Silencing Blackheads

If I had to pick one thing that I hate about my skin its the blackheads that come along with having oily skin. I’ve always felt like having oily skin has been what has kept my skin to look youthful, but controling the blackheads the come along with  has always been a struggle for me.

Silencing Blackheads in My Bathroom

Since beginning my journey to obtaining flawless skin, I’ve gone through many products in order to find what works best for me when it comes to preventing and treating blackheads.

For some reason the volcanic eruptions known as blackheads love to pop up on my forehead and chin.  Anytime I see a mole like bump on my face, I know somehow a blackhead has snuck onto my soon to be flawless canvas.

To tackle this issue I do multiple things:

Change the Envirmonment

I’m not referring to Global Warming or anything like that, but what I am talking about it protecting your skin from items in your household that can cause blackheads to form.

  • Change your pillowcase at least twice a week.  Most people sweat in their sleep.  The sweat then is absorbed by our pillowcases and transfer back to our faces as dirt.  Many African American women do not wash their hair daily, so the dirts and oil from our hair is also absorbed by our pillows and transfers back to our faces.  This can play a huge role in the formation of blackheads
  • Clean your cell phone!  Our cell phones are dirt magnets!  We touch our phones daily with dirty hands, and when we talk on them the sweat and dirt from our faces 
Keep Your Hands to Yourself(off your face)

As stated in my previous post, our hands are dirty.  Blackheads are a mixture of oil and dirt that get clogged in our pores.  One way to prevent blackheads is to keep our hands clean and out of our faces

Develop a Good Routine
While it took a while, I’ve finally found a good product that helps me silence those ridiculous blackheads that like to hide on my chin, cheeks and nose. 
To get rid of my black heads I use two things: Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay and Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar.  This is probably THE BEST face mask you will ever have and its all natural.  The jar of clay will run you about $8 but it will last you for years.  I’ve had my jar since 2013 and i have not even used half of it yet.  The Vinegar (depending on where you buy it) should be no more than $5 but it all depends on where you live.  You can buy any brand of vinegar as long as it is raw and unfiltered.

To make the mask, simply mix equal amounts of clay and vinegar together until a muddy consistencty is formed.  Then using a sponge, brush or your finger tips spread the mask on your face. 

Note: when mixing use a plastic spoon because using metal spoons will draw out all of the nutrients in the mask like magnet and then it becomes useless.

After successfully applying the mask, leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes.  You’ll know when the mask is ready to be removed because your face will feel really tight almost like a vaccuum and it will hurt to talk.  Rinse the mask off with a washcloth or Konjac sponge in warm water.  Your skin may be a bit red after, but that will go away in 30 minutes or less. For me, many of my blackheads are deep in my skin so the mask brings them to the surface but does not always remove them. So to get the difficult blackheads i use a blackhead extractor.  I got mine for .65 on   Wash your face with your normal cleanser (be sure to rinse with cold water to close pores) then tone and moisturize.  I like to use the the Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Refining Tonic as a toner because it is also made from clay and i feel it blocks me from attracting more blackheads.

Get into this Indian Healing Clay, I promise you won’t regret it.

Until next time lovies…

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