Friday, August 23, 2013

How to Draw Out Blackheads Without Ruining Your Skin

If I have one goal as a beauty crusader, it is to help people break the naughty habit of daily squeezing blackheads from their nose and cheeks. But what's a flustered face to do? Glad you asked. Before you approach those clogged pores with your hands poised to pinch away blackheads- which could aggravate the problem- let us learn how these face critters that seemingly never die operate.
Blackheads are the result of oils leaving your pores that harden and oxidize within the skin. Imagine your skin's pores as a pipeline that lets oils flow through freely. When the oils crystallize into hardened blackheads, this puts a cap on the skin's much needed oil flow. With this blockage, glands continue to pump out oils that simply collect beneath the skin's surface giving you are a bumpy, rough skin texture.
And thus, with blackheads, your skin problems is not oil or even the blackheads, but needing to maintain what I call your "skin's ecology". Your face needs the oil to rise up from the pores, coat the skin and protect your face from bacterial and environmental damage and premature aging. Not having your skin properly lubricated makes your face vulnerable.
Now, to end the cycle of seeing a new crop of blackheads on your skin, you want to remove the embedded blackheads. Next, remove the waxy build up in your pores daily so that blackhead-inducing oils cannot collect in your pores. You can execute the blackhead preventing treatment in five easy steps
Step 1: Cleanse skin
First, wash your face with a basic soap like a mild glyercin soap.
Step 2: Steam your face
To help "melt" the blackheads and make it easy to dislodge trapped blackheads, use "Blackhead melting". To do this, dampen a clean cotton washcloth and place the cloth into the microwave for 45-60 seconds. This will create a steaming cloth. Carefully smooth the steamed cloth over your face and let it rest on your skin for 60 seconds to help remove and "melt" deep blackheads. Re-steam and apply the cloth for congested skin.
(Note: Make sure the cloth is not too hot or you could burn your skin.)
Step 3: Dissolve the blackheads
There are more ways than one to draw out blackheads. You can squeeze them or dissolve them. One trick I like to use for dissolving blackheads is earwax removers. But before using an earwax remover, place protective gloves on your hands. The gloves will stop the earwax remover from seeping into your fingers and irritating your skin.
Only apply the earwax remover to areas plagued with blackheads. Let the wax remover stay on the skin for one to two minutes. Rinse away the wax remover with warm water
What you should see after you remove the earwax remover is little yellowish-white strings of oils rising from your skin. This happens because you have removed the "cap" on your pores and now the your skin's oils are starting to flow again. This is what you want, natural oil flow in your skin.
Step 4: Draw out remaining skin oils & moisten the skin
To deeply cleanse away excess oils, give your skin a heated moisture treatment. Get a thick, heavy facial cream like Ponds cold cream or a generic thick moisturizing cream from your local drug store. Smooth a thick layer of the cream onto your skin. Make sure to cover your lips (or apply a coat of lip balm) to protect them from the heat.
Now, get your blow dryer, place it on low heat and warm the cream on your face for one to two minutes. The heat from the dryer helps the cream attract excess oils floating around in your pores. Moreover, this heat treatment deeply moisturizes your skin so that your pores do not produce more oil simply because you have removed the surplus oils.
Remove the heavy cream with a warm cloth.
Step 5: Remove oil build up daily
Here's the key. To stop the build up of blackheads, each day, you will need to free your skin of excess oils. Repeat steps one through four daily for a week. This should get your blackheads under control. Then, use this treatment as needed to make blackheads stay way.
In short, using natural skin care to get rid of blackheads means working with the laws of physics: Items under pressure tend to go from areas of high pressure to areas of low pressure. Remove hardened oils from your skin and trapped oils will flow to the upper layers of your skin where they belong, thus making blackheads history.
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