5 Ways to Banish Blackheads For Good
Posted by Jasmine Taylor-Moran in Skin Care
There’s nothing worse than waking up in the morning and finding a giant spot on your forehead or notice a large amount of blackheads on our T-zone. It’s happened to the best of us, and the worst. Many of us know what causes adult acne, but either deny it’s our fault or accept it and try to rectify the problem.
So what actually causes adult acne and blackheads? Spots occur when the excess oil (or sebum) and bacteria get trapped in your pores. Raised spots occur when pores become infected from the bad bacteria and begin to swell, pushing the impurities out through the surface.
Many things cause acne or the occasional blackhead, such as dirty brushes, poor hygiene such as sharing someone else’s makeup, so it’s important to find out what is the culprit for your spots so you can begin fixing the problem. For when you do get spots, we’ve found the 5 best ways to banish spots and blackheads for good.
When a spot becomes swollen and infected, it’s likely ready to burst. Not the best thing to happen if you’re out and about. No one wants a bright red spot staring at them on the tube! To reduce the swelling and ease any pain, wrap a piece of ice in some cloth and hold it onto the affected area for a few seconds. Wait a few minutes and then repeat the process until the swelling and redness subsides.
This method will also constrict the oil production glands and push out the excess oil and bacteria. This should make the spot vanish in a day or two when repeated a few times throughout the day. You can also do this before the spot begins to swell to encourage the bacteria to leave the pore. Nubo White Diamond Ice Glow Mask is great for that pre-party skin lift and rejuvenation.
Fresh lemon juice can do wonders for spots. The mild acid operates as an antiseptic and kills off any bacteria within the pores. The citrus is also an astringent so dries up all the excess oils. Using clean cotton buds, apply a small amount of lemon juice to the areas affected just before bed. Your spot should have reduced in size or even disappeared by morning. You can also use Ole Henriksen Lemon Peel for a similar result.
For more stubborn spots, mix up a paste of lemon juice and cinnamon powder and apply to the affected areas overnight. Using cinnamon overnight isn’t recommended if you have sensitive skin however. Tony Moly’s Brightening Lemon Face Mask Sheet will do the trick.
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Honey also has lots of natural healing properties. As an antiseptic, it helps destroy bacteria and speeds up the healing process. With a cotton bud, apply raw honey directly to the blemishes and leave to work its magic for 30 minutes. Rinse with warm water to remove. There are lots of honey based skincare products out there to banish adult acne such as those from Burt’s Bees and Bee Good, who use natural products from their own orchards and surrounding areas to create skin care that’s great for even the most sensitive of skins.
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This is a timeless beauty trick that’s been around for decades. When toothpaste dries, it pulls out the bacteria in the spot and forces spots to disappear, almost overnight. Even though toothpaste is definitely not designed to go on skin, it does have incredible qualities which makes it the perfect quick fix for adult acne. Simply dab on a small amount to your spots, allow to dry and sleep with it on. Wipe off in the morning and you’ll see a huge difference. This method is also not suitable for sensitive skin as the chemicals may irritate the skin. Instead, a minty mask is recommended such as Lavera Mint Organic Purifying Cleansing Mask that’s completely organic and skin-friendly.
Going in the steam room at the gym or spa is the best way to clear out your pores. The heat allows your pores to open, allowing the natural oils and sweat in your skin to push out the bacteria and clear up your face. A cold splash of water is highly recommended following this to tighten the pores back up to create a barrier against impurities. If you don’t have access to a steam room, you can easily recreate the effects at home. First, cleanse your face using BareMinerals Blemish Remedy Gelle Cleanser to ensure your face is completely free of toxins that could seep into your pores. Boil the kettle and pour boiling water into a large bowl (large enough to fit your face). Lean over the bowl and place a towel over your head and bowl to lock in the steam. After 30 minutes, splash with cold water and pat dry. Follow with an oil free moisturiser such as Neutrogena Visibly Clear to prevent your skin from drying out.
With these 5 home remedies, you’ll become the master of how to get rid of adult acne and keep it off. Finding the right products for you is also important, so be sure to complete our quiz to find products that are specially suited to your skin type and skin concerns.