If you’re a social media fan, you will have no doubt seen the videos making the rounds promoting the latest blackhead removing masks – with amazing results. But there are also huge downsides to these masks, namely that they also remove the top layer of your skin, but there are easier ways to get rid of annoying little blackheads.
Rosi Chapman, founder and CEO of Transformulas, spoke to Cover Media about her top tips for removing blackheads, and also explained exactly what these spots are.
“Blackheads are an oxidised mix of oil and dead skin cells that are sitting in the pores,” Rosi explained. “Exposure to air is what causes them to oxidise and turn black. They are not a sign of being dirty, so there no need to scrub and be rough.”
With phone cameras getting more powerful by the day, blackheads can easily become something to be self-conscious about if you suffer from them.
Rosi recommends her own Transformulas Marine Miracle Daily Glycol Priming Cleanser to help remove blackheads as “it has a gentle cleansing action along with glycolic acid that helps to remove sebum, dirt and dead skin cells without stripping the skin of its natural oils which is vitally important. It’s a far better option than a soap.”
It’s also a great way to prevent skin blockage, which can trigger blackheads.
“Congested skin is a common condition, especially at this time of year when we perhaps haven’t been as healthy as we should have been,” Rosi stated. “Drinking water always helps the complexion, but my prime recommendation would be to regularly exfoliate to slough off the dead skin cells from the skin.”
There are other natural ways of preventing blackheads too, with holistic skin expert Nataliya Robinson recommending looking in your kitchen cupboard for the perfect ingredients for a home-made remedy.
“Mixing Manuka Honey with soda bicarbonate is a great exfoliant for skin, it’s similar to microdermabrasion but more gentle,” Nataliya smiled. “Manuka honey is a great humectant that hydrates the skin and nourishes it, while also containing vitamins that help regenerate the skin.”
To make Nataliya’s remedy at home, mix one teaspoon of Manuka Honey with 1/3 teaspoon of Soda Bicarbonate, add a little water and massage gently on your face for two to three minutes. Rinse well when you’re done and you’ll be left with a smooth, hydrated complexion.