Professional blackhead removal

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More often than not people are too scared to touch their own face or to even attempt to remove blackheads themselves. That is why people often search for professional blackhead removal. However it is unnecessary to be scared to try and remove blackheads yourself. The chance of you damaging your skin permanently or developing scars is incredibly small.

More often than not, squeezing blackheads or doing any kind of skin-treatment has more to do with using common sense rather than actual skill. Think about it. If you have to squeeze your skin so hard your eyes start to water, are you doing damage to your skin?

Unfortunately people who have a thicker skin (dermis) will more likely have the need to see professional help than others. However a lot can be done even before you need to seek professional blackhead removal. Below is an overview of the steps a professional takes to prevent blackheads.

Step 1: Eating right

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Lean and green!

Probably most of you would’ve thought I would have started with “setting up a routine” or “products that get rid of blackheads”.

No.

By far the easiest thing you can do for you and your skin is eating right. And by eating right I mean eating nutritious foods. Leave out the simple carbs, leave out some dairy and go green and lean.
Two simple terms to live by. Lean and green. Lean meat protein and green leafy vegetables are THE staple to get a blackhead free skin.

Eating simple carbs triggers a response in your body that increases the insulin levels in your blood. Basically simple carbs are sugar. Your body looooves sugar. So much so that it wants to keep hold of every little grain it can get a hold of. Your body does this by upping the insulin levels in the blood. Insulin converts the sugar into fats, which are then stored in areas you never wanted it to be in in the first place.

Another thing insulin does is increase cell growth. As it is a type of growth hormone, insulin rapidly stimulates cell growth. As we all know, blackheads are caused by a buildup of oil and dead skin cells in the pores. What happens when skin cells all of a sudden decide to start growing? You guessed it, a lot of them die off and end up laying on your skin. Now if you don’t wash these away or scrub them away, they’ll start blocking pores in no times. Turning your skin into blackhead central in no-time.

Dairy has a similar effect.

The funny thing is that dairy has been genetically perfected by nature to be THE food source of choice for baby calves. Unfortunately very few of us are baby calves. As a result the hormones in the milk, meant to make the calves grow, end up in our system. A similar effect happens as described above. The hormones stimulate the cells in our body to divide, causing a build up of dead skin cells on our skin. As a result, if you don’t cleanse properly, you will need to seek professional blackhead removal in due time.

 

Step 2: Get your routine straight

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Another way to prevent having to reach out to professionals is to get your routine straight. Be firm with yourself and start a daily ritual. Make sure that before you go to bed your skin is absolutely spotless. Make sure all make up is completely washed off.

Not because make up causes blackheads, rather because make up left on the skin is indicative of skin patches that have not been thoroughly cleaned. As a result there could still be some dead skin cells lingering under the make up that could oh-so easily fall into a pore. Making you wake up with a zit the next morning.

So make sure all make up is washed off thoroughly.

Also use lukewarm water when you do this. Too warm water or too cold water could do some serious damage to your skin, especially if you have a sensitive skin type! The damage i am talking about is just that your skin would try to overproduce skin cells again as a reaction to the cold/hot water. As a result your chance of developing blackheads would increase dramatically. NOT what we want!

Steam it up!

In order to make things easier for you as you treat your skin you might want to steam your face first. You can either use a facial steamer which is used in professional blackhead removal, or then you could wrap a hot towel around your face for a similar, yet not as good, effect.

 

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The steam makes the skin looser and more susceptible to the treatment. This helps prevent any lasting damage to your skin and makes sure that extraction remains a pleasurable experience. It does NOT open pores as you might read on some websites. Contrary to popular belief, pores cannot open or close on demand. They aren’t muscles. They can however get more loose or constrict. Lemon juice for example is known to have astringents, which tend to have a closing effect on pores.

The steam helps you make it easier on yourself as you continue your routine. So I highly recommend you incorporate it in your ritual. Your skin’ll thank me :)!

After that that, it’s time for cleansing!

One of the favorite parts of any ritual is the cleansing.

There is a lot of confusion over what type of cleanser to use. However I’ll make it simple. If you have oily skin, use a BHA cleanser. If you have any other skin type, an AHA cleanser will be just the right type for you.

How can I tell if I have oily skin I hear you ask? Well.. If you look in the mirror on a normal day and your skin is glowing, you have oily skin. Also you’ll be very much aware of how much more acne- and blackhead prone you are.

