Blackhead vacuum: Recommendations, servicing and care

A lot of people are on the lookout for a blackhead vacuum nowadays. They have grown in popularity since blackhead vacuums offer a softer approach than squeezing the skin. However many are still unaware of how to properly use one, what a good one looks like and how to properly take care of one.

Until now.

What is a blackhead vacuum?

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It is a mechanical device that is used to apply pressure on your skin, through which the sebum from your pores gets sucked out. The suction the device provides is more friendly to your skin than squeezing blackheads using a blackhead extractor tool. The blackhead vacuum works best on people who have relatively shallow pores.

You can easily see if you belong to one of those people depending on how much effort you have to put on getting blackheads out using a blackhead extractor tool. If you feel you really need to squeeze your skin hard to get any of them out, chances are you have deep pores. However if you have had days when you could just scratch some blackheads out, a blackhead vacuum might be just the tool for you!

Blackhead vacuums, as mentioned above, work through suction. The device creates lower air pressure right under the nozzle causing your skin to get sucked in to the nozzle. You can compare it to holding the end of a vacuum cleaner to your cheek. They work surprisingly in similar ways.

Most of them have variable speed setting and nozzle heads that offer a wide range of blackheads to tackle.

 

How to use one:

 

The blackhead vacuum we will discuss below work in a similar fashion than the vac-pen discussed in the video above. The main thing to remember is to hold the suction device perpendicular to the skin over the clogged pores. Maintaining the suction is key. Be careful not to stay too long in one place as we don’t want to damage any underlaying bloodvessels (giving you an accidental hickey!)

 

Our top blackhead vacuum picks!

 

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

 

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The good thing about this blackhead vacuum is that it comes with its own, sturdy charging station. On top of that it is waterproof. So no messing about with batteries AND you can take it with you into the shower.
The fact that you can use it in the shower has as an added bonus that at that point your skin will be wet. In addition you, most likely, will shower with warm water, meaning your skin is soft and your pores are open. Factor all these together and you have the perfect recipe for extraction success!

Plus as this is priced at 30$ that makes this blackhead vacuum one of the best ones out there price/quality wise.

PROS

  • This one gives you the best bang for your buck
  • No batteries necessary
  • It is waterproof

CONS

  • Might be too rough for people with sensitive skin

 

 

Next up is the Krasr Comedone Extractor Set.

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This blackhead vacuum doubles as a microdermabrasion set you can use at home! It’s waterproof design allows you to skip no time between cleansing routines as you can use this one either in or straight after your shower. The interchangeable heads will allow you to not only suck out blackheads, but also to give yourself a quick exfoliation. Another bonus is that the suction in this device is adjustable. This means that people with sensitive skin can easily test this one out. At 39$ you won’t break bank fetching this device into your home as you get two functions in one.

PROS

  • Adjustable suction
  • Provides suction and exfoliation
  • It is waterproof

CONS

  • Overdoing it or working one area for too long could damage your skin

 

 

The ones NOT to buy

The Kulee portable vacuum.

Rarely have I seen a device this small, priced so cheaply deliver great results. I know size isn’t everything however for something as energy consuming as sucking out blackheads this is not what I expected.

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It has one of the worst ratings in amazon for any blackhead vacuum I have come across. It just goes to show that if you want something that works, you shouldn’t be afraid to pay for quality. Priced at less than 10$ I would be surprised if this did any sucking at all. It was a surprise for me to see that this one was an amazon best seller.

That’s why I included it here so that you, my readers, would be aware to stay away from this product far and wide! There are better ways to spend 10$ 🙂

 

Aftercare

After you have used your blackhead vacuum, it’s of the utmost importance you clean the suction head thoroughly. Applying some rubbing alcohol to the head is not at all overkill. The main thing to keep in mind is that the suction cap makes contact with your skin constantly when using the device. As a result any left-over gunk or bacteria still attached to the suction head will get transferred to the to-be-treated skin.

