You’ve probably heard a lot of skincare tips about closing the pores on your face with toner or opening your pores with hot water. The truth? Pores don’t open and close. A pore is an opening in the skin that allows sebum to flow to the surface and provide moisture, but there’s nothing that causes pores to open and close. It simply doesn’t happen!
If your pores seem large, it could be that dead skin cells that have built up in the pore. The solution: exfoliate. Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells and keeps pores looking smaller and cleaner. Hot water does soften the skin temporarily, making removal of dead skin easier – but it doesn’t “open” anything. Similarly, toner tightens skin and usually has acidic properties that help to remove excess dirt and moisture.
A lot of you ladies found my advice on blackhead prevention and removalÂ useful, but what if you really need to rid your skin of the tricky little buggers you’ve already got? Not to worry! I’ve created a guide specifically meant to get rid of the blackheads that plague your face already. Here are a few different methods of removing blackheads yourself at home:
I have had problems with blackheads since middle school, and I imagine a lot of you have faced the same issues. (Well, maybe you havenâ€™t, but Iâ€™d feel better if I werenâ€™t the only one, so humor me.) As you might assume, Iâ€™ve learned a trick or two over the years for ditching these little buggers.
Hereâ€™s some tips on both how to prevent your skin from getting blackheads, and how to rid yourself of some of the ones you have now:
I’m excited to announce that I’m involved in a cool beauty blogger project called #TheSkinProject! Herein our participating group of bloggers will be discussing their various skincare routines and favorite products. The topic du jour: cleansing!
I take a comparatively simple approach to cleansing: good old fashioned washing morning and night with my cleanser of choice (currently iQ Derma Clear Remedy Purifying Cleanser). I have combination skin with easily clogged pores, so I find this cleanser helps strip pores of dirt and oil without drying my skin out in the arid desert I inhabit.
I rarely review skincare products – I’m ashamed to admit I’m instinctively more interested in the BandAid makeup provides for my skin problems – but this one was too good to miss. I’d run out of powder (my Victoria’s Secret Finishing Powder finally bit the dust) and I noticed the coupon could be used online, so I snagged the powder at Ulta and this stuff.
Now I have a rather embarrassing confession to make. I’ve had the most disgusting collection of blackheads in the pores in my nose since… …wait for it… …the SIXTH GRADE.