These annoying little monsters, the blackheads, can ruin your whole face, even when you have got rid of dark circles under the eyes, redness and anything else. They are small, painful blemishes that look like tiny black dots on inflamed skin. What causes them is excess dirt, oil and debris that clogs your pores.
There are expensive, complicated treatments that can deal with them when they have erupted, but there are also things you can do to prevent the whole process. You need to keep your pores free of excess oil and dirt. After all, blackheads can lead to acne and they appear before bacteria invades the pores of your face. You can prevent them in completely natural ways: here is how:
Stop touching your face!
This is a nasty habit because during the day you place your hands on many objects which are crawling with germs: your keyboard, your computer mouse, your phone, etc. You need to be conscious of when you are touching your face and avoid it. All of the dirt that you transfer from your hands to your face can clog your pores and lead to blackheads.
Cleansing is one of the pillars of skincare! Remember to clean your face twice a day with lukewarm water. Find a product, whether it is a gel, a foam or a balm, which would refresh your skin, clean your pores and remove any dirt. Do not forget to clean your neck: it is a very underestimated area which we often forget about. When you wake up, you may have sweated during the night or your pillowcase may not be entirely clean, so you need to clean your face. Before you go to bed, make sure that you have removed all your makeup!
Another tip is to remove blackheads with ice. It is easy, cheap and effective!
Simply rub ice cubes on the area with blackheads for five to ten minutes. The cold will help the pores shrink and blackheads will not be able to penetrate.
Exfoliation is the other pillar of skincare. It eliminates dead skin cells and in that way it keeps skin pores cleaner: after all, that is exactly what causes blackheads and pimples. Twice a week might be enough to use a scrub. If you have sensitive skin, go for gentle products.
A facial steam is also very effective if you do it once or twice a week. Put your face over boiling water and cover the back of your head with a towel, so you create a closed space. The water vapor should touch the skin, Then use a homemade mixture of honey and sugar as a scrub. This natural remedy is perfect to remove blackheads, cleanse pores and soften your skin.
Clay masks and products are a great idea for oily skin and in that case, it is avoid to avoid ingredients such as peppermint. Wear makeup only when you need to: skip it when spending the day at home and clean it as soon as you are home, so that it does not clog your pores.