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!

Best home microdermabrasion devices

By getting the best home microdermabrasion devices you’ll be able to have the same benefits as going to the dermatologist, but only at a fraction of the cost!
Microdermabrasion is nothing to be scared of. It’s a treatment method where you strip away the outer dead skin cells through exfoliation. This will give your skin a healthy glow and make you look 10 years younger. Now who wouldn’t want that?! Chances are that if you’re reading this, you’re very well aware of what microdermabrasion is and how you’d love to try it at home.

Best home microdermabrasion devices top picks:

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This Kelley West Microderm360 Spa Grade, Personal Diamond Microdermabrasion Kit is the top pick in our list. It offers a two-speed diamond-microdermabrasion for both the face and the body. The microdermabrasion diamond tip technology with deep vacuum suction peel and suck old skin away as you go along.
It helps diminish the look of wrinkles and fine lines. It even helps skin tone appear more even. The swivel neck allows to get into those hard-to-reach areas such as the back of your thighs,  the shoulders and the backs of your arms.
The powerful coarse-surface tip for the body is great for use on the feet as well.

Pros:

  • Two speed head-to-toe diamond microdermabrasion and exfoliation
  • Fine surface tip for face
  • Coarse surface tip for body
  • Swivel neck allows for 360 degrees of total body exfoliation
  • Portable with powerful exfoliation for visibly luminous complexion

Cons

  • Reports of leaving scratches on the face, so beware if you have sensitive skin

Best home microdermabrasion device #2: StarHealth Portable Digital Diamond Microdermabrasion Pen with Vacuum Massage Function

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This Diamond Dermabrasion pen makes use of a patented diamond dermabrasion tube to offer next level exfoliation. The different heads, which are inlaid with diamonds, rub back and forth along the skin. Once the dead skin layer is rubbed off, it is automatically sucked up into the pen. As a result this device offers a non-invasive, shallow dermabrasion. Your skin will look healthier and younger once you’re done.

This microdermabrasion devices will lighten wrinkles, help prevent acne and overall do wonders for your skin.

Pros:

  • Interchangeable diamond heads, suited for any skin-type
  • You can use this anywhere on your body, from removing calluses to exfoliating.

Cons:

  • Overuse can damage the skin

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Then a more professional model. The Kendal HB-BM01 Diamond Microdermabrasion machine refines, rejuvenates and smoothens skin. It is a quality product with affordable price and a definite must-have for aestheticians, dermatologists, or other clinical professionals. It does the same thing as the pen above, however the quality is just ten times better. As the diamond heads rub and peel the skin, it’s automatically sucked up. Leaving nothing but younger skin behind.

Pros

  • Includes two handles and 9 diamond tips
  • It’s CE certified

Cons

  • This device is meant for professional use, so it is in a higher price-scale than the others listed. But if you want the best, this one definitely fits the bill.

Homemade pore strips: make your own!

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

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

Here’s what you will need:

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Homemade Pore Strips Ingredients:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Homemade pore strips using Elmer’s glue

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

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

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

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 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

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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!

 

 

Best foods to prevent acne and blackheads

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Suffering from blemishes and acne outbreaks on a frequent basis? Can’t see your nose anymore due to all the blackheads that are there? Maybe you’re not eating the best foods to prevent acne!
As a common expression goes: “You are what you eat”, nothing could be more true than the relation between the health of your skin and what you put in your mouth. Certain studies have shown that diets high in sugar and trans fats have a negative impact on acne, and thus are not the best foods to prevent acne.
On the other hand, a diet rich in protein, healthy fats and ant-oxidants will make your skin glow again in no time!

What Causes Acne and Blackheads?

The main cause of acne and blackheads is the clogging up of skin pores with a mixture of dead skin cells and skin oil, however various other factors are in play that have an effect on these two blackhead ingredients.
Bacterial infections, bad eating habits, hormonal cycles or even medication all play a role in how your skin functions. They all can have an impact on oil production or skin cell rejuvenation.

Best foods to prevent acne.

Best foods to prevent acne

Eating low-glycemic foods, or foods that take longer to digest, may help you prevent blackheads and acne.

 

Treating acne and blackheads can be done in a variety of ways. Most acne treatment, if it has gone to an advanced state, use medication as a way of treating the most severe cases.

Also mechanical options exist to get rid of single pimples that might pop up. Most dermatologists and cosmeticians use a blackhead extractor or removal tool in order to get single blackheads or pimples out. Other ways people can use at home are pore strips or bands against blackheads. These are basically band-aids that have a special adhesive on them that clings so well to your skin that as you rip it off, most blackheads underneath this band-aid come out right with it.

