Many people have large pores, usually around the nose. An accumulation of toxins in the pores causes comedones or blackheads which can turn into pimples. There are simple and not costly techniques to naturally take care of your facial skin and especially the pores.
What are blackheads?
Comedones or blackheads appear quickly, due to lack of skin care. These are pores filled with excess dirt and the effect of bacteria on the surface of the skin. There are various types of comedones and they usually appear during puberty in adolescents. However, you can have them at any age!
In women, blackheads can occur during hormonal changes due to contraception, or due to the disruption of the production of sebum by the sebaceous glands.
There are 2 types of comedones:
- Open comedones are in the form of black spots on the surface of the skin. By pressing it, it is possible to extract a thick white material called pus.
- Closed comedones are deeper and caused by microcysts. They grow and form a red button with pus on top when inflamed.
How to treat blackheads?
These rashes affect all skin types: oily, mixed, young or mature. They usually appear when the pores are clogged by dirt and especially around the T-zone of the face, that is to say the forehead, nose and chin. But do not worry, they are not irreversible. Here are some appropriate care techniques to get a clear skin again, cleansed face and tightened pores.
Use baking soda
Baking soda has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties which effectively fight against acne and clogged pores. It cleanses the skin of dirt, grease, excess oil and helps maintain the pH balance. It also helps get rid of dead cells and protects from bacteria.
To do a baking soda treatment, wash your face beforehand with soap. Then mix two tablespoons of baking soda with water until you get stiff dough. Then massage your face by gentle circular movements for thirty seconds. Finally, rinse the face with water. Practiced 2 times a week, your skin will again become fresh and smooth.
Do not fiddle with your pimples!
Most people tend to manipulate their pimples, with various means (fingernails, tweezers, handkerchiefs, etc.) hoping to make them disappear quickly. This is a big mistake! This helps to further irritate the pores and may cause scars and other tougher pimples.
Therefore, avoid this reflex at all costs. A good daily personal hygiene will naturally put an end to the impurities. For people with sensitive skin, it is advisable to use a mild cleansing gel and warm water. If they persist, it is best to consult a dermatologist.
Have a healthy diet
A healthy and balanced diet is a great way to prevent blackheads. Zinc is a trace element provided by a good diet. It helps regulate the formation of sebum, thus avoiding clogging of the pores, fights against inflammation and promotes healing of the skin.
Some dietary rules for healthy skin:
- Avoid too much fatty food and alcohol which contribute to dehydration of the skin.
- Regularly eat tomatoes to prevent oxidation of the skin.
- Eat fruits daily to obtain enough antioxidants that eliminate free radicals, which are sources of irritation and inflammation.
- Have a regular intake of omega-3 to fight against stress, which is also a factor of skin disorders.
- Choose whole foods that promote proper hydration of the body.