Wednesday, 19 September 2012

3 Ways to Get Rid of Blackheads

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Blackheads refer to those tiny black blots which usually appear in the nose, around the mouth and on the forehead. Blackheads are technically known as open comedones and are caused when there is an overproduction of natural oil due to the sudden disturbance on the sebaceous glands. Oily skin by default is not a cause for blackheads but when exposed to pollution and dirt, an oily skin becomes a haven for bacteria. The oil clogs the skin's pores and when the pores are then unclogged, oil is exposed to air. It reacts to air making it dark in color. Now that's how blackheads are formed. How to get rid of blackheads is easy and can be done in the comforts of your home or with the help of an expert. In getting rid of blackheads, the main objective is to avoid excessive oil and you can do that by doing the following:

1. Exfoliate

Facial scrubs are available in the grocery stores for your consumption. Wash your face with this scrub but be careful that you do not scratch your skin as it may cause irritation and other skin problems later on. Exfoliation must be done once or twice a week only so as to give the skin a time to recover. It is inevitable that the use of facial scrubs not only removes the dirt off the face but it could also scratch the outer layer of the skin so exfoliation must be done in moderation.

2. Steam

Boil water then let it simmer in low heat. Position your exfoliated face on the direction of the steam for 4-5 minutes. This will open your pores and let the blackheads come out on their own. If you are not comfortable with steaming, you may opt to place warm compress on your face for 5-10 minutes. This gives the same results as steaming except that this takes longer.

3. Moisturize

Now that your face is clean and oil free, moisturize it so it will not be dry. Honey is good on the skin and has natural moisturizing property. Apply honey on the face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes then wash your face with water only. You can also apply commercial moisturizer on the face but make sure to select those which are water-based.

There are other options that you might consider depending on availability of time. Washing the face with water 2-3 times daily, once in the morning, noon and at night, will prevent the oil from building up. Peeling strips and masks are also available to remove blockage from the skin. Treatments containing salicylic acid, benzoyl, alpha hydroxide and lactic acid can be bought from the pharmacies without a doctor's prescription.

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