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Let’s get real about what happens when you pick your zits and squeeze those little blackheads. We know it’s tempting, but there are consequences to your grubby little hands poking and prodding your gorgeous face!
Blackheads – a plug of sebum in a hair follicle, darkened by oxidation commonly found on the nose, chin, and cheeks.
It is a myth that pores open and close. Under the right conditions, they merely “soften.” All of our luxurious facials at Queen Bee involve a clarifying cleanser and/or disincrustation solution applied to the skin followed by warm steam. This process softens clogged pores and enables us to easily remove dirt and sebum. After extractions, it is crucial to treat the skin. For most clients, we prefer a witch hazel-based toner and an astringent for acneic skin.
When you try to push your own blackheads out, you are injuring your skin. If you don’t properly prep the skin, you increase the chance of irritation and infection. If you absolutely have to get that blackhead out, thoroughly wash your hands and prep the skin. Wrap tissue around your pointer fingers, lightly hold the side of blackhead with one finger and use a gentle rolling action with the other. This way you’re manipulating the follicle rather than pushing down on the skin. If nothing comes out, leave it be and let the experts take care of it.
We believe that prevention is better than cure, so here is some advice on how to prevent those stubborn blackheads from popping up in the first place:
Remove makeup thoroughly every night using a double cleansing process. We recommend Graydon Skincares pre-cleansing oil followed by a second cleanse. Graydon’s skin foam is a lovely cleanser for all skin types, but feel free to use your favorite cleanser. Follow with toner and moisturizer. Keep hair off of the face at night as dead skin cells and hair products contribute to irritated skin.
We also recommend a double cleanse if you sweat a lot or have oily skin. Clarifying cleansers are usually the best to use, preferably in the shower under steam. If you’re still having breakouts, apply a volcanic clay mask (our favorite is made by Epicuren and available in our e-store). Odacite has the absolute best serums for softening blackhead (we love their “clogged pores” and “pimples” serums). These can be left on under moisturizer day or night. Check out our online store or visit one of our LA shops to get more information and find the products that work best for you.
Whiteheads – acne that forms when dead skin cells, oil, and bacteria become trapped within one of your pores commonly found… anywhere and everywhere!
Don’t ever attempt to pop one of these. While you may think about the short-term benefits of popping these, you can actually cause long-term harm to your skin. Messing with these can result in:
More whiteheads, more bacteria and infection! Poking these can lead to bacteria leaking out of the pustule and into other pores.
Scabbing, Scarring, Hyperpigmentation. Picking an acne whitehead will lead to scabbing. Picking off the scab leads to a scar (sometimes a keloid) and for those of you with more melanin in your skin, hyperpigmentation.
If you need to treat a whitehead, or a small cluster of whiteheads, we recommend a benzoyl peroxide spot treatment. Gently cleanse your skin and dab a little topical acne cream on the intruder!
Prevent whiteheads by using clarifying skincare products. We recommend Epicuren and ISUN’s marvelous line of acne and oil control treatments. They also offer wonderful products to help with scarring and hyperpigmentation.
Keep your mobile phones and fingers off of your skin at all times. Bacteria can cause eruptions and we commonly see these on the side of the face a phone is used on.
If you have an important event and that pimple is getting gnarly, a dermatologist can inject a diluted corticosteroid and within a few hours, your pimple should start to go down.
We offer acne facials at all locations and although we can’t promise a cure, we will work with you to find a skincare routine that suits your specific needs.
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