You probably have blackheads (most people do), but do you really know how to treat them? Here, the Brick & Mirror Beauty pros share skincare tips and their favorite blackhead remedies.
Blackheads: The Basics
What they are...
Blackheads are the result of pores clogged with dead skin cells and sebum, or the natural skin guarding oils your body produces. They turn black because of their contact with oxygen.
What they're not...
A common misconception is that blackheads are pores clogged with dirt, and many believe they should try to "scrape" the dirt out with obsessive exfoliation. However, by over-exfoliating, pores dry out causing skin to produce more sebum, escalating the appearance of blackheads. For this reason, you should only exfoliate 2-3 times per week, depending on your skin type.
To minimize blackheads, here are some solutions that really work:
Why it works: Flushing out pores with this basic solution starves blackheads, keeping skin free of substances that widen pores.
Method: Once or twice a day, gently rinse skin with sink water and pat dry. Always follow up with your favorite oil-free moisturizer to keep skin from drying out.
Cinnamon and Honey
Why it works: Honey has anti-bacterial properties, and cinnamon can help improve circulation for soft, glowing skin. Together, they make an excellent remedy for many types of acne!
Method: Mix equal parts raw honey and cinnamon. Warm the solution in the microwave for about 30 seconds (test the temperature before applying to avoid burning skin). Smooth the mask over your face and allow to sit for about 5 minutes. Rinse it off with water and moisturize. For noticeably healthier skin repeat 2-3 times per week.
Sugar & Essential Oils
Why it works: Sugar helps improve blood flow, leaving skin soft and youthful. The texture acts as an exfoliant, so limit this remedy to only a few times per week to avoid harming skin. Essential oils have varying skin benefits. We recommend investing in jojoba oil, an antibacterial, antioxidant oil that helps control sebum production.
Method: This scrub can be stored, so make a large batch to use over the course of a month or so. Combine one cup sugar with a few tablespoons of your favorite oil. No more than 2-3 times per week, rub the mixture into your skin, rinse with water, and moisturize.
Why it works: Lemon juice is a natural pore minimizer. Ample vitamin C in lemons helps to give skin a healthy glow.
Method: Squeeze one lemon into a jar. After washing face with a gentle cleanser, dip a cotton pad into the lemon juice and glide over your face and neck. Repeat 2-3 times per week before bed, then rinse it off in the morning. Be sure to apply an SPF moisturizer since lemon juice makes skin more susceptible to UV damage. Try Refinee Daily Defense Cream SPF 30.
Why it works: The fine granules of baking soda make it very effective in exfoliating skin and eliminating junk from pores. Use this method very sparingly, since baking soda is very salty and can easily dry out skin.
Method: Gradually mix 2 tablespoons baking soda with water until it forms a paste. Massage mixture into your skin and rinse well with water. Follow up with a good moisturizer.
Moisturizer is a MUST!
With hundreds of moisturizers on the market, choosing the right one for your skin can be daunting. Essentially, you want to go for a formula that (a) use natural ingredients to prevent skin irritation and (b) won’t clog your pores.
Try Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture 24-hour hydration, which meets both criteria and helps skin withstand stress.