Sadly, annoying spots can appear on your skin whatever your age. They’re not the sole preserve of teenagers, but there are easy ways to prevent blackheads. These accumulations of oil or dead cells often close up the skin’s pores and make it difficult for them to breathe. Environmental pollution causes the closed pores to look dark in colour and the result is spots or blackheads.
Of course, you want to prevent these problems rather than deal with them as they come along. Here, we’re going to give you some simple tips and tricks that you can use straight away. Make them habitual and you’ll all but stop blackheads from returning.
Wash your face
Sounds obvious, doesn’t it? And, yet, many people just don’t bother with a cleansing routine. It’s a shame, as this is the single most simple and effective step you can take to prevent blackheads on your face. Just wash it every day with warm water and a good, mild soap or facial cleanser. Bear in mind that you should take a warm shower if you’ve been exercising and perspiring. This will ensure that your face is free from the bad bacteria that could summon a blackhead.
Remove that make-up
Whatever the type or amount of make-up you use – including creams, sun protection, serums or fake tanning products – it can suffocate your pores and cause them to close up, which, as you know, is a recipe for blackheads. This is why it’s so important to cleanse your face well before you go to bed at night. If you’ve been wearing make-up, use a gentle balm or oil to remove it before cleansing the rest of your face. If you prefer, you can use a special lotion (rather than just a mild soap) to wash your face. Apply the cleanser and gently, using a circular motion, massage across your face and neck with clean hands, a flannel or a cotton pad.
There’s no practical way to avoid it. Every day, your skin is exposed to environmental pollution, which is why it needs protection. It’s a good to get into the habit of applying specially-formulated creams that can shield your face against some of the more damaging factors. Sandalwood is often a main ingredient in protective creams and it has the ability to powerfully moisturise. It’s also germicidal, so it’s can really take on those pollutants that are trying to take their toll on your skin.
Wear a mask
Okay, we don’t mean that you should literally wear a mask, but you can benefit greatly from a weekly facial treatment. Some masks are particularly effective for deep cleaning, so can prevent any kind of impurities from forming on your face. You can apply the masks up to three times each week and they can be simple procedures – such as, say, applying agave nectar and letting it sit for ten minutes before using warm water to remove it.
To remove and prevent blackheads, another highly rated mask consists of yoghurt (try soya yoghurt, as dairy can cause acne breakouts) mixed with grated orange peel. Just apply to your face and leave it on for ten minutes. When time’s up, rinse thoroughly with plenty of cold water.
Exfoliate with porridge oats
Add rose water to jumbo oats and use the mixture to softly massage your face. Let it rest for five minutes, then rinse it with warm water followed by a splash of cold. The oats will do brilliant work in showing your blackheads the door.