Going dairy-free. The blackheads diet #2

blackheads diet

Recently I asked on Reddit if people had ever tried to adapt to a blackheads diet to see what the effect would be on their skin as I wrote in my previous blogpost on the blackhead diet. I was curious to see if other people had seen the same effects as I had.
Currently as part of my blackheads diet I have been leaving refined sugars where they belong, still on the shelf in my local grocery store. I have completely dropped all sweets and refined sugars. I still allow myself some honey and fruits, however I barely use honey anyway and I’m more a savory person than suffering from a sweet tooth anyway so I generally eat more veggies than fruit anyway.

Anyway it seemed people did see a correlation between their diet and the condition of their skin. However not just any change in their diet. Overwhelmingly people were commenting on the effects of dairy on their skin:

People’s comments on dairy and skin quality:

“[–]rgrwilcocanuhearme

If I have even just a little bit of dairy my skin breaks out. I’m Caucasian and developed lactose intolerance in my early 20s. I had very bad acne in my teens, acutane took care of it for maybe 7 years or so before it came back. My skin is “mostly clear” as long as I avoid dairy completely.”

“[–]Crapapalouza 

Cut out dairy. Within one day my skin cleared up.”

[–]SailorPlanetX

Not /u/hapinat, but I’m this close to having completely cut dairy out of my diet. The only thing holding me back is that my SO has a sweet tooth and frequently brings home non-dairy-free sweets, but thankfully I don’t have much of a sweet tooth anymore.

I realized a few months ago that dairy is a big acne-trigger for me. If I went overboard one day, I was almost guaranteed to wake up the next morning with a zit. I’m a HUUUGE cheese-lover, so cutting it out has definitely posed a challenge. Recently I’ve been trying out the non-dairy alternatives in grocery stores to get my fix. Thank the skincare gods for vegan cream cheese!”

So why is it that milk seems to have such a deep impact on acne levels in some people?

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Milk causes acne because…

  • There is abundance of a hormone called IGF-1 in milk, which is really good for baby cows, but not for you. IGF-1 is a growth hormone. It makes baby cows grow up big and strong, but in humans, it tends to make your acne grow big instead. IGF-1 is one of several factors that cause inflammation in humans, and which eventually lead to acne (and the ugly redness and swelling that makes acne so annoying).
  • Milk and dairy products cause an insulin spike in humans that cause the liver to produce even more IGF-1, leading to even more acne.
  • Dairy causes your skin to produce excess sebum (oil), leading to – you guessed it! – more clogged pores, more acne, blackheads and a breeding ground for P. acnesbacteria, which feed on your sebum and spew out inflammatory by-products.
  • Dairy glues together dead skin cells inside your pores, so they can’t exit naturally, leading to clogged pores (and thus more acne).

The milk and acne effect is well documented in the literature. In the last decade or so, a number of studies have found a strong link between the consumption of milk and increased occurrence of acne. For example, one such study found that teenage boys who drank milk broke out more often, and more severely, than those who didn’t drink milk.  At least five other studies have confirmed that, in general, the more milk you drink, the worse acne you’ll get. So in our blackheads diet, unfortunately dairy has no place!

Alternatives to Milk in the blackheads diet:

There are a few great alternatives to milk if you’re still hooked on liquid white stuff. Here we go:

  • Unsweetened, organic almond milk
  • Unsweetened, organic coconut milk (“So Delicious” or similar brand)
  • AROY-D 100% Coconut Cream
  • Organic full-fat coconut milk

You have to be a little careful with milk substitutes as they tend to have a bunch of added sugar and sometimes vegetable oil (both of which negatively affect your hormones and can worsen acne).

That’s why I recommend unsweetened almond or coconut milk.

(Note: by “vegetable oil” I mean canola oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil, corn oil, and cottonseed oil. These oils are highly processed and/or contain high amounts of inflammatory omega-6 fats.)

You can also make your own nut milks, of course! Almond milk, Brazil nut milk, hazelnut milk – you name it. Google around a bit if you’re curious about this – you’ll find tons of great recipes and how-to’s out there. That way, you know you’re getting just pure, healthy nuts and no funny stuff added.

My personal favorite these days is AROY-D 100% Coconut Cream. It’s prized by Thai master chefs (so I’ve read) as the best-tasting coconut milk / coconut cream around. It’s incredibly rich and loaded with healthy medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) and stable saturated fats. It mixes great into green smoothies and curries and is unmissable in your new anti-blackheads diet!

Final tips:

  • Watch for food triggers that may seem to aggravate acne.
  • Keep a food diary and share it with your dermatologist.
  • Be patient. It may take up to 12 weeks of a diet change to determine if certain foods are contributing to acne.
  • Continue following your regular acne treatment routine. Diet changes are only a small part of an acne treatment plan and are meant to be used in conjunction with proven medical therapies for acne.

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF DERMATOLOGY EXPERT ADVICE:
“Based on the studies we now have available, the evidence suggests that diet does play a role in acne,” said Dr. Bowe. “More studies are definitely needed in this area, but they are not easy studies to execute. Patients can be their own best detectives in determining possible food triggers for acne, and I encourage them to make an appointment with a dermatologist if they have any acne concerns.”

Hopefully this has given you some more insight on what to do to keep your blackheads diet going and keep blackheads at bay!

Homemade Face Scrub Recipes for Blackheads

The top three homemade face scrub recipes for fighting blackheads, first seen on bellatory.com.
Homemade face scrub recipes are really easy to make using products you probably have laying around already at home. No need to use blackhead tools or harsh pore strips. If you use either of them incorrectly chances are you might open up your pores even more than was intended, leaving you vulnerable to more blackheads!

Simply combine a few kitchen ingredients to create a powerful, all-natural treatment.

1. Cleansing: Lemon and Salt Homemade Face Scrub

Use lemon and sea salt to exfoliate and dissolve blackheads on the nose, cheeks, and other areas. Homemade face scrub
Use lemon and sea salt to exfoliate and dissolve blackheads on the nose, cheeks, and other areas.

This lemon-and-salt micture is also known as the antibacterial face scrub. It uses two super blackhead-fighting ingredients: lemon and salt.
Both lemon and salt cleanse the skin deeply and leave your skin feeling fresh and cleaner as ever.
Lemon due to its mild acidity cleanses the face thoroughly, taken with it all the grime and dirt on the surface of the skin as well as dead skin cells. As a result the chances of your pores getting clogged decrease dramatically, resulting in acne and blackhead-free skin!
Even the scent of lemon screams clean and fresh. Salt has antibacterial properties and can kill of the germs and bacteria that clog open pores.
Salting meat and fish has long been a practice just proving how well salt can stop the decay of any tissue.

