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The Lowdown on Blackheads



We've all had them at some point right? In fact, some of us have them on a constant basis and they can be really really annoying.


I'm talking about blackheads or as we know them in the professional world 'open comedones'.


WHAT EXACTLY ARE THEY?

They are open pores which get blocked with oil, makeup, dirt and grime. Sometimes the colour of them can be from the melanin in the skin, sometimes it's the oil oxidising and other times it can be false tan/poorly removed makeup.

Comedones tend to appear more often on oiler skin around the nose area, however it is not always the case.


SO WHAT CAUSES THEM?


Poor or incorrect cleansing: If you wear makeup during the day, it's really important that you do a double cleanse in the evening. If you are more prone to blackheads, then it's imperative that you keep your pores clean and clear.


Pore blocking products: These are products such as makeup primers, heavy foundations, false tan and rich face creams that contain ingredients such as silicones and mineral oils