Prevention:

In general, these products do what it says on the package, but most effective is still prevention.
Consider making the following changes to your diet, and choose the following best foods to prevent acne the results will surprise you!

Just as your eyes are the windows into your soul, your skin is the window into your health. If you eat junk food all day, unfortunately you will look like you do. A healthy diet filled with lean protein and fruits and vegetables (and healthy fats!) will do wonders for your skin.
IF you had any breakouts before, you might see them still, but they will most likely be way less severe. Good nutrition is the key to healthy, clear skin!

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Foods not to eat when trying to prevent blackheads and acne.

Skin experts seem to agree, that it is vital you eat foods that help keep your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day. Simple carbohydrate rich foods (white bread, bagels, plain flower, ..) will make your blood sugar levels spike right after finishing a meal, after which it comes crashing down one or two hours later. You’ll feel a significant drop in energy levels with it.

Not only does your blood sugar levels spike, so does your insulin, which reacts to blood sugar levels. As this hormone spikes, your whole body gets into a total hormonal imbalance, a perfect breeding ground for acne and blackheads to persevere. So when looking for the best foods to prevent acne, steer clear from the sweets and the good stuff! Beauty doesn’t come easy :)!

Low Glycemic foods:

Focus on foods that have a so-called “Low Glycemic index”. Meaning lean meats, fish, leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds and low sugar fruits.
Some people also claim that dropping dairy from their diet has made them see significant reductions in acne levels. These are of course anecdotal pieces of evidence but it may well be worth a try. Try leaving dairy products out of your diet for days and see how you feel. If your skin seems better it might just as well be that it was the right solution for you!

Contrary to popular belief, eating fatty foods (if they are the right kinds of fat!), will not necessarily cause weight gain or acne and blackheads to get worse. Healthy fats such as omega-3 and -6 reduce inflammation and boost skin health and are some of the best foods to prevent acne. They also have various benefits for your cardiovascular system and cholesterol and they protect your eyesight. So adding healthy fats to your diet might actually be a thing you might want to try out. Use the 30-day method to see how it affects to your body.

Foods to eat when preventing blackheads and acne

Salmon is a source of good fats that will help you prevent blackheads and acne.

Other than the omega -fatty acids other sources of good fats are fatty fish such as salmon and, to a lesser degree, tuna. Also all plant based oils such as the popular extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, nut oils, are all good sources of monounsaturated fat that will do wonders for your skin.

As mentioned above, you should avoid “high” glycemic index foods such as ice cream, breakfast cereals, and white breads. These food will cause your insulin levels to spike and will cause you acne as a consequence.

Below is a good grocery list of the best foods to prevent acne:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Low sugar fruits
  • Whole grains
  • Brazil nuts
  • Fatty fish
  • Poultry
  • Beans
  • Oysters
  • Dark berries
  • Almonds
  • Green tea
  • Swiss chard
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Butternut squash
  • Cantaloupe
  • Raw seeds
  • Tomatoes
  • Eggs

Stock up on foods rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B5, vitamin E, selenium, essential fatty aids, antioxidants, and fiber. These really are the best foods to prevent acne and blackheads. Recent studies have indicated that people with high levels of vitamin A are less likely to develop acne and blackheads, confirming out suspicions. This nutrient prevents excess production of cells in the skin’s outer layer, which helps prevent breakouts. Vitamin C and selenium, which have powerful antioxidants effects, enhance your body’s ability to flush out toxins.

Dietary fiber, which is found in all plant-based foods, regulates blood glucose, promotes good digestion, and slow down sugar absorption into your body. These factors combined help prevent and reduce breakouts. Researchers have also found that zinc deficiency can lead to skin problems, such as acne and blackheads. Dark chocolate and oysters are high in zinc, so make sure you include them in your diet. Don’t forget about whole grains, which are packed with B vitamins. These nutrients promote healthy skin and hair. If possible, cook your own meals and avoid processed foods.

Hopefully now you have a good idea of what the best foods to prevent acne are!

Let us know in the comments below if you have made changes to your diet and how it has affected your skin.

Best blackhead remover kit: equinox international kit!

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By far, the Equinox International Blackhead and Blemish Remover Kit (5-Pieces) is probably the best blackhead remover kit on the market to date. It’ll give you the most bang for your buck.

