You’re never getting rid of your blackheads – and here’s why you shouldn’t!

Sebaceus filaments

Sebaceus filaments

You know that eternal combat against blackheads? The never-ending search for a product, that would minimize your pores and make your skin clear and smooth? I have some bad and some good news for you.

They aren’t blackheads! And therefore – you can’t just squeeze them out. In some cases, anyway.

If they aren’t blackheads, most likely they are sebaceous filaments. A natural part of you, that belongs to your skin. They are a tiny collection of sebum + dead skin cells around a hair follicle. Some people have perfect skin and they aren’t visible but with – let’s say oily skin – they are visible and can be mistaken for blackheads. I have sebaceous filaments. A lot of them. I have some blackheads too – but it’s important to spot the difference.

A blackhead is just that – a clogged pore with a black head. It’s quite easy to spot (cause it’s black).

Sebaceus filaments look almost the same but they have grey, brown or yellowish head. And as I said – they are a natural part of your skin. They are smaller, but they can be bigger too if the pore is enlarged.  No matter how many times you extract them, they always come back. That’s how you know. Isn’t that kind of relieving?

Sebaceus filaments

Sebaceus filaments

Sebaceus Filaments

 Here is my skin in it’s all glory in HD: Sebaceus filaments, enlarged pores, blackheads, closed comedones and an oily but dry skin. All that brown spotting is sebaceus filaments/my pores. Here is another photo where you can see the difference clearly.

Okay – so you may have a skin where there are brown spots all over your face and you can’t get rid of them. And you just have to live with it. This is most likely the case – so you should prepare for that and embrace your looks anyway..

(And I am with you on this one ’cause I don’t have the perfect skin and will never have that. It’s okay too, pal. We don’t need to be perfect!)

.. but there are some products that you can use to help live with them and to not make them worse anyway, ’cause they can turn into blackheads (Sons of bitches, I know!). And needless to say the most important thing would be to eat healthy and drink lots of water – ’cause that has a huge impact on your skin condition.

Since the sebeceus filaments are your pores just developing sebum and hair they are likely to come up. To surface. At least that’s how my skin works – and it can even feel bumpy if I haven’t exfoliated it in a while. So the best product to keep your skin smooth – is to exfoliate.

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The best recommended products for treating SF or enlarged pores are BHA and AHA products. They are basically acids – and they help to exfoliate your skin without the physical irritation and to keep your pores cleaner. AHAs are water soluble and a bit more gentle to the skin and BHAs oil soluble and especially recommended for oilier skin. There is a lot of info on both of these on the internet but I found this article on this one amazing blog that I suggest you read.

There are AHA/BHA products for daily use and then there’s exfoliators and masks, that you only use once per week. I’ve mostly used products from the last group because it’s the easiest way to bring these acids into your skincare routine without drying out your skin. Usually all the brightening masks or products that promise glow include acids. If you haven’t tried a brightening mask you haven’t lived! They actually work – and the secret is in the gentle exfoliation (=brightening) they give.  I want to note that when you’re using BHA/AHA products your skin gets more sensitive to the sun and a sunscreen is a must have. Every day.

You can also exfoliate your skin with scrubs that work by just physically scrubbing your skin – but always be careful not to rub too much.

Here are some of the products I’ve been using to treat my skin.

Madara Scrub Review

MADARA SCRUB
This scrub is very traditional in addition that it’s actually very gentle. It’s oil based and it doesn’t strip your skin from it’s natural moisture. It transforms into a milk when water is added and it leaves the skin clean and soft. Definitely a favorite!

MADARA DETOX
This is a mud mask but it contains lactic acid. Mud masks are another great way of taking care of the SF. Mud absorbs sebum from the skin leaving it fresh and clean. A mud mask favorite! This is really purifying so if you have a dry skin, you might want to skip this.

Sosar Sacred Forest Peat Mask Review

Sosar Sacred Forest Peat Mask
I couldn’t make a list and not tell you about this. This is awesome. It’s pure peat and it dries quickly and absorbs all the excess sebum. It’s really effective so maybe not so good for a dry skin.

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner Review

COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
As you can guess, this is a mix of AHAs and BHAs which can be benefitial for getting the best results – if your skin can take it. This toner is really lightweight and it absorbs quickly. It can be sprayed straight onto the face which makes using it so quick and easy. It’s quite affordable too and the INCI list is really impressive. I tried using this daily for about two weeks but my skin didn’t like that. Before that I used this every once in a while after cleansing and I loved it that way. But in daily use this felt too drying especially now since it’s been minus 20 celsius outside. I still wanted to include this one here because there are different skin types and what didn’t work for me might work for someone else.

