In my previous post just a few weeks ago, I tackled one of women's (as well as men's) biggest skin problems -- blackheads. I lined out tips on how to get rid of them and also gave out some advices on how to prevent getting them again. From that day on when I wrote the article, I was in a perpetual hunt for products to fight those pesky pepper-like dots. I found 3 of the best products that you may want to include in your skincare regimen to help you banish those blackheads.

Cleanser: Boske Cleansing Oil
Probably compared to Shu Uemura's best selling Cleansing Oil, this also removes makeup and debris without the use of pore-clogging oils. The main difference though is that Boske's version dissolves blackheads aside from make-up -- a benefit that no other brand of cleansing oil claims to have. I was skeptical at first that there's a better cleansing oil than Shu Uemura since I've been using Shu for 5 years now. I tried it though since as I said above, I'm in a relentless hunt for anything that gives me hope for my pesky blackheads. After trying it on my face one night, it left my skin feeling refreshed, not oily or with an oily residue. It didn't transform the oil in a milky texture though unlike Shu Uemura, but my face felt well cleansed and free of debris. 
 
Key Ingredients: Barley Extract that acts as an astringent soothing the skin; Squalane that brings moisturizes the skin; and Sandalwood Extract that has a calming, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties.

Visit www.jeunessemanila.com or contact Jeunesse Dermaceutical at 02-6723599 for price and distribution details of Boske Cleansing Oil.


 
Exfoliant: St. Ives Apricot Blemish and Blackhead Control Scrub
I've used this exfoliant first when I was in high school. I really didn't need it back then but I guess the beauty junkie in me just wanted to try any beauty product that was given a multiple five-star reviews. I remember it being too harsh on my skin but when I tried to use it again now, the texture didn't feel harsh on me anymore. I read somewhere that St. Ives reformulated this thrice and now has come up with the best formulation with the best texture yet. After using this scrub four times in last seven days, I noticed that majority of my blackheads were gone. It really felt as though I had found a miracle scrub, especially since nothing else had ever worked so fast for me. I also felt that my pores breathe better and any dry flaky surface sloughed off. No wonder it's America's #1 scrub!

Key Ingredient: 2% salicylic acid as medication; Apricots rich in vitamin A that acts as an antioxidant, nourishing and making skin look fresh; Corn kernel mean that promotes skin cell turnover and regeneration. Walnut that helps newer and healthier skin come to the surface.

St. Ives Apricot Blemish and Blackhead Control Scrub is available in all leading groceries, department stores and beauty stores nationwide at ₱280.00 ($6.00 in the US).


 
Topical Medication: Adapalene (Differin)
This medicine is a retinoid-like compound used to treat blackheads as well as acne and may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor. Adapalene helps in treating blackheads by modulating skin formation and controlling excessive sebum. This medication also regulates the oil production in the skin and also contains an exfoliant that helps in sloughing of dead and damaged skin cells. Adapalene is available as a topical gel for acne treatment and should be used only with your doctor's prescription. At first, it seems like my condition worsen on initial usage but it got better within eight to 12 weeks once you start using the product on a regular basis. If your doctor cleared you to use it, I advise you to be very patient and do not expect overnight results with this medication.

Key Ingredient: Adapalene (Differin) that is said to be more effective than tretinoin 0.025% gel in the treatment of acne and blackheads.

Visit Dermhealth Clinic in Jupiter Place Bldg Makati or contact Dr. Dave Co at 02-8953283 for consultation to confirm if you are viable to receive prescription for Adapalene. Adapalene is also available in his clinic.