Paula Begoun is The Cosmetics Cop, a name Oprah Winfrey gave her. Paula and her research team have written 21 books on beauty including her best-selling series Don’t Go To the Cosmetics Counter Without Me. Paula also launched Paula’s Choice Skincare in 1995.In this article Paula Begoun explains the How to get rid of blackheads
We understand the frustration of dealing with stubborn blackheads—no amount of scrubbing gets rid of them (if anything that often makes it worse). Once you understand the cause, the path to getting rid of blackheads becomes much clearer. We’ll use our research-backed information to reveal how to do just that.
The Real Cause of Blackheads
When too much oil is produced inside the pore, it has difficultly flowing freely to the surface.As the flow of oil gets backed up, it mixes with the built-up dead skin that isn’t shedding (exfoliating) as efficiently as it should.Once this occurs and the oil and dead skin at the top of the clogged pore is exposed to air, it oxidizes, forming a blackhead.
What Can You Do to Get Rid of Blackheads?
To start getting rid of them you need products that can do all of the following:
Reestablish, as best as possible, a normal flow of oil out of the pore lining.
Minimize and absorb excess oil.
Exfoliate built-up dead skin that isn’t shedding normally.
Unfortunately, lots of products that promise to get rid of blackheads aren't capable of doing any of the above. In fact, they often contain ingredients that actually make matters worse! Before we can show you the most effective ways to diminish blackheads, we need to point out which products and ingredients should go on the blackhead blacklist because what not to use is as important as what you should use. Products that Make Blackheads Worse
Blackheads often become worse because of using the wrong skincare products. Make sure your skincare routine is free of the following: Shockingly, lots of products claimed to address the issue contain skin-aggravating ingredients such as alcohol, peppermint, menthol, lemon, lime, eucalyptus—all of which actually trigger more oil and make matters worse!
You can't scrub blackheads away. They are too deep in the pore to be removed by surface scrubbing, and the abrasiveness only upsets skin even more.
Blackheads cannot be pulled out of the pore by using pore strips. Pore strips remove only the very surface part of a blackhead, which has no effect on the pore quickly getting clogged again so you'll see it back way too fast. Bar soap is a problem for fighting blackheads because the very ingredients that keep bar cleansers in their solid form can clog your pores.
How Can I Get Rid of My Blackheads?
The secret to solving any stubborn skin problem is to use the right products and use them consistently. Here’s what you can do to help diminish your blackheads:
Use a gentle, water-soluble cleanser and a soft washcloth or soft bristled cleansing brush for a bit of extra cleansing to be sure you get all your makeup off and the surface of skin is clean, but don’t overdo it. Cleansers or scrubs that make skin feel squeaky clean, tight or dry, may seem like their getting rid of the oil but as those of us with oily skin know too well, it’s back again with a vengeance. The over-cleansing didn’t change a thing and actually just compounded your skin’s problems.
Avoid overly emollient or greasy moisturizers in blackhead-prone areas. As much as possible, use only gel, light fluid lotion, or liquid skin-care products because most of the ingredients that give lotions and creams their thick consistency can clog pores.
Use a well-formulated, completely non-abrasive, leave-on salicylic acid exfoliant (also called BHA). Unfortunately, there are very few products available that meet our standards for this skin saving step.
Absorb excess oil. Those with oily skin and congested pores can benefit from a non-irritating, absorbent clay mask
Can I Remove Blackheads Myself?
If stubborn blackheads won’t go away, consider extraction from a well-trained aesthetician. An aesthetician who knows what they are doing can extract blackheads without hurting your skin. Aggressive squeezing, poking, and prodding can aggravate skin and cause a bigger problem than what you started with.
It all started when Paula was very young trying to take care of her own problem skin that progressively got worse in spite of the professional help sought. Acne, super-oily skin along with debilitating eczema over 60% of her body at the age of 11! She tried numerous options but all led to disappointment. In early adulthood after working as a makeup artist to send herself through university she came to the realization that most skincare claims were either seriously misleading, just plain wrong, or at best delusional. Determined and resolute to find out the truth about skin and skincare—it became a compulsion eventually leading her to take her first steps into a career in the world of cosmetics.
It was by no means a straight path, and she had no idea that it would lead to where she is today. She knew she was on a personal pursuit, which eventually became a global mission, and she never wavered from that mission through¬ out all the years she has been doing this.
“I didn’t want anyone to go through what I went through ever again. In looking over my evolving career, I believe I’ve accomplished much of what I set out to do. But I’m not quitting! There’s still a lot of work and research yet to be done and this blog continues my lifelong work” Paula Begoun www.paulaschoice.com
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