In order to prevent our work and prevent acne/blackheads from popping up it is of the utmost importance we use clean tools. A clean face starts with clean tools, there is no other way of going about it.

Hopefully you are somewhat wiser now on what types of blackhead vacuum are out there and let us know in the comments below what your experiences have been so far!

 

Best blackhead remover product review

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In order to find the best blackhead remover we first need to define how exactly we want to get rid of blackheads. Blackheads can be removed in a variety of ways. But generally speaking there are only 2 ways in which this can be done: mechanical and chemical.

Mechanical extraction

Comedo extractor

Perhaps the most commonly used blackhead remover product would be a comedo extractor.

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These come in a variety of shapes and sizes. These comedo extractors work in such a way that they apply pressure around the “comedo”, which is just a fancy word for a blackhead or whitehead, upon which the gunk in the pores just pops out. The way to do this is to place the looped part of the extractor over the black- or whitehead, and with a scooping motion apply pressure. This will make sure the skin and oil mixture in the pore comes oozing out.

As you can see however there are a multitude of tools available. So the question begs: what tool do I use for which job? That is pretty easy to answer however. All tools are looped, just the loop varies in size. Just as all whiteheads or blackheads come in different sizes. Hence the right tool for the job has a loop size that is just big enough to fit over the blackhead or whitehead. These really are one of the best blackhead remover products out there!

For whiteheads however there is a second tool in play here which in the picture above is the third tool. This is the lancet tool. You see whiteheads form when gunk gets in your pores and your skin for some reason or another grows over this pore. The gunk gets trapped and a whitehead is formed.

Now in order to make extraction “easy”, the lancet tool is used to pierce the skin first. One the skin is pierced you won’t need to use all that much pressure to get the gunk out.

Facial steamer

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Before using a comedo extractor it is wise to use a facial steamer. Combined these products work together to become the best blackhead remover-combo out there. Steaming your face in a gentle fashion helps ease up your skin to receive treatment. It won’t open or cose pores as people tend to believe, it will rather make your skin softer so it’s easier to pull and squeeze.

In the back of these machines there is a canister for water. Obviously as this is a steamer the steam needs to come from somewhere right? This canister comes out the back and can easily be filled. However my advice to you would be to use de-mineralised water, as tap-water would just clog up the mistifier at the end. We’ve all had to de-calsify our coffee maker at some point. If you use normal water with the facial steamer you’ll have to do the same thing eventually to it as well.

Once the canister is filled and put back in place, simply wait for the steam to arise from the device and place yourself 2-3 inches away from the steam source. Simply take it in for a few minutes (3–5) and you’re good to go!

Even if you are not planning on getting a facial steamer, it is still good that before any skin treatment you do, you make effort to loosen up the skin. A more budget friendly option would be to wrap a hot, moist towel around your face for several minutes before you do any treatments.

Pore vacuum

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Perhaps one of the most out-there ways on removing blackheads would be to use a blackhead extractor vacuum. This is still to my opinion one of the best blackhead remover products as it provides gentle suction of the skin, versus rough manipulation with the comedo extractors.

The way to use this is pretty simple. Most of these are water proof anyway so I suggest using the pore vacuum when you’re taking a shower. The shower in general will help ease up your skin already so no need for a steamer!

Once in the shower, turn on the device and place the suction head on your skin. Now comes the part most people get wrong. Once the device is sucking, you need to provide some counter-force to make sure the device doesn’t get sucked tight into your skin. You need to make sure the pore vacuum is constantly pulling your skin. So as you are moving the device across your face, pull back out with just enough force it would feel like someone would be pinching you in the cheeks.

 

Best blackhead remover: Chemical extraction

BHA exfoliant

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Especially if you are suffering from oily skin, a bha exfoliant will be the best blackhead remover product in your arsenal.

BHA exfoliants come in a variety of shapes and size but by far the best ones come from Paula’s Choice. BHA stands for beta-hydroxy-acid in case you were wondering. This might not mean that much to you but if you have oily skin, BHA is the way to go. The salicylic acid in this exfoliant (which is also the working ingredient in aspirin!) enters the pores during washing and provides a deep cleanse.

