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How to avoid getting blackheads

Blackheads are a pain to deal with. Most of us have had our own fair share of dealing with this annoying skincare issue. Some of us have never had to deal with blackheads, and that is amazing. It is easier to avoid getting blackheads than getting rid of them. So if you have never had blackheads before, that’s great! You are definitely doing something right or just blessed with amazing skin.

Blackheads are a form of acne. They appear when the skin pores become clogged with a combination of dead skin cells and excess oil (sebum) from your sebaceous glands. If you are worried about having blackheads, then you may find these tips on how to avoid getting them useful.

 

 

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How to avoid getting blackheads

Blackheads are frustrating to get rid off. It is a lot easier to avoid getting them to begin with. Here are ways you could avoid getting blackheads –

Avoid products that encourage sebum production

Many skincare products can encourage excessive sebum production which can cause blackheads, so it is best to avoid these kind of products. Skincare products with ingredients like alcohol, peppermint, menthol, lemon, lime or eucalyptus, are the main culprits, so it is best to stay away from products that include any of them.

You need to check and be happy with every ingredient in your skincare product before you use it. That way you are sure the skincare product is right for your skin.

 

Do not scrub

Scrubbing your face could lead to many skin issues include blackheads. So it is best to avoid using a sponge o  your face. If you must use a sponge, you should opt for a very soft sponge or face cloth.

Also, many people believe blackheads/whiteheads and other skin issues can be scrubbed away and this so not true. Blackheads are too deep in the pores, which is why they can not be scrubbed away. Scrubbing would only irritate the skin further.

 

Use a clay mask

I use a clay mask every week and I love how it leaves my skin looking smooth and supple. Using a clay mask every week does wonders for the skin. It is a great way of ensuring your skin stays healthy and beautiful.

Clay masks work by retrieving dirt and oil from the pores, which removes clogged pores, that can cause blackheads. Using a clay mask on a weekly basis is an amazing ways to nourish your skin.

 

 

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Wipe the makeup off

Make sure you wipe off every trace of makeup before you sleep. Leaving makeup on overnight can clog your pores and cause blackheads. Which is why it is so important to wipe the makeup off with a makeup remover and cleanser before you fall asleep. You should never go to bed wearing makeup.

 

Use a light moisturiser

Using a light moisturiser helps if your skin is prone to acne. You should also check your sunscreen is a light version too so your pores don’t get clogged.

 

How do you avoid getting blackheads? Do you have any skincare tips to share?

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Get Rid of Stubborn Blackheads/Whiteheads

Blackheads/Whiteheads; how do we get rid of them? Many of us have them. Some on our faces, others on our chests and even our backs are usually not spared.

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Both blackheads and whiteheads are caused as a result of clogged pores. The oil and dirt fill up the pores and if you don’t take care of your face properly, a blackhead or whitehead could lead to pimples, which are far worse.

 

The good news is that there’s a solution to blackheads and whiteheads. The only things you need to do are:

 

  1. Be patient
  2. Be consistent

 

Here are 3 things you can do to get rid of stubborn blackheads or whiteheads effectively. Remember this: patience and consistency are key to getting rid of these beauty issues!

 

Pick the right cleansers and toners

One of the major things you should do when it comes to blackheads and whiteheads is to choose a cleanser and toner that will get rid of whatever is blocking those pores.

 

Cleansers or toners that deep cleanse your pores are the best. These cleansers combat clogged pores by dissolving the fat and oil blocking the pores. This will help make your pores free from impurities and drastically reduce the number of blackheads and whiteheads on your face or body.

Cleanse your face daily.

 

Apply a clay mask

 

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There’s a reason why clay masks are part of a beauty routine. Clay masks contain certain elements that help in absorbing impurities from your skin. This is what makes clay masks quite efficient at removing blackheads and whiteheads.

They draw out the fats and oil, dried skin and dirt that block the pores on your face. This will leave your face smooth and glowing.

Just a few minutes of putting on a clay mask and your skin will thank you for it!

Aim to use a face mask once a week.

 

Exfoliate

This may sound a little surprising to some but regularly exfoliating your skin would help clear your skin of blackheads and whiteheads. The particles in your scrub gently remove all the debris from the surface of your skin and in your pores. This leaves your skin feeling smooth and it helps lighten dark spots as an added bonus.

Natural exfoliants like baking soda, sea salt and Epsom salt are very effective not only as scrubs but as a means of getting rid of blackheads and whiteheads. They also help to reduce inflammation.

Aim to exfoliate once or twice a week.

 

Do you struggle with blackheads/whiteheads? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

 

Common Skin Problems

Most of us will experience some form of skin issue at some point in our lives. It could be caused by stress, hormonal changes, diet, poor health, medication or a wrong skin routine. The common skin problems are as follows:

1. Blackheads:

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A blackhead is a plug of sebum that is trapped in the sebaceous gland duct and oxidizes on contact with air, turning it black. Blackheads can be avoided by maintaining the right skin routine and using the right products for your skin. Thorough cleansing, exfoliating and skin moisturising will eventually give you a smooth and clear skin. Also, avoid squeezing the blackheads on your skin, this could worsen the issue and lead to an infection.

2. Whiteheads:

Whiteheads also known as Milia are tiny pearly white, sometimes pale yellow bumps that appear under the surface of the skin. Facial exfoliating with a facial brush is a great way to clear whiteheads. A simple facial sauna will also help remove dead skin cells and debris from the skin leaving a clean and clear skin, free from whiteheads.

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3. Open Skin Pores:

Open or enlarged skin pores are pores that are very visible to the naked eye. They usually attract dirt and grime which can get trapped. If you have this skin issue, good cleansing, toning and exfoliating will help minimise the appearance of the skin pores. Also, avoid using facial wipes, which can only result in an overproduction of sebum, which can cause open pores.

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4. Acne:

Acne is a clinical condition where the skin is infected and is characterized by blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, scarring and scaly red skin. It is usually caused by the overproduction of testosterone. The best way to avoid having acne is to stay clear of skin products that will cause the skin to produce more oils, such as alcohol-based cleaners.

Use products that are designed for oily skins but not oil-stripping ones, wash make-up brushes and foundation sponges regularly to avoid infection. In severe acne cases, see a dermatologist.

Thanks for reading.

Stella

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