Are those pesky blackheads making you crazy?
Before you try to hide behind those Groucho glasses with the big fake nose, there is hope. You can eliminate blackheads naturally, without harsh treatments or toxic chemicals. You can have clear skin free of the congestion of trapped debris under the surface.
That is what a blackhead is, a congestion. Blackheads are simply trapped oxidized oil and dead skin cells resting inside a hair follicle. They can show up anywhere including your back and chest, but more commonly your face. The bridge of my nose was always my troubled area when I was younger.
How do Blackheads form?
While blackheads are a type of acne but they are a bit different in that they are not closed. The blackhead is trapped sebum that has oxidized and it has nothing to do with whether or not someone is clean. It can be a simple result of over production of sebum and rapid shedding of dead skin cells. They get trapped and the air hits it, the oxidation causes the black color and voila! A blackhead is born.
So what can you do to get rid of them?
Scrubbing harder when you clean is not the answer. In fact this could cause the blackheads to worsen. What you need to do is soften the skin and dissolve the trapped oxidized oil and let the pores flush it out naturally. You can also find lots of over the counter medicines formulated or this and the top two synthesized compounds are salicylic acid and retinoids. Almost all of the acne fighting products will have one of these in it.
Salicylic acid is a chemical compound that was first isolated from the bark of a willow tree, similar to aspirin. It works by dissolving excess sebum and dead skin cells. Retinoids are a chemical creation that works buy forcing the skin cells to die off and regenerate at an unnatural pace. That's probably why you would need to be very careful of sun exposure after treatment. Both of these chemicals are common and may be the way to go for severe cases. But we are looking for natural, non synthesized solutions to help right?
Simple Natural Steps to Complete Clarity
There are natural planet friendly plant based solutions that can help resolve and mitigate the appearance of blackheads. Sometimes the simple things really do matter.
Wash your face regularly
The act of washing your face helps the soften the skin and loosen surface dirt. It also helps clear out the debris of dead skin cells. Gently exfoliating while you cleanse is a great way to add extra power to your wash and it stimulates regeneration. With all of the benefits, it's easy to see how adopting a simple face washing routine could be all you ever need to do. The best solution for cleansing is a super fatted soap since they wont dry your skin out. We have two options for you Très Spa Organic Face Cleanser. or one of our amazing Organic Bar Soaps. It's perfectly okay to wash your face twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed.
Toners can also be used to cleanse the skin. Just a spritz or two on a cotton wipe then swipe on your face. Très Spa makes a great natural purely botanical one or use whatever toner you see fit. Just stay away from alcohol – (but then you are natural so, me saying that is like preaching to the choir). Alcohols are drying and may cause irritation.
Treat yourself to a mineral rich mask
The ultimate in product flexibility are the Très Spa Mineral Face Masks. You can make a tiny bit for a spot treatment or make a lot for the full facial effect. You cannot go wrong with this one since it is always fresh and always the way you want it. One of my favorite things to add from nature are Avocado and a piece of my Aloe Vera plant (so much goodness I can't begin to tell you). You can read about it here. In fact, if you don't have a Aloe Vera plant, run to the store and get one! Mash that into a thicker paste for a small area or, if you are covering a larger area make into a spreadable consistency to cover the skin are you want covered. Check out our Mineral Mask Mash Up for more ideas on how to personalize your mineral mask. You can find our step process on How to mix up your facial mask for an easy to follow process.
Steam it out
Steam can help open the pores and soften the skin, making it easier for debris to lift up and get rinsed away. Add a little essential oil to the steam and you have a real treat for your Mind, Body, & Spirit and not just your face. There is something so special yet so simple about a steam treatment.
You need to replenish and restore the skin so it doesn't dry out on you and get all clogged up again. Contrary to what others may tell you, oil-less moisturizers are not natural and just because they have no oil, it doesn't make them better. It's a marketing angle. The ones I have seen are a blend of synthesized compounds seasoned with a couple of plant ingredients. I am not saying they are bad, they just don't fit into the Très Spa philosophy of creating products In Harmony with Nature and I know there are loads of natural plant oils that will not build up and clog your pores. You can find some of those amazing oils in our face oils. We also have a cream for that, called Defiance!
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