The slight acidity of this exfoliant results in gentle exfoliation of the skin. No need for rough scrubs or any other hard ways of removing dead skin. The acidity of this product is enough already. As it gently eats away at the dead skin cell layers, it leaves behind pristine skin. This isn’t a remover product per-se, more of a prevention method. However this can be counted as one of the best blackhead remover products since prevention is always better than reduction! This’ll make your skin seem young and healthy again, while at the same time it provides a deep pore cleanse. What more do you want :)?

Best blackhead remover homemade recipes:

Yogurt mask

Another way to provide a deep-pore cleanse using some home-grown remedies would be a yogurt mask. Just as the salycilic acid in the above cleanser eats away at the dead skin cell layers, so does a yogurt mask. The lactic acid in yogurt helps desolve dead skin cells so that when you wash the yogurt off, only fresh skin remains.

To do this you’ll need non-flavoured organic yogurt. Simply place the yogurt in a thin layer on your skin and let it sit for a few minutes. After that, with lukewarm water gently wash the yogurt off. You should be able to see results after a week of trying this mask, doing it twice a week.

Aspirin cleanse

Lastly if you don’t feel like splashing some cash then an aspirin cleanse could work for you! If you remember I mentioned above that in the BHA exfoliant that I provided, salycilic acid was the core-ingredient. This also happens to be the core ingredient in aspirin.

As a result it is possible to make an aspirin cleanse using simple aspirin tablets.

You’ll need 5-7 non-coated aspirin tablets and some water.

Simply mix 5 tablets into a bowl with a little bit of water. The goal here is to make a paste. If the paste is too runny, add some more aspirin tablets. If the paste is way too dry, add some more water. Please use bottled water when making the paste. Also make sure not to add more than 7 tablets. If you feel like you have to it might make more sense to just start over and make a new batch.

Then after exfoliating, simply place the paste on your skin, let it sit for a few minutes and then wash it off. Just like the BHA exfoliant above, this aspirin paste will provide some additional exfoliation next to its core task: deep pore cleansing.

I hope this overview has helped you with selecting the best blackhead remover. The options are plenty yet if you know what you’re doing, you’ll find what works for you fast enough!

Best facial steamer review: Panasonic EH-SA31VP Facial Steamer

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In the best facial steamer review of 2016 I have reviewed roughly 20 facial steamers.
Out of those 20 products my vote definitely goes to the Panasonic EH-SA31VP facial steamer.
It is not the cheapest model out there, however due to its size and effectiveness it is my favorite.

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The Panasonic facial steamer generates superfine nano scale hot steam in seconds. The steam can be up to 4000 times finer than what you see in any other devices. These are easily absorbed through skin, and moisturize the skin more quickly.
It opens and unclogs your pores and as a result removes dirt, oil and grime from your skin. It’s also used as an alternative to exfoliating scrubs and chemical peels.
Besides skin care, the steamer can also be used for interior humidifying in a powerful and efficient way.
A user’s manual is included with the product and it has a 1-year warranty.

The Panasonic facial steamer is built to North American Electrical Standards, 120V 60Hz.
It’s the best non-professional facial steamer to use at home.
It offers a short (3 minutes) and long (6 minutes) therapy session. This way, if you don’t have much time you can still go for a quick facial steaming.

PROS

  • It is a quiet and easy to use device
  • The nano-ionic steam is very effective on acne and blackheads
  • Hot steam is quickly available after turning it on

CONS

  • It has a certain scent during the first few uses
  • It is a bit pricier than other home steamers.

In general what we found in our best facial steamer review was that the use and ease of the Panasonic facial steamer went way beyond what we were expecting. Due to the compact nature of the device, it’s very easy to carry along. If you are going for a sleepover somewhere or staying at a friend’s house. Or having a makeover party. This Panasonic facial steamer will definitely brighten up the atmosphere. As well as moisturize it!

