Your pulse rises while you gaze into the mirror with great angst and dismay, as you begin to notice tens…hundreds…thousands of blackheads scattered among your very own face. Even though in no way, shape, or form is this realistic…such complexion-impediments NEVER fail to appear this way! These pesky blackheads are your own pores that have fallen victim to your skin’s naturally occurring sebum oil. Blackheads form when such oil has become oxidized and exposed to dirt in the atmosphere, causing your pores to appear “black.”
There are many different tactics to get rid of blackheads and minor breakouts as such, but I want to give you my personal favorite, which is simple, quick, and super cheap! Oh – and not to mention, it’s probably already sitting lonely in your pantry. It’s time to show that Baking Soda some love.
In my opinion, baking soda is one of the best tools to ridding yourself of blackheads and spontaneous breakouts. It’s gently abrasive, and can be “overused” without irritating. It polishes off all the dead skin cells and loosens the dirt and makeup trapped in the pores. When I want a clean, fresh slate to put my makeup on, I exfoliate my face in the morning using this regime:
BLACKHEAD-BANISHING WITH BAKING SODA
1. Pour a small mound of baking soda into a little bowl and fill with tap water until it yields a paste.
2. Splash your face with warm water, scoop some of the mixture onto your skin, and lightly buff the entire face with the tips of your fingers, avoiding the eye area.
3. Rinse with cold water, and follow with a moisturizer.
MY TIP: when buffing the mixture around your face, pay close attention to buffing on the nose, the crevice of the nose, and the forehead. This is where the most oil and dirt tend to collect and birth such blemishes.