Pixi Glow Tonic Review

Photo is from Pixibeauty


Pixi Glow Tonic
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I tried the little bottle I got from my lookfantactic calendar and I wanted to throw it on this list too. That ‘Glow’ comes from a clear skin that you get by using glycolic acid (AHA) that is in this product. This is especially good for normal, dry or mature skin. This didn’t feel drying at all on my skin, but I didn’t get to see any major improvement in my skin in the quick week that the product lasted on me. This is  really affordable and looking at it’s INCI list I like that there are mostly natural ingredients in it, minus the fragrance that I could live without.

EkoPharma Anti-Akne Geeli Kokemuksia

EkoPharma Anti-Acne Treatment Gel 3 %
This is an amazing product that I learned to love at work. I used the pro-version (6 % that is only available on the facials done by professionals) on customers and sold many bottles of this. Since then I’ve been buying it for myself too. It’s extremely effective and therefore a bit drying too. You need to be careful with this. I quickly learned that it’s not that great for the whole face but works best for the problematic areas: areas with acne or red pimples. Also – it is applied on top of lotion so it’s the last product you should put on your face. It still works  and it doesn’t dry out your face and give you scarring that way. This is a natural organic product and the brand is Finnish – I’m not sure if it’s sold worldwide. But I bet there are similar products out there that I recommend for acne or bad, bad pimples.

I hope this post helped some of you. Let me know what are your favorite AHA/BHA products – would love to try something new!

Surprises in a box / unboxing Bearel Beauty Box

I love a good surprise. Especially if it contains cosmetics.

I know of three beauty boxes that are available in Finland – Livbox (which is very inexpensive but not very thrilling), JolieBox (which includes only eco products so it should be nice) and this beauty box that I got from Bearel. Bearel is this Finnish webshop that offers South-Korean skincare and makeup products. I’m interested in Asian skincare so it’s been exciting to test products and their beauty box is a great way to try out new products and get to know new things.

This box costs 45 euros which sounds like a lot but – let me tell you – it’s worth it. It’s actual worth is 60-80 euros and it contains awesome products with great content. Asian skincare products use a good amount of natural ingredients in them (like all cosmetics really) combined with high technology. All new skincare things seem to come from Asia, am I right? I’ve looked through the products’ INCI-lists and I am convinced. Most of the products don’t include mineral oils, parabens or alcohol.

Anyway – let’s unbox and see what South-Korean products there are here!

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These were the products:

COSRX – AHA/BHA Clarifying Toner

A toner that suits all skin types. I love a good AHA/BHA product and think that they really help with clearing up the skin and making it look younger and brighter. A chemical exfoliator keeps your pores clean and helps to prevent blackheads or spots. I’m still on tretinoin so I can’t use this yet but I can’t wait to try this out!

Benton – Snail Bee Mask

I love sheet masks. They’re a wonderful luxury to my skin regime. They don’t need rinsing off so all the ingredients can just absorb to the skin and work their magic. The sheet dries out after 10-20 minutes and you can just throw it out and pat the excess product into the skin. This particular mask was lovely – it was really refreshing on a monday after a long weekend. It left my skin moisturized, soft, glowy and it evened out my redness.

Innisfree – No-Sebum Mineral Powder
A mineral powder that has mint in it. This made it to my favourites quickly! I  love the packaging – it’s cute and handy. The powder is really fine and feels amazingly soft on the skin. It’s easy to apply, it works great and I love the scent.

Missha – Super Aqua Snail Hand Cream

A very light and quickly absorbing hand cream that includes snail extract. My hands get irritated of the constant washing  and sometimes develops rash and I’ve noticed that snail serum helps them to heal quicker. This hand cream keeps my hands healthy and soft. I use it every evening. I love the packaging of this also – Missha seems to have good products and nice packaging!

Missha – Perfect Deep Cleansing Oil travel size

A good makeup cleanser is very important in skincare. An oil cleanser is a really good option ’cause oil dissolves makeup and sunscreen effectively. Oil cleansers work for all skin types from dry to oily. This oil cleanser contains for example tea tree oil which is antibacterial and calming. I love this product and I’m gonna buy the full size as soon as I run out of philosophy’s purity. It’s been my holy grail makeup cleanser but this is just as good and it’s cheaper!

2 x colourful hair donuts

.. I mean hair donuts can be cool, right? I’m bringing them back! I think these are pretty and I’ve used them every day ever since I got them. My sisters said that they don’t even look that bad on me. I’m sure they’re secretly jealous. These feel super comfortable and soft. Please tell me I’m not the only hair donut fan out there? The more colourful the better?

+ samples for example that super sweet panda hand cream!

Bearel’s beauty box is only available in Finland so I will not get into that any more but if you live in Finland and are interested – you can find more info by clicking here.