Anyone can get blackheads, but those with oily skin are the most vulnerable. Blackheads are formed when a mixture of excessive sebum (skin’s natural oil) and dead skin cells clog an open pore. When this pore is exposed to air, it creates the black color. Anyone who suffers from blackheads knows how difficult it can be to remove once surfaced, so the best way to treat the blemishes is by prevention. Everyone’s skin is different, but diligently following these three steps can help prevent future breakouts.
#1 Cleanse Your Skin Every Morning And Night
Keeping your skin clear of oil and debris is the most important element of blackhead prevention. Cleansing your skin before bedtime will clear your skin of the oil and impurities it was exposed to during the day. Cleansing your face in the morning will clear the excessive oil produced while you were sleep. Choose a mild, non-comedongenic cleanser that is soap alcohol free. Cleansers containing these ingredients can be too drying to the skin, stimulating the sebaceous glands to produce more oil. Clay-based cleansers and masks are recommended since the clay helps draw out the oil in the skin. Be careful to avoid over cleansing, as this can also lead to drying out the skin.
Getting rid of the oil on your skin is only half the battle. Now you need to slough off the dead skin to prevent build-up. The best way to do so is by exfoliating once or twice a week. Avoid using harsh scrubs, and choose a gentle exfoliation product that is made of fine micro-beads. Alternatively, you can use a gentle salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide products which chemically exfoliate the skin. Exfoliate gently, preferably in a circular motion, to avoid skin irritation and damage.
#3 Keep Oil Absorbing Sheets With You
Oil absorbing sheets are brilliant for keeping your oily skin under control throughout the day. These sheets are very easy to use: you just take a sheet and gently blot the oily areas of the face. Oil blotting sheets are readily available (you can get it at any local drugstore) and relatively inexpensive. But if your face produces oil every 10 minutes, the cost of buying sheets can add up quickly. Alternatively you can cut up thin tissue paper (like toilet seat covers), which can be more cost effective.
It’s much easier to prevent blackheads than to remove them. If you keep your skin clear by cleansing, exfoliating, and blotting your face throughout the day, you will be on your way to having clear, blackhead free skin.
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