Get Rid of Blackheads and Acne: 3 Easy Tips
There’s nothing more frustrating than seeing blackheads or whiteheads that seem stuck right on the dermal surface. If you squeeze your nose hard enough, surely, you’ll see some dirt seeping out of the skin, but at what cost? You’re most likely causing irreparable damage by prodding your skin with bacteria-filled fingers, and this desperate quick-fix might cause acne flareups and other inflammatory responses on the skin.
What Are Pores?
Pores (oil pores) refers to hair follicles. These pores play a very important role in determining the texture of our skin because the hair follicles allow the oil generated by the sebaceous glands to lubricate and soften the skin. If our skin is stripped of oil, it will feel rough, itch, and even hurt. As we age, our skin loses its original elasticity and over time, all the makeup residue, sweat, and keratin that accumulate enlarge the appearance of pores on the surface of our skin.
Good news is that there are easy skincare routines to get clear and smooth skin.
How To Get Clear and Smooth Skin
Step 1: We really mean “deep” when we say “deep cleansing.”
Make sure you’re not sleeping with makeup residue on your face at night. Some people mistake “not cleansing sufficiently” for “mild cleansing.” When you have foundation, makeup base, and sunscreen sitting on your face, these makeup residues accumulate within the pores. In pore-central areas like the nose and T-zone, it is crucial to cleanse thoroughly. Mild clays like French Pink and Green Clay, Moroccan Red Clay, and gentle organic scrubs like chia seeds help smoothen out the skin surface. Rinse the face thoroughly with warm water to opening up clogged pores, and using your hands create a lather with French Egg. The tiny specks in French Egg are natural and organic scrubs from Houttuynia Cordata, a powerful medical plant famous for its anti-inflammatory qualities. Rinse your face with lukewarm water until all residue is cleared.
Step 2: Don’t make your skin overcompensate. Hydrate!
Our skin has the tendency to oversecrete sebum, cause keratin to accumulate more, thereby blocking the pore and cause acne flareups if it’s completely stripped of oil. This might sound counterintuitive because you might be “washing your face 5 times a day.” If you’re that person who can’t stand any skin lotion or hydrating cream and wash your face more than three times a day, you should stop right now. Stripped skin often seems similar to skin with too much dead skin cells, but this appearance is misleading. Once you’ve washed your face thoroughly, it is crucial to hydrate the skin so that it doesn’t try to overcompensate the “lack of moisture” by secreting more sebum!
Instead of washing the face too often, try controlling the temperature on the skin so that it stays relatively cool. During Summer (and if you live in a tropical region where it’s hot all year round) our skin has the tendency to secrete more oil, which makes it even more important to introduce a hydrating agent into your skincare routine.
Step 3. Introduce Oil
Our skin will also secrete more sebum if it lacks oil to protect the outer layer of the skin. If you already apply a hydrating lotion yet still feel like your skin becomes sticky and oily after a few hours, you might actually be lacking oil. Try non-comedogenic facial oils or night creams with higher oil concentration to protect the skin and change the skin texture. Pores might be clogged because of the excess sebum secreted by your skin. If you introduce just the right amount of oil, your skin won’t overcompensate, and your face won’t feel as sticky and oily at the end of the day.
Product Mentioned: French Egg