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A BHA cleanser has as its active working ingredient salicylic acid. It’s an acid that is extracted from the common willow tree. It also just happens to be the active ingredient in the common aspirin. As a result you could trust the professionals and by this BHA cleanser, which is used in professional blackhead removal. Or you could try and make your own aspirin mask.

Aspirin mask recipe:

The recipe is stupidly easy. All you need are 5-7 aspirin pills that do not have a coating and some bottled water. Mix them in a bowl until you form a paste. If the paste is too thick, add water, if too thin, add a pill. Make sure though not to add more than 7 pills. If you have to, start a new batch just to be safe and throw the old one away.

Then let this paste sit on your skin for a few minutes before washing it off again with lukewarm water.

To aid in the cleansing you could be interested in using a cleanser AND a face cleansing brush such as this one.

 

Step 3: Get your squeeze on

Now comes the part you have been waiting for! In professional blackhead removal we usually use a plethora of tools but they really boil down to a blackhead extractor tool, or then a microdermabrasion kit.

 

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A comedo extraction tool, or blackhead extraction tool, looks like a scoop in my opinion. It has a lengthy handle, and at both ends a loop. This loop is used to extract blackheads. The way to do this is by first of all choosing the right tool for the job. If you have a monster of a blackhead on your chin, you’ll need a bigger loop!

So select the right sized loop for the right sized blackhead and place the loop over the blackhead. Then with a motion as you’d be scooping ice-cream, apply pressure to the side of the blackhead. Without too much effort the blackhead should come out.

This is now the part they try to scare you with in professional blackhead removal. However this is nothing to be scared of. Use common sense. If it hurts too much to squeeze out a blackhead, leave it be and let a professional take care of it. However if you are one of the lucky ones who can almost “scratch out” their blackheads, a tool as this can cause no harm.

Secondly professionals tend to use a microdermabrasion tool as well when visiting a dermatologist. This device benefits you in two ways.

First of all you’ll look 10 years younger. The diamond head rubs back and forth over your skin gently exfoliating it. At the same time there is a suction device that is sucking up the dead skin cell layer that comes off you. This prevents it from lingering on the skin and gives you a clean look.

Which brings us to benefit number two: No blackheads! As you exfoliate and suck the skin away immediately, there is no risk of pores getting clogged up. After microdermabrasion the dead skin cell layer is no longer present, which means the chances of you developing new blackheads are pretty much zero!

Step 4: Toner, toner, toner

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Just like a kid hates it when you put some iodine on a scratch, you won’t necessarily love using toners either. However this wonderful substance both eliminates bacteria and helps prevent zits. Any bacteria that might still be on your skin after the microdermabrasion or after the squeeze will be wiped away with toner. This disinfecting wonder potion is the last step in your routine.

When squeezing the blackheads using an extractor tool there is always the chance some of the gunk still ends up on your skin. Using a toner is the last step before you go to bed to make sure you wake up blemish free.

If after this you still need professional blackhead removal…

then the best place to turn to would be to visit your local dermatologist. If he/she is a good one they’ll assess your needs before recommending you an unnecessary expensive treatment. If you follow the steps I have listed above, chances are you’ll save out on the need to go visit one!

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

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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.

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.

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!

 

 

Blackhead extractor tool: tips and tricks!

Before you start squeezing any blackheads on your skin there are a few things you need to be aware of with a blackhead extractor tool.

Blackheads form due to a blockage of your pores by a mixture of oil on your skin and dead skin cells. Dermatologists and cosmeticians call this mixture “sebum”.
Once a pore is blocked by sebum one of two things can happen.

1. The pore can grow a small layer of skin to “grow over” the pore, effectively closing in the sebum. This is called a whitehead, or more commonly a pimple.

2. The pore does not grow over and the sebum trapped inside the pore oxidizes due to constant contact with the air and turns to a blackish color. These are, you guessed it, blackheads!

You can actually sort of tell the age of a blackhead just by how black the sebum is that comes out of the pore once squeezed. The older the blackhead, the darker the sebum that pops out.

So back to our original topic:

If you have decided you’ll try and extract blackheads you need to make sure your tools are up to scratch.
You can read here where you can get a good quality blackhead extractor tool kit to get you started.

So to get you started you need a good cleansing routine.

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I emphasize on routine as for most people this seems to be the hardest thing to get started or hold on to. The trick why so many celebrities have amazing skin is because they have a team of dermatologists and cosmeticians whose job it is to ensure that the celebrity in question does their daily cleansing routine to the letter.