As with any new device, the second you turn it on there might be some chemical smells. However I can’t honestly say I would never have had this happen with any device I’ve ever bought. I recently bought a blender that still smells a little chemical after use. However this smell level goes down very quickly after the first couple of times of use. Now I can’t say it would be there anymore.

Probably the main bonus of this facial steamer is the fact that it steams up so quickly. I haven’t noticed with any other facial steamer that they would’ve started to produce steam already so fast after switching it on.

How to use one?

You can use these clever little devices on a regular basis. However they are not a substitute for a proper cleansing routine. It is important that you cleanse and wash your face to remove any superficial dirt.
In order to start using the facial steamer you must first locate the water chamber. It’s usually placed somewhere near the base of the device.

Remove the cover of the chamber and fill it with the recommended amount of water. In our best facial steamer review we saw that you need to be sure to use purified water or distilled water, to avoid mineralization in the machine. If you use normal tap water all the impurities in the water will clog up your steamer over time. Ever had to decalcify a coffee machine? Same thing will happen to the steamer if you use regular water. Depending on the type of skin that you have, and the type of machine as well, you may add a few drops of herbal or mineral oil.

Replace the cap and plug in the steamer and wait for the steam to begin emitting. This may take a few minutes since the water needs to become heated before steam is produced. When steam begins to come out of the machine, position your face five to ten inches away from the steamer. Stay in this position for one to five minutes before taking a break and repeat.

Maintenance

Like a professional spa steamer, your home steamer must also be cleaned on a regular basis. We have found in our best facial steamer review that the cone portion of the steamer, which is usually detachable, must be cleaned after every use by washing. If this portion is not removable, it may be wiped down. Use some rubbing alcohol to disinfect the cone section. The water chamber must also be cleaned regularly. If it is not cleaned this will become a breeding ground for bacteria. The next time you steam these bacteria will come with the steam and latch on to your face. Something we want to avoid at all cost!
With the machine unplugged, wipe down the water chamber and any metal coils that are used for heating the water. This will prevent mineral deposits from building up within the machine.

Benefits

In this best facial steamer review let’s go over some of the benefits the Panasonic EH SA31 facial steamer can provide:

  • Deep Cleaning. The heat actually causes perspiration and when sweat is produced from within the skin the dirt and toxins inside the pores of the skin are pushed out. This allows cleansing from within the skin.
  • Excellent treatment for acne. One of the reasons that people have acne breakouts is because of inflammation in the pores caused by dirt and oil build-up. Steaming allows these impurities to be pushed out of the skin lessening the chances for inflammation inside the pores.
  • ​Boosts Your Natural Glow. The heat also increases blood circulation in the face area. This in turn increases the amount of oxygen within the area and causes better distribution of nutrients to the skin on the face.
  • Makes the Skin Clear. Aside from helping to treat acne, steaming can also be used for blackheads and whiteheads. As the steam opens up the pores, the embedded dirt become loosened and is easier to remove.
  • ​Exfoliation. The process also aids with the removal of dead skin on the outer most layers. This helps give way to renewal of skin cells and younger looking skin.
  • Better Health. Aside from helping to enhance the appearance of the skin, the use of a facial steamer can also bring health benefits. It is used for sinuses and treatment of nasal congestion. It may also be used for allergies such as allergic rhinitis.

 

BALANCE IS KEY!

Over-usage however can lead to dry Skin. Heat tends to dry out the skin and too much heat can lead to chronic skin dryness. It can also trigger skin redness. Since steaming comes from heat, it can be normal for people with sensitive skin to experience some redness on their face after a steam treatment. Although this is normal and subsides on its own, not many people are happy with this downside.

Those with sensitive skin or skin problems such as acne can experience further skin irritation with too much heat. The heat from the steam may further worsen inflammation. This treatment must be used with care for those with skin problems and those without knowledge on how to use facial sauna steamer.

Hopefully with this best facial steamer review you now have a better idea what might work for you!

Best cleanser for oily skin: Top 5 products!

