From stinging nose strips to painful extractions, blackheads are one of those pesky skin problems that never seem to budge. So - how do you get rid of blackheads?
Firstly, it’s important that we get a few things straight.
Blackheads are small, dark bumps that appear on the skin due to clogged hair follicles. Although they mostly appear on the face, they can also pop up on the back, chest, neck, arms and shoulders.
Blackheads appear when there is a clog at the opening of the hair follicle. If the skin over the bump stays closed you have a whitehead (Hello, Subi Perfect Pimple Patches!) If the skin opens, oxidisation occurs and causes the clogged hair follicle to turn black. Voila - blackheads.
Not all dark coloured little nasties on your skin are blackheads. Proceed with caution.
Those with oily skin or enlarged pores may have sebaceous filaments that appear more noticeable than others. These are lighter in colour; think beige and grey, but still appear as a clogged pore.
Put down the tweezers and stop picking at these immediately!
While sebaceous filaments CAN lead to blackheads, they are a natural composition of the skin and should be left alone.
I know - we wish that airbrushing could be used in real life too. Sigh.
Despite all of the images that we are bombarded with on social media (looking at you, Khloe Kardashian), natural skin will always have slight imperfections. It’s ok. It’s natural!
If you start attacking things like sebaceous filaments you risk scarring, spreading bacteria and the dreaded popped blood vessels. Not cute.
Any sebum that you do remove from your filaments will be refilled anyway so it’s best to walk away and make yourself a peppermint tea.
Now that we know what a blackhead is and how to identify the true enemy on our skin lets work out how to say 안녕히가세요 "Anyeong Hee Ka Say Yo" (that’s "Goodbye" in Korean).
Let’s start with cleanser - and we are K Beauty experts, so when we say cleanser we definitely mean cleansers, plural (can I get a, "Hell yeah!") for that double cleanse life?)
Subi's Bare Skin Balm and Powder Cleanser are the bee’s knees when it comes to cleansers. The cleansing balm gently removes all makeup and melts away oil-based impurities like sunscreen and excess sebum.
Brightening Powder Cleanser ensures your skin will be sparkling clean without stripping your face of its oils, thanks to handy antioxidants like Centella asiatica.
Another Must Have on the “How To Get Rid of Blackheads” list is the JJ Young by Caolion Lab Pore Erasing Stick. This cruelty-free masterpiece effectively removes sebum and blackheads and provides intensive care for clogged skin. If you have large, visible pores we highly recommend popping this into your routine 2 or 3 times a week.
Now that your skin is suuuper clean, it’s time to pop on a face mask and have a red wine (for the antioxidants of course!)
There are so many pore minimising masks on the market but do they leave your skin with a holo sheen that also blurs yours pores? Didn't think so!
For the ultimate indulgence we love the Subi Holo Dream Brightening Pore Minimising Mask. Yes, it’s pore tightening, skin brightening, texture refining and detoxifying but it’s also made in a creamy holo texture which makes for a magical selfie. THANK YOU, and next?
When the skin is irritated and angry, it's important to use a calming toner. ALPB Centella Complex Mist Toner is just that. Remember that soothing antioxidant Centella asiatica we spoke about? This mist toner has it in spades!
It can be used on both the face and body (looking at you, bacne) and helps calm redness, irritation and sensitivity. It contains a powerhouse of star ingredients, in addition to the star, Centella asiatica. It's also got ceramides, squalane, and niacinamide - to name but a few. Not only will this soothe, protect and hydrate the skin, it will also assist with improving the skins texture and reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Still have time? Let’s do a serum.
What’s in a name? In this case, everything. SOME by MI AHA BHA PHA 30 Days Miracle Serum says it all.
The star ingredients are a dream come true for irritated and acne prone skin. Think Tea Tree Leaf Water, Olive Oil, Green Tea extract, Sweet Almond Oil and Wintergreen Leaf. Relaxed already? So is your skin.
Blackheads can be hard to remove but it’s all about consistency and ensuring you're using the right products. You need to be deep cleaning your skin and then following up with soothing toners and essences.
Reach out to the STYLE STORY team on chat or socials! We are happy to tailor the perfect skin care regime for your skin.. because you’re worth it. We can say that too, right?
"Despite all of the images that we are bombarded with on social media (looking at you, Khloe Kardashian), natural skin will always have slight imperfections."- STYLE STORY Korean Beauty
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