Like this 🌸 beautiful comedo 🌸 (aka blackhead) that was extracted. Comedones are clogged hair follicle (pores). Keratin and oil block the pore and the exposure to oxygen turns them black. A comedo may or may not become inflamed and turn in to a papule or pustule. In any case, leave the extraction to the pros. It brings your esthetician joy and is safer for your skin 😝. At home, wash your face with the correct cleanser and exfoliate regularly to keep pores open. Stay away from any comedogenic ingredients that block pores.
Your skin is not all the same on in the different areas of the face. The area around the eyes is more delicate, your T-Zone (chin, nose and forehead) is usually oilier. When you mask at home, don’t be afraid to mix and match according to your skin’s needs. Always read instructions and ingredients. Is the mask exfoliating? Hydrating? Or for blemish control? This will most likely determine how long the mask should stay on and how often you should use it. Especially important for clay masks - let them dry, but not crack. This ensures that impurities are being drawn out while at the same time allowing for the ingredients to penetrate.
One of the primary function of the skin as an organ is protection. Healthy skin is a protective barrier against outside elements (UV and free radicals) and microorganisms. Sebum (oil) secreted by our pores, lipids (protective oils between epidermal cells), sweat and water together form the acid mantle that effectively protects the skin from water-loss and external factors: it is essential to keep this natural barrier function intact.
How does a compromised skin barrier look and feel? Dry, itchy, irritated, sensitive... To keep your skin radiant, plump and healthy, minimize sun exposure (wear sunscreen and protective gear), avoid overzealous exfoliation and harsh products and chemicals on the skin, keep your skin well hydrated (he...