Preparation, preparation and yes Preparation

A new client asked me this week if there is an operation, which could be get rid of blackheads….  He was deeply troubled by these random (in his words) black holes on his face.  So I thought if the poor guy was devoting so much thinking time on surgically removing them – I would dedicate a whole blog to the removal of black/whiteheads and spots.  BK this is dedicated to you.

First of all I want to clarify, that to the best of my knowledge there is no operation out there that can permanently remove blackheads and whiteheads. 


Sebum is our own natural lubricant/moisturiser – it is this fluid that can sometimes become blocked causing bacteria to accumulate in the tiny pores on our face and body causing blackheads and whiteheads, which can also then develop into pimples.

If the opening of the pore where the congestion is forming is closed as the skin is covering it – this is called a whitehead.  If the opening of the pore is open and the air is able to enter and oxidise the sebum it will turn dark and this is called a blackhead.  Its bit like an apple – when the apple is whole the air cant get to the white flesh but as soon as it is cut and left it will turn brown as the air is oxidising the apple. 


I know it’s quite satisfying to squeeze them out – but when done incorrectly I have seen people do more harm than good and have ended up scarring the skin.

Preparation is the key to effective cleansing and also to ensure that whatever you put on your skin works at its maximum.  So many people buy products and often wonder why they are not getting the results they want – apart from buying an incorrect product its usually because they don’t use them correctly.  Here are a few tips on how to cleanse your skin properly so that you can minimise the build up of congestion and effectively provide a clean base for all your products to do their job.

  1. Before cleansing, gently warm the skin with a hot flannel or by splashing with hot water for a few minutes to open the pores.  Once you have opened the pores, your product will be able to scoop out any impurities to give you deep clean.
  2. Steam your skin once a week.  Simplest way is to boil some water, pour into a large bowl, put a few drops of your favourite essential oil or herbs, hover your head over the bowl and cover with a towel to trap in the steam.  5-10 minutes is good once a week depending on your skin type.  Steam is also very exfoliating to the skin,Exfoliate and then immediately apply a mud mask straight after you have steamed your skin – as it will be soft and the pores open, the mask will be able to work much better at absorbing impurities.
  3. Finish by feeding your skin with nourishing oil, cream or serum. 
  4. Visit your Facialist once a month for a proper deep cleanse Facial

Observe your skin after carrying out the above recommendations and take note of the results achieved.  From here you can further customise and create a ritual that is ideal for you.  Please feel free to contact me with your questions at

Honouring The Beauty Within

Madhavi Krishna


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