How to reduce blackheads

Freshen up your skincare routine to reduce the appearance of blackheads

Dreaming of a life without blackheads? Well we’re here for you. With a few easy tips and tricks, you can take steps to help prevent them appearing, help reduce the appearance of any pesky and stubborn ones, and help to purify your skin from any potential blemishes.
It’s time to tackle them head on. You can harness the power of our favourite blackhead products, to revitalise your skin. And most importantly help to keep it looking clearer.

What is a blackhead?

First things first, you need to know what they are and why they appear, to give you the best chance of banishing them from your life.

Blackheads occur when the pores on your face become clogged. Within each pore is a hair follicle and an oil gland – which produces sebum to keep your skin soft and hydrated. If you have an excess of sebum it creates a “plug” in the pore, trapping bacteria and dead skin cells. A blackhead appears when the plug is still open to air on the surface of the skin.

How do I remove blackheads?

There are different ways to help you tackle any existing blackheads. These include facial masks – such as those made from charcoal like our Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask (Checkout what makes charcoal a wonder ingredient for your skin).

We recommend making a blackhead remover a staple of your everyday beauty kit. With this ingenious tool, you simply press the bigger loop at the end against the blackhead, pushing down gently. It should pop out leaving your pore ready to clean.

How do I help prevent blackheads appearing in the first place?

To help prevent the appearance of blackheads, it’s important to keep your skin clean, fresh and healthy. Specifically, you want your pores to be clear of any excess oil and dead skin cells. Here’s where you should start.

1. Get those pores open
A warm shower will jump-start your skin-clearing and blackhead prevention routine. It will help to open your pores and enable any products that remove blackheads to work more efficiently. This means you can firstly target any clogged pores you already have and help to get rid of any impurities before blackheads form.

2. Clean and scrub
You want to clean your pores without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Our Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash is infused with tea tree oil, it cleanses blemished skin with each use. A cooling lather removes impurities and excess oil, leaving skin feeling refreshed and purified. Use daily for shine-free, visibly clearer results.
Combine with a facial buffer to help remove dead skin cells, the massage action helps to stimulate skin microcirculation and helps your facial wash to lather.

Control the excess oil with clay

Using an oil absorbing clay mask weekly will help combat blackheads at source. Our Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask will refresh your skin without over drying.

It will also absorb any excess sebum helping to clear impurities to leave your skin looking clear of blemishes and blackheads.

Make daily changes - Our top tips

Tip 1

We can all be guilty of it, we’re tired, it’s time for bed and you just want to fit in one more episode of that series you’re hooked on! So the full make-up removal routine gets squished into 5 minutes (or sometimes not done at all!). Don’t forget though, residual traces of make-up can lead to impurities which can easily clog your pores.

Tip 2

Revamping your make-up removal routine with our Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner removes residual make-up and impurities. Its shake-to-activate mattifying powders reduce shine and your skin appears visibly clearer and pores appear tighter.

Tip 3

Enlisting the help of a lightweight daytime moisturiser which doesn’t leave your skin greasy and your pores clogged will also set you on your way to reducing new blackheads. Try our Vitamin E Moisture Cream - this easily absorbed facial moisturiser protects and locks in moisture.

Tip 4

Pick a moisuturiser with spf such as our Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence SPF 50 PA++++. A feather light, milk-to-water essence with broad spectrum UV filters, brightening red algae and Vitamin C, to help protect skin against multiple skin aggressors, while providing utmost comfort.

There’s never been a better time to make blackheads a thing of the past