So there are a couple of steps in this routine;
Make sure that before you go to bed your face is clean. Wash it twice with lukewarm water to make sure any makeup residue or other impurities are fully washed from your face.
Use a cleanser while you do this. However don’t use anything harsh, the trick is to exfoliate gently and in a controlled fashion. Washing gets the impurities off, not scrubbing!

Use a gentle wash cloth to massage the cleanser into your face so you can get a deep pore cleanse out of it.
Afterwards use a clean towel to gently pat your face dry. Now that this is set you are ready for the second phase.

Soften your skin.

To make it more easy on yourself and to make the treatment that is coming more comfortable it is important to first soften up your skin. You can do this by for example wrapping a fresh towel around your face that is drenched in hot water for about 2-3 minutes. Or you can also take a hot shower after which you start your cleansing ritual immediately.

Disinfect your hands.

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What use is it to treat your skin if the blackheads come back the day after anyway right? In order to make sure this doesn’t happen you can use gloves. Or then you can make sure your hands are properly disinfected. Just rub some rubbing alcohol onto your hands. Additionally paying extra attention to massage the alcohol into your fingertips is your best bet of making sure your hands are clear.

Also if you are about to treat acne with the extractor tool then it is important to also make sure your spots and the skin around the acne is disinfected as well. We don’t want any bacteria to spill over into the surrounding pores causing an outbreak as soon as you wake up the next morning.

My personal advice however is to just have a pair of disposable gloves at the ready for ease of comfort.

Now comes the good part:

Using the blackhead extractor tool:

squeezing blackheads using blackhead extractor tool

In this kit there are several different blackhead extractor tool for several different blackhead and acne types.

Use the lancet tool to carefully pierce the skin that is on top of the pore. Then afterwards turn the tool around. On the other side is a scoop like tool with a hole. Place the hole over the opened whitehead and carefully press down, while gently rocking the tool from side to side.

Important things to remember:
If you are unfamiliar with using the lancet tool or you are having difficulties piercing the skin, leave it be and go to a dermatologist or cosmetician. They are trained to do this. If you force it you might end up with a nasty acne scar that will take some more advanced treatments to get rid of.

Method

In your kit there are several looped tools. These loops are for various different sizes of blackheads.
The larger the pore in which the blackhead sits, the bigger the loop you need to choose on your tool in order to get everything out.

If you look carefully you’ll also notice that some of the loops are placed at a slight angle. This is all to accommodate for your various facial features. For example a blackhead that sits right behind the nostrils is will be quite tricky to remove with a flat ended loop.
Pick a blackhead extractor tool with a slight angle to its loop to get into those hard to reach spots.

When trying to get a blackhead out, place the loop over the blackhead.  Then with a scooping motion as if you would scoop some ice cream, apply pressure and pull downwards. The blackhead should slowly but surely come out of the pore. Don’t be dis-encouraged if it doesn’t come out immediately. There is not necessarily need to apply more pressure. Just maintain the pressure you have and simply wait until it oozes out. If the waiting becomes unreasonably long (several seconds), then apply more pressure.

Finish with some more disinfecting.

Finishing up after using blackhead extractor tool

Finally make sure that your blackhead extractor tool and other tools are disinfected. Once your tools are disinfected your face is up next.
Apply some toner to a cotton ball and gently wipe your entire skin. Afterwards apply some moisturizer and you can rest assured that when you wake up the next morning, your skin will be pure and clean!

Want to know more? Read up here to get some more information on blackheads and acne!

Get rid of blackheads: 5 products to get you started!

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Follow these 5 steps and products to get rid of blackheads:

How to get rid of blackheads:

Get rid of blackheads tip 1: Get your morning routine straight!

Making sure you use the right cleanser is everything. Your morning routine should be primed for effective facial care. Make sure that you wash your face with a physical or chemical exfoliating wash. Choose cleansers that are based on either salicylic or glycolic acid in order to get rid of blackheads. Salycilic- or glycolic acid based cleansers penetrate the skin well and provide a deep cleansing to clogged pores. It washes the sebum away with it as you rinse your face with lukewarm water. Try Dermalogica Clearing Skin Fluid. get rid of blackheads
If you are on a budget you can also make your own salicylic based face mask using products you have probably laying around already! Learn here how to do it.

 

Get rid of blackheads tip 2: Remove Blackheads by Toning.