Let’s take an in-depth look at the benefits of these two ingredients:

Ingredients
Importance in Homemade Face Scrub
Lemon
Is a natural astringent that is rich in citric acid. It’s a natural disinfectant that provides a deep-pore cleanse. It can also help your own body better regulate natural oil production and as a result decrease the possibility of blackheads.
Salt
Due to its coarseness it exfoliates and removes dead skin cells, dirt and excess oil, 2 substances critical in the creation of blackheads and acne.
As it also peels away the dead skin layers it leaves the skin feeling smooth and fresh!

Method for homemade face scrub:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon
  • 1 teaspoon pure water

Directions :

  1. Mix everything into a small bowl.
  2. Using clean fingers, apply the homemade face scrub onto your face and massage in a circular motion. Don’t scrub too hard, as you don’t want a red inflamed face.
  3. After scrubbing for two to five minutes, rinse with lukewarm water.
  4. Splash cold water to close up your pores. Pat dry with a soft clean towel. Your face will look amazingly refreshed, cleansed of all the dirt, excess oil, peeling skin, and dead cells.

Tips:

  1. Don’t use too much lemon juice. Lemon juice in raw form can be too harsh on the skin, so it is important that you use it in moderation and diluted. The citric acid in the lemon juice is a natural astringent and if used in excess it can leave a burning sensation on your skin and can cause red rashes.
  2. Change your pillowcases. If blackheads attack you often, you should try changing pillowcases every other day. Wash your pillowcases regularly because the fabric can collect oil and dirt from your face.
  3. Excess homemade face scrub mixture. You can store your face scrubs in the refrigerator for up to one week. However, as soon as it starts smelling unpleasant, it is time to toss it out. Also make sue not to scrub too often. Most dermatologists suggest using a scrub no more than twice a week as a maximum.

2. Exfoliating: Brown Sugar and Honey Homemade Face Scrub

Brown sugar is a great medium for exfoliation and keeps blackheads at bay!
Brown sugar is a great medium for exfoliation and keeps blackheads at bay! It is as coarse as sea salt and as such provides the same exfoliating and peeling properties as the above mentioned lemon-and-salt scrub.

Brown sugar and honey are both yummy kitchen ingredients. Together, they work hand-in-hand to gently exfoliate skin. Brown sugar is safe for all skin types, so it is perfect for sensitive skin. Honey has been hailed since ancient times as a great natural remedy for many ailments including dry skin.

Here’s a table showing these two ingredients and their benefits for skin:

Ingredients
Importance in homemade face scrub
Brown sugar
Exfoliates gently. Deep-cleanses skin. Sloughs off dead cells and excess oil from skin surface. Contains alpha hydroxyl acids, which drive out toxins and germs from open pores.
Honey
Is antiseptic and antibacterial. Kills off germs and bacteria that clog open pores. Gently moisturizes and lubricates skin. Sticks to the blackheads in open pores and pulls them out when the face scrub is removed.

Method for homemade face scrub:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix all of the ingredients well.
  2. Apply the mixture onto your face with circular motions, avoiding the area around the eyes and mouth.
  3. Keep scrubbing for two to five minutes.
  4. When you’re done, rinse off with warm water.
  5. Pat dry with a soft towel. If your face feels a bit dry, moisturize with a drop or two of olive oil.

Tips:

  1. Stay away from harsh cleansers and soaps. Many face cleansers out there contain high amounts of chemicals and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), which strip your skin of natural oils. This causes your skin to compensate by producing excess oil, which clogs pores and creates blackheads.
  2. Steam your face beforehand. A facial steam will help open up pores and soften your face, enabling the blackheads to come out easily. Do this before using the homemade face scrub to push out blackheads faster.
  3. Don’t over-wash your face. Yes, washing your face continuously throughout the day is not the right way to prevent/get rid of blackheads. In fact, over-washing your face will give your more blackheads, not to mention acne and white heads. What’s the deal? Well, over-washing your face strips away most of the natural oils, inducing your oil glands to produce more oils, and excess oil is one of the causes of blackheads.

3. Softening: Oatmeal, Yogurt, and Orange Peel Face Scrub

Soften dead cells and blackheads with this mask, which also exfoliates your pores deeply and scrubs out the blackheads from the root.
Soften dead cells and blackheads with this mask, which also exfoliates your pores deeply and scrubs out the blackheads from the root.

This oatmeal homemade face scrub contains oatmeal, orange peel powder, and yogurt. These three ingredients deep-cleanse, exfoliate, nourish, moisturize, and soften your pores, removing excess oil that would otherwise oxidize to form blackheads.

This table shows the importance of these blackhead-removing ingredients:

Ingredients
Importance in homemade face scrub
Oatmeal
Absorbs excess oils, preventing the formation of blackheads. Gently exfoliates dead cells and peeling skin.
Orange peel powder
Gently exfoliates, nourishes, and hydrates skin. Contains citric acid, which disinfects and kills germs that clog pores.
Yogurt
Softens and nourishes skin. Contains probiotic enzymes that destroy germs on the skin’s surface. Tightens large pores. Deep-cleanse open pores. Softens skin, making it easier for the blackheads to come out.

Method for homemade face scrub:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon ground oatmeal
  • 1 teaspoon orange peel powder
  • 2 teaspoons yogurt

Directions :

  1. Mix the ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl.
  2. Apply a thick coat of the mixture onto your face in gentle circular motions, focusing on the blackhead-infected areas.
  3. After two to three minutes, completely rinse the mask off with either a washcloth or your hands and warm water.
  4. If your face feels a bit dry and stiff, moisturize with a few drops of olive/coconut oil.

Tips:

  1. Hands down. Touching your face can contribute to blackheads and acne. Keep your hands away from your face.
  2. Gather your hair away from your face. One way to easily prevent blackheads and clogged pores is just simply keep hair away from your face.
  3. Clean your face in the morning and at night. As much as over-washing your face is bad, you must wash your face twice daily: in the morning and at night. Use mild cleansers and these natural scrubs to safely get rid of existing blackheads and prevent further ones from occurring.

Homemade pore strips: make your own!

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I recently found a method of making your own homemade pore strips on petitelefant.com that I thought I’d share with you guys:

It’s a step-by-step guide on how to make your own pore strips using home ingredients. I’ve tried it here at home and I must say it is pretty effective, although it is quite a messy affair. Be sure to have several towels laying next to you as you do this as well as somelukewarm water to wash off any bits that don’t come off cleanly.
As this is not a pore strip per se but more of a mask.

