They are never wanted and most times they sneak up on us. They start out small and can lead to a noticeable blemish or worse yet a pimple. They are an inevitable beauty woe that affects nearly everyone. Yes, even supermodels and Hollywood stars get them, they are blackheads.
Even though they are definitely unwanted, they can be treated even prevented. To properly treat and prevent blackheads you must first understand what creates blackheads. This understanding allows you to know how what and why of treating blackheads.
What Causes Blackheads?
Blackheads are actually caused by blockage of the sebaceous glands, which are found near the surface of the skin and excrete an oily substance known as sebum. Contrary to some beliefs, the visible blackhead isn’t caused by dirt, instead, it’s caused by excess oil mixes with dead skin cells and oxidizing when it hits the air.
Sebaceous glands are particularly sensitive to hormonal changes within the body, which is why any hormone fluctuations can lead to an increase in the production of sebum and an increased risk of those pesky blackheads.
In addition to this, you should also keep in mind that blackheads can also be caused by the build-up of dirt and oil on the surface of the skin. This can be caused because of environmental reasons such as pollution or through excess use of cosmetics which is another culprit of causing blackheads.
So knowing what the main causes of blackheads are, what is the best way to blitz away these pesky blemishes?
How to Eliminate Your Blackheads
As it always seems blackheads rear their ugly head at the most inopportune time, we recommend getting in the habit of ensuring your skincare routine starts with proper cleansing of your skin. Using a proper pH-based balanced cleanser, such as the Skindulgence Cleanser daily to ensure any dirt, oil or cosmetics are properly removed from your skin, while at the same time not stripping your skin. A harsh cleanser will remove the dirt and oil but will harm your skin by removing the moisture your skin needs to remain healthy and vibrant.
In addition to a great cleanser, you can also give your face a steam spa treatment to open your pores. This can be done simply by leaning over a bowl of hot water with a towel placed over your head for a few minutes. Simply add a drop of essential oil such as clary sage, eucalyptus or lavender to the water before you steam for the great spa effect. For more information on cleansing your pores, read 7 Ways to Smaller Looking Pores.
Next, you can work an exfoliator such as the Skindulgence Firming Facial into your routine. Exfoliating should not be done every day but once to twice a week is great for ensuring you get a deep clean of your pores. The exfoliation will ensure all dead skin is removed from your pores, keeping them small and clean.
By tackling the blackheads before you ever see them will keep your skin looking glowing and healthy. The consistency of your skincare routine will protect you from the blemishes we all dread.
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