You will get better quality for spending maybe $20 more, however at less than $10 today, this kit is a steal at the moment.

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The Equinox blackhead and blemish remover kit comes with a set of 5 tools. They are to be used on a variety of skintypes and on a variety of white- and blackheads. It’s in my opinion probably the best blackhead remover kit out there.

From top to bottom:

Best blackhead remover kit tool number 1 is used for medium to large sized pores. Using them is very simple. You can read a more in depth guide here. The gist of it is to move the looped end over any blackhead that might be on your skin. Then with an almost scooping-like motion apply pressure to one side of the blackhead. After that, pulling down, it should pop out of the pore (hopefully!).
As a general rule the larger loops are meant for blackheads. The ones that look like a tiny melon-scoop with a hole in them, are meant for whiteheads. Tools 2 and 4 are also for blackhead removal.

Best blackhead remover kit tool number 3 in the picture above is just such a tool to get rid of whiteheads and pimples. It features a spike at the end meant for piercing open the skin of the whitehead. The skin gets broken in a controlled fashion and as a result when you squeeze the whitehead, it pops open nicely rather than puss flying everywhere.
Once the skin is broken then place the scoop with the hole above the now open pore. Simply press down and if everything went correctly the sebum and (possibly) puss should ease out of the pore relatively painlessly.
Best blackhead remover kit tool number 5 is also a whitehead removal tool.

Make sure that before you start using these tools you pay extra care with disinfecting these. Any impurities that got stuck on the tools during fabrication might cause you blackhead trouble or acne outbreaks in the future.
An easy way to disinfect the tools is just by boiling them in some water. Another way is to rub some rubbing alcohol onto the work surfaces.
Also make sure to thoroughly clean these after use. Any leftover sebum or even makeup remains (if you haven’t properly cleaned your makeup off or are just addicted to popping blackheads and pimples) can easily cause new breakouts.

I would recommend to use this best blackhead remover kit right after showering. Presuming that most of you take relatively warm showers, your skin will have softened enough to allow for easy blackhead extraction.
Make sure to use an exfoliator and a cleanser before squeezing. After this you are ready to go to town with your new kit.
Apply a toner after and some moisturizer to seal the deal and your skin will start to glow in no-time!

From a total reviews of 2,631 at the time of writing, this product has received 4.1/5 stars which is pretty good.
Out of experience I can say that this kit is a very good standard set, a must have in your arsenal of skincare products as the price/quality is very good.

Just make sure that you don’t press so hard in your skin that you don’t damage it. But that should be common sense :).

Best blackhead remover kit further info:

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Hopefully with this you’ll be able to make the right choice.

Best primer for large pores and blackheads

Best primer for large pores

People with acne, irregular skin or large pores have a tendency to use makeup to even out their skin, as they should.
However due to the fact their skin does not have a smooth texture, they tend to really “cake it on” as they say.
This is however not necessary if you know what to look for, especially when using the best primer for large pores, as I will explain further below.

Layering on makeup in an effort to give the illusion of a smooth and even skin only makes things worse actually as you are pushing more and more makeup into your pores. As a result you’ll find you’ll be suffering more often from blemishes, breakouts and blackheads.

Foundation just simply isn’t built to go deep into the skin.

There are however other techniques you can use to achieve the same effect, just more friendly to your skin as there is no need to even things out.

What you should do is use the correct primer; apply a thin layer of foundation, and mattify it with a mineral powder.

This creates a perfect base for people with irregular skin to then start building their makeup on, without the need to layer on foundation.

Using just the amount of foundation you need creates a more natural look to your makeup.

Basically these there are the 2 best primer for large pores:

1. Silicone based primers: Silicone based primers have a thick consistency, which prevents makeup from sinking into the pores. As a result they even out pores, acne scars and winkles. Usually in makeup likes for likes meaning that this type of primer works best with silicone-based foundations. Here is one for dry and sensitive skin.

2. Water based primers: The name would suggest it; They are lighter than the silicone based primers and again they work best with water-based foundations.

The best time to apply a primer would be after you have already moisturized your skin and of course before you start adding your foundation.

Primers can be applied using a sponge or brush. Some people say the best way would be to use your hands however I would only suggest this if you can thoroughly sanitize your hands first.

Here’s another best primer for large pores example.

 

There are however some pointers to take into consideration when using a primer:

1. Make sure your skin is clean.

When applying a primer you have to make sure your skin is clean underneath. In order to avoid any type of breakout later on, make sure you have exfoliated and cleansed thoroughly. If you have oily skin then make sure you use the right face-wash to avoid any build-up of sebum. Even when using the best primer for large pores, some basics just cannot be overlooked.

