Serene Aesthetics

Tips to Get Rid of Blackheads

Sep 29, 2017 — by Andrew

Blackheads are the mix of oil and dead skin cells in pores that have turned brown or black due to oxidation when exposed to air. Excess secretion of sebum by the skin, especially oily skin, expands and thickens the pores resulting in development of blackheads. If blackheads are not eliminated, they might cause pimples and acne. Blackheads are super annoying because they commonly appear in the most visible areas of your face like chin, nostrils and forehead. You definitely do not want your crush to see them.

Anyway, if you can remove your blackheads at its primary stage, you will be able to protect the growth of acne on your face. Hence, to get rid of blackheads and its negative consequences, here are some skincare tips you might want to follow.


Keep your hands off your face:

Squeezing blackheads is not the right way to get rid of them. This is because people often put too much pressure on their face causing open pores, scars, hyperpigmentation and broken capillaries. Besides, squeezing blackheads may push the dirt deeper into the pores, further inflaming them and cross-contaminating other areas of the skin.


Remove your makeup:

Never sleep with your makeup. Your makeup and the oils on your face together will block your pores and cause blackheads. You should use a makeup remover or cleanser with makeup removing properties to thoroughly clean your makeup without leaving any impurities on your face. If you are too lazy to remove makeup, at least wipe your face with a facial wipe.


Cleanse your face gently but deeply:

It is important that you cleanse your face twice a day because this can help you to eliminate excess sebum and impurities on your face that can block the pores and cause blackheads. If you have really oily skin type, you can also splash water on your face when feel oily. However, you must not over-cleanse your face as removing most oil on the face can induce production of more sebum.


Exfoliate your face gently:

An exfoliator or scrub can remove dead skin cells and excess sebum accumulated on the skin, deeply cleansing the pores to remove and prevent blackheads. Having blackheads doesn’t mean your face is dirty, so don’t be rough with your skin and scrub it really hard. Gently massage the scrub in circular motion and its rough texture should be able to soften the pores and remove blackheads. Like cleansing, make sure you don’t over-exfoliate.


Get yourself blackhead treatment products:

It is better that you use a leave-on product rather than a cleanser to solve blackheads. When buying skincare products for blackhead treatment, look for salicylic acid in the ingredients as it can effectively dissolve blackheads away. Moreover, you can also try retinoids and sensitive skin type can go for a low-strength retinoids.


Don’t forget to moisturize your skin day and night:

Although blackheads are caused by excess sebum production, you still need to moisturize your skin. This is because some methods mentioned above to treat blackheads strip oils from the skin and dry it up. It is crucial that you maintain the moisture balance in the skin so that you are allowed to continue your blackhead treatment routine. In addition, choose a lightweight non-comedogenic moisturizer to prevent the moisturizer blocking the pores and worsen blackheads.


Lastly, by following this step-by-step guide closely and consistently, you should be able to get rid of blackheads and get clear skin.

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No No Pop Pimples

We know pimples are super annoying. It not only brings you physical pain but also causes psychological and social issues. To get rid of these unsightly red dots or bumps, you might think that popping them will clear the infection and help them cure faster. Well, when performed properly by the professionals, extractions can clear certain types of pimples. However, bad techniques combined with attempts to pick non-pickable pimples can give you a nightmare. Improper popping could make everything a whole lot worse.


Here are the reasons why you shouldn't pop your pimples:

Working against body natural healing ability:

Acne is the body’s response to clogged pores and bacteria infection. The red bump means your body is working on these issues. When you are picking or popping your pimples, you are disturbing the body’s process to heal itself.


Aggravating existing pimples:

Instead of making progress, you might just end up forcing the bacteria and sebum down even further into the pores leading to an even larger pimple. As you press on the pimple, you are introducing bacteria and dirt from your finger into the zit as well. This causes the pimple to become redder, more inflamed and swollen with further infection.


Creating new pimples:

When you pop one pimple, more pimples can pop up in the surrounding area. This is because the bacteria, oil, and debris that are being contained by the acne papule, pustule or cyst once released, can spread and lead to more acne.


Tearing of the skin:

When popping a pimple, you are putting a lot of pressure on your skin which can actually tear the skin. The worst case is that you end up with an open wound instead of a bump. Which one is uglier now?


Scarring:

Since popping a pimple can tear your skin, it is possible that the wound becomes a scar after the skin undergoes a self-healing process. Scarring is especially a risk for people who have more severe acne problems, such as a deep cystic pimples. Scars are difficult to treat once they have occurred. Normal peeling treatment may not work and you may need to spend your savings on laser or filler treatment.



Therefore, it is crucial that you fight the urge to pop your pimples yourself as most of us do not know how to do it correctly. If you really feel that your pimples need to be cleared, you can seek help from skin doctors or beauticians armed with proper knowledge, skills and equipment. Anyway, fighting pimples needs patience and you should continue applying your acne products at home.

Are you sleeping right?

Many of the common aging factors are obvious, like sun exposure, smoking, squiting and the list goes on. However, there are things like your sleeping position that fly under the vadar. The way you sleep can affect how sleep lines and wrinkles form on your face. Sleep wrinkles are more difficult to treat than expression lines and the most effective way to prevent sleep lines is to sleep in the right position. To investigate, we are breaking down the most common sleeping positions to explain how they may contribute to fine lines and wrinkles as well as determine the best sleeping position.


Sleeping on Your Side

Sleeping on your side consistently push your face into the pillow, creating vertical creases down your cheeks and chin. This sleep position can also cause vertical expression wrinkles like frown lines and lines around lips. Favouring one side over the other can make one side of your face to experience faster aging than the other side. Moreover, when your face comes into contact with your cotton pillowcase, the cotton can draw moisture out from your skin and dry skin is more susceptible to premature aging.

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Sleeping on Your Stomach

Sleeping on your stomach with your face buried into the pillow is the worst position. Immediate vertical lines or sleep marks after sleep is a preview of sleep wrinkles, especially forehead lines. Sleeping on stomach can also cause body fluid to accumulate under your eyes, resulting in eye puffiness. Same as sleeping on the side, the pillowcase can remove moisture from the skin. Lastly, if you have oily skin or you apply overnight skincare, your face will transfer some of the oil and product residue to the pillow, which can exacerbate clog pores and cause blemishes.

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Sleeping on Your Back

Sleeping on your back is the best position. When you sleep on your back, there is no pressure exerted to your face throughout the night which will prevent formation of sleep wrinkles and lines. Besides, sleeping on the back help avoid back-and-forth exchange of oils, dirt and grime between your face and pillowcase, preventing blemishes.