Blackheads are those pesky little dots you see on your face. They’re black or darker in color and usually deep-seated in your pores. Not only are they unsightly but they’re also often a pain to get rid of or avoid in the first place. Acne, in general is not something any of us want to deal with, but you’re not alone. Acne and blackheads are a very common problem that many of my clients deal with. Acne is a skin infection that affects up to 50 million people in the U.S. today according to Medical News Today. Blackheads, a more mild form of acne can lead to more severe acne if not removed or extracted correctly.
With summer basically being here, you probably want to wear less makeup and be able to let your skin breathe, especially poolside. If you don’t want to do that because of unsightly blackheads, then I can help! Learn how to avoid blackheads and what you can do to treat them to have your best skin ever poolside this summer.
Here’s a little bit about blackheads and some methods that work to get rid of them once and for all:
What Causes Blackheads?
Age and hormonal changes could be the reason you’re getting blackheads on your face, back or elsewhere. Blackheads are very common during puberty but they can appear at any age. Women who are pregnant may also experience blackheads as well or those who use birth control because of the hormonal changes.
Blackheads don’t just come from dirt on your face. We all have tiny hairs on our face that grow out of follicles. Every follicle has a sebaceous gland connected to it that produces oil which is our skin’s natural lubricant. When our skin’s oil isn’t balanced, combined with the dead skin, dirt and debris we can get on our faces… a blackhead forms. You can also get blackheads by covering or blocking your pores often with cosmetics, an abundance of propionibacterium acnes bacteria on your skin and from medications that encourage rapid cell turnover. Steroid-based drugs such as corticosteroids are drugs known to cause blackheads.
You may be asking, well why are they black in color? Blackheads are darker in color because they’re formed in an open pore. When the air hits the pore and it oxides it creates the dark color you’re used to seeing in your mirror.
How to Remove blackheads
The best way to get rid of blackheads once and for all is by keeping your skin’s oils balanced. You’ll also want to keep your skin clean and not let dead skin cells build up to mix with unbalanced oily skin. This means you should be washing your face AT LEAST twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening). The absolute worst thing you could do when you have a blackhead is to squeeze or scrub them because this will make the problem worse. You could also end up with hard to remove scarring if you pick at your blackheads. Whatever you do, always let a professional remove or extract any blackheads on your face.
You should try to use non-comedogenic products that don’t clog your pores and can help to reduce the buildup of dead skin cells on your face. Your diet can make a difference to your skin as well. If you’re eating a well-balanced diet and avoiding large amounts of carbs and sugars you’ll have a better chance of avoiding blackheads because your body’s insulin levels won’t spike as much.
How Oil Cleansing Can Help Your Skin
The Circadia Oil Cleanser Vitamin Veil is a new product I have in my studio that is perfect to help you cleanse and avoid blackheads. This unique, soybean oil-based and non-foaming cleanser can remove makeup, dirt and impurities from your face while leaving behind a layer of antioxidants to treat your skin. Some of the ingredients include soybean oil, cranberry oil, seabuckthorn oil, meadowsweet oil and tocopherol (Vitamin E). Soy proteins inhibit hair growth and the formation of proteases while also reducing pigmentation. You can use this product daily as a cleanser to remove your makeup and dirt from your face morning and night!
Other Ways to Keep Blackheads From Forming
There are other ways you can avoid getting blackheads as well. Getting professional treatments such as enzyme masks are a great way to cleanse your skin and avoid blackheads. Circadia, the new line that I have in my studio, offers enzyme masks which are gentle and extremely effective in removing dead skin cells off the epidermis (top layer of your skin) and letting new skin cells show.
If you’ve got blackheads and you’d like someone to take a look and offer some recommendations, I’m always happy to do so. Whether you want to schedule a facial with me or come in for a consultation, I’m always happy to recommend products or services. I love helping my clients to improve their skin and have it glowing in time for poolside fun this summer!