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How to take care of blackheads and whiteheads?

Published by FRAGRANCE RICH on 17th Jul 2020

Blackheads and whiteheads are the most common skin concern

How to take care of blackheads and whiteheads?

Blackheads and whiteheads are the most common skin concern many people face. Both are the results of clogged pores. In the case of blackheads, the upper surface remains open and the oxidation of clogged pores result in black pigment. Blackheads and whiteheads may look different in appearance, but the treatment and prevention for both are the same.

What causes blackheads and whiteheads?

Our skin naturally produces sebum which acts as a protective layer to keep skin looking youthful. For some people the body produces excess sebum, this may be due to genetic or hormonal imbalance or bad skincare routine. This excessive sebum, dirt and dead skin cells cause clogged pores. Clogged pores result in blackheads and whiteheads.

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Taking care

There are many products in the market claiming fast results. Numerous videos of people applying a charcoal peel-off mask to get rid of blackheads. The videos are satisfying to watch and you can see the blackheads coming out as the mask is peeled off. But, this is only a temporary solution to clogged pores. More research has to be done to prove the efficacy of these masks. The regular use of these products can damage the skin’s protective barrier. Blackhead extracting tools are also very common but stay away from them. Only use them when you are understand fully how to use them.

Following a good lifestyle along with choosing the right skincare products is the only long term solution. You may have naturally oily skin and choosing the products for oily skin will help. Consuming processed food high in sugar and oils will only make your skin oilier.

The most common mistake people make when treating clogged pores is over washing and over-exfoliating, though blackheads appear superficially on the skin. It feels like dirt settled on the face and over washing will help, but this is not the case it has deeper roots. Over exfoliating May in some cases give you instant results but will worsen the blackheads problem in future.

Regular cleansing and exfoliating is the key to treating clogged pores. Salicylic acid works amazing for deep cleaning pores and getting rid of excess oil. Salicylic acid is also a BHA, which means it can gently exfoliate your skin without damaging. You can choose a salicylic acid-based cleanser or a toner. If you are prone to irritation, go for a cleanser as it is mild.

Using a clay-based mask regularly (twice a week) will help you control oiliness on the face. An important thing to remember is to never skip on a moisturizer. Skipping a moisturizer leads to dryness and the body produces excess oil to combat the dry skin which is something you need to avoid. Use a non-comedogenic, water, or gel-based moisturizer. Good enough to provide you hydration and moisture without clogging the pores.

Just like acne you have to be patient and consistent with blackheads too. Following a routine instead of temporary solutions will guarantee longer term results.

Written by Fragrance Rich

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