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Friday, 08 March 2013 15:27

Blackhead Breakdown

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You may not suffer from actual acne breakouts, but that doesn't mean you aren't plagued with those little black dots on your nose and face. Blackheads, those clearly visible black dots that appear on the surface of the skin are one of the most common conditions of the skin. There is a massive misconception that blackheads are caused by dirt, but they aren't!  They are actually caused when your pores are plugged with oil; the oil on the surface then oxidizes making it appear black. Scrubbing your face vigorously when you see blackheads will not help!

Classified as Grade 1 acne this skin condition consists predominantly of blackheads with the occasional inflamed zit. So, if you are seeing a lot of blackheads on your skin this might be the condition that is affecting your skin. 
A lot of people have excess oil in their T-zone (the area across the forehead, down the nose area and onto the chin) so blackheads are commonly seen there. If you’re tired of the blackheads on your face remember the old adage “An ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure” and stop them before they start with these easy to follow guidelines:

1) Washing your face will not rid your face of blackheads, but it is a crucial step in preventing them. Particularly if you create a routine of washing your fac with a corrective cleanser twice a day.

2) Follow your daily cleansing with a Toner. Spritz a toner formulated with witch hazel (an excellent natural ingredient with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits) onto a cotton pad and gently wipe your face. This will remove the leftover dirt, oil, and makeup that cleansing alone can miss. Not to mention it will balance the pH of your skin, keeping your oil production in check.

3) Treat your skin with an exfoliator to help your skin shed dead skin cells more easily and uncover healthy, hydrated skin and create a refreshed look.

4) Don’t touch. Keep those hands off your face, especially in oily areas or the areas you are prone to blackheads. You touch an enormous amount of things every day and by touching your face you are spreading that oil, dirt and bacteria.

5) Get a monthly Spa facial treatment. Maintaining a skin care facial  treatment routine with your esthetician will keep your skin in its best shape yet. Start with a deep pore cleansing treatmentsto thoroughly clean out your pores, and have the necessary extractions performed by a professional (do not try this at home!). An add-on exfoliation treamment like Microdermabrasion will also help to keep those blackheads in check!

We hope these tips help in your battle against blackheads! 


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