Whitehead. Just scanning your eyes over that word (or the mental image it conjures up) probably gives you instant shudders. When it comes to skin problems, they’re the worst — popping up at the most inopportune moments (but really, is there ever a good time for one?), narrowing all focus to that one zit. How can you see anything else but that little (a.k.a. BIG) guy?
Without trying to further gross you out too much, let’s talk for a second about what a whitehead actually is. This particularly bothersome pimple is a combination of sebum (oil) and the dead skin in our follicles, explains Seabron Pelc, senior medical aesthetician at AOB Med Spa. “They stick together, creating a ‘plug,’ and are then used as a food source for bacteria. The lining of the follicle wall gets irritated, resulting in what we call a whitehead.”
So, how do we make sure this never occurs? And, if it does, what is the best way to deal with it? We chatted with Pelc and some other industry experts, and came up with your cheat sheet to living a whitehead-free existence. Wouldn’t that be nice?
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Like most quotes, it means different things to different people. I like to think it means that someday in the future, if I’m lucky, my heart will brim with knowledge and love gleaned from a rich life of experiences and time with friends and family.
2. Babies in raincoats
Can I still call her a baby? I know she’s officially a toddler. She turns 2 in March (!). I can’t even believe that.
3. Cocktail-ing skin care products
The new year has me thinking about skin care, like ACID TONERS. I just ordered the famous Biologique Recherche P50 1970 toner last week, so I’ve been doing this intense multi-step process in the morning and at night, and ya know what?
I’m already over it.
Even when I’m multitasking and doing other things, I get antsy and want to get on with my life as I’m waiting for two separate layers of toners dry, followed by three separate serums that take a couple more minutes each…
My routine at the moment is up to 10 steps, and that’s JUST the morning.
It might be overkill, I know, but I don’t want to give up yet. I have started mixing products to save a little time, though. I blend two of the serums together in my palm, then pat the concoction on my face and neck. Same with my moisturizers. I used to apply a layer of face oil, wait, then do a separate face balm, but now I just mix the oil and balm together and plop them on.
In my perfect skin care scenario, I would only do three or four steps max. Dunno if I’ll ever get there, but I keep trying.
4. Label makers
I’ve been labeling everything with mine lately, and I mean EVERYTHING.
Yeah, it looks totally geeky, but who cares? My life is way less chaotic when I have a label telling me exactly where something goes after I use it.
Thank you, Epson Label Printer!
I tend to put things in the most random places, BTW… Which is probably why I lost my glasses, haha!
This stuff is so delicious! The honey and vanilla are strong and sweet, but they don’t overpower the chamomile.
I got this to sip at night before bed, but I love it so much that I have a cup during the workday, too.
What have you been loving lately? Your car’s butt warmers (shout-out to Ruchita)? Wearing red lipstick as a stain (KIM!)? Cats who give their assistants Sephora gift cards (Kitty Face)? Inquiring minds want to know. 🙂