Here’s what you will need:

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Homemade Pore Strips Ingredients:

  • 1 Tablespoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1 1/2- 2 Tablespoons Milk {any kind}

2 ingredients and your pores will look like magic.  What’s not to love?

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  1. Measure 1 Tablespoon of Knox Unflavored Gelatin – 8 oz unflavored gelatin into a disposable container (if you put say, green jell-o on your face, there might be trouble)
  2. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of milk into the gelatin
  3. Until it looks like this
  4. Mix it up, and be quick about it, until you get a chunky consistency.  Add more milk if you’re uncomfortable with the amount of chunk.

Microwave the gelatin for about 10-15 seconds.  It will get creamier in the microwave.  Stir that around and start applying it IMMEDIATELY to your face.  This stuff hardens up fast so you’ve got to act fast.

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This is pre-pore strip.  Wash your face before you apply.

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I chose to put the stuff all over my face because I have thirty-year-old acne.  You can put it wherever your little heart desires.  You need to act fast though, because this stuff turns to gelatin pronto.  I know I’ve said that three times already, but I really mean it.

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Let it dry for about 15 minutes.  I waited longer, but you’ll know it’s time when you can’t talk for fear of breaking something.

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Grab whatever you can and start peeling.  This is the gross/fun part.

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It’s a good thing you can’t see the photo all that well.  Do this until you’re all peeled and your face will feel like a baby’s bottom.

Clean, practically hairless, with clean, dirt-free pores, thanks to my very own homemade pore strips!

If you don’t own a microwave (some people still don’t!), what you can do is either add warm milk or then warm the mixture on the stove and you should get the same result.

Also there is no fear for people with sensitive skin. As there are no strong chemicals in this mixture it is highly unlikely your skin would react in a funky way. But just to make sure test it out on a small patch of skin first before you go on and cover your whole face :).

Homemade pore strips using Elmer’s glue

This one is a bit more controversial than the other homemade methods we have discussed above.

Apply a thin layer of Elmer’s glue over your clogged pores and let dry. The glue will adhere to the bits clogging your pores as it dries so when you peel it off, you pull up all the gunk with the glue. Just be sure you are not allergic to the product – test it on your hands first – and always avoid getting it in your eyes and mouth. Also use your regular Scotch tape (cellotape) as a pore strip. Merely apply it on your skin, leave on for a few minutes and peel off.

Let us know in the comments below how you get on with your very own homemade pore strips!

The blackhead diet: What to eat and what not to eat!

Overview

In order to get rid of blackheads and acne and in your pursuit for a glowing skin, you have to take a good hard look at what you eat as part of your blackhead diet. The best diet against blackheads is a well-balanced and varied diet. Eating fruits and veggies, packed with antioxidants, eating lean protein meats and fish all help in your battle against pimples. a recent study in the 2009 issue of “Dermato-endocrinology” confirms this belief. Overhauling your lifestyle by incorporating more of these foods into your diet will not only lead to a healthier skin but also lead to an overall increase in your health!

So why wait?!

Vitamin C-rich Foods

The Best Foods to Eat to Get Rid of Acne & Blackheads
Fresh strawberries. Photo Credit BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images

The best foods against blackheads and acne are packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C is vital in the repairing and growing of all tissues in your body. So you can see how it can play a vital role in maintaining collagen levels in your skin, making your skin look and feel 10 years younger.

The antioxidant helps to protect your skin while healing it. All fruits and vegetables contain some amount of vitamin C, states the NIH.

Especially berries seem to be a prime source of vitamin C. It’s a welcome change o oranges and other citrus fruits.
Suitable berries include red and black raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and cranberries. Other vitamin C-rich fruits include cherries, apples, mango, papaya, pineapple, pears, melons and of course citrus fruits.
Citrus fruits include grapefruit, lemons, limes, tangerines and oranges. Juices made from these fruits can also contain large amounts of the skin-healthy nutrient. Vegetable sources of the nutrient include tomatoes, varieties of potatoes such as sweet and white, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and leafy greens. Dark, leafy greens include spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens and collards, according to the American Heart Association.

Protein-rich Foods

The Best Foods to Eat to Get Rid of Acne & Blackheads
Red kidney beans. Photo Credit spaxiax/iStock/Getty Images

Swapping out unhealthy, high-glycemic foods for lean protein may have a positive effect on your skin, according to a study in the July 2007 issue of the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.” The study reports that protein also increases your feeling of fullness, which prevents you from overeating and helps prevent weight gain and obesity, so other than the blackhead diet working against acne and blackheads, it seems you could lose some weight as you go as well!

Replacing fatty meats with lower fat protein may also help to get rid of acne and blackheads. Lean protein includes plant-based sources including legumes such as lentils, kidney beans, split peas and other beans. Fish that can help your skin health are those classified as heart-healthy by the American Heart Association. These include fatty, cold water fish such as salmon, herring, trout, sardines, mackerel and albacore tuna. You can eat fresh fish or canned versions to get your lean protein.
Start eating skinless poultry such as turkey and chicken to help your skin’s health.

Foods to avoid in the blackhead diet

Basically in he blackhead diet there are several main groups of food you would like to avoid due to their comedogenic effects. Simple carbs, dairy products and unhealthy fats (yes there is such a thing!).

High glycemic index carbohydrates (aka “simple” carbs)

High glycemic index and refined carbohydrates, such as sugar, flour, refined cereal products and white potatoes, are the main culprits for causing acne and blackheads, among other diseases related to a more western lifestyle, such as diabetes. These so-called “simple”-carbs are very easily digested by your body, causing a reaction which causes your insulin levels to spike.
High insulin levels are a risk for acne and blackheads as it:

  • Promotes inflammation.
  • Stimulates the production of new skin cells. Insulin is a type of growth hormone (not the one that will give you giant muscles!), so one of its most important jobs is to stimulate cell growth and reproduction.
  • Raise androgen levels. Androgens are the so-called “male hormones”, such as DHEA (dehydroepiandosterone) and testosterone. They are naturally present in males and females (but normally at much lower levels in women than in men). They stimulate sebum production, so if you eat too many fast carbs, your androgen levels may run too high, which can put your oil glands into overdrive.

