After several people asked about blackheads, I consulted our resident professional. Esthetician Heather Kent offered the following advice on taking care of them:
“I always say, let a professional do the dirty work. We have products that can’t be sold over the counter. These products can open the pores and make it easier to remove unwanted dirt, pimples, and blackheads.
Some people don’t trust us, and that’s okay. There are a few OTC products that work as well. Mario Badescu has a drying paste that you leave on until it flakes off. When it flakes off, all the blackheads go along with it. But, it does dry your skin out so you will need to up your moisturizer routine.
Also, if you have a good skincare regimen that includes exfoliation, whether it be physical or chemical, it will help prevent them as well.”
How often should one visit an esthetician?
“It would depend on the person. They need to allow the esthetician to evaluate the skin. Then it would depend on the cell turnover rate of the individual. Everyone is different.”
To me, the best part about consulting a professional is that even if you don’t have the time or money to go regularly, you can at least get an evaluation. This will at least help put you in the right direction. But, if you have major issues, it’s always best to make the time or save the money. Your skin is the largest organ of your body, so it’s best to take care of it!
Thanks, Heather, for the great advice!