Blackheads–not just for teenagers, unfortunately. Blackheads, dark and most commonly on your face, are terribly annoying. Don’t fret! Microdermabrasion and some old fashioned TLC are here to help.
What They Are
Blackheads are a widened or open hair follicle that has become filled with dirt, or more specifically, skin’s dirt, oils, and bacteria. The dark appearance comes from the oxidization of the sebum–your skin’s oils. If your sebum is being overproduced (usually a hormonal reaction) or not draining from the skin properly, your pores can become clogged, and, mixed with dirt, a bacteria forms and a blackhead appears.
Wash Your Face! But Just As Much as Normal
It is a myth that washing your face more frequently will make your skin healthier, clearer, and more clean. Washing your face more than twice a day will irritate and dry out your skin, and likely cause more oils to be produced as a reaction to this sudden drying out. Wash with a clean cloth, delicately, and moisturise with a non-oily night cream before bed. This will help keep your skin clean and calm any irritation.
A specialised brush combined with a chemical cleanser applied by a Britannia professional carefully removes your top layer of skin to promote healthy production below. As blackheads are essentially a clog, it is important to clean dirt while helping your oil production levels to even out.