Basically, a blackhead is a type of acne called an open comedone. It is the first stage of acne before bacteria gets into the pores causing inflammation and infection with results in what we know as pimples.
The main contributing factor to the appearance of blackhead is unregulated hormones, which is why they seem to appear in full force around puberty or when it is "that time of the month".
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What can I do to keep my skin clear?
I like to abide by the rule – Whatever you put on your face in the morning; you take off before going to bed. Never sleep with makeup on – mineral or not.
Make sure to clean your face well; however you should also know that over cleaning will cause problems. Our skin needs a certain amount of oil to function, so if your skin feels like you have taken too much off, it responds by aggressively over producing more oil which as we know by now, is a very bad thing.
I have blackheads! How do get rid of them?
To squeeze or not to squeeze?
That is indeed the question. I know some people love squeezing blackheads. My sister does – not on herself, but on other people, and it freaks me out. She takes great pleasure in it, but in all honesty, she's more than a little odd (Love you N!).
There are two schools of thought on this. Your hands can spread more bacteria, potentially worsening the problem, however if you leave them be, the pore can keep getting bigger until you find some way to release it.
If you must squeeze, do not place pressure on either side of the blackhead and squeeze inwards like most people tend to do. This can cause scarring and can cause further infection. What you should do it put a finger on either side and apply a light pressure downwards and the skin each side of the blackhead. If it is able to be easily extracted it should rise easily to the surface, if it doesn't then leave it be until it's ready.
Use the right tools
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I used a Manicare pimple and blackhead remover which is basically a stainless steel needle on one end then a loop at the other for bringing the oil to the surface for quick and easy removal. I sterilise this before and after use to ensure that more bacteria are not added to the open pore.
Skin Preparation for self extraction
Blackheads are much easier to remove if you steam your pores open. So extraction is best done after a hot shower or if you want to do it another way, you can place your face over a bowl of hot water with a towel draped over your head to keep the steam in. I have also heard that pressing a face washer soaked in hot water to the area will also loosen the pores. With any of these methods, be careful not to scald or burn yourself.
Go get it done by a professional
If you are wary of doing it yourself, or have some really stubborn ones that just won't move then you should go see a professional. Dermatologists and Aestheticians offer many types of deep cleansing facial treatments and will extract any stubborn ones, however I have found that you do have to request an actual extraction from most places while having a facial done. It can be a costly option, but clear skin is worth it, isn't it?
Stay tuned because tomorrow I am going to show you the ONLY products that I have come across that actually deliver on the results they promise in regards to eliminating blackheads - oh and you can win one of those nifty bottles of awesome too!
That's it from me today.
Be awesome to each other.