We spend a lot of time in front of the bathroom mirror – examining every pore on our face. But there is one annoying problem that can be seen even without zooming all the way in: blackheads. To get rid of them for good, we need to get to the root of the problem.
What Causes Blackheads?
Blackheads and enlarged pores often go hand-in-hand. Blackheads can either enlarge your pores or simply bring attention to them. Your pores themselves, however, can appear larger than life for many reasons, blackheads being one of them.
Blackheads form when a clog develops at the opening of hair follicles in your skin. Dead skin cells and oils gather in the opening, producing a small bump called a comedone.
Treatments to Unclog Pores
Chemical peels are designed to improve and smooth the texture of skin. The naturally occurring “fruit acids” in these treatments also help to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. Removing this top layer (where most wrinkles are) allows healthier, younger skin cells to come through, giving your skin a smoother texture.
Microdermabrasion is another clinically effective method of keeping your pores squeaky clean. It’s quick, gentle method and suitable for patients of all skin types and colours.
Treatments to Minimize Pores
For near-instant results (yes, I’m serious), Laser Peel is useful for decreasing pore size, and refining skin texture. It uses a gentle yet deep-penetrating laser energy to exfoliate rough and damaged skin, revealing younger, softer, and fairer skin underneath.
Patients who want a more dramatic result and don’t mind a 5-7 day downtime can 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 that have salicylic acid in them, but make sure not to leave it on for too long, especially if you have sensitive skin. What does salicylic acid do exactly? Well, simply put, it helps skin-cell turnover, unclogging your pores along the way. The best way to use it is by applying once or twice a day, in concentrations between 0.5% and 2%.
Sloane Inc Complexion Corrector Clarity S5.6 is exclusively formulated to clear up blackheads, and reduce skin oiliness/acne while hydrating skin from within. This serum contains potent beta hydroxy acid and skin softening hyaluronic acid, providing a unique synergistic skin balancing and clarifying action to clear up acne and other skin blemishes. It also delivers long term anti-aging benefits, smoothing out rough skin texture and erasing fine lines.
Exfoliating regularly is key to keeping blackheads in check, since it scrubs away dead skin cells that could end up clogging your pores.
An effective exfoliating, retexturizing, refining, and nourishing treatment scrub, harnessing the magical dual combination of Bromelain enzyme (obtained from pineapple) and Jojoba beads. Bromelain enzyme helps to remove worn-out top-layer cells to uncover brighter, clearer skin. Micro Jojoba beads, on the other hand, dissolve to release nourishing Jojoba oil into the skin. This boosts skin texture, and leaves the skin with a refined, luminous glow.