By Dr. Paula Dhanda
Most of us have experienced blackheads so what exactly are they and how do they occur? When puberty occurs our bodies begin to produce oil in our T-zones and skin pores enlarge trapping debris.
Skin cells and oil are constantly being produced inside your hair follicles or “pores”.
The skin cells mix with the natural oils which create a paste. Once the paste reaches the top of the pore it dries, turns brown, and becomes a “blackhead”.
The blackhead continues to harden over time, blocking the oils and dead skin cells from leaving your pores.
If blackheads are left untreated they can become pimples. The oil your skin produces plays a vital role in keeping your skin healthy. If the oils block your pores, your skin can become dry and irritated and your ph can become imbalanced.
Most people don’t realize that long term dryness of the skin can actually make the problem worse. Your pores will produce more oil in an effort to get the oil onto the dry skin.
Be cautious when using harsh skin care products to remove blackheads. Sticky strips can rip off delicate skin and cause scaring. Harsh acne crèmes and lotions can over dry your skin and add to the irritation.
You must take action, but more isn’t always better when it comes to removing blackheads.
Regular gentle care is the answer.
It is very important to follow 3 easy steps, twice per day.
Use a gentle face wash to remove impurities in your skin. If you have breakouts, you’ll want to use a medicated cleanser along with a gentle cloth.
Scrubbing the redness can spread bacteria and cause the breakouts to become worse. If you do not have breakouts, you can use a gentle exfoliating cleanser.
Make sure when ex-foliating, not to use any pressure that can scratch your skin. Use small circular movements for best results in removing blackheads.
Treat your skin with a gentle medicate serum or toner pad.
Salicylic acid will dissolve the oil and kill bacteria in the plug and glycolic acid dissolves the skin cells that are clogging the pores.
Use an oil free moisturizer to give your skin needed hydration which will balance oil production and ph. This is essential to skin health.
Without proper maintenance blackheads will return. Keep your skin clear and free from debris by following these 3 easy suggestions.
-- Dr. Paula Dhanda
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