Dairy products

Milk and most other dairy products contain two main types of proteins: casein and whey. The proteins in dairy products, are designed to grow a baby cow. Unfotunately we are all not baby cows so we have to suffer through the adverse effects of dairy on our skin. Dairy should be avoided a per the blackhead diet for the following reasons:

  • Whey proteins trigger insulin spikes just as powerfully as pure sugar does, and as a result have the effects on your skin as described in the above paragraph.
  • Whey proteins contain a growth factor called betacellulin. This growth factor binds to a special receptor on human skin cells called the Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) like a key in a lock. When betacellulin binds to EGFR, it can trigger the skin follicle to make too much sebum, basically pushing your oil glands to go into overdrive.
  • Casein proteins raise IGF-1 levels by about 30%. IGF-1 stands for “Insulin-like Growth Factor.” IGF-1 is a growth hormone similar to insulin that stimulates excess sebum, skin cell, and androgen production. Nothing we would like to happen really.

You might think low-fat and non-fat dairy products, such as fat-free yogurt and skim milk would be healthier options for the dairy addicted blackhead-and-acne sufferer and thus would fit the blackhead diet, but actually they contain a higher concentration of dairy proteins than high-fat dairy products, and therefore are even better at triggering acne breakouts.

Omega-6 fatty acids

When there is too much omega-6 in the diet, and not enough omega-3, the scales tip too far in the direction of inflammation. Seed oils, such as canola, soybean, and corn oil, are high in omega-6’s, whereas certain fish oils are higher in omega-3’s, which promote healing. For more information, click here.

Be careful with current salmon species nowadays as the salmon of today isn’t any longer the salmon it used to be. Farmed salmon may have higher levels of Omega-6 fatty acids running through its veins than wild, Atlantic salmon. To keep with the blackhead diet make sure that the salmon you buy for the recipe below is wild, Atlantic salmon, to make sure you get all those Omega-3 fatty acids your skin (and your brain!) so desperately desires.

Gluten

Gluten is quite often a favorite bad-guy in many diets, and unfortunately we are going to include it into the blackhead diet as well!
Let me explain why:
Gluten is a protein in wheat and other grains (oat, barley, rye, spelt) that makes bread dough sticky. Now because of he fact it makes so many things feel and taste gummy, it’s in a wide variety of other items you would never expect it to be in (some ketchups and ice creams for example)!
Some people react really badly to gluten and are known to have what’s called celiac’s disease. Some symptoms include diarrhea, intense abdominal pain, fatigue and bloating.

This however is not the same as gluten sensitivity, in which symptoms are similar to celiac disease but not as immediate and arise over time. People with gluten sensitivity also complain of headaches, muscle and joint weakness, skin problems, and neurological issues like brain fog and depression. There is no way to definitively diagnose it, but a recent study led by University of Maryland’s Center for Celiac Research confirmed that gluten sensitivity is distinct from celiac disease in the type of immune response it elicits from the body, providing direct evidence of its mechanism and existence. Even though you wouldn’t be following a blackhead diet specifically, all this doesn’t sound too good in general to have around in your day-to-day diet anyway :)!

This is all very nice info, but how does this tie in to acne?

Researchers behind the Maryland study claim that the inflammatory response that begins in the gut’s reaction to gluten then spreads to other parts of the body. More investigation is needed on gluten sensitivity’s direct impact on the skin, but the connection between the gut and skin has been studied extensively.

In sensitive individuals, gluten acts in two ways. First, it alters the integrity of the gut, creating cracks in the gut lining that allow toxins to recirculate back into the system. Second, because gluten-sensitive people cannot properly digest gluten, these large molecules enter the bloodstream, and the immune system recognizes them as invaders, activating an immune response that increases inflammation, which in turn can result in acne. This kind of immune response also triggers the release of insulin, which results in raised hormone levels, another cause of acne.

Check out this infographic I found from pinterest:

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Some good recipes to fit the blackhead diet:

Blackhead diet recipe #1: Smoked salmon with prawns, horseradish cream & lime vinaigrette

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This recipe is excellent against blackheads and acne as it has no sources of excess unhealthy oils, it features lean protein in the shrimps and salmon and is just overall yummy!

 

Ingredients
1 tbsp crème fraîche
1 tsp horseradish sauce
4 slices smoked salmon
10 large cooked prawn, peeled but tails left one
For the salad
juice 1 lime, finely grated zest of ½
1 tsp clear honey
½ tsp finely grated fresh root ginger
2 tbsp light olive oil
2 handfuls small leaf salad

Method:

Mix the crème fraîche with the horseradish and a little salt and pepper. For the dressing, whisk the lime juice and zest with the honey, ginger and seasoning, then whisk in the oil. Lay the smoked salmon and prawns on 2 plates, then top with a dollop of the horseradish cream. Toss the salad in most of the dressing and pile on top. Drizzle the remaining dressing around the plate and serve.

Blackhead diet recipe #2: Cheesy Autumn mushrooms

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This hearty autumn dish contains plenty of earthy products such as nuts, mushrooms and a fair amount of cheese. The earthy ingedients give nutrients to your skin making sure the balance within your sebacous glands remain as they should, causing blackheads and acne to disappear and thus fitting the blackhead diet prefectly.

 

Ingredients
4 large field mushrooms
100 g gorgonzola or other blue cheese, crumbled
25g walnuts, toasted and roughly chopped
4 thyme sprigs
knob butter, in small pieces
rocket leaves, to serve

Method

Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Arrange the mushrooms on a baking tray. Scatter over the cheese, walnuts, thyme sprigs and butter. You can do up to this stage a day in advance.

Pop in the oven and cook for 10 mins until the cheese is melted and the mushrooms are softened. Arrange some rocket leaves on plates and place the mushrooms on top.

Let us know in the comments below if you’d like to see a weekly meal plan to fit your blackhead diet!

Best pore vacuum: mechanical cleaning of your pores!

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On the lookout for the best pore vacuum? No need to look any further! See below for our 2 best extractor tools currently found on the market!

Blackheads form as dead skin cells mix with sebum excreted from sebaceous glands in hair follicles. As this mix gets clogged in the pore, the pore either stays open upon which the mixture oxidizes and turns black, forming a blackhead OR grows over and, quite possible, gets infected and turns into a pimple.

The main cause for both however is clear. Blocked pores. Now when taking a real world example; when your drains are blocked there are several ways to get rid of the blockage.

You can either try and poke it through (equivalent to squeezing your skin to get the blackhead out), or break out the plunger and try to suck it up.

Which brings us to out topic of today: The best pore vacuum. These devices enable you through gentle suction to suck the gunk out of your pores.
As with all beauty products many different varieties exist under the sun, however we will take a look at 3 products in particular that have been tried and tested.

