How do I get rid of black heads?

Friday, 16 November 2012

How to get rid of blackheadsThanks so much for your question.

There are some simple things you can do that will really make a very big difference to this issue. I would say the four most important things you need to do are as follows:

1) Appropriate cleansing and exfoliation.
You need to be using a good quality cleanser that isn’t soapy and will not dehydrate your skin or cause it to dry out. You also need to make sure you’re exfoliating at least once a week. There are so many great options when it comes to exfoliation. It really depends on your skin. I am pro using exfoliating enzymes twice a week. Many people however, prefer more of a scrub. It really just depends on personal preference.

2) Make sure your skin is well hydrated.
So I highly recommend the use of hydrating serums, appropriate to your skin type.

3) Make sure you are using a very good sun protection product.
I would say at least an SPF 30, broad spectrum sun protection.

4) It is very important that you go for monthly deep cleansing treatments with a medical aesthetic therapist who has been trained to use a good cosmeceutical product range.

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Dr Maureen Allem is a GP with a special interest in Aesthetic procedures and Integrative Anti-Ageing Medicine. She is also the founder and Medical Director of national group Skin, Body and Health Renewal and Oasis Spas, with 17 centres and four Oasis spas across South Africa's major cities in Johannesburg, Pretoria, the Western Cape and KZN. Anti-ageing treatments include non-surgical, anti-aging procedures, cellulite and weight loss programmes as well as body sculpting procedures. The ultimate aim of all consultations is to provide optimal health and to restore aesthetic beauty. Health Renewal appointments involves an hour long extensive medical consultation which includes hormonal balancing, nutraceutical supplements, intravenous support and detoxification treatments. Dr Maureen has seventeen Doctors working with her using the same techniques she has spent years honing. Dr Maureen frequently travels overseas to World Anti-Ageing Congresses and Laser Forums to stay abreast of the most up-to-date non-surgical procedures.

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  1. Zellikinz

    Egg white also help to get rid of blackheads, apply it on your face and leave it on for about 15 mins. If that doesn’t work and you have oily skin you can always try nutmeg and milk

    5 years ago •

  1. NicoleLom

    I’ve never used any serums, will have to try this.

    5 years ago •

  1. Ladyconfused

    Great tips thanks for the article

    5 years ago •

  1. Mkhutshwa

    I struggle with blackheads on my nose. this has been very helpful

    5 years ago •

  1. Lauren

    I agree with the weekly exfoliation bit, it does make a huge difference.

    Great read.

    5 years ago •

  1. Harte-Joubert

    Are there any products that you would recommend for this? Ones to be used at home instead of lengthy and expensive facials?

    6 years ago •

  1. Simone

    Tnak you for the great advice! Shows you that its not complicated to look after your skin and be radiant

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    Be careful not to over exfoliate though! Can make it worse

    6 years ago •

  1. Cupcake

    I wonder. What is the fastest way to get rid of blackheads? May chemicals peels? Láser?

    6 years ago •

  1. GoldenShimmeringCloud

    Oh I didn’t know that sun also had to do with blackheads!
    That helps!

    6 years ago •

  1. Gabriella Cerqueira

    Any deep cleasnsing treatments you can recomend?

    Are there any over the counter treatments or does one have to go the costly route through medical therapists?

    6 years ago •

  1. Glamorous Glitter

    Garnier has a great face wash designed to reduce and eventually completely fight the appearance of blackheads! But will try this!

    6 years ago •

  1. Lah

    Very helpful… totally didn’t know some of that!

    6 years ago •

  1. Bronwyn

    Moisturising, exfoliating and using sunscreen are pretty obvious and just daily routine, but you still occasionally get a blackhead or two. Doesn’t say how to get rid of them once you have them, but I suppose that is best left to therapists at salons who know what they are doing

    6 years ago •

  1. Bronwyn

    I love the Kiehl’s overnight biological peel. It exfoliates gently while you sleep, no harsh scrubs necessary. I use it about twice a week and really see the difference

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Thanks for the tips! Need to start going for monthly treatments.

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Monthly cleansing is the best…

    6 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    Great tips I usually get black heads I will start using your tips

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Exfoliation is the best thing you can do to your skin

    6 years ago •

  1. JENNYM

    Hi I am looking for a product that will erase stretch marks.
    Thanks
    Jenny M

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    hydrating serum – need it ;) Though moisturized will do the trick, but serum might be better.

    6 years ago •

  1. Gee Whiskers

    I went for a facial this weekend and realised that I have a ton of little blackheads. This information will definitely help me.

    6 years ago •

  1. Debbie

    Thanks my son really enjoyed the article and got a lot of information to use

    6 years ago •

  1. razaan

    thanks for the tip ill definitely be using it.

    6 years ago •

  1. foreverGLAM

    Thank you, I get them all the time

    6 years ago •

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