Blackheads are no fun. Seriously, just the thought of gunk clogging your pores can give you nightmares. Not to mention the damage it does by stretching your pores, and causing infection in the form of a pimple. The dreaded pimple…
Speaking from experience, it doesn’t have to be this way! For some (us included), blackheads are a constant battle and it seems there’s nothing to be done to really get rid of them all. No wash or chemical seems to do the trick. The unfortunate thing is, if you’re prone to blackheads, it’s going to be a daily struggle to keep them at bay. But you can do it!
Since we’ve fought the battle ourselves, we’ve had the time to experiment, and through years of trial and error, we’ve developed a formula that works. Follow this formula for getting rid of those nasty dirt & oil combinations, and you’ll be on your way to clear pores and a healthier looking face:
Step 1: Wash
Before you unclog your pores, you want to give your face a good wash with warm water and face wash - removing excess dirt and oil. Not only is this good to do in general, but as you remove the blackheads you don’t want them immediately filling back up with the grime that clogged them in the first place.
Step 2: Soak With Warm Water or Steam with Hot
This melts the oils and offers easy removal. Not too hot! But it’s essential to warm your skin so the blackheads slide right out. One step so many people skip. So wet a face towel with warm (on the hotter side) water and place it on your face for a few minutes. OR, fill a large bowl with steaming water, and hold your face over it with a towel behind your head to traip in the heat. Do this in 30 second to 1 minute sprints. The steam is our favorite route, as it clears your lungs too! Add a few drops of essential oils and you have yourself your little day spa.
Step 3: Remove with a Gentle Squeeze
Contrary to popular belief, squeezing these dirty little blackheads out of your pores is one of the best ways to remove them fast. That said, this must be a gentle squeeze! So gentle no mark can be left behind from your fingers. The harder you squeeze, the more permanent damage you do to your pores. Here’s our method. Gently squeeze at one angle, then reposition your fingers at another angle, gently squeezing more until the blackheads seamlessly exit your pore. Don’t squeeze hard, easy does it.
NOTE: If the blackheads aren’t coming out with a gentle squeeze, you’re going to need to resort to the long play and slowly remove them with exfoliation and proper face washes.
Step 4: Clean Again
You aren’t going to get them all out in one sitting, it’ll take a week or two to get them all out. So after you’ve gotten as many out as you can in this sitting, give your face a nice clean with a face wash that has Salicylic Acid. This will help remove any excess oil from your face, and give them a good clean.
Step 5: The Cold Water Rinse
Now your pores are likely looking pretty big. Which means they’re more susceptible than ever to black head formation. So use the power of physics and shrink them with cold water. Give your face a good rinse with cold water, and your pores will shrink right up.
Step 6: Keep it Clean!
This is the more obvious one, and can be considered the most essential step. Keep that face clean! Wash it twice a day, and give your skin the attention it deserves. For many, the reason those blackheads formed was from neglect. From not washing the face as much as it should have been washed. This is your chance at a new beginning, take advantage of it!
All that said, blackheads aren’t as easy to beat as you may think. There are those people that just can’t seem to get rid of them. No matter how much you wash, they come back. We feel for you, because some of us on the Navan Skin Care team are in that boat.
For those people, it’s essential to keep the blackheads from turning into a pimple. Exactly why we created our True Clear Skin Clarifying Supplement. An all natural formula for attack acne beneath the surface.
The benefits extend beyond just your current aesthetics, but preventing acne from having a chance to sprout has countless benefits from reducing your risk of acne related scars and acne prone skin in the future.