Best pore vacuum #1:

ETTG Electric Facial Pores Cleanser

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The eTTG was recommended by most Amazon users in a recent survey. This pore vacuum, retailing for about $30, uses a reversible suction cup to clear debris from the pores to eliminate blackheads and was voted as the best pore vacuum.

PROS:

– Easy to clean, simple to operate, portable for home or travel use; 100% Brand New &High Quality.
– Use gentle, deep cleansing suction to remove skin impurities.
– Minimizes the appearance of large pores and helps to remove excess oil, dirt, blackheads & whiteheads.
– Powered by one AA battery ( not included); Dimension: W6 x D4.5 x H14cm.
– 100% Brand New and High quality from ETTG ,sold by ETTG ONLY! ETTG offers 12 months Warranty and 30 days free exchange.

CONS:

– Dependent on batteries.
– Not waterproof.

Best pore vacuum #2:

Generic Comedo Suction Microdermabrasion Diamond Machine

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At the higher end of the market however a lot more practical in use than the eTTG, this generic blackhead vacuum features various sizes of extraction tips depending on the size of the blackhead or pimple you are trying to get out.
Press in the plunger of the syringe until it clicks into place. Put the tip over the desired blackhead or pimple and hold the outside of the pore vacuum chamber and press it against your skin. This pressure releases a spring-loaded vacuum to pull the debris out of the pore instantly

PROS:

– Solve problem: coarse pore, rough skin, dark skin, exfoliate dead skin, blackhead and pore of skin, dirt nose and Firm and Improve skin elasticity.
– Professional waterproof design, easy to clean mouth head.Rechargeable with LED light.
– Strong suction, Suction strength is adjustable,effectively to suck out the nose blackhead and acne.
– Prevent suction damage to the skin,rich in a variety of vitamins and protein, to bring the skin nutrients needed.
– To restore the skin without leaving a trace. the skin smooth and delicate.

CONS:

– Not the cheapest pore vacuum out there!

Best pore vacuum #3:

Panasonic Electric Pores Cleaner Spot suction pores EH2513P-P with mist

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Even though this might not seem as the best blackhead vacuum on the market today judging by the ratings on amazon, it might be because people are just using it wrong!
Very important with any pore vacuum is that you use it on wet skin, and maintain as a vacuum over your wet skin. Don’t just hold it in one place. Move it around to get the full effect!
Luckily the bulk of blackhead extractor vacuums are waterproof and this one is no exception.

Secondly it is important to hold it so that it maintains suction. As you move it around your face, it’ll gently pull your skin and the edge of the “suction cup” will gently scrape the gunk that gets sucked out. You will be able to see it.
Lastly use the pore vacuum as often as you need, but know that you will not be able to really see much of a difference until you’ve used it for a week or so. Your pores will be very clean, especially your nose area, and your skin will take on a healthy ‘clean’ glow.

If you are in to Japanese precision technology, this Panasonic blackhead extraction vacuum might just be the device for you!

PROS:

-It’s waterproof
-Doesn’t require any batteries and works on a simple charge for ages
-Gives your pores a thorough clean
-Effectively sucks the gunk out of your pores. You can even see it getting sucked out!
-Price/quality wise the best pore vacuum on the market! (Even though you might think otherwise from the amazon reviews)

CONS:

-Make sure you have the usage of the pore vacuum down before you write it off. Follow the steps given above and you should be fine!
-Your skin might feel like it is getting pulled and might not be suitable for people who have a sensitive skin

Prep And Prevention

Before using any pore vacuum, it is recommended that you take a hot shower or steam your face for a couple of minutes. The heat and moisture will soften the skin, making it easier to extract the blackheads.
To prevent future outbreaks, use skin pore cleansers and wash your face regularly with warm water and antibacterial facial soap.

How to use your best pore vacuum:

Usage:

Simply turn the device on when the skin is still a bit moist as this will help with the suction effect of the vacuum. Then once you are ready, simply place the pore vacuum on your skin. be careful though not to press it down on your skin. The suction of the pore vacuum will do enough already to keep it tight on the skin.

In fact to get the most out of your pore vacuum, you might actually have to hold it away from your skin a little, while still maintaining contact with the skin. It sounds a bit hard to describe but you need to provide some counter-force to the suction power of the vacuum in order to ensure that the blackhead vacuum moves fluently over your skin.

You can compare it to someone gently pinching your skin and holding on to it as the hand slides up and down your face. In this way, especially with softened skin through steaming, the blackheads and sebaceous filaments will be flying out of your pores in no-time!

After-care:

After you are done please take good care of cleaning the pore vacuum thoroughly. The sebum and other gunk that just came from your pores is a big infection risk and if you do not clean the device properly, risk of a new acne outbreak or new blackheads is increased!

Just as you take excellent care of your skin, please make sure to take excellent care of your skincare tools as well. This not only counts for this blackhead vacuum, it counts for other makeup tools as well, such as brushes or even comedo extractors.

Common issues with blackhead vacuums

If you have decided to purchase one then I commend you. Using a pore vacuum is one of the most surefire way to handle blackheads and sebaceous filaments. Without damaging your skin. However some issues do arise even when you use the best pore vacuum.

If you have sensitive skin, I highly advise you to thoroughly check the suction strengths of the device. Make sure you don’t overdo it. Too much suction can result in soreness of the skin. More so it can cause the appearance of red areas. As a result blackhead vacuums are not for everyone.

Lastly healthy skin starts with healthy tools. We can’t stress this enough. Therefore make sure you clean even the best pore vacuum to such a degree that it looks, smells and feels brand new. That truly is the only way to keep blackheads away for good!

Hopefully we have guided you well in your shopping decision for the best pore vacuum. Let us know in the comments below how your purchase has helped you!

Best cleansers for oily skin: which one?

In the guide below we will show you 3 products that for you might be the best cleansers for oily skin.
As we all know oily skin is more likely to suffer from pimples, acne and blackheads. Unfortunately oily sin can be more high maintenance than other skintypes. Oily skin is characterized by enlarged pores and overactive sebaceous glands. It’s the sebacous glands inside hair follicles (or otherwise known as pores) that produce so-called “sebum”. The oil that naturally keeps the skin flexible.

However not all is lost if you are dealt the hand of oily skin by mother nature. You can still handle it as long as you take proper care of your skin.
One of the most important things in oily skin care routine is cleansing.

How to choose the best cleansers for oily skin?

