Blackheads, what are they? Why do they occur? And how to get rid of them? Understanding the definition is the first step to get rid of blackheads, the second step is to prevent blackheads, and the third step is to wage war!
What Are Blackheads & Why do they occur?
Basically, these unsightly black spots occur when a hair follicle becomes congested with sebum and debris. Sebum is an oily substance produced by the sebaceous gland to help our skin function properly, and debris is dirt, grime, dead skin, etc. Blackheads are found all over the skin but unfortunately the majority appear on the money-maker (face).
There are many causes for increased blackheads including:
- High Temperatures
- Extra oils from – hands, hair, etc.
How to get rid of blackheads?
There are tons of different of proven ways to get rid of blackheads:
- Topical creams
- Laser treatment
- Chemical peels
- Face masks
- DIY removal (Bicarb Soda, home face mask).
- Natural Remedies
Hundreds of different solutions exist but finding the one that works for your particular skin is important. Some methods can strips the oils that your skin needs to function properly, and some methods will not work at all.
Blackheads are not curable. A treatment will not remove blackheads forever.
How to prevent blackheads?
Preventing blackheads can save a lot of time and money, and is something that many people don’t take into mind. It can be as easy as a face wash twice a day for some, but every skin is different to the next. Following these tips can help to prevent future blackheads:
- Wash your face morning and night.
- Wash your face after a workout/exercise. (After any activity, if you’ve worked up a sweat).
- Reduce your stress.
- Change your face wash if it is making your skin oily.
- Reduce your dairy, alcohol and junk food intake.
- No more than 3 face washes per day.
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