How to remedy blackheads?

Blackheads are some of the toughest imperfections. They are the subject of countless articles, paper and online, where miracle cures and homemade solutions compete for readers. Unfortunately, these articles are often wrong and it becomes difficult to find a treatment that works. We know how badly blackheads can be, so we offer you a little guide to get you started once and for all!

Why do black spots appear?

Simply put, it happens that the sebaceous glands produce a surplus of sebum and skin cells block its normal evacuation via the pores. The oil is trapped there and when it mixes with the dead skin cells, we end up with clogged pores. This wonderful mixture takes the black color when it oxidizes, in contact with the air. Awesome !

Not to do!

It can happen (it is even quite common) that some products aggravate or even cause your problem of blackheads. So the first step would be to stop, or at least significantly reduce their use.

Among these products to proscribe, we find:

  • Bar Soaps: Since ingredients that allow soap to stay in solid form can clog pores.
  • Highly emollient products: the more emollient a product is, the more likely it is to clog your pores. For those with mixed skin, it is better to only use light products on your area more problem, often the "T zone".
  • Mechanical exfoliants : contrary to what popular belief suggests, this type of exfoliants does not have the ability to decongest pores. "Scrubs" and brushes are often too hard for the skin and may irritate and dry it, which will produce more oil and dead skin.
  • Adhesive tapes: they only remove the superficial part of the black spots. They will come back sooner.

It is also important to avoid certain ingredients: alcohol, peppermint, menthol, eucalyptus, lime, lemon, etc. They can also dry out and irritate the skin.

What to use to overcome these demons?

Sweetness is to be preferred, always! As Isabelle Bellis says so well: "Think that your skin is a silk fabric and that you must wear the most delicate attention!"

First, opt for a mild soap and water soluble to use morning and evening.

For people who wear makeup, never go to bed unmasked ... really.

exfoliate the area reached once or twice a day with a BHA exfoliant. The liquid form is lighter and will be better for solving the problem.

It may also be appropriate to use a niacinamide serum. This ingredient has the ability to tighten the pores ... convenient to reduce their appearance, once these have been scrubbed.

The application of a clay mask, once or twice a week, to control excess oil is also relevant.

Of course, blackheads will not go away overnight, but with a little patience and the right tools in hand, you will manage to overcome them.


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  • Hello Aya!
    Happy to know that you enjoyed it! To answer your question, the #1 advice that we could give you is to proscribe all masks that contain fragrances, since they are irritating ... and it is quite the opposite that you want from a mask. A mask of clay that we appreciate is the mask "Scratching mask with clay" of the range Kiehl's. Ideally, since it is packaged in a pot, take it with very clean hands or a small stick to avoid contaminating it. It contains good ingredients and plays well its role of absorbing excess sebum, without irritating the skin.

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  • Wow super interesting this article! Do you have any advice for clay masks?

    Aya Bathi on

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