Blackheads are open pores which have become blocked. They tend to appear in the so-called “T-zone” which comprises the forehead, chin, and the area around the mouth and nostrils. What causes them? On the one hand, the skin produces a film of lipids that protects it from external aggression. However, when too much of this substance is produced, excess sweat, dirt, and dead skin cells build up in the pores which results in the formation of unsightly blackheads.
Factors such as smoking, stress, fatigue, contamination, and the use of inappropriate beauty products can also increase the likelihood of developing blackheads. In the case of women, birth control pills and the pre-menstrual period can trigger excess sebum production, which blocks the pores.
What steps can we take to get rid of blackheads? The key is to follow a regular skin hygiene routine – morning and night – to remove all traces of make-up and dirt. Once the skin is cleansed, apply a toner and moisturise with a product specific to each type of skin. For the perfect routine, use a mask or exfoliating product once a week.
For the definitive treatment for blackheads, we recommend applying Mesoestetic RESURFACING PEEL BOOSTER ($114) every night after cleansing. This is a gel that contains glycolic and salicylic acid, formulated specifically for oily, seborrheic skins and skins with blemishes. It will help you to eliminate impurities and dead cells, normalise excess sebum and reduce pore size. We also recommend you complement this daily routine by using a Mesoestetic PURIFYIND FACE MASK ($78) three times a week. This is a descaling, deep-cleansing face mask suitable for combination, oily, and acne-prone skins. After removal, your skin will feel wonderfully fresh, clean and soft.
Acne and blackheads aren’t just a problem for teens…more and more women and men are also suffering. But help is at hand!
A recent study found that more than half of the Australian population struggles with blemishes. Experts say our busy lives have sent levels of the stress hormone cortisol soaring, pushing oil production into overdrive. Acne is caused by the sebaceous glands producing more oil than normal. Excess sebum is trapped by dead skin cells which clogs pores, so blocked bacteria then reacts with the grease, forming spots. Adult spots can be even more severe, consisting of red and painful deep cysts – not just on the face, but on the body, too. These flare-ups can dent our confidence and make us depressed. But the good news is even severe adult acne can be cleared.
Daily Spot Fighting
Mild or moderate acne consists of blackheads, whiteheads, or tendered bumps and is easily treatable. Products containing pore unplugging Salicylic acid and Glycolic acid have been proven to reduce spots. For sensitive skin, we recommend Medik8 BETA GEL-spot treatment ($79.50) which contains mild ingredients such as decongesting azelaic acid and soothing camphor oil. Pimpled skin is usually inflamed, so a calming mask can combat this. Try Medik8 CLAY MASK ($59) or Mesoestetic PURE RENEWING MASK ($78).
Contact Gosia to purchase the products listed in this post. Next week’s post will focus on the in-salon treatments for solutions to acne problems.