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HOW TO REDUCE THE APPEARANCE OF BLACKHEADS

‘Blackheads’ – sound like a scary face monster, don’t they. Actually, we like to think of blackheads as rather interesting things, a totally natural result of cell processes and hormone activity. We’re a big fan of celebrating imperfections, but we also understand blackheads are not who you want stealing your thunder. The good news is, the appearance of these troublesome hangers-on can be reduced by choosing the right products and getting into some good face care habits. We’ll share some of our troublesome skin wisdom and help you feel like you’re becoming a skin-whisperer – with a complexion that feels refreshed, cleaner and clearer.

WHAT CAUSES BLACKHEADS?

Pores that contain hairs and sebaceous glands are in fact all over our body, but blackheads are mostly on our face because there’s the higher concentration of sebaceous (oil) glands around our t-zone (forehead, nose and chin). Blackheads sometimes pop up on our chest, neck and bum too. Cheeky! Sebum (oil) lubricates our skin and keeps it healthy, but sometimes we produce extra sebum, which stretches the pore so it appears larger than normal and creates a fertile environment for blackhead formation.

Our lovely hormones control how much sebum we produce, and it may be no surprise that at puberty, it’s very normal for sebum production to go up 500%. It’s just nature doing its incredible thing. Stress, menstruation and pregnancy can also affect our hormones and sebum production. So, if you experience more blackheads around this time, don’t worry, it’s a very normal fluctuation in the natural processes in your body.

TIPS TO HELP REDUCE THE APPEARANCE OF BLACKHEADS

Ready to learn the gentle art of blackhead negotiation? Reducing the appearance of blackheads might be a more enjoyable process than you imagined. You can try these tips on their own or together as a kind of blackhead whispering ritual.

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4 TIPS TO HELP PREVENT BLACKHEADS FROM HAPPENING

TIP 1: USE A FACE MASK WEEKLY

It makes sense really doesn’t it – a gorgeous relaxing face mask with the ability to help absorb impurities, unclog pores – that might just help reduce the chances of the blackheads. Enter our highly sought-after Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Clay Wash, enriched with bamboo charcoal, famed for its absorption properties, with faithful assistance from our Community Fair Trade tea tree oil. This smart, multi-tasking face mask simply reveals clearer-looking skin, so you can just wash them away when you rinse your skin, helping your face get back to its dynamic radiant self. Result.

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TIP 2: ALWAYS REMOVE YOUR MAKEUP BEFORE GOING TO BED

It’s probably going to be common sense to you smart bunch, but just in case. Fact 1 – bacteria plays a part in the formation of blackheads. Fact 2 – when you’re out and about on your daily business, whether as a city-slicker or a country-bumpkin, your beautiful face is picking up grime and bacteria. If you add makeup residue on top of that… no-brainer right? Yes, your grubby mug needs a jolly good clean at night, including proper makeup removal. We know at the end of a long day, time is of the essence. So for a faff-free all-in-one cleanse, try our Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil. Simply smooth over your face and then add a splash of water, see makeup (even waterproof varieties) wash away. It’s beautifully gentle, helping leave skin feel thoroughly cleansed and fresh. If you prefer a good creamy clean, try our luxurious Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. Scoop it out and massage away all impurities and makeup. Then wet our Muslin Cloth and wipe away for a deep clean. It leaves your skin feeling so silky soft and pure, you’ll dive into bed with a halo over your head.

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TIP 3: EXFOLIATE

Nature is brilliant isn’t it. Every day our face creates and sheds thousands of skin cells with us barely noticing. But for those of us who want to shimmer with radiance, those dead skin cells need a helping hand to exit the face area to reveal our ready-and-waiting bright new skin cells. Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells, usually with a granular formula. Our incredible Tea Tree 3-in-1 Wash Scrub Mask can be used every day to gently exfoliate or once to twice a week as a face mask. When massaged onto the skin it helps unclog pores and politely asks those blackheads to pack their bags, leaving skin feeling refreshed and beautifully smooth.

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TIP 4: MAKE YOUR DIET WORK FOR YOU

Drink lots of water

As we well know drinking at least 2 litres of water a day helps keep skin hydrated and healthy-looking. But does it have a blackhead prevention capability too? Well actually it does. Dry skin can produce more sebum to compensate for being dehydrated, and an increase in sebum production, as we know, can lead to pores becoming blocked and increase the likelihood of blackheads forming. So get that glass of water filled up, and keep filling it up.

Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin A

Now for some super science. Hold on to your hats. Vitamin A is found in vegetables like carrots, broccoli and spinach, and fruits like kiwi, grapes and melon. Vitamin A is known to promote new skin cell growth, and it also helps reduce the production of sebum. So this super nutrient not only helps look after your skin from the inside, it’s also fighting your corner against blackhead formation. So don’t forget your weekly visit to the local fruit and veg shop.

TEA TREE OIL CAN HELP REDUCE THE APPEARANCE OF BLACKHEADS

Ready for some more science and nature? Wondering why our Tea Tree Oil is so unique and works so beautifully with oily skin? Okay, here we go. Tea trees grow across the Southern Hemisphere in Asia, South America, Africa as well as being indigenous to Australia. They have beautiful, fluffy, lime green, needle-like leaves and grow to about two metres high. They’re pretty much the Einstein of the plant world. This geeky tree has generated the ability to produce natural compounds that are reputed to ward off bacteria, viruses and fungi.

While pure tea tree oil should never be ingested, when diluted in a skincare formula it’s the business when it comes to help reduce the appearance of blackheads. Remember those pilosebaceous pores (home to hair follicles and sebaceous glands)? Well, blackheads, as we know, form when bacteria, dead skin cells and sebum build up here and oxidise to form a black plug.

And it’s not just all about being a science geek of a tree, our whole Tea Tree skincare range comes with ethical and environmental brownie points too. It’s infused with Community Fair Trade tea tree oil from Kenya. Here, we’re helping local farmers get a fair price for their harvest, which in turn helps them educate and support their families. Our passionate farming partners hand-harvest tea tree leaves and steam-distil them within 12 hours of picking. This helps us produce a very pure and potent oil to infuse our Tea Tree range with. Watch out blackheads!

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