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Tips on how to remove blackheads and whiteheads:
– Explaining the differences between the blackhead and whitehead and how to treat each.
This video also explains how to reduce blackheads and whiteheads when products are just not enough and what to do to prepare for a treatment.
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Today we’re talking about how to get RID of Blackheads and Whiteheads, those annoying little bumps all over your face.
Blackheads and Whiteheads are NOT the same, but they can be treated with the same methods!
Most people think the black material in Blackheads is dirt. It is NOT dirt. It is actually OXIDIZED OIL. The comedone is still open, but if you’re not exfoliating, the oil gets inside the pores and cannot come up and out onto the skin. It gets trapped in the pores, oxidizes over time, and turns black. The pore is technically still open, but the oil is still trapped.
For Whiteheads, dead skin cells cover the top of the pores so the oil gets trapped inside underneath. It is not exposed to oxygen therefore it does not oxidize and turn black, it stays white.
Sometimes when extracting Whiteheads, a clear fluid (the oil) is all that comes out, and sometimes it’s fluid as well as dead white blood cells and bacteria.
So, how do you treat both Blackheads and Whiteheads? EXFOLIATION.
Blackheads and Whiteheads are typically not caused by Acne-causing bacteria. It is a DESQUAMATION issue. Desquamation means “skin-cell turnover rate”. So if you’re breakout-prone (and you’re not exfoliating), that means your desquamation rate is TOO SLOW. You need to exfoliate to help get rid of the dead skin cells.
Once the dead skin cells are removed from the top of your skin, the oil in the pores can freely move up and out onto the skin instead of getting trapped inside.
Here are some tips on treatments to get rid of those Blackheads and Whiteheads:
If you want to address them QUICKLY, I recommend that you go see a professional licensed Esthetician and get an exfoliating facial. Getting an exfoliating facial from an Esthetician vs. exfoliating yourself at home is best for quick results because there are few treatments they can do that you cannot do yourself at home, such as: Applying a SCALING FLUID (which breaks down the hardened sebum, putting your face under steam to assist the other treatments, and safely doing EXTRACTIONS of the Blackheads and Whiteheads.
By seeing an Esthetician, they can also recommend products that are stronger than typical products you can buy over-the-counter in drugstores. They can only be dispensed by a licensed Esthetician. (Just like getting aspirin from the drugstore yourself, if you need something stronger, like Vicodin, you need to see a licensed professional, like a Pharmacist, for them to dispense it to you.)
If you have more severe bumps on your face, which is called “CONGESTION”, then the Esthetician may recommend an Acid Peel as a treatment.
If they do, they may also recommend a pre-treatment protocol. This is important because it helps prep your skin for the low pH from the Acid Peel. You will need to use the pre-treatment products for about 7-10 days BEFORE the Acid Peel appointment. By the time you get to your appointment, your skin can now tolerate a lower pH.
Following the Acid Peel, they may recommend a post-treatment protocol, which helps the skin recover. This is important because it will help your skin not to peel as much as well as help prevent it from scarring.
**I DO NOT recommend doing an Acid Peel yourself at home! (No matter what you see in those DIY videos on YouTube…) If you are inexperienced, you may get Glycolic Acid BURNS. Please see a licensed, experienced professional for an Acid Peel!**