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Blitzing Blackheads and Purifying Pores
Tue, 10 July 2012 12:54PM
I need help getting rid of blackheads and reducing the size of my pores, which seem to be large and clogged. I find that I have larger pores and lots of blackheads on my chin and along my lower lip. What should I do?
Photo: courtesy of OPI
Okay, let’s start with the blackhead situation first, shall we? You see, if we can clean out the gunk that’s in your pores, they’ll instantly look a whole lot smaller. A great way to kickstart your blackhead blitz is to book in for a deep-cleansing facial, with a therapist who is known for extraction work (ask your squeaky-clean-skinned friends and colleagues for leads). From here, you can prevent future blackheads from building up in pores by regularly applying a hydroxy acid-based treatment to your problem areas. The way this works is to chemically exfoliate skin and dissolve pore gunk before it builds up and oxidises (which is when you start to see that dark colour). Try Natasha Cook Dermatologist Concentrated Clarifier, $79, Natasha Cook.
Other products you might want to try: an exfoliating cleanser (I love the Neutrogena Deep Clean range for this; $13.99, from pharmacies), pore strips (such as Biore’s, which come in sizes to fit the chin area; $10.49, from pharmacies) and clay masks, which are great for luring out impurities. Also make sure you’re using oil-free, non-comedogenic makeup. That includes lipstick. That’s because you could be getting blackheads on your lipline if your lip products contain certain oils or red D&C coal tar dyes, which can block pores. Oh and make sure you’re not touching your chin (or leaning your chin on the palm of your hand while at your desk) – this may also be part of the problem, as you could be transferring oil, sweat and other pore-blocking nasties to your face.
Now, let’s deal with those pores… Chances are, after a few weeks of doing all of the above, you’ll be looking much less pore-y. But we must give a shout-out to the nifty Clinique Pore Refining Instant Perfector, $44, Clinique; used like a primer, it visually blurs and semi-airbrushes away to look of large pores, and gives a great smooth base for foundation to sit on. Just make sure to always cleanse off thoroughly; most makeup, if not removed completely, can clog pores, which brings us back to where we started – more blackheads.
Let’s turn it over to the Primpettes … does anyone else have any blackhead-busting or pore-purifying tips for Sarah?
Posted by: Katrina Lawrence