Everything You Need to Know About Comedones and How to Naturally Remove Them
It is indeed amazing how our bodies has its own natural way of keeping itself healthy and toxin free. Sometimes, we do not even know that our body is currently and religiously doing its self-detoxification process. But apparently, if we observe close enough, these toxin “excretion” can be found all over our bodies.
Our face is one of the most obvious and visible area where our body excretes our unwanted bodily toxins. This includes pimples, acnes and the likes. But there is one particular “elimination process” that we sometimes are itching to remove. This is none other than the formation of comedones on our skin.
Common Comedo Knowledge
For those of you who are not familiar with the term “comedo” or “comedones” do not be alarmed because everyone has this. In more familiar layman’s term, it is the formation of bumps in our skin that is caused by clogged pores. These pores are filled with sebaceous glands and excess oil that our skin produces. Add dirt, sweat and sebum all together and you have the perfect recipe for either a blackhead or a whitehead.
But have you ever wondered what the difference between blackheads and whiteheads is? Do they have different components? Is there a determining factor that causes the color change? Or is it a bad sign if you have it in white or black? Knowing the difference is really simple and let me break it down as plainly as I can.
Know the Difference
First and foremost, do not be alarmed if you either have white heads or black heads. Because both of them have the same components and have the same origin and causes. Furthermore, there is a very small difference between the two that made them different from each other. Here is a quick breakdown of the two and how they differ from each other:
- Open Comedones
Open Comedones is also known as “blackheads” and it is obviously because of the color this excretion has. It is shaped like a larger version of your pores and is black in color. Since it is an open clogged pore, dead skin aggravates the oil formation in your face thus causing the black color.
- Closed Comedones
Closed comedones on the other hand is more famously known as your “whiteheads” and, like what I have previously mentioned, has the same content and composition as your blackheads. The only difference is that it is enveloped under your epidermis which protects it for dead skin cells.
Causes of Comedo Formation
There are a lot of inevitable factors that can lead to comedo formation that we cannot avoid, as much as we wanted to. If you are curious of these comedo formers then take a look at the sample list below:
- Excess fat accumulation
- Dead skin cells
- Excess Sebum (oil) formation of your skin
- Unhygienic lifestyle
- Excessive exposure to sunlight
- Comedogenic items such as:
- Press powder
- Shampoo with ginseng extract
These are just a few of the many factors that you need to consider when you plan to take care of your comedo problem. Although indeed some are unavoidable, we can still do something to lessen or at least minimize its formation.
How To “Command” Your Comedones
You can summarize comedo prevention in two simple ways. These effective tips can help you keep your skin smoother and, if lucky, “bump free”. There are two general ways that you can avoid comedo formation and these are as follows.
- The Hygienic Way
Nothing beats a good facial regime. This must be done in a daily basis without fail and as often as necessary. It also involves knowing ample knowledge about your skin and how to care for it. Here are four simple steps that you can follow.
Know your skin type
Is your face dry or oily or a combination of both? Is it sensitive or just your normal type of skin? The answers to these questions can greatly help you in caring for your skin properly.
Clean your face accordingly
Once you get to know your skin type, it is your job to choose the right hygienic management for it. Remember that each and every skin type requires specific care and products. So best to study first before applying anything to your face. But the best face cleaning method is your good old “wash with water and soap” method. So do your best to clean your face with soap and water as often as possible.
Avoid Products that can aggravate comedone formation
Like what I have mentioned previously, there are a lot of facial products that can increase your comedo formation. Of course, sometimes these “comedogenic items” is a must have in our daily lives. So what we can do is to go back to step two and keep a healthy and clean facial routie.
The Home Remedy Way
Having a weekly or once a day “backup” plan for your facial care is a good investment. Who says that you need to go to a Dermatologist to achieve this? You can do simple yet effective hoe remedies with readily available ingredients found in any household or grocery. Here are some examples of home remedies for your comedone problems and how to make them.
The general step for applying a homemade mask is to evenly spread the mixture on your face. Then let it rest for around 10-30 minutes before you wash it off with warm water and a smooth towel. Here are some of your possible mask options:
Using pure natural honey, spread it around to cover the comedone parts and let it dry. Remove it afterwards with a warm damp cloth. You can also add Cinnamon (one part cinnamon and two parts honey ratio) to this mixture. Both ingredients will give you their antibacterial and antiseptic properties. You can use this as a daily regimen.
- Baking Soda
Use this ingredient’s antiseptic properties to help remove those unwanted comedones by mixing a tablespoon of it with a little bit of water to make a paste. Apply it on the affected area and let it dry before rinsing it off. Repeat this for once or twice a week.
This natural and safest exfoliator works best for any skin type. In addition, it works as a natural cleanser and soothes irritation. Using distilled water, cook just the right amount of oatmeal to cover your face according to its cooking instructions. After it cools down, apply it to your target areas and let it sit to dry. Remove it accordingly afterwards. You can do this method once a day for best result.
- Pore Strip
Pre strips are those that we see in the market where you apply a small paper sheet with an “adhesive mixture” on your affected area and strip it off painfully afterwards. Here is a simple and painless homemade alternative for it.
Chicken Egg strip
Use only the egg whites and beat it in a bowl until it froths. Apply it to the areas with comedones and cover it with a paper towel. Let it dry before peeling off the paper towel.
Using exfoliators can help our skin get rid of unwanted dirt, dead skin cells and basically anything that can harm it. Exfoliating around twice to thrice a week is the best routine to take because excess use of this can harm and irritate your skin. Here are some examples of homemade exfoliators.
Sugar is a good candidate for natural exfoliators because it adds its pore cleansing effect if accompanied by the right carrier oil like jojoba (best choice because it is similar to your skins natural sebum), olive or grapeseed. Mix one cup of brown or white sugar with 4 tablespoons of your preferred oil until they are fully incorporated. With a wet face, use the mixture and apply it using a soft circular motion.
Milk and Nutmeg
These two ingredients combined will not only get rid of excess oil on your skin (nutmeg) but will also remove dead skin cells on your face (milk) while keeping your skin smooth and silky. Combine just the right amount of both ingredients until you have a paste like consistency. Use this to exfoliate your skin and rub it across the affected areas. Make sure to use light touch and do it for 3-5minutes in total.
Things found in your pantry does not only work as ingredients for cooking. When you know their powerful properties, they can be of great help in making your body healthy, clean and toxin free. In addition, proper and ample knowledge about comedones and skin care can heighten you hygienic prowess into another whole new level. Do not just blindly pick a random skin cleaning method without considering the factors that can cause your comedones to form. Treating this skin issue holistically is the best way to go in order to attain your goal in getting a healthier, cleaner and smoother skin.