YOU PROBABLY DON’T EVEN KNOW YOU’RE MAKING THEM!
I’ve always prided myself on maintaining a strict skin care regimen: twice-daily face washing with all the toning, moisturizing and UV-protecting my skin needs to stay healthy. But even with my seemingly solid routine, I couldn’t figure out how to avoid blackheads. Not just on my face (though my nose was a huge problem). They plagued my back and chest, too, and with bathing suit season looming on the horizon, I was about to lose my mind.
So, what was I doing wrong? Lots of things, it turns out. A quick search for “what causes blackheads” enlightened me in a number of ways. Here are four skin mistakes that could be giving you blackheads:
BLACKHEAD MISTAKE #1: PRESSURE
Any constant pressure applied to the skin can lead to clogged pores (aka blackheads or whiteheads) and breakouts. This includes resting your hand on your chin or wearing tight clothes. The moral of the story? Do your face a favor and keep yours hands away from it. I’ve started putting sticky notes on my desk as reminders.
BLACKHEAD MISTAKE #2: LETTING YOUR ACCESSORIES AND GADGETS GET THE BEST OF YOU
Items like hats and sunglasses can definitely help to convey your unique sense of style, which is great. But if you’re not careful, they can also put a cramp on clear skin. If not kept clean, the lining in your hats, the dirt on your scarves and the grime on your sunglasses can certainly cause blackheads, and in many cases, full-blown zits, too. Even your smartphone can transfer nasty bacteria and oil onto your skin, whether it’s pressed up against your face or if you touch your face after handling your phone. Do what you can to mitigate these unfortunate situations by regularly washing accessories that accumulate makeup, dirt, oil and sweat—and use antibacterial wipes on your sunglasses and tech gadgets.
BLACKHEAD MISTAKE #3: SWEATING THE WRONG WAY
On one hand, a good sweat session is great for your skin, as it can open up and purify your pores. But if you don’t rinse off in a timely fashion, sweating can also trap dirt in your pores, in turn causing those dreaded blackheads. If you can’t immediately shower or wash your face post-workout, use facial cleansing wipes to quickly rid your skin of any pore-clogging oil and debris.
BLACKHEAD MISTAKE #4: WHEN HAIR PRODUCTS ATTACK
Oil-based hair products are all the rage these days. They’re also big culprits for clogged pores—when your hair touches your face, it can transfer that oil and residue onto your skin. So, how to avoid the issue? If you’re prone to breakouts, skip the bangs and short layers that frame the face. Also, avoid oil-based products with ingredients like petroleum, silicones, jojoba oil and shea butter, which tend to trap bacteria. Hair conditioners can also cause blackheads or breakouts along the hairline or back. For that reason, when showering, you should wash your face and body after conditioning your hair.
GETTING RID OF BLACKHEADS AND KEEPING THEM FROM COMING BACK
After researching the causes of blackheads, my next step was to find products that treat them. Given that blackheads are actually a form of acne, Proactiv® came up in the search results. As it turns out, they recently came out with a new line, called Proactiv+, that basically takes what many have known and trusted in the brand to a whole new level—think high-end. But that’s not what sold me on it. It was their exclusive Smart Target® technology, which encapsulates benzoyl peroxide (a powerful acne-fighting ingredient) and delivers it into the pores, where it’s most effective.
I went ahead and tried the Proactiv+ 3-step system. I told myself that if it did half of what it said without irritating my super-sensitive skin, I would consider it a winner. (Normally, acne products dry out my skin and leave an even bigger mess.)
Within a couple weeks, my skin felt smoother and softer (I really noticed this when it came time to put on makeup). Soon, the bigger results started to show… my pores and post-acne marks were barely visible, but what I really couldn’t believe was how fast my blackheads were actually disappearing.* I looked into what other people were saying and it seems majority shared similar results. After 2 weeks of using Proactiv+, 87% said their skin’s clarity had improved and after 4 weeks, 91% saw fewer blemishes.**
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*Individual results may vary.
**Based on a user-perception study.
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