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Blackhead removal tips (includes salicylic acid, skin peel and gentle scrubs)

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How to remove blackheads is a question that we get weekly. I can understand why as they are annoying and RELENTLESS! It’s heartbreaking to go up really close and personal in the mirror to investigate your skin (although no one would ever see your skin up that close!) To find out that although your skin looks good when you generally pass the mirror, it is flawed when looking ‘microscopically’. Unfortunately sometimes these blackheads can be quite large and can be seen form a distance. This is the worst L

It is a very popular myth that blackheads, pimples, whiteheads and blackheads are caused by what you eat. Generally this is not the case. The only time this could be the case is if you have some sort of allergy or reaction to a food substance that makes your body react in this unforgiving way.

Most of the time, blackheads and a like are caused by over active sebaceous glands. What is this I hear you ask? The sebaceous glad is the gland that produces your natural skin oils ‘sebum’. Sebum is what fills your pores and can make your skin look oily. Sebum and dirt can come together in your pore and cause a plug and result in a blackhead, pimple or whitehead.

Of course most of us want to deal with the above problem with cleaning and stripping skin of this oil. It seems like the logical thing to do right? Wrong – the problem with this is that when you do this cleaning and stripping excessively, you over react your sebaceous gland because it is being forced to constantly replace itself. This opens opportunities for the creation of blackheads and pimples.

What to do?

I’m not going to mislead you and say this is easily fixed, because it is not. But it is manageable.

Cleansing your skin twice a day only is sufficient. Use a product that contains salicylic acid in it as it is oil soluble. Meaning it can cut through sebum and remove effectively. Choose a cleanser that includes a gentle scrub. When I say ‘gentle’ I mean this in the way that it has very fine particles as the abrasive. More times than not, I find that skin scrubs use an abrasive particle that is very large. If you can see it, it is too large. Think about it logically. The skin and its cells are very small, microscopic to the eye. It makes no sense to drag a huge boulder over it. What you need is something very fine and hard to slough away dead skin.

Of course it goes without saying that regular face peels are a great tool to use to combat blackheads. We recommend regular use of our peeling at home kit the Green Herb Skin Peel Kit.



One of the many tool to tackle blackheads