So, I’m sure you have all used a ‘blackhead remover mask’, pore strips, apricot scrubs or coconut oil as part of your skincare regime. Well, if you still do… That needs to stop. Now. These items are like the devil for your face and you should steer clear of them! I’m not being dramatic, not even slightly, they really are that bad!
Blackhead/Dirt Remover Masks.
I have never used one, nor would I like too. Reading and watching all the horror stories scares me enough, infact the ingredients are enough to put me off. These are basically like putting glue on your skin, I can’t even begin to explain how bad these are! Yes, they may rip out a few nasty bits but what they’re also doing is enlarging your pores. They claim to leave your skin looking radiant but they’re actually doing the opposite and ruining your skin. Many people aren’t aware that once your pores have stretched there is no going back, you can’t ‘get rid of them’ or ‘make them smaller’. I see people recommend these because a bit of dirt gets pulled out but you need to think of the long-term effects it’ll cause if you really care about your skin! The dirt will only fill back up in a few days anyway, so is it really worth it? The only way to treat blackheads and sebaceous filaments is to use skincare products targeted at them in a safe way. I have done a full blog post on Blackheads VS Sebaceous Filaments that you can see here.
I’m ashamed to say it, but I have used these many times in the past before I was aware of the damage they can do. However, I was disappointed most times that I used them because they never removed anything! Well, sometimes I’d have the odd few come out but nothing amazing! Pore strips contain a hairspray-like substance which sticks to your skin, once you pull the strip off you stretch your pores, then you use them again and again… which leads to enlarged pores which are now big enough to catch dirt and produce blackheads! So effectively, you’re making them worse.
I think we’re all guilty of using this classic face scrub, did you know there was a lawsuit filed against St. Ives for this? Read more information about that here. Carry on using this if you like the feeling of sandpaper or crushed glass rubbing across your skin by all means! This product contains ground up walnut shells which are extremely harsh on the skin, they cause microscopic tears which will cause problems down the line such as fine lines and wrinkles! Which completely defeats the purpose of exfoliation in the first place. A physical scrub isn’t bad, just make sure you’re choosing the right one and this one is NOT the right one.
I bet you’re thinking, what on earth is coconut oil doing on here? Well, I thought I’d put it on here as I have seen a lot of people saying they use it recently. So, coconut oil is comedogenic, in simple form this means it tends to cause blackheads by blocking the pores of the skin. It has too large molecules to penetrate and moisturize the skin, which is totally useless… It clogs your pores and causes breakouts which then leads to acne and can lead to a whole load of other skin infections. If you would like to use something natural, try jojoba instead, it’s similar to the skins natural sebum. Put the coconut oil down away from your face and just use it while cooking!
If I haven’t already mentioned it enough, DO NOT USE these products for your skin care! Skincare gimmicks are being promoted so widely through social media and I want to make sure that people are educated on what is good for the skin and what isn’t.