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Cleansers come in many shapes and forms, trying to cure a variety of skin types. How can you make sure you select the best cleanser for oily skin if that happens to be your skin type?

First of all we have to know what it is a cleanser does.
If everything goes well, the cleanser’s purpose in a cleaning routine is to first of all to further exfoliate the skin and second of all to provide a deep pore cleanse.
The prime way a cleanser exfoliates the skin is by acidity. Usually they contain a mild acid that slowly eats away at the outer dead skin layers that you might have.
Don’t worry though if you have horror images in your mind right now of your skin melting away, it is nothing like that!

Have you ever had aspirin? Did you feel like your throat was melting when you took an aspirin tablet? No?

Well..

That’s because aspirin isn’t at all as strong an acid as the ones they use in horror movies, but it is an acid nonetheless. Salicylic acid is the working ingredient in Aspirin and as it happens to be it is also the working ingredient in plenty of cleansers that work wonders for your skin.

The best cleanser for oily skin most definitely will either contain salicylic acid, or then glycolic acid. Respectively when you research these online they will either come up as AHA or BHA cleansers.

AHA cleanser = Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (= most commonly has glycolic acid as the working ingredient)
BHA cleanser = Beta-Hydroxy Acid (=most commonly has salicylic acid as the working ingredient)

Now here we already have to choose for a first time. When you have oily skin, is it better to go for a BHA or for an AHA cleanser?

Actually the choice is not that hard to make as the uses of these 2 products are for 2 completely different skin types.
If you suffer from dry skin that is inflexible, rough and tends to crack, your best bet will be to go for an AHA-type cleanser as this will most definitely give you the best results.
However the best cleanser for oily skin without a doubt has to be the BHA-type cleansers.

The second way cleanser tend to prevent blackheads and blemishes from cropping up is by stripping the skin from any oils or bacteria that may lie directly on its surface.
Combining astringents with cleansers is your best bet to keep acne and blackheads at bay!

The best cleanser for oily skin: Top 5 product review

Best cleanser for oily skin #5: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Facial Cleanser

 

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Facial Cleanser, Pink Grapefruit, 6 Ounce (Pack of 3) best cleanser for oily skin

A classic for a reason, this #1 dermatologist recommended acne-fighting cleanser now comes with an uplifting blast of pink grapefruit!
This Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Wash contains 100% naturally derived grapefruit extract plus vitamin C.
It eliminates oil and dirt, and rinses clean without over-drying.
The salicylic acid treats current blemishes in a few days and helps quell any future breakouts. The fruity, refreshing scent doesn’t hurt, either.

  • Oil-free
  • Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
  • MicroClear
  • Salicylic Acid
  • 100% naturally derived grapefruit extract
  • Cheapest of the bunch, yet proven to be effective!

Best cleanser for oily skin #4: Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser

Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser, 6.77 Ounce best cleanser for oily skin

Biore is a household name in many families across the US who suffer with oily skin. Not only are they known for their excellent pore strips, they also know a thing or two about cleansers and other methods of preventing blemishes.
Help treat acne and clear blackheads with this biore blemish fighting ice cleanser.
Featuring a formula that penetrates pores, this biore fighting ice cleanser targets impurities that can cause acne. Biore ice cleanser will help clear your complexion and leave your skin smooth.

  • Removes over 99% of dirt for clear skin
  • Defends against blemishes before they appear by removing dirt and oil that can cause blemishes.
  • Get an invigorating clean with a blemish fighting formula containing salicylic acid.
  • Oil, dirt, and make-up don’t stand a chance against this this refreshing liquid cleanser that helps to stop blemishes cold and leaves your skin feeling fresh and vibrant.
  • Oil-free
  • Relatively good price (about $10)

Best cleanser for oily skin #3: Origins Zero Oil™ Deep Pore Cleanser

Origins Zero Oil™ Deep Pore Cleanser 5 oz

A thick, foamy lather and bracing, minty scent make for an extra-satisfying cleansing experience as you rinse away excess oil and treat blemishes. You can buy this Origins Zero oil deep pore cleanser on amazon.

