Ahhhh blackheads.. we all have them. Doesn’t mean we like them very much, though! Blackheads make your pores look bigger, and makeup can’t cover them up for you! If anything, makeup accentuates blackheads because foundations just don’t apply smoothly over them. As much as we hate them, blackheads are a common problem and we need to fix that, stat! So in this post, I’ve partnered up with b.liv to show you guys 5 ways to get rid of blackheads. Also, just to throw in a little bit of a warning, this post might be a little graphic so… read on with caution!
Blackheads are essentially wax plugs in your pores caused by oil, dirt, bacteria and dead skin cells built up over time. There are so many different ways to get rid of blackheads but some might do more harm than good. Picking at your blackheads, or squeezing them (I know you do it!! So do I :p) can cause damage to the surrounding skin so don’t do it! Don’t even get me started on pore strips! Yes, they’re fun and seeing the blackheads pulled out on the nose strip is a very satisfying feeling (just me?). However, pore strips are bad for your skin as they can cause tearing of the skin and they also remove only a part of the blackhead itself. So how, oh how, do we get rid of these pesky little blackheads?
Cleanse Your Skin Well
This is the most important step! Although cleansers won’t help get rid of blackheads that are already there, it will stop new ones from forming. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS remove your makeup well and practise a double cleansing routine. A double cleansing routine simply means to remove your makeup and dirt with one cleanser (cleansing water, cleansing milk, cleansing oil, etc) and then wash any excess dirt left on your skin (even if you can’t see it!) with a cleansing foam. Cleansing your skin well will ensure there is no excess dirt left on your face to settle into your pores.
Exfoliate, Exfoliate, Exfoliate!
Exfoliating your skin will hugely benefit your skin and prevent future blackheads. Because blackheads are made of dead skin cells, dirt, bacteria and oil, using either a physical or a chemical exfoliant can help to remove all of these. Don’t use an exfoliant that is too harsh or it might tear your skin in the process! Opt for something gentle, or go with a chemical exfoliant for better results.
Use a Blackhead Treatment
B.liv Off With Those Heads Blackhead Remover (RM99 for 15ml)
Most blackhead solutions are ways to prevent getting future blackheads, but how do you actually get rid of the ones currently chilling on your nose? Use a blackhead treatment! One of the most famous blackhead treatments out there is the b.liv Off With Those Heads blackhead remover. It is marketed as a sebum gel that extracts blackheads and whiteheads without painful squeezing. Not only does it help to remove blackheads, it also helps control and balances the secretion of sebum thus causing less frequent occurrences of blackheads in the future.
b.liv Off With Those Heads has four main ingredients to facilitate the removal of blackheads. Tea Tree Oil is a natural anti-bacterial that will help to control acne and remove bacteria in the blackheads. Tea Tree Oil also has calming effects to soothe the skin. There is also Aloe Vera Extract, which is another natural anti-bacterial. It also helps to soothe and hydrate your skin while helping to fade acne scars. Witch Hazel Extract is beneficial to the skin by controlling sebum production and tightening pores. Lastly, but most importantly, Peppermint Oil helps to remove blackheads and whiteheads by deeply cleansing the skin and controlling the amount of oil on your skin.
The b.liv Off With Those Heads is a lightweight gel that absorbs into the skin almost immediately. I applied this over the areas where I have blackheads (nose) and whiteheads (below my lower lip/chin area. Anyone else has this?) for 3 weeks, and the results are amazing! You’re about to see a blown-up, suuuuuper zoomed-in picture of my blackheads (which, warning again, might be pretty gross to some).
You can see that most of my blackheads are gone! There are still some tinier ones left but overall, it reduced the amount of blackheads I had drastically. This worked better than any pore strip that I’ve ever tried and didn’t inflict even the tiniest bit of pain. If you have sensitive skin, the gel might sting a little at first, but I didn’t experience that personally. It worked even better on my whiteheads, which stupid me forgot to take pictures of it before so I can’t show you 🙁
B.liv Off With Those Heads Blackhead Remover
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If you have problems with blackheads and you’re looking for a painless way to remove them, you need to try this out! It’s painless, so effective and you’ll be able to see results in just 7 days.
Use a Weekly Mask to Draw Out Impurities
Clay and charcoal masks both help to draw out oil and impurities from your skin, leaving you with bright, smooth skin. This can go a long way in helping to reduce the occurrence of blackheads. I like using a clay mask once a week to help pull out all the dirt and gross things that cleansers can’t.
Never Forget to Moisturise!
Since getting rid of blackheads is mostly getting rid of oil and dirt, this can cause your skin to dry out due to lack of oil. This is why you should always moisturise to rehydrate your skin. Try choosing a moisturiser that isn’t too rich or greasy. Yes, you reduce oil to get rid of blackheads, but you also need to moisturise to keep your skin feeling smooth and bright. It’s all about the balance!
Getting rid of those annoying blackheads are easier than you might think! I hope this post is helpful to help you get rid of blackheads! Remember, always double cleanse your skin to prevent dirt and oil from clogging your pores. Also, using a gentle exfoliant (especially a chemical one!) works amazingly to get rid of dead skin and dirt, which can also clog your pores. The most important step in getting rid of blackheads is using a blackhead treatment that will soften the wax plug and extract it without pain. I really like the b.liv Off With Those Heads for this purpose! A deep cleansing mask will also help to draw out impurities and absorb excess oil. Lastly, never ever forget to moisturise. It’s all about keeping the right balance of sebum on your skin!
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