After phase one is done, continue to balance your skin with a toner. Using toners after exfoliating will help improve the shape of your pores. Make sure you choose alcohol-free products that contain Totarol.
Totarol is derived from the Totara tree. It’s a tree native to New Zealand, that has shown some remarkable antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Totarol will restore the natural pH of your skin.Try Astara Blue Flame Purifying Toning Mist
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Get rid of blackheads tip 3: Remove Blackheads in Your Sleep.

Sometimes simple exfoliating, cleansing and toning your skin just does not suffice. In those cases it’s necessary to bring out the big guns. In order to get rid of blackheads and acne that means you need to use products containing benzoyl peroxide and retinol. Benzoyl peroxide has been around for years and it has shown really good results with acne.

It desinfects your face from any impurities that might be there. Retinol products, on the other hand, boost cell-turnover, meaning that the dead skin cells on your skin don’t linger around. As a result the risk of them to slip into pores and block them are drastically reduced.
But don’t go crazy with these potent ingredients. Switch between them. For example, you may want to use the benzoyl peroxide on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and use the Retinol on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

 

 

Get rid of blackheads tip 4: Yes, You Need to Moisturize Even if You Have Blackheads.

No matter how oily your skin might get, balance is still key. You need to do your everything to make sure the natural balance of oil and water in your skin are maintained in order to get rid of blackheads. In the case of oily skin you can try and choose an oil-free moisturizer, preferably including hyaluronic acid, to deeply hydrate the skin.

Dehydrated skin has stressed glands that might produce excess oil in an effort to keep the natural flexibility in the skin. Exactly what we are trying to avoid. It’s all about balance in skincare. Too much or too little of either is never a good thing.

Even when talking about skin oils :). Try to maintain a normal flow of oil from your pores by keeping your skin’s moisture level balanced.And, of course, always use an SPF during the day, especially since you’ll be exfoliating your skin as part of this process, and ingredients like salicylic acid can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.Try Juice Beauty SPF 30 Oil-Free Moisturizer.
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Get rid of blackheads tip 5: Gently Scrub Away Your Blackheads.

Two times a week, use a gentle physical exfoliating scrub. Manual exfoliation is another key part of preventing blackheads, because it helps keep your pores clear.Try SkinAgain Clear – Blemish Control Mattifying Lotion
get rid of blackheadsIf you are on a budget, why not try a yogurt mask? The lactic acid present in yogurt will gently stimulate cell turnover in your skin and will as a result gently exfoliate.

How to treat oily skin: best cleanser for oily skin

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A lot of my customers ask me how to treat oily skin. People with oily skin are extremely prone to acne-outbreaks, blemishes and blackheads.
As we are all now with how blackheads form after having read how to prevent blackheads from forming, we know that the key factors to look out for are the mixture of oil and skin on the skin surface, locking pores (also called sebum) and the naturally occurring oil layer on your skin itself.

In this article we’ll go over some ways how to treat oily skin so you can make sure your natural oil levels stay well within balance with the rest of your body.

Cosmopolitan wrote a really good article on this topic and I’ll be taking pointers from theirs. You can read their article here.

Get your cleansers straight!

First off you’ll need to find a great cleanser. When cleaning oily skin, you almost have to think of it as cleaning a skillet. You’ll need to clean oil with oil.
Look for oil-based cleansers such as this one:

Regardless though on whether or not you’ll go with an oil-based cleanser or not, important is to not use anything containing alcohol as that will be too harsh of a cleanser. Softness and tenderness is always key when cleaning your skin. IF you use a cleanser that is too harsh you might actually do more damage than good. A too harsh cleanser will strip away more oil than necessary, forcing your body to go into overdrive as it tries to maintain balance and produce more oil than it should to make up for the difference. Precisely the opposite of what we are trying to achieve.

Cleanse regularly

Secondly proper hygiene is paramount to all things beauty and health related. Without proper hygiene you are just fighting an uphill battle getting yourself Saturday-night ready.
Choose a gentle cleanser and use it at least twice a day to normalize oil levels. Ditch the daily toner use and use it maybe 1-2 times at most during the week. Instead focus on a leave-on cream for controlling oil production.
Go for a cream low in benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Skincare and managing skin oil production is all about finding the right balance that works with your body.

Use moisturizer

Another great thing you can do for your skin and what has been proven time and time again is to make sure you hydrate properly. Dehydrated skin is stressed skin and can cause the glands to produce more oil than they should.
Other than making sure you get your daily doses of water you can do spot hydration by using moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid rather than ceramides, which can lock in bacteria and lead to pimples and blackheads.
Boots Botanics Shine Away Mattifying Day Cream is just the right cream to do that!