  • Natural ingredients
  • No excessive oils
  • Minty smell!
  • At $20 a bit pricey!

Best cleanser for oily skin #2: Eau Thermale Avène Cleansing Foam

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Rooted in dermatology and hydrotherapy, Avène has over 270 years of expertise in caring for sensitive skin and is trusted by millions. Its core ingredient, Avène Thermal Spring Water, soothes and helps minimize skin sensitivity.
We don’t claim to be biochem experts, so we can’t exactly explain the specifics of how the glutamic acid works in this formula, but what we can tell you is that it does an impressive job of helping this foaming cleanser keep oil at bay.

Apply to moistened or dry skin morning and/or evening. Gently massage into skin with fingertips and rinse.

Best cleanser for oily skin #1: Garnier SkinActive Clean Shine Control Cleansing Gel

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New Garnier SkinActive is an innovative range of highly effective and efficient skin care products. Infused with antioxidants, Garnier SkinActive works to make skin better. Skin is left feeling refreshed, with healthy-looking, visible results. Experience the Active Way to Better Skin.

Charcoal acts like a magnet, pulling dirt and gunk out of pores, while salicylic acid (oh, hey, you again) prevents breakouts. Combine those two important points with an under-$8 price tag, and you’ve got a really great oily-skin pick.

  • Removes excess oil mattifies skin
  • Contains charcoal menthol to help mattify skin
  • In 1 use, skin is deeply clean and shine free

Now you have the best cleanser for oily skin: how do you use it?

 

Blackhead peel off mask: in-depth review!

You probably by now have seen either online or on tv these black blackhead peel off mask. They come in 2 options, either a spread on masks or then in biore pore strip format. Usually the spread on masks are most common. The trick is to get them on nice and evenly and try to refrain from spreading it on too thickly (warning as the audio in the following video is quite loud):

 

In the above video we can clearly see how in the beginning they are gently spreading on the blackhead peel off mask with a brush. This is what I suggest you would do as well. I tried spreading it on with just my hands and it turned out to be a right mess!
Also he is using a blackhead remover tool to finish up the job!

Blackhead peel off mask review:

We’ll be reviewing the Blackhead Remover Cleaner Purifying Deep Cleansing Acne Black Mud Face Mask Peel-off.

Blackhead Remover Cleaner Purifying Deep Cleansing Acne Black Mud Face Mask Peel-off (Style 2) blackhead peel off mask

This face mask is very easy to add on, however it can get quite runny. Be sure to do put it on in an area where it is ok to make some stains. Also if you do happen to drop some of the product on the floor or it happens to get on your clothes, be aware that it might leave some stains as it seems to dry pretty fast.

The mode of application is very simple, simply spread it on to your face and try to make a layer that is about half a millimeter thick. Make sure it is not too thin, but no need to lather it on either.

The general rule seems to be that the more you put on, the easier it might be to pull it off afterwards, however the longer you will have to let it sit on your face.

The first time I tried it I really lathered it on while my friend who I was trying it with was more sensible and only spread a thin layer across her face. I had to wait about 20 minutes until it was sort of ready to be pulled off while my friend was able to dry hers out in less than 10 minutes!

Also it gets tickly, fast! As the mask dries out, get ready to withhold from some serious tickling urges. Do not scratch he mask as it is drying or else you will end up with black fingernails as you scoop some goo under them. And good luck getting it out as the goo tends to really stain :)!

Blackhead peel off mask overview:

Pro’s
Con’s
Easy to put on
Can start itching after a while
Provides a deep pore cleanse
Make sure not to drop any as it can stain easily!
Really effective in sucking out subaceous filaments and blackheads, just look at the peel once you have peeled it off!
Don’t lather it on as it may take a while to dry

All in all though it is a very cost-effective way of getting a deep pore cleanse in a matter of minutes. Click here to get your own!

Here is a review of biore strips by the people over at buzzfeed!

 

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.

homemade pore strips

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:

blackhead diet

 

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.