2. Keep oils at bay.

People with large pores tend to have oily skin at the same time, and as a result skin imperfections are even more highlighted. The shiny effect the oily skin brings just highlights wrinkles and dimples in your skin even more.

3. Moisturize.

Before applying a primer it is important to moisturize and to moisturize well. Then let it sink in for about 5 minutes. If you fail to do this and your skin hasn’t fully absorbed the moisturizer, your foundation will be patchy.

4. Likes for likes.

When done correctly a primer-foundation combination will sit well on your skin for hours. However foundation and primer seem to work best with each other if both share the same base. Even the best primer for large pores needs to be compatible with the foundation used. If you use a silicone based primer with a water based foundation, the primer will repel the foundation and you’ll struggle to get that blended effect. No matter if you use the best primer for large pores, you have to make sure the products match!

5. Don’t rub your primer.

Just gently use a brush or a sponge to make sure the primer has filled up all of your pores. For better effect try and heat the sponge or brush a little. The added heat will lead to better application.

6. Don’t overdo it.

Too much of anything is never a good thing. Using too much primer will make your makeup just slide down sooner than later.

7. Use what works best for you.

Every skin type is different. What works best for someone else might not necessarily work for you. So do your research, experiment and figure out what combinations will make your skin shine!

Hopefully you have a good idea of what to look out for and now you can select YOUR best primer for large pores on your own!

How to treat different skin types

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You’ve probably heard and maybe discovered for yourself as well that there is a whole variety of skin types out there.
They go from normal to sensitive, from dry to oily or a combination of them all. But which type is yours?
Important to remember is that as you age, your whole body changes with it. As does your skin type.
Most teenagers for example went through a marvelous period in their lives when their skin type was predominantly greasy!Your type depends on a variety of factors such as how hydrated your skin is, how oily it is and how sensitive it is to different kinds of care products.

Normal Skin Types

Normal skin types are characterized by the fact that their skin is not too oily and not too dry.
Most commonly their skin has very few imperfections, doesn’t really react to any chemicals in cleaning agents and ha a radiant complexion.
As a consequence normal skin types typically have barely visible pores as well.

Combination Skin Types

If you have a combination skin type then your skin can have vary different patches of either dry or normal skin and oily in others. Most commonly with combination skin types their T-zone tends to be oilier than other parts of their skin. The T-zone is the more commonly called zone between your nose, forehead and chin.
This is arguably the most common skin type.
Combination skin type people have pores that look larger than normal as they’re more open. They’ll suffer from blackheads more (and the occasional zits!) and will have a shiny skin, due to the oiliness of the T-zone.

Dry Skin Types

These skin types will have nearly invisible pores, they will have a dull and rough complexion due to the lack of water in the skin. Probably will suffer from red patches in their skin.
Due to the lack of water their skin will also be less elastic and they will have more visible lines and cloves in their skin. Again due o the lack of hydration in the skin.

Due the lack of hydration in the skin it causes the skin to crack, peel or become itchy, irritated or inflamed. If the skin is very dry then it can get rough and scaly, especially on the backs of your hands, arms and legs.

 

Unfortunately your condition can be made worse due to genetic expressions, as you get older or simply due to changes in your climate. On dry summery days for example, the more you spend outdoors unprotected from the UV-rays from the sun, the more dull your skin will get.

Also long hot showers are a no-no!
Logic suggest then to make dry skin better, you should avoid UV-light from outdoors and tanning beds, avoid taking long hot showers (shorten them and save the planet at the same time!), check for the right ingredients in soap and cleansers and put on moisturizer right after bathing.

Oily Skin Types

Unfortunately you will have enlarged pores, you will suffer from pimples, blackheads and acne outbreaks.
Also your skin will shine bright like a diamond :).

Oiliness can depend on the time of year, and thus the season, and other environmental factors.
Stress and puberty are most likely the main stress factors for oily skin, causing the glands to go into overdrive. Also heat or too much humidity will cause your skin to produce more oil than necessary.

To clean oily skin, you should follow the following steps:

  • Wash it no more than twice a day and after you sweat a lot.
  • Use a gentle cleanser and don’t scrub.
  • Don’t pick, pop, or squeeze pimples. They’ll take longer to heal.
  • Look for the word “non-comedogenic” on skin care products and cosmetics. This means it won’t clog pores.

