Ok, so we all have blackheads and it seems like they never go away. The good news is, there are solutions and ways to prevent, control and get rid of them. Let’s start from the beginning though and I will tell you what causes a blackhead.
Causes of Blackheads– Basically when a pore gets clogged with too much oil (which enlarges the pore) and then it mixes with built-up dead skin cells that cannot shed normally. The combination of the two then get exposed to air, which causes it to oxidize and turn black.
How to Get Rid of Blackheads– You need to remove and absorb excess oil and also remove dead skin that isn’t shedding on its own. Not all products will do this, even though they claim to. Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid help along with gentle manual exfoliation. Scrubbing harshly and vigorously will not get them out. You will only irritate the skin. This is one of the reasons that pore strips do not work. These blackheads are not just sitting on the surface of the skin so it may appear that you got them out but you actually only got the tip of the blackhead. Using proper skin care products will balance out your skin and keep the blackheads away.
Please skip the DIY remedies that are found online. Most of them do not work and can also cause permanent damage.
I could talk for days about the products I use and recommend because I love them that much. When used correctly and consistently, my clients get results.
Le Mieux: Hands down…. Le Mieux has the most amazing serums.
TGF – AMAZING anti aging serum. This is my trick on set when prepping skin for makeup for people who have some lines, so that makeup doesn’t settle as much. Also, I love using it as a preventative around the eyes for people that are starting to see the beginning of fine lines.
Blemish Spot Treatment – OBSESSED doesn’t even begin to describe how much I love this product. It’s my crack and sometimes I basically use it as my moisturizer on days that my skin feel likes it’s going to need some help to keep the pimples at bay. It works great over and under makeup. It’s way better than any spot treatment you find at retail outlets, and I’ve tried them all. Please do yourself a favor and get this product. MUST HAVE!!
Glycolic Cleanser – It’s tingly and makes my skin feel squeaky clean. I use it at night twice a week to get that extra boost of cleanliness.
Blemish Pads (Clarifying Pads) – These pads are awesome! And if you rip them in half you get twice as much. My skin is SUPER oily, and these pads are a great degreaser. I definitely target areas that feels like there might be a breakout and do a double pass along those areas. Be careful not to overuse these because your skin can start getting dry.
Green Tea Cleanser – I like using this cleanser as a makeup remover since it’s pretty mild and takes care of the job.
-Grace, Makeup Artist