Blackheads. They’re an annoying problem that MANY of us has to deal with, but rarely spoken about with others, which is a shame as I’m sure we’ve all got a few tips and tricks which would help someone out when dealing with their own blackheads. They’re a fact of life and nothing to be ashamed of, but we’ve got a few things that you can do to get your own blackheads under control.
Use an Exfoliator
Exfoliating your skin will help to lift the dirt ou of your pores, reducing the appearance of blackheads and hopefully preventing them from forming again. We recommend one of two methods – either using a brush like Dermalogica Exfoliating Face Brush which helps you to supercharge your existing cleanser, or opting for a chemical exfoliator like Decleor Phytopeel Smooth Exfoliating Cream which gently removes the top layer of skin without any scrubbing. Be careful not to over-exfoliate though, as this can cause it’s own problems.
Use a Clay Mask
Clay masks are fabulous because as they dry, they literally suck the impurities out of your skin. They also soak up excess oils which clog the pores and cause blackheads in the first place, so using a clay mask is like a double-attack on your pores. Dermalogica Skin Refining Masque is made from bentonite clay and is perfect for clearing blackheads.
Change Your Products
Sometimes, using products which are incompatible with your skin can exacerbate the problem of blackheads – if you have oily or combination skin, using an oil-based moisturiser can make things so much worse. Switching to an oil-free moisturiser such as Dermalogica Active Moist will help to prevent oily build up in your pores and will hopefully stop more blackheads from forming.
Ask an Expert
Sometimes, the best thing for stubborn blackheads is to squeeze them out, but it’s not a job we recommend you do yourself. A good aesthatician at your local spa or beauty parlour will have the tools to steam your face, remove blackheads and then treat your skin afterwards without the potential for scarring or bacteria transfer that you risk if you do it yourself.
Reach for the Retinols
Many products contain retinols as they’re so good for your skin, and they’re predominantly used in products which tackle ageing, but they can also be great for the battle against blackheads. Retinoids are vitamin A-based formulas and they cause an accelerated exfoliation. You have to be patient though, as they take about 12 weeks to kick in. Opt for Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair to maximise your blackhead-busting power.