We tend to spend a lot of time in front of the bathroom mirror – examining every pore on our face. However, there is one annoying problem that can sometimes be seen even without zooming way in: Blackheads. Yikes!
What causes blackheads?
Blackheads and enlarged pores often go hand-in-hand. Blackheads can either expand pores or simply focus attention on them. But pores can appear larger than life for many reasons, blackheads being but one of them.
They form when a clog develops in the opening of hair follicles in your skin. Dead skin cells and oils collect in the opening to the skin follicle, producing a bump called a comedone.
Treatments to unclog pores
Customised alpha beta face peels can help to exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog pores.
Chemical peels are designed to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin. The naturally occurring “fruit acids” in these treatments will remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. Removing this top layer (where most visible wrinkles are) allows the healthier skin cells to come through, allowing your skin to glow, and giving it radiance and a smoother texture.
Your facial blemishes, wrinkles, uneven skin pigmentation will improve. Acne will be better controlled, and acne scars will less visible.
Microdermabrasion is another clinically effective method of keeping pores clean and healthy. It is a quick, gentle method of skin rejuvenation for patients of all skin types and colours.
Treatments to minimize pores
Laser Peel is useful for decreasing pore size and refining skin texture. It uses gentle yet deep penetrating laser energy to exfoliate the rough and damaged outer layer of dead skin cells, revealing younger, softer, and fairer skin underneath.
Patients who wish for a more dramatic result and do not mind a 5-7 day downtime can also choose to go for the Fraxel laser. Fraxel™ Laser Treatment improves your appearance by affecting only a fraction of your skin at a time with thousands of tiny microscopic laser spots just as a photographic image is restored, pixel by pixel.
Products That Help
When it comes to blackhead removal, salicylic acid is your best friend. Choose products which have salicylic acid in them, but make sure not to leave it on for too long, especially if you have sensitive skin. The ingredient gently helps skin-cell turnover, helping unclog your pores. The best way to use it is by layering it on once or twice a day, in concentrations between .5 and 2%.
Product Recommendation: Sloane Inc Complexion Corrector Clarity S5.6
Exclusively formulated to clear up blackheads, refine pore, reduce skin oiliness and acne, while hydrating skin from within. This deep pore clearing serum contains potent beta hydroxy acid and skin softening hyaluronic acid. This combination provides an unique yet synergistic skin balancing & clarifying action to clear up acne & skin blemishes, minimize pore size & regulate healthy cell turnover, while cleverly delivering long term anti-aging benefits, smoothing rough skin texture and fine lines.
Exfoliating regularly is key to keeping blackheads in check, since it scrubs away dead skin cells that could clog pores.
Product Recommendation: Sloane Inc Skin Superfood Pineapple Enzyme Scrub S3.2
An effective exfoliating, retexturizing, refining, and nourishing treatment scrub, harnessing the magical dual combination of Bromelain enzyme (which is obtained from pineapple) and supple Jojoba beads. Bromelain enzyme helps to effectively remove excess surface cells to uncover brighter, clearer skin, while micro spherical jojoba beads dissolve to release nourishing jojoba oil into the skin. This synergy boosts skin texture and leaves the skin with a refined, luminous glow.