November 29, 2012
Forget about snowflakes that fall on your cheeks and eyelashes - what about those black spots covering your nose, chin and forehead? Even as you battle winter skin woes, you might still be dealing with blackheads, as those dark pimples that can crop up just about anywhere.
Blackheads are the same as whiteheads, except they have an oxidized fatty deposit on the top, which is why they turn dark. The key to preventing blackheads is clearing your pores so bacteria and oil cannot collect and form these unsightly spots in the first place. Here is a simple three-step guide to busting those blackheads for good.
1. Clean out the pores
As with most skin care regimens, fighting blackheads starts with the way you wash your face, and the skin care product you choose. A cleanser with salicylic acid will act as an anti-bacterial, clearing away the germs that cause blackheads, as well as an anti-inflammatory, so your existing blackheads are toned down and eventually healed. Try the Bliss No Zit Sherlock Purifying Cleanser and Toner, which also covers the next blackhead-fighting base - toning. The toning properties of this cleanser will calm and soften your skin.
2. Address problem areas
Got just one spot that is acting up? Look for a spot treatment that will continue fighting oil and bacteria in those trouble zones, like along the sides of your nose or on your chin. It should also have an exfoliating factor to remove dead skin cells that can clog pores and create blackheads. The Bliss No Zit Sherlock Correcting Serum contains salicylic acid, which acts as an exfoliant, and works to minimize the appearance of large pores while evening your skin's tone and texture.
3. Control oil
It's important to treat bacteria to bust blackheads, but oil is the other component, and it's critical to tackle this beast for flawless skin, too. Moisture is key here, because when your skin is dry, it may produce more oil to compensate. Choose an oil-free moisturizer like Bliss No Zit Sherlock Oil Control Moisturizer, which contains 2 percent salicylic acid to continue fighting bacteria and clogged pores.
Lastly, don't pick at your blackheads! Tempting as they are because they do not have any skin covering them, picking will just cause irritation and spread bacteria from your fingers to your face. Hands off! You'll see results soon enough.