Clearing up annoying blackheads

Blackheads are so annoying (raise your hand if you agree).  So many of us are hyper-aware of those gunky black dots that pepper our faces like stars, enlarging pores.  Honestly, nobody really can see another persons blackheads unless they're nose to nose but it's easy to find ourselves staring pretty intently at our reflections trying to count the dots.

Blackheads are actually a natural part of our skin's maintenance. 

Our skin is continually shedding dead skin cells (like around 30,000 to 40,000 cells and roughly one pound of toxins a day...ever wonder where the dust on your bookshelves comes from? ...ew.)

Pores are tiny openings in the skin and they are found all over the body except our palms and soles. Pores are actually hair follicles. Every pore is connected to a sebaceous (oil) gland where the production of oil and excretion of gunk is happening.  This is where the party is.

While various skin products, makeup, and environmental toxins could be playing a part in blackhead buildup, most of the quandary is just a natural process of our body's daily detoxification.

The dilemma happens when our skin is unable to slough off and get rid of the debris.

Frustratingly, age makes it harder to clear off the gunk.  Ever notice how bright and glowing young children's complexions are?  

Picking at and tweezering our pores damages delicate facial skin and may result in scarring, discoloration, capillary damage and drives bacteria deeper into skin which can result in infections and further breakouts.  I recommend that you avoid doing this.

Instead...

Give this a try to help loosen up and clear out those black dots:

Implement a daily facial routine which includes a cleanser, toner, serum & moisturizer (if you hit on the right products they'll help clear-up, not clog-up pores).  Steam and exfoliate your face 2 to 3 times per week.  Use a weekly mask.

Try implementing this at-home facial routine weekly to surmount the vexing spots...

1/ Steam your face either over a pot of hot water (use common sense to make sure not to burn yourself or anyone else) or in a really hot steamy shower.

2/ Use an exfoliator immediately after.  This is key to clear off surface gunk and slough off old skin cells.  

3/ Follow up with a pore cleansing clay mask to deeply detoxify your skin. 

4/ Finish with your daily toner, serum, and moisturizer. 

If you're really struggling with blackheads or just want an immediate glow, see a professional esthetician who has the tools to extract properly and hygienically, without damage, allowing your pores to close up clearly and beautifully. 

 

 
Hanna is a mom of busy children and Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. Hanna's love of natural skincare began with her own journey of struggle and angst with skin issues. Finally, after finding no solutions she rolled up her sleeves and spent half a decade researching ingredients and formulas until....finally...something actually worked. Most of her time is spend trying to keep up with the kids, folding something like 99 loads of laundry a day, and making sure nobody starves (they seem to do that 30 minutes after meal time). But when she's got a spare minute she loves helping other women achieve radiance, naturally!

 

A VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: The contents of this email and website are for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.  I am not a doctor nor do I pretend to have that level of knowledge.  These posts are intended for basic informational purposes only and are not intended as medical advice of any sort.

July 03, 2021 — Hanna Hendrickson

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