Blackheads are oil containing pores that have been oxidized within the surface of the skin. As oil interacts with air, the clogged pores start blackening.
Both women and men may have blackheads on the face. With the increase in environmental pollution along with an unhealthy eating lifestyle, the threat of blackheads increases. While we blame diet and pollution for blackheads, there is another cause of blackheads that we happily welcome and promote; skin care products.
Many skin care products claim to do wonders for your skin, but at what cost? For instance, an acne cream may fight against the acne bacteria but leave chemical side effects that are worst for the texture of your skin. Similarly, certain skin care products contain chemicals that peep into your skin, become clogged and cause blackheads and whiteheads. For a person who is not aware of chemicals, it may become very difficult to understand which skin care product is beneficial and which is harmful.
Here are a few ingredients that you should avoid in every cosmetic product, particularly skin care:
- Petrolatum and Mineral oil (they suffocate the skin and clog the pores)
- Denatured Alcohol and SD alcohol 40 (It is usually found in toners. It irritates the skin and is dehydrating)
- Synthetic dyes
- Isopropyl Palmitate and Isopropyl Myristate (cause blackheads)
- Synthetic fragrances
- Sensitizers (they cause skin irritation)
- Heavy oils
- Ammonium and Sodium (extremely irritation and drying. It is found in cleansing gels)
- Seed powders or Apricot Kernels (found in facial scrubs and cause the bacteria to spread)
Natural skin care products
As we struggle to fight one skin problem with cosmetic products, we end up with a new skin problem. A slow but safe and healing way to treat your skin is with natural products that have no side effects but a long lasting result.
To fight blackheads, your skin proper cleansing. Application of olive oil in a very small quantity before sleeping would keep your skin hydrated, full of antioxidants and free from clogging. Applying cucumber juice or rose water after using a makeup product acts as healer and prevents clogging of the skin. Using salt scrubbing once in a month is another great remedy to cleanse your pores.
Eating grapes, melon and apple prevents blackheads. Drinking beetroot, carrot and mint juice also prevents blackheads.