26 November 2008

How to get rid of blackheads

Yup they’re pretty gross, but how many of us know what a blackhead actually is? It’s a common myth that blackheads are dirt, but they’re not and even the cleanest skin can be prone to them if it’s not treated properly.

A blackhead is just a blockage in a pore of your skin. What blocks is the a mixture of sebum and dead skin cells, the black colour is created by the fact that dead skin cells oxidise.

The best way to get rid of blackheads (and stop more from forming) is to exfoliate regularly. And that goes for men as well as women. The more you exfoliate the less chance dead skins cells will have to turn into blackheads. I love Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, it contains rice brand and is gentle enough to use every day. It's normally £31, but if you follow my link (above) you can order it for the bargain price of £22.50.

The best budget buy is Neutrogena's Visably Clear Daily Scrub, although as this product contains salicylic acid, I'd only use it once or twice a week until you're sure it's right for your skin.

Regular facial’s can also help. Book an 'extraction facial', where the beautician will actually remove the excess sebum from your skin. Yukky, but worthwhile. My beautician swears she kept her 15 year-old son’s acne and blackheads at bay with regular extraction facials.

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