimples.
Another alternative for dealing with blackheads and enlarged pores are the pore strips. They pull away oil and the build up dirt from the nose, chin or forehead. The strips much be applied to wet skin for several minutes and then peeled away.
Another thing you can do is to ask your dermatologist to prescribe you some medicines, like Vitamin C and Vitamin A for example. These vitamins will speed up cell turnover and prevent old skin cells from clogging your pores.
The steaming is very important to loosen debris that may be imbedded into the skin. Steaming the face is also a useful technique for people with oily or combination skin. It helps control the blemishes, cleanse the face, open the pores and soften the content of the blackheads.
Boil a pan of water and make sure that you remove the pan from the stove. Stand directly over the steam and drape a small towel over your head for keeping the steam from escaping, because it will be more effective in opening the pores.
After steaming wrap a tissue around each of the fingers and apply gentle pressure each side of the blackheads. A little gentle pressure with a finger on each side of the blackhead will squeeze them out.
- Violent squeezing must not be used, because it always leads to the formation of little painful boils
- Never use your fingernails as they can carry dirt and can cause further infection
- Never prick the pimples, because doing so infects the surrounding area and leaves the scar behind which usually results in dark or red spots.
Brook lime lotion
- Leaves of brook lime 30gr.
- Mineral/spring water 300ml.
- Sodium benzonate
- Boil the mineral/ spring water and put the brook lime leaves in it. Mix sodium benzonate in it. Mix well. Apply the mixture on the face using cotton. The lotion removes spots, blackheads and little pimples.
Salty deep pore cleanser
4 tsp baking soda
1 cup mineral water
First steam the face. Mix baking soda and one cup of hot water and stir well. Apply to the face and strip until the entire face is covered. Leave the mask on for approximate 10 minutes until it cools off. At the end apply moisturizer. The mask is good for deep cleansing of the pores and helps remove the outer deed skin cells from the face.
Mix the oatmeal and honey together until mixed well. Warm the texture in a microwave. Apply the mask to the face and leave it on for about 20 minutes. Remove the mixture and rinse well with lukewarm water. Do the mask on a regular basis to help eliminate pores from getting plugged with debris.
List of things you can do:
- Keep your face clean. It is a great idea to try to wash your face in the morning and nights and if possible once in the afternoon. If you workout or play sports washing your face is a natural thing to do and will get in that third daily face washing, which is essential.
- Buy a good astringent and use it daily on your skin. This will eliminate oil and keep your face clean.
- After you use an astringent use a good strong toner. A toner will tighten your skin and help make your pores smaller.
- It is a good idea to use a daily moisturizer but make sure it clearly says “Oil Free.” The last thing you want to do is add oil to your skin.
- Use lukewarm water anytime you clean your face. This is an important tip so don’t forget it.
- Buy a lemon and rub the peel on your face. This will help remove the greasiness of your skin and it’s a natural method of taking good care of your skin and body.
- Another homemade solution to black heads comes from rice. Soak rice in milk for a few hours, grind them and make a paste for your body. Use on your body as a scrubber to remove the black heads. Be careful when scrubbing your face.
- Purchase black head removing strips. You can buy these at almost any cosmetic or pharmacy store. These are great tools and if used correctly can remove your blackheads easily.Tip #9 Apply steam to your face and body. Try to get it as hot as possible but do not of course burn yourself. After applying the steam, use a scrub brush to get rid of any black heads.
- If needed seek professional help. You doctor may be able to direct and treat your black heads. Use this as a final resource as it can be costly but it may be necessary and well worth it.