Blackheads are small dark buds that form unsightly growths on the surface of your skin. They are everywhere: on and around the nose, at the forehead, near the cheekbones and even on the shoulders, back or décolleté. You may clean your skin, remove them, they always come back, inexorably. How do we get through this?
If the blackheads keep coming back, it’s because you haven’t adopted the right method to eliminate them and prevent their appearance. In this article, we reveal why they appear and what are the effective natural treatments to get rid of them permanently. You will see that soon, the blackheads will be a distant and bad memory.
What’s a black heads?
Blackheads are dark brown buds – usually the size of a pinhead – encrusted under the epidermis. If they are sometimes visible to the naked eye, it is also possible to feel them when you touch your face with your fingers as they form small hard bumps. They most often appear on oily skin that, by its very nature, tends to retain impurities and secrete an higher than normal amount of sebum.
Causes: Why do I have blackheads?
Two phenomena promote their appearance: dilated pores and the filling of the sebaceous gland.
For some reason (because they are clogged with impurities or as a result of sun exposure) the pores expand, widen and become large open doors to bacteria. Pollution and toxins accumulate there as well as dirt that stagnates in the air and sticks to the skin. All these particles will then form blackheads that will settle on the skin.
Open comedones linked to acne
Excessive sebum production is caused by a disorder of the sebaceous glands. Depending on the case, oily skin can carry blackheads when the button is opened, impurities brown by oxidizing on contact with air, whiteheads when there is an infection, hard and painful mycrokysts, etc. There are actually different types of acne, some of which are more severe than others and only a dermatologist can prescribe effective and adequate treatment.
Treatments for blackheads
The first most tempting gesture when spotting a black dot is to fiddle with your fingers. That’s the worst reflex to have! Hold back at all costs.
Your nails are indeed germ nests and can inflame the pimple. There are more effective tricks and less invasive tools that will help you eliminate unsightly blackheads and even prevent their appearance.
Regular skin cleansing, especially if it is oily or mixed, is an imperative. But be careful not to attack the skin. Assaulted skin defends itself by producing more sebum to repair it. It’s a vicious circle! Sebum is a substance naturally produced by the body and it has a real usefulness in maintaining a beautiful skin. It performs a protective mission by preserving the corneal layer and maintaining a certain flexibility of the skin.
The problem arises when the production is excessive and the excess sebum clogs the pores and thus causes acne pimples and blackheads. In the evening, the use of a make-up remover and theuse of a cleaning gel is mandatory, even if you never wear makeup. Pollution, air conditioning, etc. are all factors that promote the proliferation of bacteria on the skin.
To maintain healthy skin, it is recommended that a full face care be given to a beautician once a month. It will perform a deep cleansing and scrub of the skin as well as an extraction of blackheads using a vapozone. Taking care of your skin is the best way to achieve healthy skin and a glowing complexion in the long term.
The blackhead vacuum cleaner
It’s asmall electrical device that’s tasked with mechanically extracting your blackheads. It is accompanied by a selection of tips that adapt to the type and size of comedon to be removed as well as the area of the face to be treated. You can adjust its absorption force over several levels, depending on the pressure needed to dislodge from the black dot.
Apply the tip to the area to be cleaned and slide it all over the skin. You will feel a sucker. The operation should not be painful under any circumstances. Don’t damage the skin. Proceed smoothly and repeat if necessary. Don’t forget to clean and disinfect the mouthpiece after use.
This device is effective. Theblackheads are effectively dislodged and dead skin is also removed. Finally, it is easy to use and very handy.
It is recommended to limit its use to once a month, since excessive aspiration can create infections, stimulate even more sebum secretion or leave pores permanently dilated.
What should I do before using this device?
- The suction should always be preceded by a skin cleansing with a suitable product.
- Make a facial sauna because the water vapour will open the pores and soften the derm.
The green clay mask
Regularly applying a green clay mask to the face will win the war against blackheads. This natural powder absorbs excess sebum and de-encrusts the comeder thanks to its astringent properties.
After rinsing, you will find that the skin is immediately mattified,that it is sanitized, softer and smoother. Green clay also gently peels off the skin to get rid of dead cells and all impurities.
How to apply the mask to green clay?
- Green clay is often marketed as a powder that you have to dilute in a little liquid (vegetable oil) to form a more or less thick paste. You can also customize your mask with a few drops of hydrolat or geranium or lavender essential oils that will bring radiance to the complexion. Apply the mixture to the entire face (except the eye and lip contour) and leave for 20 minutes before rinsing.
- Another option is to choose a ready-to-use mask that is suitable for your skin problems.
How often do you use the mask?
Green clay is a natural product that you can apply twice a week to take full advantage of its benefits. You will find that your skin is cleaner and rid of its blackheads.
Scrubing is one of the essential beauty rituals to remove impurities and dead skin that accumulate on the surface of the skin. Oily skin needs it even more, since sebum that is not removed eventually clogs pores and promotes the appearance of blackheads. In addition, this oily film on the surface causes shine and harms the overall appearance of the complexion.
The scrub consists of slightly exfoliate the skin with a specially designed product containing small abrasive particles. This treatment can be applied to the face but also to the body. The ideal is to extend the product by making circular gestures that will improve blood circulation.
The scrub should not be done too frequently (1 to 2 times a week is enough), as there is a risk of assaulting the skin.
There are also scrub products specially formulated for acne-prone skin that are not mechanical but enzymatic (they work without the need to activate them by rubbing). You can also make your own product from natural ingredients such as baking soda, strawberry, oatmeal, salt or coffee grounds.
Finally, after a scrub, it is always important to moisturize the skin.
What is the difference between a scrub and a peel?
Peeling involves peeling the skin with an acidic product. This operation aims to remove the surface layer of the epidermis and treat any visible imperfections such as brown spots, acne scars, fine lines, pimples and blackheads. It must be performed by a dermatologist.
Yeast and lemon juice
Lemon alone is an extremely effective ingredient in removing blackheads and preventing their appearance, since it regulates the very production of sebum. To do this, apply pure lemon juice to infected areas and leave overnight. Repeat this gesture several days in a row if necessary and you will find that your skin will gradually sanitize.
Combining lemon with baking powder will help you overcome blackheads after just a few days. Yeast has astringent properties and will dislodge rebellious blackheads trapped in pores.
By mixing 20 ml of lemon juice with 10 g of baking powder, you will get an effervescent paste. Let it rest for a few minutes before spreading it directly over the facial portions to be purified. Rinse after 20 minutes.
The egg white mask
To thoroughly cleanse your face and firm your skin at the same time, bring small squares cut out of a tissue and an egg white.
Climb the white into snow with a drizzle of lemon juice before applying the mixture to the face. Then place the pieces of tissue on the skin, wait for the egg to dry completely and remove them before rinsing thoroughly with clear water. Immediately, the skin gains softness, purity and freshness. Complete the treatment by properly moisturizing the epidermis to protect and regenerate it.