Remember those strips you would put on your nose and after a few minutes you’d peel them off and they ripped out your blackheads? I used to love those things! So gross yet, somehow fascinating and gratifying but, for me it never really solved the problem. My blackheads always came back or the strip wouldn’t get all of them in the first place.
Using quick fixes like those don’t really solve the problem. It’s like wearing spanks when you want to lose weight. It’ll work short term but the reality is you need to make a change to your routine to get long term results. In this instance you need to change up your skincare regimen.
Step One: Exfoliate
How you do this is entirely up to you. There are so many exfoliating products out there that the world is your oyster and you should have no excuse for missing this step. (Yes, a Clarisonic counts.) I love a good sugar scrub or peel! The important thing is that you regularly exfoliate 1-2 times per week just don’t over do it!
Step Two: Deep Cleanse
This is where a good mask will come in to play. I love charcoal masks for banishing blackheads because they are meant to get deep into the pores and suck out all the impurities without completely drying out your skin. Any deep cleansing mask will work so, pick one that you love. 1-2 times a week for this step as well.
Once you have added these steps to your usual skincare regimen you are going to see results within a week or two. And once those blackheads are gone, they’ll stay that way. You will also have radiant glowing skin as an added bonus. Win-win. 🙂
Some of My Favorites:
- Freeman Beauty; Charcoal and Black Sugar Polishing Mask
- Origins; Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask
- Arcona; Magic Black Ice Mask
- St. Ives; Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub