Black Heads!!

Horrid little things aren’t they?
In fact blackheads are not caused by dirt. Inside a typical blackhead you will find dead skin cells, sebum (oil) and hair. Yep, that’s right, hair. That is because blackheads occur inside hair follicles.

Your skin renews itself every month and old cells are shed from the surface. In fact most of the dust around your home is actually your own dead skin cells. The dust mites love it! Nom mom!

Anyway, some of these dead skin cells can actually clog up the opening of the hair follicle, plugging it up preventing the hair and oil flowing onto the surface. ( the oil is skins own moisturizer) The oil becomes waxy and together with the dead cells forms a plug. The hair is also unable to escape so it curls up and grows inside the hair follicle. I heard once when a blackhead was extracted they found 18 hairs inside it!

The clogged pores appear black from the surface because as the UV light hits the skin, the skin produces melanin (skins pigment) which turns the blackheads dark. So it’s not the dirt that makes blackheads dark it’s the blackheads’ suntan!

So how to get rid of blackheads?

1. Use an oil balancing cleanser, but be careful not to strip your skin because this will cause the skin to produce even more oil

2. Exfoliate 2 to 3 times a week to remove excess dead skin cells

3. Use a deep cleanser or a specialized product to soften up blackheads and draw them out

4. BHA serum are excellent as they exfoliate the pores from inside out

5. Masks are one of the fastest acting treatments to treat open pores, clogging and blackheads. They draw out impurities, detoxify and refine the skin. You can use a mask once or twice a week.

6. Using a moisturizer especially prescribed for open pores, oily skin or skins with clogging and blackheads will be beneficial. This treatment creams will continue working on your skin throughout the day and prevent any further problems from occurring.

7. Use a sunscreen to prevent those blackheads from getting a suntan and make look worse. In any event, a sunscreen is a must for all skin types.

Our favorite esthetician, Meredith Montemayor found this on The Beauty Business Facebook page and thought it was a good share.  We hope you enjoy.


About RIAH Hair Studio

How We Came to Be . . . RIAH Hair Studio In May 2011, the former Salon Rage of Southampton, Pennsylvania relocated to a new space and changed their name to RIAH Hair Studio. RIAH? (pronounced 'Rye-Ah') Yes, it's "hair" spelled in reverse. Donna originally established Salon RAGE in March 1999. The salon delivered comprehensive hair services to the surrounding communities. As a seasoned beauty industry professional for over 29 years, Donna believed in education, not only for her stylists, but for her clients as well. This prompted her to open this first salon where she could foster such a dynamic environment. After 10+ years in Southampton and a desire to move closer to her family, in 2011 she relocated her business to Furlong, Pennsylvania in the heart of Bucks County. Re-emerging as RIAH Hair Studio, Donna has created a modern, contemporary, urban loft design experience located on the corner of York Rd & Edison-Furlong Roads, at the Village Corner in Buckingham Township. RIAH Hair Studio is an intimate boutique salon that is relaxing, comfortable & social, providing the "Right Attitude" from the team resulting in a "Great Experience" for their clients. It's the "RAGE" she carefully develops to this day. The stylists are continually certified in the latest hair techniques (color, cut, design, styles, tools, products, and fashion trends). Their clients, female, male, young or mature, enjoy the benefits of this extensive training. Additionally, they are taught how to re-create and maintain their RIAH experience until the next appointment. It makes RIAH Hair Studio stand out as one of the most referred-to salons in Bucks County! When we have the opportunity to see you in our new space, we'll provide you with the "Right Attitude & Great Experience" as we have always strived to do. Happy Day! from Donna & the Team at RIAH Hair Studio View all posts by RIAH Hair Studio

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