How to Reduce Blackheads
Blackheads are clogged hair follicles in which hardened oil and sebum has been exposed to air and turned black. The distinct blackhead discoloration is not an indication of dirt. This type of acne is commonly seen on the face and back where excess oil production occurs. You can reduce blackheads using a variety of skin care techniques.
Cleanse the skin on a regular basis. Use a cleanser that contains salicylic acid. The medication will break down both blackheads and other mild acne blemishes. Use a body brush with a large handle to cleanse your back and other hard-to-reach areas. After cleansing, apply creams or lotions with benzoyl peroxide to decrease oil production.
Always moisturize the skin with an oil-free lotion. Some acne medications may cause dry skin, and pores will increase oil production in response to the dry skin.
Exfoliate the skin to remove dead cells which can clog pores and cause an increase in blackheads. Use facial scrubs two to three times a week. Gently massage paste onto the skin and rub for a few minutes. Add a small amount of water to moisten the scrub. The granules in the scrub will loosen dead skin cells.
Steam your face. Boil water over the stove in a large pot. Remove water from stove and add several drops of essential oils such as lavender or eucalyptus for aromatherapy. Place your head about six inches above the water. Drape a clean towel over your head and allow the steam to penetrate your face for about 10 minutes. Steaming will open pores and soften hard blackheads. Follow up with a clay mask which will absorb much of the loose oil and debris in the open pores.
Use clean towels when drying your face. Change pillowcases often to avoid oil and dirt build up transferring from the pillowcase to your face. Avoid touching or rubbing your face throughout the day.
Visit a dermatologist or aesthetician for deep pore treatments. Professional facials and exfoliation treatments work deep into the skin, something that home treatments cannot do. Blackheads can also be removed by a skin care professional without the risk of scarring.
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