Ever seen those flesh-coloured bumps all over your forehead or cheeks? Seemingly headless and unpoppable, closed comedones form when a combination of dead skin cells, oil and bacteria build up and plug a hair follicle. They are covered by a layer of skin cells, which explains why they don’t look like the typical red, angry-looking pimples.
Some people are more prone to them. It could be caused by the products used, fluctuating hormone levels, or increased sebum production that’s common in acne-prone, oily skin.
And because closed comedones are not fully exposed on the surface of your skin yet, it can be difficult to treat topically. But don’t let that get in the way of achieving pleasantly smooth skin. We share some tips to help you tackle these pesky bumps.
1. Always cleanse properly
Do this every morning and evening. Cleansing your skin is the first step in clearing the impurities and gunk from your skin. If you’re wearing makeup, remove them with an oil cleanser before following up with your usual face wash.
You can also use a gentler cleansing product in the morning still does the job of removing oil and debris from the skin without being irritating to the skin. It’s important that the cleanser doesn’t dry out your skin – otherwise, a compromised skin barrier can overproduce oil, leading to clogged pores, oily skin and breakouts.
2. Use chemical exfoliants
Since closed comedones are hidden clogged pores, using a chemical exfoliator can exfoliate the top layer of the skin and “unglue” dead skin cells. They break down the bonds between oil, dead skin cells and other impurities that are responsible for clogging your pores, preventing new comedones from popping up.
Use toners or serums that contain ingredients like salicylic acid or glycolic acid, which help reduce sebum secretion and promote a refined complexion. Retinoids are also great for stimulating cell turnover to prevent build-up and accelerate the natural ability of skin cells to slough off, allowing the closed comedones to clear up.
To help you deal with troubled skin, our OXY Clear treatment helps to regulate sebum production and prevent the skin from getting clogged that will lead to breakouts. Containing Ichthammol Salve, an oil obtained by distillation, this remedy medicine targets acne-prone skin to address comedones, oily skin and acne.
Adonis is also having a limited-time promotion for our OXY Comedone Set! Starting from 12 Jan to 11 Feb 2021, this set comes with a free facial (worth $180) and 3 free blackhead mask sachets (worth $28) – for just $78 (inclusive of 7% GST) only! The OXY Comedone Set works to eliminate blackheads and unclog pores for optimal skin clarity.
3. Avoid picking
You may be tempted to push and pick around a closed comedone to try and get it to pop. But this will only make things worse. Trying to squeeze out the bump will ultimately increase the risk of an infection, causing them to spread more under the surface of your skin.
Picking can also result in more inflammation, and pimples will start to develop. Be patient and let the skincare products in your arsenal do their job effectively to get rid of your closed comedones.
4. Get a professional extraction done
Aside from making changes to your skincare routine, consider getting a physical extraction done for those stubborn comedones. Be sure to go to a professional and experience aesthetician to carry out the procedure safely and effectively for the best results.
Extractions can be extremely helpful to remove the plug causing the blemish, slough off accumulated dead skin on the skin and reduce comedones. Here at Adonis, our Auras Detox Facial includes deep cleansing, cold mist therapy, extraction and metabolic face massage to clear congested pores and re-energise your skin.
This 75-min facial package offers numerous benefits, from treating acne, reducing pigmentation to boosting blood circulation for a more refreshed complexion. New customers can enjoy our facial promotion at $51.36 (after 7% GST) for one session, limited to 1 time per pax. Let Adonis help you regain clear, smooth skin again!