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How to Get Rid of Blackheads and Acne

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Blackheads are a result of partially blocked pores. The black colour is because of the oxidising effect of air on the sebum (oil) in a blocked pore and the melanin pigment from the dead skin cells. It is not black because of dirt.

How To Get Rid Off

To get rid of blackheads is to get rid of the cause of them and that is 'excessive sebum (oil) and dead skin cells'. Use the cosmetic you use on your face or skin that are made of natural ingredients and are not too astringent. Harsh products can easily remove a thin layer of skin of oil. This results in to produce more sebum and so more blocked pores are created. Use cleansing products containing natural oils, like jojoba or coconut oil. These oils are close to our natural oils, so they don't block the pores.

Use a gentle exfoliating mask to remove dead skin cells. Do not over exfoliate. Over exfoliation can exacerbate the problem. Avoid products containing alcohol, isopropyl mystate, lanolin, sodium lauryl sulphate, sodium laureth sulphate, propylene glycol, mineral oil and parabens.

Never extract blackheads forcibly, either using your fingers, fingernails or any other object. This can cause permanent damage to the pores and stop them working properly for ever.

Diet

Adequate diet can reduce the occurrence of blackheads. Eat good quantity of fresh fruits, vegetables and raw fats like avocadoes, olives, olive oil etc. These reduce sebum production, increase good moisture in the skin and help the production of new skin cells. Avoid cooked carbohydrates and fats.

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