Disclaimer- I am no doctor so I am only explaining it the way that I finally understood it myself. I am hoping with this post that it can help you too! I am really into proper skincare, and try to learn as much as I can to take care of my skin in a safe way!
For year and years (seriously until recently), I thought all the black dots on my nose were blackheads. They drove me crazy!! I would do a treatment for blackheads and they would come back the next day!
During my winter break, I started following different skin specialist on Instagram and just went through all of their posts and stories, trying to absorb as much information as I could! I learned so much and I am still learning so much!
I found out that the black dots on my nose are not blackheads! The black dots are actually sebum. Sebum is different from blackheads, because blackheads will be a little raised on the skin, while sebum black dots will be smooth. Basically, I learned that I was treating my sebum dots the wrong way!
Here are is what I have changed in my routine to get rid of the excess sebum on my nose in a safe way! AKA no more black dots!
1. Double cleanse! But not only double cleanse, cleanse first with an oil cleanser. I learned that cleansing with a cleansing oil really helps remove all the gunk on your skin!
-Here is what I use Oil Cleanser
2. Do not try to extra on your own!!! Do not use your hands- they are dirty!! You can do way more damage AKA scarring! I learned this the hard way, over and over again! Instead, use a safe extracting tool like this one. I use it 2-3 times a week, because it is gentle enough to do so (but each skin type is different so read the directions for how often your skin should use it!)After use, you immediately will be red, but that will go away quickly. After using it, your skin just feels sooo much lighter and once you see all the gunk that comes out, you will understand why!!
-Here is what I use Extractor and HIGHLY recommend!
*Tip- you have to have wet skin when you use this tool so I use this spray bottle to help me. It keeps me from making a watery mess (once again, learned this the hard way LOL) Spray bottle
3. Exfoliate 2-3 times a week. This helps remove dead skin which really just allows your face to be clean. I use Glymed Plus mainly but also use this Dermalogica as well.
- Here is what I use Exfoliator
Hoping these tips I have learned will help you as much as they have helped me!!