I have a love-hate relationship with my magnifying mirror. While this handy tool allows a zoomed-in view ideal for accurate tweezing and mega-precise makeup application, the up-close-and-personal scrutiny of my pores can be daunting. Blemishes and blackheads due to clogged pores is a common woe for many. Blackheads are the result of clogged oil and debris that is oxidized and darkened within pores – yuck! And while a weekly trip to the facialist sure ain’t in the budget, unclogging pores is totally achievable at home with these helpful steps:
1. Scrub it up: Break down sebum that gets stuck in the pores and causes the blackhead. Use a facial scrub that contains 2% or less salicylic acid exfoliator every morning. Allow it to sit on damp skin for about a minute before rinsing – this allows the acid to work its magic. We recommend: Soap & Glory The Greatest Scrub Of All Facial Exfoliator, $18, available at Sephora or Shoppers Drug Mart
2. Extract: Okay, this step might seem a little scary to do solo, but using the proper tools makes it easy and safe for your skin. Don’t even think about using your fingers. After you shower, while skin is still damp, use an extractor tool (we recommend: Sephora Collection 3-in-1 Extractor, $22 available at Sephora) to press down on skin to lift the blackhead out. Follow up with a spot treatment containing benzoyl peroxide (we recommend: Ole Henriksen Roll-On Acne Clearing Solution, $22 available at Sephora).
3. Grab a vacuum: Not your actual vacuum, rather using handy gadgets that act like such for your face that loosen dirt and oil and remove dead skin cells. How clever! We recommend: Bliss Pore-Fector Gadget 3-Piece Kit, $185 available online at www.amazon.ca (this bad-boy uses sonic vibrations to power-wash pores and eliminate impurities) or Rodan + Fields Redefine Macro Exfoliator, $279 available online at www.rodanandfields.com (uses gentle suction to sweep away dead skin cells)
Inspiration Image courtesy of Feather Magazine
By: Ashley De Filippis, Toronto
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