How to Prevent Blackheads : Simple Steps to Minimize Blackheads - Beauty Tips

How to Prevent Blackheads

Blackheads, those tiny black dots that usually appear on your nose and cheeks, can be a nuisance - especially for those with oily or combination skin types. Believe it or not, blackheads are simply clogged pores that have been exposed to air. As oil becomes trapped within the pore, it's prone to air exposure, turning the trapped oil at the base of the pore black.

How to Prevent Blackheads : Simple Steps to Minimize Blackheads

Fortunately, there are solutions you can use right now to minimize blackheads. Simply follow the steps below:

Cleanse: Use a water-soluble skin cleanser, preferably in gel form twice daily. Cleansing skin daily helps to remove oil build-up and sustains healthy skin.

Tone: Toners are too often skipped due to confusion with astringents. Toners are alcohol-free and do not contain the usual irritants found in astringents. Toning helps remove the last traces of makeup and dirt that your cleanser may have left behind and should be applied directly after cleansing skin.

Exfoliate: Exfoliation is the key to minimizing blackheads - a step that should never be skipped. Exfoliants such as beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) penetrate and exfoliate within the pore lining, going through the thickened oil inside the pore. No other exfoliant, including alpha hydroxyl acids (AHAs) or topical scrubs can do this. Use a 1 to 2% BHA exfoliate twice a week until your skin becomes acquainted with the product. After that, apply every other day - careful to avoid contact with the eye area.

Oil Absorption: Use oil blotting sheets throughout the day to absorb excess oil. In the evening, using a clay mask designed for oily skin will help minimize shine and control excessive oil production.

Remember: Blackheads are formed from the production of excessive oil within the pore so your goal is to minimize and control excess oil by:

* Removing dead skin cells that lay atop the skin
* Reducing the amount of oil produced within the pore
* Minimizing irritation

If your blackheads are stubborn, don't hesitate to see your favorite dermatologist about prescription options such as retinoids. Your dermatologist can also extract the blackheads for you. However, if you're savvy with a comedone extractor, you can remove them yourself.

Further, to minimize oil and the formation of blackheads, try a light-weight, liquid moisturizer with a combination of oil-controlling ingredients such as tea tree oil, vitamin C, and vitamin B3 (niacinamide). The moisturizer you choose should reduce the amount of oil produced within the pore, calm irritation, and minimize the formation of blackheads.

11 comments:

  1. this is a very useful post. Thanks for this one!

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  2. Thanks for this helpful post. I really need to avoid blackheads :(

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  3. I don't have blackheads, but this post made me realize that I need to care more about my skin. Not sure though what "tone" and "exfoliate" mean, you may want to clarify difficult words like that.

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  4. I try and avoid blackheads like the plague so I treat myself to a facial every month. I’ve noticed it helps. Do you think nutrition has anything to do with it?

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  5. Dematroglica are good for the skin they are not cheap but worth every penny. Great tips!

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  6. This is helpful. I learned aout toners, I like that it does not sting on my face since it's milder. I also used a facial wash with microbeads to scrub and exfoliate. I like using oil blotting papers too.

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  7. This is helpful. I learned aout toners, I like that it does not sting on my face since it's milder. I also used a facial wash with microbeads to scrub and exfoliate. I like using oil blotting papers too.

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  8. Brilliant tips thanks so much for sharing

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  10. Informative, I will try exfoliation.

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  11. thank you so much for sharing. i'm struggling with this issue for years and couldn't find a good solution for this. gonna try this out soon.

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