7 Ingredients You Should Never Put On Your Face

Suffering from tonnes of blackheads, bumps and imperfections on your face with no explanation? It could come down to the ingredients found in your daily skincare and beauty routine. Avoid the following ingredients next time you’re looking for a new beauty product – it could just be the trigger of bad skin!

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Retin A

Although it’s commonly used as an anti-ageing cream, Retin A can cause the skin to lose its elasticity and thin over time.

Propylene gycol

Mostly found in shampoos and conditioners, this cleansing agent could be detrimental to the skin on your face.


Although this one is too common to avoid, more skincare and beauty companies are eliminating this preservative in their products. Not only has it been proven to cause damage to the endocrine system, it can also break out the skin on a cellular level.

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS)

Not only is sodium lauryl sulfate bad for your skin, it can also cause damage to the immune system – eek!


Who knew that something so sweet could be so bad? Steer clear of fragrance if you suffer from extremely sensitive or dry skin, since it can cause breakouts and irritation.

Shea butter

Make sure you restrict shea butter to just the body, it can clog pores and disrupt the natural oils of your face.

Mineral oil

Stay well away from mineral oils since they are actually made from petroleum. Who knew?

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How To Naturally Treat Blackheads

There’s no denying that blackheads are one skin concern that all women face, regardless of their age and skin condition. In case you’re not familiar, they are those pesky little bumps on the skin that are almost impossible to remove without scarring, or even tearing, the skin with harmful microbeads.

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Treat your blackheads at home with these 6 different options, which will carefully cleanse the skin and leave your face feeling fresh and clean.

Face mask

Whip-up a natural face mask with a bunch of ingredients from the fridge and pantry. All you need is one egg white, honey and lemon. Mix in a small boil, then apply directly over the skin. Let it set for a few minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water.


Who knew that toothpaste could be a good remedy for blackheads? Apply a small amount of toothpaste over an aggressive blackhead to reduce swelling and discomfort.

Salt water

Wash your face at least once a day with lukewarm salty water. This will help to remove any impurities from the skin and will keep bacteria away from any open pores. Make sure to follow up with a toner for best results, followed by a moisturiser.


Fenugreek leaves is another great way to remove those pesky blackheads away from hard-to-reach areas such as the nose and chin. Apply them over dry skin, then rinse after 10 minutes with lukewarm water.

Lemon juice

Any acidic juice is great for shrinking enlarged pores since it acts as a natural toning agent. Use it on your nose, forehead, or chin to detoxify the area before bed.

Aloe vera

Apply some fresh aloe vera over the blackheads to cleanse the area without adding any additional impurities into your pores. It essentially works the same way as lemon juice and will help to prevent any infection from an open blackhead.

What are some of your remedies for treating blackheads?

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What Is An Extraction Facial?

Do you suffer from bumpy, dry and blackhead-prone skin – especially around the trick parameters of your nose? Some of us might have accepted that this is just a way of life and perhaps use those annoying little strips to pull out blackheads every once in a while; this is where facial extractions enter the skincare game.

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Although they might feel a little invasive at first – imagine having every inch of your skin poked and prodded to essentially extract the gunk underneath – the long-term effects outweigh the short-term pain, especially if you want to build a solid skin care routine in your 20s, 30s, or 40s.

How does it work?

Extractions are carried out by a beauty therapist who first massages the skin with a nourishing oil. This way, the skin can relax and improve circulation for the future extraction. Most of the time this is followed by a steam facial which opens up the pores and makes it easier – and less painful – to extract the gunk from under the skin.

Next up is the extraction itself, which requires no tools or sharp bits. The beauty therapist is simply using their hands (with gloves, of course) to squeeze out the gunk from main areas of concern on the face. These places usually include the t-zone, chin and nose. The skin is then cleansed, toned and prepped to go. You might experience some pain directly afterwards, but this is nothing to worry about and should subside over the next hour.

The cost of an average extraction facial is anywhere between $50-$100.

So there you have it, the quick run-through of a typical extraction facial! Are you brave enough to try one?

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How To Get Rid Of Blackheads

Blackheads are a type of acne and are actually clogged hair follicles that appear as dark or black bumps on your skin, normally found on the face, back and shoulders.  They can develop into a pimple if the bacteria invades the hair follicle, causing inflammation and redness.  Although blackheads can appear on any type of skin, normally they are more common in people with oily skin.

Despite what some people may think, blackheads do not normally form because of dirty skin, but because of a number of other factors including your body producing too much oil, hormonal changes due to puberty or menstruation, a reaction to certain drugs and an irritation of the follicles when the dead skin cells don’t shed properly.  The formation of blackheads has nothing to do with the types of food that you eat.

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So how do you get rid of them?  Unfortunately the removal of blackheads isn’t something you should try at home.  By trying to squeeze them out yourself you’re likely to infect the follicles with bacteria and cause pimples to form, making the problem even worse than it already was.  So here are some of the most common ways to remove them safely.

  • Try an over-the-counter medication that you can apply directly to your skin.  These creams or pads contain benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol and salicylic acid which help to kill bacteria, dry out any excess oil and shed dead skin cells.
  • If you have a severe case then your doctor may prescribe you a topical medication or the contraceptive pill which have both seen success in the removal of blackheads.
  • Microdermabrasion is an exfoliating process where the top layers of your skin are gently buffed away taking with it the clogged hair follicles.
  • Chemical peels are another process for getting rid of clogged hair follicles as well as the dead skin cells that can lead to blackheads.  A chemical solution is applied to the skin and the top layers of skin peel away, leaving a smoother and softer surface.
  • Laser therapy can reach the lower layers of your skin without harming the top layers to decrease oil production or kill the bacteria.

If you want to try and prevent them in the first place then ensure that you wash your face morning and night to get rid of any excess oil and makeup.  Try using an antibacterial face wash that can kill the bacteria and an exfoliating scrub at least one a week that will remove any dead skin cells.  When you choose a moisturiser make sure that it’s oil free so that you don’t make your problem worse.

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