What Are Ceramides and How Do They Work?

How to Remove Blackheads on Nose?

We all know that we really shouldn’t pick blackheads on our noses, but that doesn’t mean we won’t stop giving those pesky blemishes a heavy-handed squeeze. Yes, it can lead to enormous amounts of problems with your skin, but that never gets rid of the temptation.

So, with this in mind, we have gathered up helpful at home tips and tricks on how to get rid of blackheads on your nose.

Why do we get blackheads?

Blackheads are the result of the build-up of dirt, excess oil, bacteria and debris which clogs the pores then oxidises making the heads of the blemishes become black, hence the name, blackhead. They vary from other spots and whiteheads as the pore remain open and don't become blocked forming little pustules.

Blackheads are relevantly easy to get rid of and have a number of ways to treat and prevent them. The only thing you have to keep in mind is the fact that blackheads take about 20-40 days to reappear, meaning you won’t be able to permanently remove them, but will certainly be able to keep on top of your skin’s clarity.

How do I permanently get rid of blackheads on my nose?

As previously mentioned, the chances of permanently getting rid of blackheads on your nose are slim, but you can ensure your nose is clear of blackheads a majority of the time. Here are some tried and tested ways of getting rid of blackheads on your nose.

Use a clay face mask

Clay face masks are hugely benefiting for oily and blemish-prone skin types. They have the ability to draw out impurities from the pores that can lead to spots and blackheads. Try using a clay face mask once a week and you will see a noticeable difference with fewer blackheads and less oil produced. Don’t forget to cleanse the skin beforehand to remove any traces of makeup or bacteria and use a face scrub to exfoliate the skin to remove any build-up of dead skin cells that can prevent the clay mask from clearing out any blocked pores.

Use an exfoliate on the skin

There are two options for you to choose when it comes to exfoliating the skin, physical exfoliants are face scrubs or tools that you have to physically work into the skin to slough away any build-up or debris from the skin surface. Chemical exfoliants come in liquid form and are more commonly known as AHAs and BHAs, these work by soaking cotton discs and swiping them across the face allowing the facial acids to dissolve the bonds holding dead skin cells to the face and buffing away any bacteria or debris. Whichever you decide on both will work at exfoliating away any build-up of dirt and other skin clogging concerns allowing your skin to remain clearer for longer.

Try a retinoid

You have no doubt heard of or know about retinoids, though they do come with quite a large list of dos and don’ts they are still clinically proven to be the most effective at clearing any blemishes and calming blemish-prone skin by accelerating the skin’s exfoliation. To find out more about retinoids you can check out our blog post about the skincare benefits of retinol and how to use them. You will really notice an astonishing difference in your skin after persistently using retinol for up to 12 weeks.

Book in for a professional extraction or facial

If the previously mentioned methods are a little too time consuming for you then the best bet is to book a professional treatment, be it extraction or chemical peel.

With a professional treatment, you will have the peace of mind that the beauty therapist has extensive knowledge and undergone years of training and practise to know the best way to clear the clogs from the pores without causing any damage to the skin. In regards to the chemical peels, the facial acids used will be of medical level and are extremely potent meaning you will see results a lot quicker than using at-home products.

Change up your routine and makeup

Avoiding products that contain oil or have a heavy, creamy texture when you are wanting to rid the nose of blackheads is not ideal. Those products will be too rich for the skin and will cause the pores to become clogged. Switch up your makeup and skincare products to lightweight and oil-free to give your skin the care and coverage you are after without any unwanted breakouts.

What Are Ceramides and How Do They Work?

Ceramides, you may have heard the word floating around and have a vague understanding that they are a powerful anti-ageing ingredient. If you don’t however, you’ve come to the right place as we are going to clear a few things up about ceramides and what they actually do for the skin.

What are ceramides?

