Five March Favorites: Skincare and Haircare

This year has started out pretty well for me. Despite the small obstacles that I had to get through every now and then, I’ve been eating my vegetables, taken good care of my skin, getting enough vitamin D, and pamper myself with some extra love. I can honestly say that […]

Getting Rid of Blackheads

For years, I’ve struggled with blackheads on my nose. I never really took care of it either because I wasn’t a very so they just kept getting worse at the years by. Eventually, I decided that enough was enough and I finally made the choice to do something about it.

The first (and only) thing that I use were nose strips. I used the one from Bioré and they worked pretty well the first few times I used it. Eventually, after a while they weren’t as effective anymore because they mainly focus on the most visible blackheads on your nose, not the ones that are still deep under the skin. However, they are fairly easy to use and I still use it from to time to time, just not by itself. There are directions written on the box but basically, all you have to do is put the nose strip on your nose or the area with blackheads and leave it on for about 15 minutes.

So, nose strips are great investments but not enough by itself – especially if you’ve had blackheads for years. In order to completely get rid of all of your blackheads, here are a few more things that you can add on to your skincare routine:

  1. Understanding Blackheads: Have you ever heard of the saying “understand the problem before finding the answer”? That is crucial. Blackheads are small dark and black bumps that appear on your skin due to your hair follicles being clogged by dead skin cells and oils. They start out as white when the bump is still closed and turns black when exposed to air. So now that you understand what blackheads are, let’s get down to business.
  2. Salicylic Acid Gel: Salicylic acid is an oil soluble meaning, it can penetrate into the pores of your skin and that is exactly what you need. Your blackheads are basically just acnes and salicylic acid helps fight pimples and its family. It can be found in over-the-counter acne treatment products like: Clinique, Proactive, Philosophy, Neutrogena, and Paula’s Choice. Salicylic acid can also be used for acne treatment, dandruff, and to remove corns, calluses, and warts.
    1. **Tip: use a leave-on product rather than a cleanser or soap. Keeping the product longer on your skin will allow the ingredient to fully activate.
    2. **Tip: might not be the best product if you have dry skin.
  3. Enzymatic Exfoliator: Enzyme exfoliation is a type of chemical exfoliation that breaks down the “glue” that holds dead skin cells together. This can also be found in a few over-the counter products such as: Dermalogica, Mario Badescu, and Raya. Look of other masks that contain papaya, pineapple extract, charcoal or clay – those will help wash away the surface skin cells. Enzymatic exfoliation can also be used for breakouts, clogged pores, dull skin, and hyperpigmentation. Use this at least twice a week.
  4. Retinol Cream: Retinoid is also a great treatment for blackheads. In addition, they are often used for wrinkles, aging, and acnes. If you have moderate to severe acnes that usually doesn’t get better with treatment, this might be great two in one cream for you.
  5. Moisturize: The most important thing is to keep your face moisturized and hydrated. Whatever method you are using to get rid of blackheads, it will strip away oils from the skin which causes skin dryness. Find the right balance of hydration for your skin. Salicylic acid causes your skin to dry up really fast so keep that in mind. Don’t forget to wash your face in the morning and at night and use a non-comedogenic moisturizer – products that are oil-free and lightweight. Aveeno, CeraVe, and Philosophy all have noncomedogenic moisturizers. They are usually written on the label so keep an eye out for that.
    1. **Tip: Some comedogenic ingredients to look out for: cocoa butter, pigments & dyes (red in particular), coal tar, and isopropyl myristate.