The first thing you need is an oil cleanser (yes – I know I go on and on and on about oil cleansers – but there is nothing that cleanses the skin like an oil cleanser)
If you do not have an oil cleanser – use olive oil or coconut oil both of those will work.
Cleanse your skin with your cleansing oil to remove all makeup – wipe off with a warm wet face cloth and reapply some more – this time a little more than you normally would. If you do not have makeup on – you do not need to do this step. But do press a warm face cloth up against your skin for a minute of two to open up the pores.
Make sure you remove all the makeup off your face – work the oil right up into your hairline – one of the main causes we get breakouts and blackheads along the hairline is due to lack of effective facial cleansing and dirty hair.
So now you have applied another dose of oil to your face – this is the fun part. You need to take your time with this – do it for at least 10 – 20 minutes every week.
Massage the oil into your skin – in gentle but firm movements, working it really well into the areas where you have blackheads, sebum plugs – usually found on your chin and cheeks and forehead – and keep on massaging till the plugs come out.
If you don’t believe me that this works – go to YouTube and type in oil cleansing to remove blackheads!
Continue with this until all of the plugs are loosened up and gone – remove with warm water!
The reason this works is because oil attracts the lipids in your pores – it loosens sebum and the sebum plugs in your skin – the plugs are often mistaken for blackheads.
Sebum is oil, which coats, moisturises and protects your skin. By using an oil cleanser – you leave a very thin layer of oil behind – this means your skin does not need to produce oil anymore – so bye, bye, oily skin!
For dry skins this means that there is a protective oil layer on your skin, sealing in the moisture – so your skin feels less dry, and feels protected which it is.
Oils dissolve oil – so an oil cleanser dissolves oil on the skin – which is why an oil cleanser is so good at solving oily skin problems.
The blackheads are oil plugs with bacteria in them – therefore the oil cleanser removes them.
Traditional cleansers contain surfactants as they are water-based – and oil and water don’t mix. A surfactant – removes dirt of the skin but is not able to remove the oil out of the pores – so you end up with blackheads!
Once you finish this procedure – if you can – have a lovely warm to hot shower and use the warm water and face washer to remove any blackheads left – or gently use a facial scrub to lift out any of the remaining plugs which did not come out the first time around.
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Hi! I am Yvette van Schie, I am a beauty therapist, makeup artist and nutritionist studying natural therapies. I am passionate about sharing real beauty advice – with a whack of reality.
For over 30 years I have worked with the best in the beauty and health industry as a trainer, educator and product formulator – and I still do, so my knowledge is diverse – I am not blinkered when sharing my information with you, because everyone I speak to shares what they know, and I turn it into easy to digest information because I want my readers to feel empowered to make their own decisions, and to feel they are fully in control of their beauty and wellbeing.