If acne is a well-known problem for one part of the population, everyone is affected, more or less severely, by another evil: blackheads. These comedones are many’s nightmares and spoil the promise of a perfect complexion, especially since getting rid of them can be difficult. The reason for their presence is different depending on the person and there are many methods, natural or not, to make them disappear. Even if the miracle cure does not exist, we will still try to present you with several solutions to say goodbye to blackheads, but especially to focus on the black mask anti-blackheads which is one of the most effective solutions.
What are blackheads?
As the author of the Art of War said, know your enemy and know yourself. The black dot, also known as open comedon, is formed when a pore is blocked by a mixture of sebum and dead cells. Normally, this mixture should be released every day, but some factors prevent this evacuation and create these famous blackheads. They are mainly found on the nose and wings of the nose, but can also be seen on the T-zone (front, chin), which is often oilier than the rest of the face.
What are the causes of blackheads?
Several factors cause a person to have blackheads. Some can be easily corrected, while others are more complicated to change. Hormonal changes, such as at puberty or with pill use, sometimes alter the balance of the skin. The production of sebum is thus increased tenfold, and the evacuation is difficult. These changes can also be related to menopause: blackheads can strike at any age, not just growing adolescents.
People with mixed to oily skin are often more affected by open comedones. Their pores are more dilated than dry skin, which is clogged with increased sebum production.
But blackheads sometimes have modifiable causes. Indeed, an unbalanced diet promotes the appearance of open comedones. It is therefore enough to change one’s eating habits, by promoting vegetables and fruits, and by ignoring over-fatty foods, so that the skin rebalances itself.
Another easy cause to modify is the use of comedogenic cosmetics. Using a powder that clogs pores prevents sebum from venting and thus creates blackheads. Do not hesitate to turn to non-comedogenic products, which will allow the skin to breathe. It is also essential to remove the face at least twice a week. The scrub helps to get rid of dead cells that clog pores, and it regenerates the skin. But the unstoppable trick to eliminating blackheads is the black dot mask.
Applying a blackheads mask: an effective solution
To say goodbye to these unsightly comedones, there’s nothing like a black dot mask. To increase its effectiveness, it is advisable to take a steam bath before applying it (with the help of a facial sauna for example): heat makes it easier to open pores and remove blackheads. There are many types of masks to treat this problem: black dot mask, black coal mask, blackheads patch, etc. In the face of such a craze, many products have been developed and today’s market offers solutions suitable for all exchanges.
How to make a homemade black mask (DIY)?
Of course, if using cosmetics doesn’t seem wise, it’s always possible to create a natural black dot mask. All you need is two special ingredients: charcoal and aloe vera. However, it should be tested 24 hours before its tolerance to aloe vera; allergy risks are extremely rare, but they can occur. Do not hesitate to pour a few drops into the palm of your arm, to see if a reaction appears.
If not, you can use this recipe for natural black charcoal mask. You will need one teaspoon of activated charcoal powder, one teaspoon of aloe vera and another teaspoon of non-limestone water (or hydrolate). Mix until smooth. Apply your black charcoal mask to your problem areas for about 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water or with a damp towel. It is always advisable to avoid the eye area, which is very sensitive. Your skin should be free of blackheads and impurities.
Is the use of the black mask dangerous?
No, its use is not dangerous. However, precautions must be taken. A black dot mask must comply with European cosmetic standards, i.e. its labelling must be in French, so that the consumer can understand what is in the product, but also that it poses no danger to health. Some products made in China do not meet these standards and expose users to the risk of severe skin reactions. The products we have just presented to you obviously meet these European safety standards.
The artisanal manufacture of a black dot mask with glue and activated charcoal is also strongly discouraged. Many videos and articles have relayed this homemade recipe, but it carries some risks: the vapours of the glue can cause breathing problems and irritate the skin, in some cases.
Our opinion on the black mask and its effectiveness
The black dot mask is a very effective solution to get rid of impurities and usually captures a good portion of open comedones, especially if there has been a scrub just before. But there is one precaution to take: the pace of use of such a mask. It is advisable to apply it two to three times a week at most. It is therefore better not to follow the recommendations of the LuckyFine Black Dot Mask, which could, in the long run, damage the skin, even if it is up to European standards.
The skin is made up of several layers, the first of which protects the lower layers from external aggressions (pollution, mites, microbes, etc.). Some masks, if used daily, can damage the skin barrier and cause the opposite of the desired effect: a multiplication of imperfections.
That’s why you should always moisturize your skin after a black dot mask, whether it’s peeling off or rinsing. Assaulted skin tends to produce more sebum to protect itself, causing more impurities.
Thus, to make the result even more satisfying, it is advisable to pair it with other treatments in parallel. It is possible, for example, to use in tandem the two masks of L’Oréal Paris, which have a complementary action. Or to alternate between the two products of the Garnier brand, which are part of the same range. And of course, remember to moisturize your skin with proper care.