Homemade how to treat oily skin remedies:

Home remedies to treat oily skin are very tricky to get right. The popular sugar-lemon scrub a lot of women make at home is just such an example of where balance is key in getting things right. Although it is a good exfoliant and mildly improves pigmentation, using too much lemon juice can lead to hyper-pigmentation.
Yogurt masks can help exfoliate, but overdoing it can have undesired effects as well.
Exfoliating once a week is a good amount to make sure you allow your skin to heal properly from the afflicted abrasions while at the same time aiding your skin in shedding the dead skin cells in a natural fashion.
Be careful when steaming your skin as well, as you would before trying to squeeze blackheads, as too high a temperature for too long can strip away natural oil layers on your skin.

As always, balance is key!

Hopefully now you have a good idea how to treat oily skin!

How to prevent blackheads: get your routine straight!


How to prevent blackheads
is one of the most common questions any one with oily skin asks their dermatologist. Luckily there are several preventative measures you can take to make sure those black spots do not appear anywhere near your face!
Most of these measures rely on preventing the two main ingredient of a white- or blackhead from forming: excess dry skin and excess oil.
So keeping these two things in mind, let’s run through some steps you can take.

How to prevent blackheads:

Wash you skin in a regular basis. It’s as simple as that!

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Any excess skin debris or dead skin cells have a much lower chance of getting trapped in a pore if they are not there to begin with.
The less time dead skin cells spend on the skin, the less chance they have to fall into a pore and block it.

Therefore cleaning your skin on a regular basis (daily) is extremely important when looking for ways on how to prevent blackheads. To do this you can use a skin cleanser with a neutral pH.If you want some more powerful gear you can look for a cleanser which has salicylic acid, the working ingredient in aspirin, to give your wash an extra boost.

Homemade blackhead mask:

You can even give yourself an aspirin mask as a home-made remedy against blackheads;

All you need are 5-7 uncoated aspirin pills, distilled water or bottled water like Fiji or Evian and a tablespoon of Organic Honey.In a mug mix aspirin and water in such a way that it forms a paste, so be careful how much water you mix in there, preferably too little than too much!

I’d advise though if the mixture is too liquid and you need to add another aspirin; keep the number under 8. If you have added 8 aspirin tablets already just throw the batch away and start a new one.

The Honey helps the mask become less drying to the skin. So mix everything together and apply it to any area on your skin that is prone to breakouts.Leave it on for about 7-15 minutes and then wash it away with lukewarm water.
The lukewarm water is necessary as too hot water might strip your skin from its naturally occurring oil, which makes your skin go into oil-producing overdrive which is exactly what we want to avoid!

Here is a good salicyclic peel if you want to skip the trouble and go straight to the cure.

However too much of anything is never a good idea; avoid over-washing your skin as it may irritate and strip your skin of its naturally occurring oil. You do need skin oil to keep your skin flexible and prevent any cracks or injuries from occurring.

Exfoliate!

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When trying to figure out how to prevent blackheads, nothing works as well as giving your skin a good rub every once in a while to make sure no buildup of dead skin cells can occur.
This is the step up from washing your skin to get rid of the dead skin cells.

The micro-beads in the scrub give your cleansing ritual an extra boost by actively striping your skin of any loose bits that might end up clogging pores, leading to white- and or blackheads.
However there is some food for thought: Be aware that a scrub only works by removing dead skin cells.

They are not powerful enough to penetrate the pores and rub away any blackheads you might already have.
Scrubs work in a preventative fashion only!Secondly you should choose a scrub with microbeads that are of a uniform shape. Too harsh scrubs can lead to irritation and further blackheads down the line.

Using a soft washcloth often does the trick without the need to purchase an exfoliator. However if you do want to buy one, I would recommend this one.

Do not try and squeeze blackheads!

At least if you are going to squeeze them, do not use your fingers to do so. Your hands are some of the dirtiest parts of your body.
Even dirtier than some…other parts… of your body!

This is because on a daily basis we touch and grab things other people have touched. And not everybody is at the same level of personal hygiene as you or I may be. Therefore the chance of spreading germs to your skin by using your hands is very high.

Picking and squeezing your skin can spread extra oil and bacteria on your skin which in itself can produce an increased risk of developing blackheads.
It may also cause further irritation. However you will need to squeeze your skin in order to get the most stubborn blackheads out.Read here what to do in that case!

 

Thanks for getting this far and I hope now you know how to prevent blackheads to some level! See you again tomorrow when I go into further detail on how to treat oily skin!