Everyone has them once: blackheads (also called comedones or blackheads). They occur on your nose, neck, forehead and chin. They are less common on the cheeks, but why? This has to do with the so-called T-zone. As you may have noticed, the skin is not the same everywhere.
Often the skin on the forehead, nose and chin is a bit oily than the skin on the cheeks and neck. These three places together form, as it were, the letter T, hence the T-zone. Pimples and blackheads can form on this oily skin. Blackheads form when the sebum in the sebaceous gland accumulates, causing the sebum to oxidize. The sebum discolours and then black dots, or blackheads, become visible.
Remove blackheads: what should you not do?
Once you notice that you have a blackhead on your face, it’s hard to stay away from it. It’s important not to get too much of blackheads, as bacteria on your fingers and damage to the skin can cause debris to build up, causing even more impurities such as pimples and blackheads.
If you mishandle comedones, then you can suffer more from pimples and blackheads. Preventing blackheads is better than a cure. Here are some things you shouldn’t do to remove blackheads.
Squeezing pimples and blackheads can be so tempting, but don’t try to do this. Squeezing blackheads can damage the skin, especially when it comes to blackheads on your nose. The blackheads are often in places where you cannot reach them very well.
This can inadvertently put too much force when you squeeze them, causing scars, and that does not make your skin more beautiful. In addition, the bacteria on your hands or dirt under your nails can also make things worse. In addition, you also run the risk of clogging other pores, which can cause more pimples and blackheads.
This also applies to the use of a comedone spoon, because with this tool, you can put too much force on your skin and cause damage. Squeezing your blackheads seems to give a quick result, but the consequences can be worse,
Dry out blackheads with toothpaste
Removing blackheads with toothpaste is sometimes recommended because this way you can dry out the blackhead. But this does not always work well. The toothpaste can also irritate your skin. Whether it really helps against the black spots will vary from person to person, but for some, it can lead to red or blotchy skin.
Remove blackheads with lemon juice.
It is sometimes seen as a natural way to get rid of your blackheads, but the pH values in lemon juice are not in balance with your skin. In addition, the lemon juice, in combination with sunlight, can trigger a chemical reaction and cause phytophotodermatitis.
Express blackheads with a comedone spoon
Comedones is another word for blackheads. This spoon is, as it were, a blackhead remover and is widely used by dermatologists and beauticians. They know well when they use too much force when squeezing blackheads, but if you get started with a blackhead, you have a high chance of accidentally putting a lot of pressure on the blackhead, causing accidental damage to the skin if you are going to squeeze your blackheads.
In moderation: Remove blackheads on your nose with nose strips.
They may be intended for it, but whether it really helps against blackheads on your nose is the question. By pulling away from the taped strip, your capillaries can burst, and pores can be irreparably stretched.
Coarse pores can clog faster, and that cannot be the intention. It may seem to help in the short term, but the chances are that you will soon get new blackheads on your nose again. Just like squeezing your blackheads, you can unintentionally make the situation much worse.
What can you do against blackheads?
There are of course, a number of things you can do to prevent blackheads. It all starts with daily facial care for the skin. Regularly cleaning your face with water and good soap is an important measure you can take to help prevent breakouts and blackheads.
Especially by exfoliating away dead skin cells, you prevent pores from becoming clogged. But dirt and sweat can also clog pores. Make sure to pay attention to your facial cleansing both morning and evening.
After you wash your face with lukewarm water, apply the cream to a damp face. In this way, you reduce the amount of sebum on your face and in the pores and remove other impurities, which can cause blackheads and pimples.
Normaderm as a scrub
Apply the facial cleansing to a damp face. Massage your entire face with the cream and pay extra attention to the places where blackheads form, such as the T-zone. Then rinse your face well with water, so that your skin is purified from dead skin cells. Do this 1 to 2 times a week.
Normaderm as a mask
You can also use the 3-in-1 facial cleanser as a facial mask by applying a thin layer of cream on your face and leaving it on for 5 minutes. Make sure you avoid the eye contour. After five minutes, rinse the mask thoroughly formatted skin with a clear complexion.
How can you help prevent blackheads?
As said, removing blackheads ourselves is not a good idea, because you can irreparably damage your skin. A beautician is trained for this and knows exactly how to remove comedones without tearing the skin or leaving scars. During the treatment, a beautician will steam the skin and then remove the blackheads.
Usually, the treatment also consists of an in-depth cleansing and a facial massage. So the treatment is immediately a gift for yourself. Ultimately, it is difficult to say what causes blackheads. This also has a lot to do with your skin type. It could also be that you suffer from acne, so you have blemished skin. Here are some tips to prevent blackheads.
– Drink enough water.
– Clean your skin
Dirt and makeup can cause pores to become clogged, which can cause pimples and blackheads. Clean your skin in the morning and evening to prevent blackheads with water and good cleansing soap. Such as the cleansing gel from Normaderm.
– Replace your pillowcase every week
The dirt on your face accumulates here while you sleep and can also cause your pores to become clogged, which can cause pimples and blackheads.
– Eat healthily
Everyone sometimes notices after pimples that pimples and blackheads develop. Be sure to eat foods that are high in Vitamin A (spinach), and Vitamin C (oranges) contains. These vitamins contribute to the renewal and repair of the skin. Do you suffer from pimples, blackheads or even acne? Then try adjusting your diet to see if you can prevent pimples and blackheads by eating differently.
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- Mayo Clinic Staff. (2015). Acne: Causes.