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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Men’s Skin Care – Removing Blackheads

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Removing Blackheads For Men

A fact of life and human nature is that men, in general, won’t just leave a blemish or blackhead alone. Luckily, eliminating a blackhead or pimple gently with light-handed squeezing can help the skin. Removing the stuff inside a blackhead or a pimple ease the pressure and reduces further damage. Squeezing can be damaging to the skin but how you squeeze decides whether you cause harm. If you over squeeze, pinch, scrape the skin with your nails, or press too hard, you are definitely doing more damage than good. The key is being gentle and when it’s dealt correctly, squeezing with minimal pressure is the way to clean out a blackhead or blemish.

How not to over-squeeze? Use a tepid to slightly warm compress (heat can cause spider veins to surface and create irritation) over the face can assist in softening the blackhead or blemish, making removal easier. First, wash your face with a water-soluble cleanser. Pat the skin dry, then place a slightly warm, wet cloth over your face for about 10 to 15 minutes. Once that's done, pat the skin dry again, then use a tissue over each finger to keep you from slipping and tearing the skin, apply even, soft pressure to the sides of the blemish area. Gently press down and up around the lesion. Do this once or twice only. If nothing occurs, that means the blackhead or pimple cannot be removed. If you continue forcing it, it will bruise the skin and risk making the infection or lesion worse and cause scarring.

What about pore strips?

You may be impressed with what comes off your nose at first. Most men do have some oil sitting on the top of their oil glands as most of the face's oil glands are located on the nose. Whether you use these strips or a piece of tape, black dots and some skin will be removed. It helps temporarily. But if you use these pore strips repetitively, they will not reduce the problem, and the ingredients found on these strips can eventually irritate skin and potentially trigger further breakouts.

The way these strips stick can definitely injure or tear skin. They are especially not safe if you've been using Retin-A, Renova, AHAs or BHA, having facial peels, taking Accutane, or have naturally thin skin or any skin disorder such as rosacea, psoriasis, or seborrhea.

Pore strips also come with strong warnings that are clearly printed on the side of the box like not to use them over any area other than the nose and not to use them over inflamed, swollen, sunburned, or excessively dry skin. It also lists that if the strip is too painful to remove, you should wet it and then carefully remove it. What a warning!

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