This question is asked by 99% of clients who come to see me, "What is the best way to get rid of blackheads?"

The nemesis of the skin, Blackheads are seen as the number one skin enemy. How can we get rid of Blackheads once and for all?

To treat blackheads first we need to understand what blackheads are. Blackheads are made up of oxidized oil and dead skin that sit in our pores. The matter of fact is we can minimize our pores, but we cannot stop our pores from filling up with oil and dead skin, this is just the way the skin functions.

Blackheads are more common the T-Zone of the face where through adolescence these pores become larger to compensate for the increase of oil flow as a results of hormonal changes. Once the pores have been stretched so to speak though out this time the pores will remain as such.  

There are a few tricks we can do to minimize the appearance of blackheads. The secret is to focus not on the blackhead itself, but to focus on what is in the pore. In order to minimize blackheads we need to keep the pore clean and clear. Remember that blackheads are a build up of oil and dead skin within the pore with an oxidized oil cap. If we can keep the oil and dead skin from impacting with in the pore we can then work on minimizing the pore.

1. BHA and/or AHA Spray: Blackhead removal and one of the best was to get rid of blackheads is to use a BHA product or Salicylic Acid product. Salicylic Acid is the best ingredient to dissolve blackheads within the pore. Salicylic Acid in a product that stays on the skin rather than in a cleanser will work best. Try the Cosmedix Purity Balance. Cleanse the face as per normal, then spritz the Cosmedix Purity Balance on to gauze or cotton round and wipe over the skin. Continue your skin care regime. Use AM and PM, reduce to once a day if your skin becomes irritated or dehydrated. BHA's can be drying on the skin so if you don't have any acne or breakouts an AHA product will be better suited. The Alpha-H Liquid Gold and the Liquid Gold Rose for dry skins is the solution for you. Squirt a little Liquid Gold onto a moist cotton round and wipe over the skin after cleansing once a day. Not only will your blackheads start to minimize your entire face will become soft, supple and refined.

2. BHA Masks: Salicylic Acid is also found in Facial Masks. Use once a week to combat those pesky blackheads. If you also get acne breakouts, apply to the entire face. Otherwise you can choose to just apply to the nose area. Try the Cosmedix Clear Clarifying Mask or the Aspect Exfoliating Clay Mask.

3. BHA Serums can take your blackhead quest one step further. Keep in mind though that BHA's can be very drying on the skin, so slowly introduce your BHA products, you don't want to stress the skin out, become dehydrated and have the opposite effect which can happen. Aspect Spot Stop is designed for small area application only, perfect for the nose or individual spots. PCA Skin Intensive Clarity Serum not only combines the benefits of Salicylic Acid but also contains Retinol which brings me to my next point on the best way to get rid of blackheads.  

4. Retinols or Vitamin A prevent dead skin cells from sloughing off and clogging pores. Vitamin A in the form of retinol or retinaldehyde can assist in minimizing pores and reducing excessive oil flow. Skin Matrix Rebuild Level 1 or Level 2 is a great night time Retinol product. Skin texture and tone also improves.

5. Exfoliating Masks: enzyme masks digest dead skin build up and are a great way of blackhead removal. Cosmedix Detox Mask is a gentle charcol mask mask that is perfect for sensitive skins needing exfoliation. Cosmedix Pure Enzymes or Osmosis Polish as a gentler option works wonders as a once a week treatment. I would recommend using a granular AHA scrub once a week along with an enzyme treatment once a week.  



6. Book in for once a month extractions with a Skin Care Specialist. This is my specialty, pore refinement takes time, I will not lie, but it is worth it and dedication of using the correct home care products along with regular in clinic extraction sessions to remove the loosened compaction build up is the only way to make positive progress. You can further increase progress by undertaking laser or skin needling for total skin rejuvenation. Remember all skins are designed differently and results with vary from client to client.

Book in for a Skin Treatment Today and lets get you on the path to clearer pores!

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