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Is microdermabrasion good at getting rid of blackheads?

Is it ever? We love how amazing microdermabrasion treatment is for blackheads. It quite literally (and we know that word is often misused) loosens and sucks those bad boys out.  Want to know a bit more about getting rid of blackheads? Read on…

What causes blackheads?

Our skin has lots of tiny holes on the surface called pores. If you’ve got oily skin then you are well aware of what a pore is as they can be pretty visible. If your skin is less oily then the nose area is where you are most likely to see them.

Our pores are important because at the base of every pore is a hair follicle, which body hair grows from. Pores also secrete oil and sweat, to keep our skin healthy and protected.

The issue comes when the oil in these pores get stuck. This traps dead skin cells and forms a solid mass known as a ‘comedone’ (or blackhead to me and you).  When the air gets to the top of the comedone it oxidises, turning black, hence the name ‘blackhead’.

How can Microdermabrasion get rid of blackheads?

Microdermabrasion is an intense exfoliating treatment. It uses irregularly shaped crystals to get in the nooks and crannies of your skin.  This works to loosen the dead skin, meaning it is very effective for getting rid of blackheads. You can often see it pulled out (it’s totally gross but as therapists, we love this sort of thing! SOOO satisfying!)  As you progress in your treatment course more blackheads will come out. Your skin will look clear and your pores will become less visible.  Microdermabrasion speeds up cell renewal, so your skin will ‘slough’ quicker and more efficiently. Thus, blackheads are far less likely to form. So to answer, ‘How does it help?’ it’s a combination of deep pore cleansing and a boost to your skin’s renewal processes.

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How I can prevent blackheads coming back?

A good skincare routine is essential. Don’t clog up those pores to start with.  Next, we recommend regular exfoliation. A course of microdermabrasion followed by a monthly maintenance. Or, if you can’t do this at the moment, use an exfoliating product at home. Exfoliate with a gentle but effective product at least once a week, our AHA cleanser is excellent. Finally, choose makeup that is non-comedogenic (formulated not to clog pores). You will soon be rid of blackheads!

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