Picture this: You need to leave for work in 30 minutes, and you’re standing in your bathroom, staring at those annoying blackheads on your face in the mirror. You’re hoping if you glare at it hard enough, your breakout will just go away on its own, but they won’t. You never have the time to schedule an appointment at the esthetician either. It’s time to find out exactly what you need to do to make your blackheads disappear ya mismo! Read on for some great blackhead prevention tips.
Know what you’re fighting
A blackhead is basically a clogged pore, full of breakout-causing bacteria that feeds on the oil that naturally occurs in your skin. The less oily your skin, the less likely you are to have breakouts and blackheads!
Salicylic acid to the rescue!
Yes, the same stuff teenagers use. Salicylic acid is the best way to reduce the likelihood of blackheads. This acid speeds up your skin’s rate of cell turnover, unclogging your pores and helping manage the oil buildup on your face. You can get salicylic acid over the counter in many acne-treating face washes by popular skincare brands like Neutrogena and Olay. Just use as directed, once or twice a day. Follow up with a spot treatment or medicated moisturizer. But remember, reduce use if your skin dries out or gets irritated!
Make sure you are exfoliating your skin regularly. This helps to scrub off the dead skin cells that would cause blackheads to form if left to sit on your face! Like face washes, there are tons of exfoliating products available on the market. The Fresh Effects line by Olay is just one great example that smells nice and feels lovely on your skin; you can check out all their moisturizer, scrub, and cleanser products and see if one of them is right for you.
No matter how tired you are, sleeping with a full face of makeup still applied will not only mess up and stain your pillow, but it’s likely to cause breakouts and blackheads. You should make sure to use a makeup removing cleanser or wipe to take off all your makeup each day. Trust us – it’ll pay off with clearer skin and a brighter complexion!
Visit a dermatologist
If you’ve tried a daily cleansing and regular exfoliating ritual, and you still find yourself with a blackhead problem you can’t solve, it might be time to set up an appointment with a dermatologist. They will be able to assess the unique qualities of your skin to let you know what’s best, and prescribe medication if needed.
This article was reproduced with permission from Latina Moms.