Thursday, July 16, 2009

La Dolce Vita : Blackhead Woes

Everybody gets blackheads. Even the lady with the nicest and fairest skin gets blackheads on occasion.

Getting rid of blackheads can be a painful process.

I find that my t-zone is more prone to getting blackheads as I do have an oily T-zone. Blackheads occur when  pores are clogged with dirt and too much sebum.

So when you do get blackheads, one way is to go for a facial.

Another way is a home remedy.
Cleanse your face with a cleanser and pat dry. Exfoliate your skin.
Take a warm towel and put it over your face for 10 to 15 minutes. Alternatively, steam your face if you have one of those facial steamers. Then wrap fingers with tissue. Put pressure on each blackhead by squeezing under the blackhead and upwards. If by two tries it doesn't pop out, stop. You might end up bruising your skin which will then lead to scarring. Once you've extracted the gunk, pour some rose water or toner on a piece of cotton pad and place over area for about 10 minutes or so. I put my rose water in the fridge so it gives a cooling effect. The rose water / toner will help to kill all germs and shrink the pores after the whole deal.

Blackheads prevention.
First thing to take note is to use the appropriate products suitable for your skin type. Like for example using a moisturiser too rich for your skin would cause your pores to be clogged leading to blackheads. Too much make up can also cause sure to cleanse off your make up thoroughly. I like using Biore cleansing oil to remove my make up. Simply melts off my face.

Drink lots of water and eat lots of veg and fruits. More goodness for the skin.

Try using a moisturiser with BHA which will help to strip dead skin cells and clean out pores. Look out for products with salicylic acid especially in your night cream. Wake up to smoother and clearer skin.

Exfoliate your skin at least once a week and then use a clay mask that will help to draw out all impurities from your pores. Heard the Kose black warming mask is super good. I will do this two steps and then put on another hydrating mask so my skin wouldn't be too dry at the end of it.

Tip: You can get sheet masks at rock bottom prices from warehouse or expo sales. I always wait for the Robinsons expo sale to get my masks and also Anna Sui mascara ($12 compared to the normal $30 plus)

I also use pore strips sometimes but some dermatologist advise against it as it causes skin breakage. So if you have sensitive skin, you might want to avoid this.

Ok ya'all. Remember you have to be consistent with your beauty regime to maintain good skin.

Anyone tried any good masks before?


*ayu* said...

kalau whteheads sama x tips nya?

Blushwax said...

Hi ayu, same thing. Except that whiteheads are usually harder to extract, you'd need to pierce the top part first before trying to squeeze it out. Blackheads on the other hand are covered by a layer of dead skin cells, so scrubbing would expose it. I posted a link to a video so maybe you can check it out.

To reduce whiteheads, I tried a tip from a friend who is into home remedies. Try rubbing lemon peel on your skin two to three times a week. It helped reduce whiteheads on my face. Hope it helps!

rasp said...

thx for the tips! helpful sgt especially for me yg jarang2 nak amik kisah bout my face nie *ihiks*

Blushwax said...

Sis rasp - hope the info helps you. You takperlu all these routines. I tengok kulit you mcm smooth gilerr even some more your skin tone.