The market is flooded nowadays with a plethora of different kinds of cleansers that all claim to be THE best cleansers for oily skin. However not all of them do as it says on the label. I’m going to show you 3 products I know have worked wonders on many of my clients.

1) Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion for Normal to Oily Skin

best cleansers for oily skinOne of the best cleansers for oily skin out there is this Cetaphil product. It is tried and tested by many and has been found to be very effective in treating oily skin.

PROS:
– It is gentle on the skin
– Effectively washes off all dirt from your face
– It is non-comedogenic meaning it does not stimulate the production of pimples or blackheads.
– Great for people with a sensitive, oily or acne-prone skin.
– Doesn’t dry out the skin
– Doesn’t break the skin

CONS:
– Is not as effective as a makeup remover. Some spots remain.
– Has parabens.
– Has a subtle medicated fragrance.

2) Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Face Wash

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This Neutrogena Oil-free Acne Wash  might be a bit more expensive than the Cetaphil cleanser, however this is not a product that should remain missing in your morning cabinet.

PROS:
– It contains salicylic acid as an ingredient which is a boon for oily skin.
– Helps in controlling oil and fights against acne.
– Cleanses the skin effectively. Every spec of dirt leaves!
– Doesn’t dry out the skin.

CONS:
– None!

3) Himalaya Purifying Neem Face Wash

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Lastly but definitely not the least, this Himalaya Neem Face Wash is the cheapest of the bunch, AND due to its natural products it is the best cleansers for oily skin using nothing but natural products.

PROS:
– Removes all dirt and impurities.
– Makes the skin squeaky clean.
– It is herbal.
– The smell is subtle and relaxing.
– Removes every speck of non waterproof makeup.
– Contains neem and turmeric as ingredients which are great for oily, acne prone skin.
– Doesn’t dry out the skin.
– Doesn’t leave any residue behind.
– It’s cheap!

CONS:
– Doesn’t lather much.

I hope now you know more to select your best cleansers for oily skin.

Blackhead infographic: false blackhead info!

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Above is an infographic containing some blackhead info I found from a competitor’s website blackheadexpert. And it just kept bothering me as I do feel there is some misinformation here.

Providing correct blackhead info:

Let’s start with the beginning. In here it is claimed that bacteria cause blackheads and whiteheads to form. However this is not necessarily the case. The reason blackheads form is that pores get clogged with a mixture of dead skin cells and sebum, the natural oil that is produced in the hair follicles (otherwise knows as pores).
After this then the formed “Comedo” has two ways of developing further.

Either the pore grows over with a tiny layer of skin, or it doesn’t. If the pore doesn’t grow over, the clog in the pore oxidizes due to exposure to air, after which the mixture turns black and becomes a so-called blackhead.
However option number 2; If bacteria sneak in to the pore and the pore grows over, then the pore evolves to a whitehead.

Secondly virtually everybody has had a pimple at one point in their lives. So more than the proclaimed 80%. I don’t want people to think 1/5 people never have o suffer through a pimple :). The 80% pertains more to who has suffered from acne outbreaks. And then even in this instance the 80% pertains only to people in the 11-30 years bracket.

Luckily what they did get somewhat correct is that it is important to have a steady daily routine going if you want to get to perfect skin. Washing, cleansing and moisturizing should be the cornerstones of your daily routine. However as with everything it is important to not overdo things. Scrub only a maximum amount of twice a week. Any more than that will strip the skin of its natural oils. As a result your skin will overproduce to make up for the missing oil, causing blemishes as a result!

Hopefully you got your info straight and were provided with the correct blackhead info. Let me know in the comments below if I have missed something!

Best Pore Strips: Biore, Clari-T and The Face Shop

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The 3 Best Pore Strips for Blackhead Extraction

Pore strips are a very valuable tool in your battle against blackheads. Making sure you find the best pore strips is key! When all else has failed and even your daily routine doesn’t do it’s tricks anymore, then pore strips or bands against blackheads might be your very last resort.
Plus you’ll get a great sense of satisfaction from pulling the band-aid away from your face and seeing the blackheads come with it!

Do they work?

There are a lot of steps you can take yourself to make sure pore strips work the way they should. You will not get the best effect out of the pore strips if for example you just sap them onto your nose without wetting your skin first. Most pore strips need at least some for of moisture to activate the glues inside the strip that make it adhere. Once the glue has been activated, it sticks to your open pore and to the gunk on those pore. A combination of under-pressure and adhesion make sure your pores are left behind as clean as possible.

Be aware though that pore strips (yes, even the best pore strips!) will NOT prevent blackheads from forming. That is just simply not how they work. In order to prevent blackheads from forming you’d be better off using a BHA cleanser combined with a toner.

Not all pore strips are created equal though. After testing several among our customers, we have come up with the best three. And as we are so nice, we have listed some of the best pore strips for you down below:

Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

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When it comes to the best pore strips, Biore is currently market leader. After several years of experimenting they have perfected their version of the common pore strip with their Deep Cleansing Pore Strips. At roughly $13 for a pack of 24 there are hardly better deals you could do out there. Also on Amazon over 1000 people have reviewed this product and it has consistently scored a 4/5. So that many people can’t be wrong!

The Deep Cleansing Pore Strips are in our opinion better than the Ultra Deep Cleansing pore strips as these are less irritating to people who have a sensitive skin. These bands do not contain any alcohol or menthol making them more soothing than their ultra deep cleaning counterpart.
The big benefit of these Biore strips is that in one packet you not only get nose strips, as the bands are bigger than usual, meaning these are excellently suited for blackhead extraction from your forehead or cheek area as well!

Biore has also made a special version of the pore strips that is infusd with charcoal. These have as an extra benefit that they absorb some of the skin oil as they suck your blackheads out.
Try the charcoal pore strips instead!

 

Earth Therapeutics Clari-T Pore Cleansing Nose Strips

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If you are in to natural products then this might be the product for you. Another one of the best pore strips on the market are the Earth Therapeutic’s Clari-T Pore Strips contain organic tea tree oil which has an anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial effect on your pores while the strips get to work locking in the nasty blackheads to be purged clear out from your pores.

These nose strips are excellent for people whose skin reacts kindly to the tree oil present in these strips. However if your skin is a sensitive skin type then these might not be the best suited product for you as your skin might dry out.

The Face Shop Volcanic Clay Nose Strips (w/ Aloe)

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The Face Shop’s Pore Strips use volcanic mud from New Zealand’s Rotorua area. It is considered one of the best pore strips that use volcanic mud. It’s a natural detoxifier that soaks up oil, dirt, and impurities from your pores. Not to mention it does a fantastic job of latching onto blackheads and pulling them clean out of your pores.

