We are forever in search of clear ' pore free' skin. However these pores of ours are essential vessels to release sebum a protective oil that is vital to lubricate our skin. However when excess sebum & dead skin cells clog the opening of our pores this causes a BLACKHEAD. What about " open pores"? I hear you say? From the age of about 28 , we start to produce less collagen which reduces the spring & firmness in our skin causing the opening of the pores to collapse & thus appear more "open' [ think of a pair of old socks that start to get looser around the ankles!] The solution: For both blackheads & open pores :
Exfoliation; at least 2 -3 x week Ingredients to look for?
Gentle scrubs , look for superfine , biodegradable beads
Salicylic acid : an oil loving ingredient that can exfoliate right inside the pore & remove gunk
Retinol: Your "upside down" exfoliator
This will encourage cell renewal in the lower layers thereby fast forwarding 'shedding' from the top
This can be a game changer for all skin types as the more frequently we produce fresh skin cells the fresher & more radiant our skin looks!
Be wary of over the counter Retinol as it may be at an unsuitable
percentage for your particular skin & contain other ingredients that cause irritation
Look for 'encapsulated' retinol that introduces itself more slowly into the skin
Start low and go slow is always a good start
Treatments to consider for blackheads & blocked pores:
A Chemical peel
Led light [ blue light reduces inflammation]
Always book a consultation with your skincare professional first