Over 50 and still search for a blackhead treatment? Find out what really causes blackheads and how to prevent them. From home remedies to the best products - we'll give you tips for cleaner looking skin.
Before you look for an effective blackhead treatment it's important to know one thing….
Blackheads are not the result of dirty skin. Excess oil production and dead skin cells are the culprit in most cases.
Excessive washing or over drying the skin won't get rid of or prevent future blackheads from forming. In fact, overwashing or over-drying the skin can cause an over-production of oil which will can only cause more blackheads to form!
While there are 101 products on the market that claim to be the miracle cure some actually aggravate mature or aging skin and disrupt normal oil production.
It helps to get to know a little bit about the causes of blackheads before you try to treat them.
Blackheads form when oil and dirt back up in a pore. Mix that with dead skin cells that lay on top of your skin and you have an ugly combination just waiting to mar your face.
Once exposed to the air, the skin cells and oil oxidize inside the pore, creating the prominent black color dot you notice - mostly on the nose.
And while the oil in your skin is necessary to keeping it healthy, in this case hormones may be the culprit that’s giving you too much oil.
A good blackhead treatment is one that focuses on getting oil production back to normal and help exfoliate (eliminate) excess dead cells to clear the pores.
One of the biggest issue for those over 50 is the skin's ability to shed dead skin cells. A process that was much easier when we were younger, now needs a little help.
A weekly or bi-month manual and chemical exfoliation is a must! You can start with simple daily routines like using soft cloth (to help lightly exfoliate the skin daily) and very gentle soap. Then incorporate weekly scrubs and monthly mild chemical peels using hydroxy acids.
One of the simplest and cheapest ways to keep skin clear of blackheads is to make a scrub using baking soda. How?
This scrub will bring an instant shine and glow to you whole face. So even if blackheads are not your problem, you should use this scrub at least once a week if your over 50. You'll love it - I promise.
Mild Chemical Peels
Not only do mild at-home chemical peels make aging skin look more lustrous and glowing, they can help keep blackheads at bay too. After a certain age, manual scrubs are not enough to keep dead skin cells from clogging pores and making your skin look just plain dull!
Mild chemical peels help to "unglue" those sticky dead skin cells and exfoliate them away, leaving your pores cleaner and your skin glowing.
Most of us over 50 start to experience dry skin so a good chemical peel to try is lactic acid. I LOVE lactic acid.
Lactic acid supports the skin's barrier keeping irritants out and locking moisture in. It help keep skin hydrated while boosting collagen production. This is a win-win for not only aging skin but skin troubled with blackheads.
You can learn more about this wonderful AHA here...Why Use Lactic Acid Peels.
To start with a very mild lactic acid serum I use Theraderm Fruit Acid Exfoliant. My readers also tell me they love this serum too. It's so mild, there is no need to rinse it off. But you'll see a difference after the first treatment.
If you're ready for something a bit stronger, then consider Zenmed AHA/BHA Refining Scrub, which is a lactic acid serum combined with glycolic acid scrub.
This gentle buffing scrub contains natural fruit acids instead of strong cleansers. It used about twice a week most people notice a visible improvement in skin texture and pore size.
BHA is oily soluble - which means it actually cuts through the oil and dirt in your pores, treating the lining so they become healthier. It also provides antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits, which is especially great if you have excess oils or irriated skin.
If your blackheads are mostly only on your nose, consider trying nose pore strips in addition to the suggestions above. They can help remove or loosen blackheads from the nose and cheeks. Products like Biore are a good choice.
Be gentle with your skin. Don't over dry or over wash and definitely do not pick or squeeze blackheads. Skin over 50 is fragile and squeezing blackheads can leave permanent red marks or worse scarring.
Aside from the nose strips, the suggestions listed above (homemade scrubs and mild chemical peels) serve a double duty. They will definitely improve your skin tone and texture and help boost collagen production. And they'll make your skin look GREAT!
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