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Visible Pores + Blackheads

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What’s the problem?

You have tiny black dots (blackheads) on your skin, usually on and either side of the nose. Occasionally on the forehead and cheekbones.

You also have open pores, little ‘holes’ that’re visible on your skin – again usually around the nose area.

Quick Fixes

A good scrub followed by a nose-strip (try Biore branded ones) or clay-based face mask will help to lessen the look of superficial blackheads but not the deepest ones. Do this once a week after a steamy shower.

If open pores are your issue, there are lots of products that you can apply to the areas to camouflage the open pores. These clear gels ‘fill’ the pore temporarily. Products like the L’Oreal Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer and Nanoblur.

Skincare Solutions

Blackheads and Visible Pores are treated in the same way. You need to regularly scrub your skin, use a light moisturiser and – most importantly – use a Salicylic and/or Glycolic Acid product to keep your pores clean.

You can’t ‘close’ open pores permanently but clean ones are much less visible.

As for popping/extracting blackheads, it’s best to get this done professionally. Go to a salon to have your skin steamed, they will then remove blackheads with a special tool. Do it yourself and you risk scarring your skin or turning those blackheads into painful spots.

Recommended Products

  • Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – An exfoliating product (just mix the powder with water) that keeps pore clogs at bay whilst being gentle enough to use daily. Personal fave.
  • Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid – Splash this salicylic acid product  all over your face daily t0 keep pores clean, follow with moisturiser.
  • Stridex Pads – Swipe these pads across your skin before moisturising. They work similarly to the Paula’s Choice product.
  • Murad Acne Treatment Gel – This gel contains both Salicylic and Glycolic acids to keep skin incredibly clear, great for people with the most persistent blackheads and open pores.
  • Olay Resurfacing Elixir – A glycolic acid product that’s easily available and light on skin. It cleans out your pores and refines skin texture.
  • Peter Thomas Roth Sulfur Mask – Apply this mask all over your face once a week after a shower to keep your skin clear. You can also use it as a spot treatment on pimples and leave it overnight.
  • Queen Helene Mint Julep Mask – A much cheaper yet still effective alternative to the Peter Thomas Roth mask, it works the same way.

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Visible Pores + Blackheads
Visible Pores + Blackheads
Visible Pores + Blackheads
Visible Pores + Blackheads
Visible Pores + Blackheads
Visible Pores + Blackheads
Visible Pores + Blackheads
Visible Pores + Blackheads
Visible Pores + Blackheads
Visible Pores + Blackheads
Visible Pores + Blackheads
Visible Pores + Blackheads
Visible Pores + Blackheads
Visible Pores + Blackheads

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