We love these packs as they’re natural, soothing (thanks, aloe) and detoxify naturally (thanks, mud) as well as do a great job extracting blackheads.

How to Get the Best Results with Blackhead Remover Strips…

  • Use (In)frequently. If you haven’t used one of these before (or it’s been a long time), you’re going to blown away by all the awesome gunk that comes out, and be tempted to do it again the next day, and the next, and the next. Don’t do that! These best pore strips provide a deep extraction that’s best used around once a week.
  • Steam first. Steam has a way of opening up your pores and open pores are easier targets for blackhead extraction. Use the pores after emerging from a hot, steamy shower for best results!
  • Clean after. Sometimes, a little residue from the pore strips will stay on your skin. Not cool. Make sure you clean your face of any pore strip residue afterwards as well as care for those pores that have recently lost their nasty residents (blackheads) with a gentle blackhead clearing cleansing regimen.

 

Hopefully now you have a good idea of what might be the best pore strips for you.

Best BHA exfoliant and blackhead extracting exfoliant

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For people already knowledgeable about BHA and its benefits, you can skip straight to Amazon’s Paula’s Choice SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant. It is the best BHA exfoliant for all types of skin currently available on the market.

Out of almost 500 customer reviews this product has 4/5 stars. At $29 with free shipping you’ll have to look far and wide to beat this sale.

Product Description

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SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid is a unique, completely non-abrasive, leave-on liquid exfoliant for daily use on all skin types.
However it has been proven to be the most effective with people who deal with oily skin on a daily basis. The salicylic acid present in this BHA exfoliant is the best working ingredient out there. It is extremely effective for people with oily skin types. As a result blemishes and acne will soon be a thing of the past!

Very often salicylic acid will be used in BHA type exfoliants. It is the same acting ingredient as you can find in common aspirin.
So there is no need to worry if the exfoliant would be too acidic for your skin to handle. If you have sensitive skin I would suggest to just try and treat a patch on your skin first to see how you’d react with introducing this new product into your skincare routine

Product details:

SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid is Paul’s choice’s #1-selling exfoliant around the world—for good reason!

This best BHA exfoliant has an optimal pH range of 3.2–3.8 and is formulated with additional soothing agents for enhanced benefits.
It gently exfoliates built-up layers of dead skin, just like your skin did naturally when you were younger. As a result this can be highly recommended for people with already older skin.
It also effectively unclogs pores, optimizes skin renewal and increases skin-clarity . As a result your skin will feel remarkably smoother. It’ll have smaller pores, a more refined texture, and less visible lines and wrinkles.
You will see results the first time you use it! All Paula’s Choice products are 100% fragrance free, clinically proven to be non-irritating, and never tested on animals.
As a result even if you have a more sensitive skin, the chances that you would react badly to the best BHA exfoliant in the world is highly unlikely!

How does it work?

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Naturally your skin already has systems in place to shed dead skin. Everybody has seen dandruff at some point in their lives and especially after a bad sunburn I can bet you’ve been peeling away at the dead skin layers!
However this natural system of shedding dead skin can be interrupted by sun damage.
Also your skintype, midlife changes or environmental factors can have an impact on how fast or how well your skin changes.
As a result at some points in time we need to exfoliate, help your body out.
However we need to do so in a gentle way as to not damage the skin any further. Hard scrubbing is rarely a good idea.
That’s why BHA exfoliants are such a good remedy. The acidity of this best BHA exfoliant gently eats away at the dead skin, leaving healthy and glowing skin behind!

The Difference Between AHA and BHA Exfoliants

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AHA and BHA can have a lot of things in common when it comes to fixing your skin overnight. Both can make your skin look years younger, more flexible and firmer looking in a matter of hours.

However BHA should be used in the following situations:

-BHA is ideal if you are dealing with oily skin, clogged pores, blackheads, blemishes, or enlarged pores.

-BHA is also preferred for those struggling with sensitive skin and redness.

Not everyone with temperamental skin can tolerate an exfoliant. BHA exfoliant however is the best option to get all the benefits a leave-on exfoliant can provide, while at the same time calm red areas and enhance smoother skin.

How to Find the Best BHA Exfoliant

Now that you know the many ways an AHA or BHA exfoliant can help improve the appearance of your skin, all that’s left to do is find the one that works best for you.
Choose a product and try it for 30-some days to see how your skin reacts. If you see results, keep using the product. However if you notice your skin is starting to change or you’re not getting the results you want; change your routine and try another product. What works for other people might not necessarily work for you!

As mentioned above this BHA exfoliant has been thoroughly tried and tested. Many different people around the world have tried it and the overall consensus seems to be that this for them is the best BHA exfoliant out there.
I think it’s because Paula’s Choice tends to go for natural products, leaving hard chemicals out of the formula. A lot of people suffer from sensitive skin so having heavy chemicals in your beauty products would eliminate a big market share for your products.
As a result I really like Paula’s Choice products just because they go the natural route.

Let me know in the comments below what best BHA exfoliant worked for you!

Other BHA exfoliants on the market

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This BHA Blackhead Power Liquid is clinically proven to reduce the formation of blackheads, reduce excess sebum and hydrate the skin. As it contains Betaine Salicylate, which is a natural BHA ingredient, it strengthens the skin. Instead of using purified water, it is made with White Willow bark water for that deep pore cleanse. Willow is the main source of salicylic acid in nature. As such the use of white willow bark water merely amplifies its potency. Some consider this to be the best bha exfoliant out there. Especially if you have sensitive skin you might want to try this product. Several people have stated that the betaine salicylate found in this product is a lot less agressive than the salicylic acid in most BHA exfoliants.

Free of parabens, artificial colorants, artificial fragrances, triethanolamine and phthalein.

Humane BHA Clarifying Toner, 4 Ounce

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Coming in slightly cheaper than our best BHA exoliant, this toner by Humane might be a more budget friendly product.

Perfect Your Skin

Humane’s BHA clarifying toner with salicylic acid gently exfoliates the skin’s surface to remove pore-clogging debris, excess dirt, and dead skin cells. The non-abrasive liquid also increases hydration, minimizes enlarged pores, and reduces fine lines to leave skin visibly firmer and radiant.

Their proprietary non-greasy formula glides on smooth and absorbs quickly without leaving an oily residue. It also contains natural soothing agents to reduce redness and uneven skin tone.

