By request (thanks for the feedback!), let’s talk blackheads. Blackheads are rough. Worse than whiteheads? Debatable, but they still suck. Blackheads are just clogged hair follicles (clogged with, like, dead skin and oils and gross). The dead skin and gross stuff collects and makes a bump. If the skin over the bump remains closed, it becomes a whitehead…if it stays open, it’s a blackhead. SCIENCE.
Blackhead is a very unappetizing word.
Great. Ew. So now that we know the nitty gritty about our problem skin, let’s talk eradicators. Let’s eradicate these little mo’fos.
1) Exfoliating with Baking Soda – This has worked well for me in the past. It’s also good for pore minimization. So. Steam your face over a pot of simmering water (be careful not to burn your skin), to open up your pores. Mix baking soda with water until it forms a paste. Apply to affected areas and let dry. Wash off with warm water and gently exfoliate. Baking soda can be a little harsh on your skin, though, so go easy the first time. Don’t be all ham handed, y’all.
2) Pore Strips – These things are amazing. And, coming from a self-proclaimed pathological groomer, one of the most satisfying things ever. Sometimes I even look at the results up close with a flashlight. Oh my God what’s wrong with me. Whatever we all do it. Alright. So…
3) Apple Cider Vinegar – For unblocking those pores and letting that skin breeeaaathe. Kind of a zit zapping miracle too. If I want to get rid of a zit, I’ll put a little ACV on a cotton ball and hold it on the zit for 20 minutes or so. I’ve also diluted it with water and used it as a toner! It’s a little intense, so patch test first to make sure your skin won’t freak. Also, there is a downside. It smells like butts, to put it eloquently.
4) Egg White Mask – Wash face. Paint some egg whites on your face with a brush. Let sit for 15-20. Gently wipe off with a warm wash cloth. Just a good treatment in general for making your skin pretty. Minimizes pores. Softens skin. Reduces fine lines and wrinkles (apparently, you know, just according to SCIENCE).
Okay. Here’s my obligatory Oil Cleansing Method plug. I used to have blackheads. Now I don’t. OIL CLEANSING IS NO JOKE. Go to Whole Foods/Sprouts right now, buy some Hemp Seed Oil (non-comedogenic) and Lavender Essential Oil, and thank me later.
Now. For preventing these mo’fos.
– Wash your face a maximum of twice a day with a gentle cleanser. I’ve heard amazing things about Biore’s Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser. Be careful not to overwash, it will agitate your skin and have the reverse affect.
– Make sure you’re using oil-free makeup and skincare products.
– Exfoliate! If the dead skin is exfoliated off, it won’t settle into pores and make blackheads. Makes sense to me.
– Don’t pick! It’ll only make it worse!
If it doesn’t start to improve within a couple weeks, hit up your dermo. Better living through science!
And now for “What I Should’ve Said”. This week, I couldn’t pick just one.