Sensitive Skin Types

It can show up as:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Burning
  • Dryness

If your skin is sensitive, try to find out what your triggers are so you can avoid them. There are many possible reasons, but often it’s in response to particular skin care products.

The 6 Basics of Skin Care

No matter what type of skin you have, these tips will keep it looking its best.

  1. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
  2. Avoid direct sunlight, and wear a hat and sunglasses.
  3. Don’t smoke.
  4. Stay hydrated.
  5. Wash your skin gently but thoroughly every day and never wear makeup to bed.
  6. Moisturize.

7 Blackhead myths: Common myths in skincare!

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There are some incredibly funny and almost unbelievable blackhead myths out there about the causes of acne and blackheads. Most have no basis whatsoever and should better be classified as old wives tales.

Blackhead myths:

You’ll outgrow acne!

One of the biggest blackhead myths and the biggest lie all teenagers tell themselves growing up. Everybody knows that skin troubles and acne do not stop once you get out of puberty. Especially if you are prone to acne! In order to keep your skin clean a daily routine of cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing is the only safe way to keep your skin spot free.

Makeup is the #1 cause of acne in women!

The largest cause of blackheads and acne is gender neutral. One of the most common blackhead myths is that makeup would be a main cause of acne in women. A combination of an overproduction of oil and a mixture of skin cells clogging up pores is the main cause of acne and blackheads.
Makeup can make this worse if it is not cleaned off before you go to bed or if the makeup isn’t oil-free. Other than that it is perfectly fine to wear makeup.

You can scrub your blackheads away!

Do this and I guarantee you they will be back. With a vengeance. Do not believe these blackhead myths. Scrubbing your skin vigorously in an effort to scrape away blackheads will damage your skin severely. You will also run the risk of scarring your skin in the process.
Better is to use a gentle exfoliator about twice a day such as a yogurt mask. The lactic acid in the yogurt will gently eat away at the dead skin cells on your skin. Or you could try a bit stronger exfoliating scrub  about three times a week. However the goal would be then just to exfoliate, not exterminate.

Eating burgers leads to blackheads.

Unlike the other blackhead myths in this list, sadly this one is kind of true Junk food does cause blackheads and a healthy diet will definitely improve the quality of your skin. If you want to see what a healthy diet will do I would suggest you try it for 30 days and see how you feel!
Try starting by drinking a lot of water. Aim for 3L every day, eat a lot of fiber coming from fruit and veggies and eat only lean proteins such as chicken and turkey.
If you do these things I promise you will watch your skin start to glow!

Blackheads are caused by dirt in pores.

Another version of these blackhead myths is that blackheads are caused by dirty skin. This is not correct. Blackhead are black because the mixture of skin and oil once trapped in a pore starts to oxidize the longer it sits in a pore. As it oxidizes the color changes from a whitish yellow to dark black.
That’s how you can sometimes tell the age of a blackhead by looking at its color. The darker it is, the longer it has been sitting there!

The bottom line is that sticking to a daily cleansing routine and taking care of your health and body is the only surefire way to maintain perfect – and glowing skin. If you take care of yourself physically, your body will start to show it’s gratitude to the world.
However if you do have problems that seem to persist, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist to see what they can do about your situation!

You can shrink your pores!

This is another one of those common blackhead myths. A lot of products out there nowadays claim that they can perfectly shrink your pores down to a size where they are virtually invisible. How much we wish this would be true, unfortunately it’s all baloney.
You might not know but there is no muscle in a pore and therefore it cannot contract or expand by muscular force alone. Pores simply function as holes for the removal of fluids and to house hair follicles.

There are however ways to reduce the visibility of pores and therefore the visibility of blackheads. For example, lemon juice may be used as an astringent to contract the skin tissue. Many blackhead products also contain astringents. However, the best way to reduce the visibility of pores is to keep them clean so that they are not stretched by trapped fluid.

More washing reduces blackheads!

However counter intuitive it may be, over-washing your skin does have a negative effect on the overall quality of it. Over-washing your skin can cause you to unwillingly and accidentally strip away too much of the already naturally occurring oil on your skin. Your skin does need this oil to remain supple and to some extent moisturized.

If we overwash and strip it away, your skin goes into overdrive as i tries to replenish the oil that has been swiped away. As a result your skin creates excess oil that end up clogging even more pores than you started out with. Something to avoid at-all-cost!

In short; learn to know what is a true and false with these blackhead myths. Some of them have merit, but most of them don’t!