Tips to Out-Trick Scary Blackheads and Cystic Pimples this Halloween
Here are some quick fixes to help you get more even looking skin and take the fright out of sight.
Tips to Conquer Blackheads:
Blackheads are basically oil and dead skin trapped in your poor, plugging it up. The head of the plug turns black due to oxidization. The idea is we want to loosen up the black “head” so it can be more easily removed.
Prep your skin: This is key! Steam your face or else try products after getting out of the shower. Opening up your pores helps extract blackheads and also helps products deliver more easily into the skin.
Use an enzyme mask 2-3 times per week: Papaya, blueberry or pineapple masks work well to clear away surface cells and help effects of oxidization. Remember to keep your mask in a cooler location and out of direct sunlight to preserve the effectiveness of the product.
Try pore strips: Remember to prep your skin first! Using pore strips will break off the top of the blackheads and make the appearance of your pores smaller. However, they won’t address the problem your skin’s production of oil. Also, if you have rosacea or psoriasis this may overly irritate your skin and this suggestion is not for you.
Tips to Abolish Cystic pimples:
Cystic pimples are basically an infected pore deep in your skin and can cause a red, hurtful bump. These can occur with hormonal changes, like when you’re pregnant. They can be treated with cortisone shots by a dermatologist. But if you don’t have the funds or time, try these tips…
Take the long view: slather on an anti-bacterial treatment daily, like a product containing azelaic acid which is an anti-inflammatory agent and kills bacteria which causes pimples.
In the short term: Apply ice. After washing your face, apply ice wrapped in a paper towel. It will reduce swelling in the short term and bring down the red color.
OTC Hydrocortisone: After washing and exfoliating your face, slather this cream directly on your cystic pimple. It can help reduce the redness and swelling and ease the irritated feeling of pain or itchiness.
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