Just can’t get rid of blackheads on your nose? We discuss good facial washes for men, recommended home remedies for pimples and DIY blackhead removal masks.
Oh sheesh, not another blackhead! The fact that you’re here probably means you’ve had enough of these nasty little things. To maintain a clear complexion, a basic skincare routine for men is necessary.
Here, we explain how blackheads form and recommend facial products for efficacious blackhead removal. Say goodbye to clogged pores and hello to clear and healthy skin!
What are blackheads?
First up — what exactly are blackheads? As its name suggests, it’s the nasty black stuff that forms when the hair follicles found on your skin get clogged.
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Each follicle typically contains one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces the oil that’s known as sebum, which helps keep your skin soft and healthy. However, when excessive dead skin cells shed by your skin and oils accumulate in the opening of these follicles, it produces a bump called a comedone.
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What’s the difference between blackheads and whiteheads?
Good question. Well, both are similar, save for one detail — if the skin over the bump remains intact, the comedone is called a whitehead. However, if the skin around the bump opens up, air will get in. This causes the sebum oil to oxidise and turn black or yellow in colour.
Blackheads only form on oily skin, right?
No, blackheads do not discriminate. No matter if your skin type is oily, dry or combination, you’re bound to encounter these annoying buggers at some point.
How do we remove blackheads and whiteheads then?
Read on for a two-pronged approach to removing them.
#1 A good facial wash
Firstly, choose a good facial wash for men that targets acne and blackheads on your nose, like the Activated Charcoal Soap Bar from The Yellow Bird.
Highly rated on by most users, the activated charcoal acts as a natural detox by absorbing dirt and oil. This in turns help minimise the occurrence of unsightly acne, blackheads and bumps. It also contains natural essential oils of lemongrass and lavender, both of which have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
For something more comprehensive, try the All-In-One Essential Skincare Set from Rugged & Dapper, a good starter kit for men who’ve never been serious about their grooming.
Made from natural and organic ingredients, the trio is suitable for all skin types and comprises the Daily Power Scrub (a nourishing cleanser, foaming exfoliator and energising toner in one), Detoxifying Mineral Clay Facial Mask (draws out impurities and absorb excess oils) and Age + Damage Defense Facial Moisturiser (great as a soothing aftershave too). Use the clay mask once a week to avoid drying out your face.
Bro tip: Your T-Zone is often the most oily part of your face, and hence more susceptible to blackheads.
To prevent clogged pores from forming on areas such as your nose and cheeks, do make sure you wash your face thoroughly twice a day — once in the morning and once at night. It’s especially important if you live in a warm and humid climate like Singapore’s.
#2 DIY home remedies for blackheads
Secondly, there are home remedies that can help remove blackheads, if you are game to try. This DIY blackhead removal mask recipe we’re about to share below is easy enough to replicate at home.
Ingredients you need:
1 teaspoon of activated charcoal (absorbs excess oil and impurities)
1 teaspoon of unflavoured gelatin (fights acne and contains collagen)
1 tablespoon of distilled water
Set up a double boiler and keep it on low heat.
Add 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal powder to a glass bowl.
Add 1 teaspoon of unflavoured gelatin crystals.
Add 1 tablespoon of distilled water and blend.
Once the mixture has turned into a thick black liquid, turn off the heat.
Remove the glass bowl from the double boiler.
Let the charcoal mixture cool down
Apply it on the areas that are most prone to blackheads, such as the nose and chin areas.
Leave it be for 10 to 15 minutes and then peel off the solidified mask slowly.
Wash and pat dry your face gently before applying your moisturiser.
Do this twice a week to keep your blackheads under control.