Safer Ingredients

Unlike other major skin care brands who claim to make the best bha exfoliant, they refuse to use questionable ingredients like:

• Butylene Glycol: Can cause skin irritation, dermatitis and hives. Repeated exposure can lead to skin allergies.
• Tetrasodium EDTA: Made from formaldehyde and sodium cyanide. Can cause eczema and eye irritation.
• Polysorbate 20: Created with carcinogenic ethylene oxide. Linked to developmental and reproductive toxicity in animals.
• Parabens: Preservatives linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, & reproductive toxicity.

A Higher Standard

Here’s a little known fact: the FDA does not review, nor does it have the authority to regulate what goes into cosmetics before they are marketed for consumer use. Our mission is to raise the bar for personal care products, starting with honesty and transparency.

 

Philosophy Clear Days Ahead Oil-Free Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment and Moisturizer

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This is a very good beta hydroxy acid (BHA, or salicylic acid) exfoliant for acne-prone skin! It’s medicated with 1% salicylic acid and its pH of 3.6 ensures it will function as an exfoliant. Surprisingly, the formula doesn’t contain irritants such as fragrant oils or alcohol—a rarity in anti-acne products—and it’s fragrance-free!

In addition to the salicylic acid being effective, the formula has a silky, slightly hydrating lotion texture that treats skin to a beneficial blend of fatty acids (which may help reduce inflammation from acne) as well as cell-communicating ingredients and antioxidant vitamin E (listed as tocopheryl acetate). If you’re sold on philosophy, this is definitely one of their best bha exfoliant out there.

Pros:

  • Contains 1% salicylic acid (BHA) formulated at a pH to ensure it works as an exfoliant.
  • Treats skin to anti-inflammatory fatty acids and cell-communicating ingredients for extra benefits.
  • Fragrance-free, silky lotion texture.
  • Provides light hydration.

Cons:

  • Expensive, and there are other well-formulated BHA products.
  • Rumours of animal testing

 

Let us know below what you think is the best bha exfoliant and what your experiences have been!

 

 

Blackheads in your ear: how to get rid of ear blackheads?

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What are they?

Ear blackheads, as the name suggests, are blackheads that form in ears. It’s however a very uncommon place for blackheads to appear. Even though it might not be the most obvious spot for a blackhead to come up, at least you can imagine worse places for it to be!

Removing ear blackheads is one of the harder places to remove them.
With nose blackheads at least you can see in the mirror where the blackhead is and more or less do it yourself by using a blackhead extractor tool.
You might need some assistance from your best friend or partner with taking out the blackhead in your ear. Chances are they are probably the first ones to notice them anyway!

How do I get blackheads in my ear?

Ear blackheads are formed just like any other blackhead. When dead skin cells mix with naturally occurring oil on your skin there is a danger they will seep into an open pore. As a result the pore will get clogged up and due to a mixture of sun and oxygen the top of the pore (or more exactly the sebum within the pore) will overtime start to oxidize and turn black.

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While the most common place for a blackhead to be is your face, blackheads are also able to form on other parts of your body. You have tiny little hairs in your ear, which means you also have hair follicles (pores). If one of these pores gets stretched, it will fill up with dead skin cells really fast. If you are unlucky it can also be filled with bacteria, causing ear blackheads.

1) Blackheads will not disappear over time

Your body does absolutely nothing to stop blackheads from forming naturally, nor does it care if your pores are blocked. The only time your body will react to a pore being clogged is if the pore grows over with a tiny skin layer. At this point the pore has turned into a pimple. If the pimple is not treated properly it might get infected.

2) Blackheads  are not dirt and scrubbing with soap will not help

Your pores are too deep for any normal soap to have any effect, nor can you scrub them off. The only type of soap that might have some effect needs to be used in combination with an exfoliation routine. Look for cleansers that contain “salicylic acid”. If you exfoliate before applying the cleanser you’ll be twice as effective in preventing ear blackheads from forming.

3) Blackheads will come back if not treated properly.

Using a blackhead extractor tool will do only part of the job. You might get the blackhead out fully, but the pore the blackhead came from will still be open wide. Applying a toner might help close the pore or at the very least get it tightened up more.

Getting rid of them!

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There are a few ways to get rid of blackheads in ear and stop them from ever becoming a big problem again. This does mean you will have to start taking care of your skin.

Blackhead removal methods

Not all methods commonly used in the fight against blackheads will do the trick when your blackheads are in your ear. However others, although they might be a bit cumbersome, will do the trick.

The old favorite: Using a blackhead extractor tool

This, combined with oil cleansing, remains one of my go-to methods to get rid of ear blackheads. No matter where they form blackheads can always be extracted using a comedo-extractor tool. Most commonly however you’re not extracting blackheads but you’re getting rid of sebaceous filaments. But that is a story for another time!
Removing ear blackheads using a blackhead extractor tool is pretty straight forward.
Select the right size of loop you need for the blackhead at hand from the array of blackhead extractor tools at hand.
Then simply place the loop over the blackhead and with a swooping motion apply pressure around the dot.
The motion you are aiming for is like you’d be scooping some ice cream into a bowl.
While applying pressure to the side of the blackhead, slowly move your hand down as to push the gunk out of the pores.
Once extracted, wipe off the tool with some rubbing alcohol to make sure there is no cross-contaminatio next time around!

Oil cleansing

My favorite method is the oil cleansing method. Oils tend to easily dissolve in other oils. As a result if you apply oils on your ear, logic dictates that the naturally occurring oil on your skin will dissolve into this cleansing oil, after which your skin will be less oily, resulting in a lower chance of you getting ear blackheads.
Apply it before you wash your face and rub it in for a good minute.

Chemical cleansing

Using a cleanser you are using a mild acid to go into your skin and slowly eat away a layer of dead skin cells, leaving pristine skin behind once you wash it off.
As mentioned above you can use either salicylic acid (BHA) or glycolic acid (AHA), but you can also alternate between them every day.

Salicylic acid will go in your pores and pull everything out, while glycolic acid will help you tighten your pores and push out what’s stuck in them. Glycolic acid will also help you with a better skin texture.

To clear ear blackheads with a cleanser follow the following routine:

  • Splash lukewarm water on your face
  • Use a cleanser to wash your face gently for 30 seconds
  • Dry your face with a soft towel
  • Apply a BHA – or AHA cleanser depending on your skin type
  • Wait 20 minutes for BHA, 30 minutes for AHA before rinsing it off
  • Moisturise your face
  • Apply sunscreen (especially when using AHA)

There you go!

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