How to get rid of blackheads?
Blackheads are a problem faced by many of us and increasingly affects not only adolescents but adults as well. Check how to get rid of them.
Where do blackheads come from?
Blackheads are the result of clogged pores. Sebum (sebum), which is produced by the sebaceous glands, protects the face from harmful external factors such as low temperatures and wind. If the sebaceous glands produce excess sebum, which is not removed during regular skin care, the pores in the skin become clogged and additionally blocked by exfoliating skin. Inside such blocked pores there is sebum, which as a result of oxidation over time begins to darken. The effects of this are dark dots, called blackheads or whiteheads. This problem usually affects the skin on the face (especially around the nose). It is usually faced by people who have oily or combination skin, although this is not a rule and blackheads can also appear on dry skin.
Proper skin care is essential in the fight against blackheads
If you struggle with the problem of blackheads, you need to take special care of:
- cleansing your skin – it is necessary to thoroughly remove makeup, but also to remove the impurities that are on your face after the day. Also, do not forget to cleanse your face in the morning. To wash your face, choose a product that removes excess sebum;
- Exfoliate dead skin – dead skin clogs your pores, so if you have blackheads, it is imperative that you take care to remove it regularly;
- Proper skin pH – toner is your friend in the fight against blackheads. Remember, however, to choose products without alcohol and menthol, which can excessively dry your skin;
- Moisturizing – it is best to choose light creams, which moisturize well, but also mattify.
Home remedies for blackheads
There are several home remedies for getting rid of already formed blackheads. Think about it, maybe the most convenient method for you will be:
- mask from soda – add enough water to baking soda to get a mass with the consistency of mush. Apply this preparation to the skin with blackheads using a new toothbrush and massage for 2 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with water. The mask has cleansing and pH-raising properties. Smaller blackheads will disappear after the first treatment and bigger ones during the next ones, so it is worth repeating the whole process, preferably at weekly intervals;
- Patches for blackheads – special patches that effectively help remove blackheads from the nose are available in drugstores and pharmacies. Remember to use them according to the instructions included in the package.
The blackhead remover – a highly controversial piece of equipment
Some time ago, blackhead vacuums appeared in stores. Opinions about them are strongly divided, so it is impossible to unequivocally assess their effectiveness and safety. Before you decide to use this device, it is worth testing its effect on a few blackheads. If you do not experience side effects (such as broken capillaries, bruises), you can use it on a larger area.
Is squeezing blackheads a good idea?
Definitely not. Squeezing out blackheads can exacerbate skin lesions and cause inflammation, so it’s better to avoid it.
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