the blackhead problem

Blackheads are the bane of my existence. They represent about 90% of the blemishes that show up on my skin. The other 10% is the hormonal acne that shows up on the same part of my chin. Since I mostly experience blackheads, they are the source of most of my acne scars. Even though they are small they have been such a nuisance.In my skincare journey I have been researching and experimenting with different methods to help me prevent them and remove them with minimal scarring.  I despise every kind of blemish equally, but since I have found a system to manage them, I now consider them a lesser evil.

If I complete this process once a week my skin is in a pretty good shape as far as blackhead control and I also get other general skin benefits like deep cleaning, exfoliating and brightening.

  1. Clean: The first thing I do is cleanse my skin with raw Manuka honey. This is a new cleansing process that I do and it works wonders for me. Click here to read about cleansing with honey.
  2. Exfoliate: Next I exfoliate with the same Fresh Face polish that I normally use. It’s pricey though, so I only use a very small amount.
  3. Steam: I steam my face by boiling water with various salts and herbs and holding my face over the pot with a towel over my head creating a mini sauna. This is my favorite part of the process because I really feel like I’m detoxing from the inside out. I’ll post about steaming extensively in another post because it’s so fun.
  4. Mask: I complete 3 masks to really get into my pores, exfoliate the skin and loosen up the blackheads that I have
    • Mask 1- I make a paste from baking soda and a little water and apply it all over my face. I don’t measure at all, I just pour the baking soda into my hand and drop water onto to it until I have a paste-like consistency. I leave this on my face until it is dry, about 10 minutes
    • Mask 2- The second mask is made from egg whites and lemon juice. Again I don’t measure, I just take separate the yolk from 1 egg and add a few squirts of lemon juice. I apply this to my face and wait for it to dry just like the first mask.
    • Mask 3- The final mask is made from Aztec clay, charcoal, melted aspirin, coconut cider vinegar, mandelic acid. Measurements for this are not precise, but I cut open 1 charcoal tablet and mix in about a teaspoon of everything else. These ingredients plus many others I use in my DIY Glam Glow. Glam Glow is a popular and pricey mask that is very nourishing and clearing. Of course there will soon be a post on how to create your own and where to get the ingredients.

This is a long process, but I love it so much because its so deep cleaning. I consider it my at home facial, and I’m convinced it is just as good as some facials that I would pay $100 for. Leave a reply below if you’ve done any of these masks before of if you plan to. Good luck!

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