When pores on the skin become blocked up with dead skin cells, bacteria, and oil, blackheads, or comedones will often form. There is no age barrier for blackheads to form, but they tend to increase in severity amongst teenagers.
Certain skin types are more favorable to the formation of blackheads than others, and it is often thought to be a genetic condition, or be brought about because of hormonal cycles. Once a blackhead forms in a pore, the pore becomes more susceptible to further clogging due to stretching.
For this reason, it is much more preferable to prevent blackheads in the first place rather than treat them after they appear. This article will outline 5 such tips that have been proven effective in reducing the chances of blackheads appearing.
1. Consider Changing Your Makeup
The makeup you are using to mask blackheads may be what is creating favorable conditions for them to form in the first place – Thick facial creams and heavy foundations all create the perfect environment for the development of blackheads.
People who suffer from naturally greasy skin and clogged pores should minimize the use of these products, or eliminate them altogether. Keeping as much of your natural skin exposed will create fewer problems for you in the long run.
2. Daily Exfoliation
Doing this as part of your routine every morning will work toward keeping your pores clear of dead skin cells and other debris.
Exfoliating products created from small grains work best as the coarser versions can cause irritation and even tearing.
3. Daily Skin Care Routine
Preventing blackheads requires a strict daily skin care routine.
The best practice is to wash your face twice daily (once in the morning and once just before bedtime) with cleansers and toners that have salicylic acid as an active ingredient.
Optimally, dry cleansers should not be used as they are likely to cause skin irritations and may lead to bouts of acne.
4. Eat Plenty Of Fruits And Vegetables
You’ve probably read this before but that’s only because it’s important and worth repeating.
Replace your normal greasy lunches at the office with something that is made from fresh fruits and vegetables. Pay particular attention to foods high in beta-carotene.
Carotene is prevalent in foods such as carrots and is known to help prevent the formation of blackheads. Generally, fruits and vegetables that are yellow-orange in color will also contain useful quantities of beta-carotene.
5. Put On Your Mask (A Clay Mask That is)
Clay masks work great with sufferers of oily or combination skin.
Blackheads will often form as a result of excess oil in the pores. Clay masks will help to remove this oil and grease, creating a happier healthier pore that is less prone to a blackhead developing.
Clay masks should be used sparingly and a once a week treatment should be plenty. Any more, and you run the risk of drying your skin out and creating more problems for yourself.
This treatment is not suitable for individuals with dry skin as it will further remove the oil your skin so vitally needs, causing it to become even drier as a result.