Ceramides make up about 50% of the skin’s epidermis making them a highly important molecule to the overall appearance of your complexion. They are a class of fatty acids naturally found on the skin, also known as lipids which enable the skin to retain water, keep its appearance firm and plumped whilst keeping the protective barrier fully functioning. In other words, ceramides are vital for keeping you looking youthful and protected from environmental aggressors. The levels of these ceramides found the skin begin to deplete and production significantly drops over the age of 30+ which is why the skincare industry has developed a great fondness of these skin-replenishing powerhouses and you will undoubtedly find ceramides to be hiding in the formulas of your favourite skincare products.

What do ceramides do for the skin?

Ceramides are like the glue, keeping everything connected and able to work properly. By holding the healthy skin cells together the protective barrier remains intact and able to withstand any stresses the skin encounters every single day. From pollution, UV rays and harsh elements, all of which cause damage to the skin allowing free radicals to set up camp on the face creating an assortment of concerns like ageing, with fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin texture, pigmentation and blemishes.

Fast facts about the benefits of using ceramides in your skincare routine:

Your skin naturally produces ceramides which deplete as we age or encounter sun damage.

Ceramides keep the skin looking young, feeling firm and keep the skin’s protective barrier functioning properly.

Ceramide enriched skincare products that are applied topically can help keep the levels of ceramides in the skin high.

Pollution, UV rays, weather elements, central heating etc are all environmental aggressors that can cause damage to the skin’s protective barrier

Natural or synthetic, the skin just adores ceramides and will reap the benefits of having them consistently present in your daily routine, be it topically applied in a nourishing moisturiser, or in a diet rich with soybeans, eggs, wheat germ, brown rice and supplements. Just be sure you have a good understanding of oral ceramide supplements to prevent any interference with your cholesterol. Always consult your GP before taking any new supplements.

Do ceramides skin care products really work?

You may be questioning the ability of ceramide skincare products and whether or not they actually work. Seeing as ceramides are naturally produced in the skin you may feel using skincare containing them could potentially be a waste of time, effort and money. What you have to remember is that whilst we age, our skin’s natural levels of ceramides deplete replacing a healthy, plumped complexion that is full of bounce with one that is dry, dull and showing various signs of ageing. This is when ceramide enriched skincare products step in to help keep the glue holding on to skin cells and skin barrier working.

How do you use ceramides?

Applying ceramide products will not only keep the levels up giving you vibrant, glowing skin, you may also like to know that certain types of ceramides formulated into skincare encourage the natural production of your ceramides. So, you will definitely want to add them to your routine and pretty quickly. Though it may be tempting to slather your skin with ceramides throughout every step of your regime, it is best to opt for serums and moisturisers due to the fact you leave them on for a longer amount of time compared to cleansers allowing the ingredients to absorb into the skin. Apply these serums and moisturisers in the morning and evening to get the ceramides busily working away, you can even apply them on your hair, lips and body too.

Are there any side effects to using ceramides?

Seeing as ceramides naturally occur in the skin it generally means they are safe to use with little to no known side effects. You are also able to introduce them to your routine with other skincare ingredients, such as glycerine, to form a powerhouse duo with skin-replenishing benefits. Other ingredients such as AHAs and BHAs are also fine to use with ceramides, mainly due to the fact each of them works on different layers of the skin so there are no signs of power struggles.

Much like every skincare product that you have not used previously it is always advisable to consult your GP or dermatologist and to perform a patch test for 24 hours beforehand. So, now you hopefully have a better understanding of what ceramides are and what they do for the skin. Luckily for us all, they are the perfect ingredient to add into our routines, your skin will thank you tremendously for it, you might even say that you’ve discovered the fountain of youth, and to think, it’s been in your skin this entire time! I know that at times the beauty industry seems like a terribly confusing place, with constant new ingredients to learn about, must-have products to try or buzz words to understand. The thing to remember is, is that everyone’s skin is different and you may find that your friend’s routine does absolutely nothing for your skin. The best thing to do is to get a better understanding of your skin and the rest will make a lot more sense, if you are wanting to know more, you can check out our blog post all about figuring out what your skin type is and the full guide on the 4 most common skin types.

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