A blackhead is an open pore or comedo on the surface of the skin that has a black or yellow colored bump on it. It is caused by excess sebum on the skin. It has the appearance of little dark dirt spots, making it seem very unsightly. No matter what skin type you have, a facial is a wonderful way to get the skin clean and remove blackheads. You can choose to have it done professionally at a spa, or do it yourself at home. Here’s how to do a blackhead removal facial.
- Wash your face. Keep your hair off your face by tying your hair back or using a headband. Use warm water and a gentle cleanser. Some women prefer using a cleanser that has some cleansing beads that exfoliate the skin and help remove dirt. Whatever product you use, make sure it is formulated for your skin type. Also, apply gentle circular motions on your skin using your fingertips. Focus on your fore head, nose and under the mouth, where dirt is most likely to collect and blackheads oftentimes form. There’s no need to rub vigorously since the soap will do the cleansing action for you. Rinse the soap from your face, making sure to not leave any reside behind.
- Steam open your pores. There are various ways to open your pores. If you have an electric facial steamer, fill it up with clean distilled water and place your face on the compartment to allow the vapors to open your pores. If you don’t have an electric facial steamer, make one yourself. Boil a pot of water and pour it in a shallow basin. Position your face right over the basin so that the steam hits your face. Place a towel over your head to trap the steam. Stay in this position for about five to ten minutes. Finally, another way you can open your pores is to soak a face towel in hot water or microwave it on high for thirty seconds. Wring out the excess water and place the towel flat on your face for ten minutes.
- Prepare for extraction. You need to have a blackhead extractor. This can be purchased as beauty supply shops, or at the cosmetics section of Walmart or Target. Have a small cotton ball on hand and a sheet of facial tissue paper. Sanitize the extractor by putting a few drops of rubbing alcohol on it and giving it a good wipe down with tissue paper.
- Have good lighting. Do the extraction process where you have a lot of good light. If your bathroom mirror is well illuminated, that should be fine. You need to be able to see clearly. If you have a magnifying mirror, it will make things easier, so you can really see where the blackheads are on your face.
- Position the extractor. Place the rounded tip of the extractor where a blackhead is located and press firmly. The blackhead should come out easily. Depending on how much you have, this process may take some time. The pain will depend on your pain threshold.
- Finish with a mask. After you are done extracting your blackheads, you may want to give your face a quick rinse in cool water to soothe your skin. Use a chamomile toner to bring down any redness on the skin and to help close the pores. Apply your favorite facial mask on to the skin. It will help draw out any blackheads you were unable to get. It’s also a good way to give your skin a break after all that pricking. Leave it on for twenty minutes and rinse off.
Don’t forget to apply a good moisturizer to your skin after it’s all
done. You should have blemish and blackhead free skin after your facial.
Do this once a week to prevent further blackheads and to keep your skin