WHAT IS A BLACKHEAD?
Blackheads are small, slightly raised bumps that usually form on the face, but they can also show up on your back, chest, neck, arms and shoulders. These bumps are called blackheads because of their dark colour, making them easy to spot on your skin. Unlike some other types of skin imperfections, blackheads are not inflamed so won’t be painful to touch.
WHAT CAUSES BLACKHEADS?
Blackheads occur when the pores on your skin become clogged. In each pore there is a hair follicle and an oil gland. These produce sebum to keep your skin soft and hydrated. If you have an excess of sebum it creates a ‘plug’ in the pore that traps bacteria and dead skin cells. A blackhead appears when the plug is still exposed to air on the surface of the skin.
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.
Use the right tools. We recommend adding our Blackhead Remover to your everyday skincare kit. This handy device is an easy way to quickly target blackheads. Simply pour hot water into a bowl and place your head over the bowl for a few minutes to open up the pores. Next, position the end of the remover around the centre of the blackhead and press down gently to extract. It should pop out, leaving your pore ready to cleanse.
SHOP BLACKHEAD REMOVER
TIP 1: OPEN YOUR PORES
A warm shower will jump-start your skin-clearing routine. This helps open your pores and enables any products that remove blackheads to work more efficiently. This means you can target any clogged pores and help reduce the appearance of impurities before blackheads form.
TIP 2: CLEANSE AND SCRUB
t’s important to keep your pores clear without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Our Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash is enriched with Community Trade tea tree oil from Kenya. It lathers up to help cleanse and remove impurities and excess oil, leaving your skin feeling refreshed and purified. Use daily for shine-free, visibly clearer skin.
We recommend combining this with one of our face scrubs to gently buff away dead skin cells. This helps to stimulate skin microcirculation and expose the healthy skin underneath to your face cleansers, toners and moisturisers.
TIP 3: TRY OUR TEA TREE SKINCARE ROUTINE
Tea tree essential oil is renowned for its skin-clearing benefits and is widely used in skincare products that target blemished skin. Our Tea Tree skincare range is infused with Community Trade tea tree oil from Kenya and helps to remove impurities and excess oil, leaving your skin feeling clean and refreshed. Our daily Tea Tree routine will help to purify your skin, making it less prone to blackheads.
STEP 1: CLEANSE
Massage our Tea Tree Face Wash onto wet skin in a circular upward motion, morning and evening.
STEP 2: TONE
Use a cotton pad to apply our Tea Tree Toner to your face after cleansing.
STEP 3: TARGET
Apply our powerful, bestselling Tea Tree Oil directly to areas of concern and gently pat into skin.
STEP 4: MOISTURISE
Finally, gently smooth on our Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion to hydrate your skin without clogging pores.
TIP 4: KEEP YOUR SKIN PURIFIED
Using an oil absorbing clay mask at least once a week helps to battle blackheads at the source. Our bestselling, vegan Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask has an exfoliating texture that draws out impurities, refines the appearance of pores and leaves your skin with a healthy-looking glow. It’s enriched with bamboo charcoal from the Himalayan foothills and Community Trade tea tree oil from Kenya.
After removing make-up and cleansing your skin, apply an even layer of the mask, avoiding the eye and lip area. Leave on for 5-10 minutes. Next, rinse off in circular motions to gently exfoliate your skin. Use 2-3 times a week.
TIP 5: USE A LIGHTWEIGHT MOISTURISER
Add a lightweight daytime moisturiser to your routine that doesn’t leave skin greasy or pores clogged to help reduce the appearance of blackheads. We recommend you try our Vitamin E Gel Moisture Cream. This non-greasy, fast-absorbing formula locks in moisture and helps protect your skin from environmental aggressors.
TIP 6: ALWAYS REMOVE YOUR MAKE-UP BEFORE BED
We can all be guilty of it. When 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, your full make-up removal routine can get squished into 5 minutes (or sometimes not done at all).
Don’t forget, though, that residual traces of make-up can easily clog your pores. Our Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter is a luxurious way to remove every last trace of make-up. Massage it onto dry skin and remove with warm water or a wet muslin cloth to leave skin feeling cleansed, refreshed and softer to the touch.
TIP 7: CHANGE UP YOUR DIET
Improving your health from the inside will help your body to look and feel healthier on the outside too. Here’s some changes you can make to your diet to give your skin a helping hand:
DRINK MORE WATER
You’ve heard it before, but we’ll say it again – drinking at least 2.5 litres of water a day will help to hydrate your skin. This is essential for maintaining a glowing complexion.
EAT FOODS RICH IN VITAMIN A
Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that supports healthy skin cells. Eating a balanced diet rich in vitamin A can help stimulate cell production and protect against cell damage.
AVOID GREASY FOODS
Indulging in too much pizza, burgers and fries isn’t just detrimental to the health of your body – it can also affect your skin. Oil particles from greasy foods can clog your pores and cause blackheads, particularly if you have a habit of touching your face.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OUR COMMUNITY TRADE TEA TREE OIL
Learn more about our Community Trade tea tree oil, which is sustainably sourced from a cooperative of small-scale farmers in the foothills of Mount Kenya National Park.