Blackheads can and always ruin a person’s overall look no matter how well groomed and presentable he/she may be. It gives you this unkempt appearance, and that is just personally irritating. You can treat blackheads, but they will come back with a vengeance if you don’t do proper aftercare. Here are ways to help prevent blackheads from forming on your skin.
Cleanse your skin
Cleaning your skin daily prevents oil, dirt, and dead skin from building up and clogging your pores. Wash your face with lukewarm water to open your pores. Hot water removes too much of your skin’s natural oil film, leaving it dry and flaky. Use a mild facial cleanser to prevent disturbing your skin’s natural balance. Do this twice daily, especially if you wear makeup every day.
Wash after sweating
Sweating helps make your skin glow by opening your pores to remove dirt and grime as well as promote a healthy balance of good bacteria on your skin. However, leaving sweat on your skin makes all that dirt and excess oil to go back to your pores, causing blackheads and breakouts. Wash your face immediately after a good workout or heavy sweating.
Avoid oil-based products
Oil-based products are suitable for giving high coverage to hide those blackheads. Unfortunately, these are often the reason why you have blackheads in the first place. Common ingredients that cause blackheads include shea butter, castor oil, and wheat germ oil. They can be found in cosmetics as well as hair products.
Choose water-based cosmetics to help prevent blackheads from coming back. Look for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, glycerine, and salicylic acid. These ingredients bind moisture to your skin, remove dead skin layer, and promote healthy cell turnover.
The major cause of blackheads is dead skin cells. These clog your pores, causing oil and dirt to build up. You can exfoliate using natural face scrub made from activated charcoal, olive oil, bentonite clay, and organic raw sugar. If you’re buying an exfoliating cream, make sure to avoid any harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin. Remember to seal your pores afterward with salicylic acid to prevent blackheads from forming.
Treat your skin gently
Whenever you’re cleaning your skin or applying any skin care products, do so with soft, gentle strokes. Firm rubbing may seem like you’re taking all that gunk out. However, this only leads to irritation that causes an inflammatory response. Your oil glands will secrete excess oil, and you have blackheads all over again.
Remove excess oil
Oil can be your friend or enemy when preventing blackheads from coming back. It creates a protective barrier to help maintain your skin. However, too much oil can trap in the dirt, causing blackheads to form. Use blotting papers to remove excess oil from your skin. You can have better control over it by applying salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
You can also use face masks to help eliminate excess oil. Actinera® Deep Pore-Suction Mask contains activated charcoal to help draw out excess oil and dirt from your pores. It has hyaluronic acid that binds moisture to your skin cells, keeping it soft, supple and glowing.
There is no tried and true method that will stop blackheads from coming back. What you can do, however, is minimize and delay its formation. Just remember always to keep your face clean, close your pores after exfoliation, and use the right facial products to keep your skin smooth and blemish free.
What do you use to keep your skin smooth and fair? How do you deal with your pores after you extract your blackheads? Please share them at the comment section!