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October, 11 2017

How to unclog pores and banish blackheads naturally


Gill @JdeV Auchterarder store

We’ve all seen the videos of charcoal masks that literally pull all the gunk out of your pores, leaving them clean and blackhead-free. Sounds like a fantastic quick solution to clogged pores and blackheads, right?

Well maybe not, since we’ve also seen so many videos of people discovering that their choice of charcoal mask is incredibly painful to pull off, or worse, that it actually leaves their skin raw, blistered and damaged.

So please, step away from the cheap peel-off masks and opt for something more natural! My natural anti-blackhead method still uses charcoal-containing products, but ones that are much safer, more natural and gentle on skin.

How to unclog pores and banish blackheads naturally

When excess oil becomes trapped in our pores, it can trap dirt and bacteria with it. This often causes unpleasant blackheads on the skin but it can also trigger spots and acne.

Unclogging pores and treating blackheads naturally is inevitably a slower process than chemical alternatives such as those awful charcoal masks – but it also won’t bring with it the same nasty side effects!

Deep cleanse and exfoliate – with charcoal products from Sukin!

To unclog your pores and banish those blackheads, you need to open up your pores and clean out all the gunk that’s hiding in there. To do this, I recommend a regular deep cleanse and exfoliation routine. You might see some difference after your first deep cleanse, but you often need to repeat a few more times before the blackheads disappear completely.

First, cleanse your skin with your usual cleanser, making sure that all makeup residue and excess oil is wiped off. Now it’s time for your deep cleanse!

Step 1 – Apply a cleansing oil or face mask

For this, you’ll need a cleansing oil or face mask. I’d really recommend Sukin’s Oil Balancing Anti-Pollution Facial Masque, because it contains that highly sought-after ingredient you’re all looking for – charcoal! This fantastic ingredient absorbs toxins and impurities, but this face mask isn’t one of the peel off types that often end up damaging your skin. The perfect compromise!

Apply the mask to damp skin and leave for 5 minutes.

Step 2 - Lay a hot cloth over the face

Next, run a face cloth under hot water, squeeze out the excess and lay this over your face without removing the mask – just make sure it isn’t too hot! The heat will open up your pores, allowing the mask to penetrate deeper into your skin and clean out your pores. Once the cloth has cooled, rinse under hot water again and reapply to the face. Repeat for 10 minutes, then wipe the mask off with the cloth.

Step 3 – Exfoliate

Then it’s time to exfoliate! This will help to buff away dirt and impurities, and give your pores and extra clean. For this, I’d recommend Sukin’s Oil Balancing Pore Refining Facial Scrub, another fantastic charcoal-containing product! It contains jojoba beads to buff and refine the skin, bamboo charcoal to absorb and lift impurities, as well as additional ingredients like willowherb and coconut oil to hydrate and nourish the skin.

Use gentle, circular motions so as not to damage the skin.

After 2-3 minutes of exfoliating, rinse your face well with warm water, using the cloth to wipe off any residue. When your face is rinsed and clean, splash a little cold water onto your skin to close up the pores again – you don’t want dirt getting into them after you’ve just managed to unclog them!

Step 4 – Moisturise

Finally, pata your skin dry with a clean towel and moisturise with a light, natural moisturiser to restore any hydration that’s been lost in the process.

Get into a regular skincare routine

We all know prevention is easier than a cure, so I always suggest establishing a daily skincare routine that will help to keep your pores clean and prevent blackheads long term.

Each morning and evening I would recommend cleansing, toning and moisturising your skin, to keep it clean and healthy. Make sure to choose natural products so you don’t cause damage or irritation!

If you’d like to stick with charcoal-containing products, Sukin has your back. Build your three-step routine using their Oil Balancing Purifying Gel Cleanser, their Oil Balancing Clarifying Facial Tonic and finally their Oil Balancing Mattifying Moisturiser.

If you’ve got a different skin type or just don’t fancy oil-balancing products, we’ve got a few more articles that will help you to choose the perfect product:

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