Knowing what type of skin you have is crucial in caring for it. Whether you use all-natural skin care products from your kitchen or high-end skincare products from your local department store, none of them will work effectively if you’re using the wrong type.
But how do you know if your skin is dry, oily, or combination? And does skin change during the season or when hormone levels fluctuate? Knowing this information about your skin will make treating and avoiding both wrinkles and acne easier. To find out, this one simple test is all you need. Don’t head to your local skincare salon, step into the bathroom and grab a piece of tissue. According to InStyle.com, blotting your face with a tissue can tell you where you need moisturizer and where an astringent would be better. Check out their how-to instructions to be sure you’re getting accurate results.
Clear Your Breakouts Quickly
Now that you know what skin type you are and you’ve chosen the products appropriate for you, you’re likely going to have to still deal with occasional breakouts. Before you reach for the benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid to treat them, find out what dermatologists have to say about how you should be using these acne-fighting products to achieve the maximized blemish-busting abilities.
But first, do you know the difference between blackheads, whiteheads, and those painful “under-the-skin” pimples? Knowing what kind of blemish you’re fighting will help you get the best results. Comedonal acne is what we commonly call whiteheads and blackheads, and those large red bumps that are under the skin without a well-formed head are called cystic acne. Benzoyl peroxide and its anti-bacterial properties are best for cystic acne while salicylic acid is better for sloughing away the dead skin and opening up the pore of whiteheads and blackheads.
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Know Your Pimples
But there are more than these three types of blemishes, so how do you know what type you’re fighting? And when should you skip the home pimple remedy and head to a dermatologist? YouTube has a wealth of information about pimples including how to correctly extract blackheads and pop pimples.
One popular YouTube Channel is hosted by Dr. Sandra Lee (aka Dr. Pimple Popper) a board certified dermatologist in California. She’s been on The Doctors and other TV shows sharing her homegrown skincare videos. Sure, some of her videos are for voyeurs who love to watch cysts and pimples being popped, but there’s a wealth of information provided in her demonstrations. She demonstrates the proper way to remove blackheads (open comedones), milia, and more. In the video below, she describes the different between blackheads and milia as well as the reasons Americans are more likely to have solar comedones on the left side of their faces.
The Difference Between Blackheads and Milia
Home Blackhead Extractions and Pimple-Popping How-To
- 10X or higher magnifying mirror
- Warm, wet towel or facial steamer
- Alcohol wipes
- Comedone extractor (a quality extractor like Tweezerman brand)
- Sterile disposable gloves
- lancet (optional)
- Always wash your hands well with soap and water, especially under the nails but sterile disposable gloves are preferable.
- Place a warm, wet towel on the area you’ll be treating (or steam)
- Sterilize the comedone extractor with alcohol and also wipe the area to be treated with an alcohol wipe.
- Position the comedone extractor over the blackhead or whitehead and press down firmly. Rock it back and forth and pull to one side. Wipe away any blood or debris with the gauze. Repeat the process until no more debris is extracted. Watch the video above for tips and techniques on the proper extraction technique.
- Gently cleanse the area with mild soap and water. If the area looks unusually inflamed, cover with antibiotic ointment.
Most dermatologists don’t recommend lancing your own blackheads or milia, but if you do, sterilize the lancet before, during, and after using it.
Now you can correctly determine your skin type, identify condones and more, and have the how-to to successfully extract blackheads and pop pimples at home. Are you ready to tackle your acne blemish problems?