Dreaming of a life without blackheads? Well, we’re here for you. Our tips and tricks help purify your skin, prevent blackheads from appearing and reduce the appearance of any stubborn ones that have already formed. It’s time to tackle them head-on. Harness the power of our favorite blackhead battling products to leave your skin feeling cleansed and looking clearer.
WHAT IS BLACKHEAD?
Blackheads are small, slightly raised bumps that usually form on the face, but they can also show up on your back, chest, neck, arms, and shoulders. These bumps are called blackheads because of their dark color, making them easy to spot on your skin. Unlike some other types of skin imperfections, blackheads are not inflamed so won’t be painful to touch.
WHAT CAUSES BLACKHEADS?
Blackheads occur when the pores on your skin become clogged. In each pore, there is a hair follicle and an oil gland. These produce sebum to keep your skin soft and hydrated. If you have an excess of sebum it creates a ‘plug’ in the pore that traps bacteria and dead skin cells. A blackhead appears when the plug is still exposed to air on the surface of the skin.
HOW TO HELP REMOVE BLACKHEADS
There are different ways to help you tackle any existing blackheads. Use the right tools. This handy device is an easy way to quickly target blackheads. Simply pour hot water into a bowl and place your head over the bowl for a few minutes to open up the pores. Next, position the end of the remover around the centre of the blackhead and press down gently to extract. It should pop out, leaving your pore ready to cleanse.
HOW TO HELP PREVENT BLACKHEADS
To help prevent the appearance of blackheads, it’s important to keep your skin clean, fresh and healthy. Specifically, you want to help keep your pores clear of any excess oil and dead skin cells. Here are some top tips and hacks to get you started.
TIP 1: OPEN YOUR PORES
A warm shower will jump-start your skin-clearing routine. This helps open your pores and enables any products that remove blackheads to work more efficiently. This means you can target any clogged pores and help reduce the appearance of impurities before blackheads form.
TIP 2: ALWAYS REMOVE YOUR MAKE-UP BEFORE BED
We can all be guilty of it. When we’re tired, it’s time for bed and you just want to fit in one more episode of that series you’re hooked on, your full make-up removal routine can get squished into 5 minutes (or sometimes not done at all). Don’t forget, though, that residual traces of make-up can easily clog your pores.
TIP 3: CHANGE UP YOUR DIET
Improving your health from the inside will help your body to look and feel healthier on the outside too. Here are some changes you can make to your diet to give your skin a helping hand:
DRINK MORE WATER
You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again – drinking at least 2.5 litres of water a day will help to hydrate your skin. This is essential for maintaining a glowing complexion.
EAT FOODS RICH IN VITAMIN A
Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that supports healthy skin cells. Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamin A can help stimulate cell production and protect against cell damage.
AVOID GREASY FOODS
Indulging in too much pizza, burgers and fries aren’t just detrimental to the health of your body – it can also affect your skin. Oil particles from greasy foods can clog your pores and cause blackheads, particularly if you have a habit of touching your face.