WHAT IS BLACKHEADS?
According to ULM (US Library of Medicine), blackheads are small as well as dark spots on our skin because of clogged hair follicles. The surface of blackheads looks dark brown or black. Basically, blackheads are a type of acne that form mainly on our face. It can also appear on the chest, back, arms, neck as well as shoulders. If you can remove your blackheads at its primary stage, you will be able to protect the growth of acne on your face.
1. Clay Time
Bentonite clay is a mineral rich healing substance that has been used for centuries to treat a number of ailments, chiefly skin related. Because of its molecules “electrical charge” when wet, it does an amazing job of drawing out oils or other impurities locked in your pores. When you apply the mask your skin gets to drink in all the minerals, while the clay simultaneously draws out the blackhead. It also helps with circulation, which helps with overall skin tone and health. You can mix the clay with water or apple cider vinegar, maybe sticking to the former if you have dry or sensitive skin. Experiment! This mask will make you feel like your face is tightening as it dries. Whether or not you let it dry entirely is up to your preference-I tend to let it dry most of the way and then just moisturize afterwards, but other people find that dries their skin out and irritates them.
You will need…
-1 tablespoon (roughly) bentonite clay
-Water or ACV
Mix in enough water or ACV to form a paste that is thick but still applicable. Using clean fingertips cover your face with a thinner layer of paste and let it sit for 10-25 minutes, depending on how long you are letting it dry. Rinse off with lukewarm water and moisturize as usual.
2. Egg White Mask
Egg whites form an easy mask that can be used to temporarily tighten pores, thus reducing chances of future blackheads, and will also remove current blackheads. Egg whites are also rich in nutrients for your skin, and are a little less drying than some other home remedies for blackheads.
You will need…
-Facial tissue or toilet paper
-A small bowl
-A clean towel
Separate the yolk from the white and rinse your face. Pat your face dry and then apply a thin layer of egg white over your skin. There are two ways to go from here-
Place a strip of facial tissue or toilet paper over the wet egg white, being sure to press it onto your face gently. Allow the first layer to dry. Carefully apply a second layer of egg white over the tissue (try dipping your fingers in it and dabbing it on so the tissue doesn’t slide around a bunch. Let this layer dry as well before applying a third (optional.) When the mask is dry, your face may feel tight-this is supposed to happen. Peel the tissue off, and then gently wash your face to remove any residue. Pat dry and moisturize as usual.
Alternatively, you can leave out the tissue and simply apply 3-5 layers of egg white, being sure to let each layer dry in between applications. If you do not let the layers dry, this will not work!
3. Honey and Milk Pore Strips
Milk and honey both have properties that are good for skin. Honey has antibacterial properties, and the lactic acid in milk is said to help keep skin soft and supple. The main purpose here though is, when mixed together, to act as an adhesive.
You will need…
-1 tablespoon of organic raw honey
-1 teaspoon of milk
-Clean strip of cotton
Mix 1 tablespoon of organic raw honey with 1 teaspoon of milk. Heat it for 5-10 seconds in the microwave, and then mix again to blend thoroughly. When it’s a comfortable temperature, apply a thin layer over blackheads, and then gently but firmly pat a strip of dry, clean, cotton onto it. Let dry (to play it safe, wait at least 20 minutes) and carefully peel the strip away. Rinse with cold water and moisturize as usual.
4. Cinnamon & Honey Strips
It sounds like a delicious candy, but cinnamon and honey make a wonderful combination for getting rid of blackheads. Again, the anti-bacterial agents in the honey can help keep away bacteria that are causing acne (not necessarily blackheads, but still a bonus) as well as act as the adhesive to pull out anything clogging your pores. Cinnamon improves circulation, and this increased blood flow gives your skin a smooth, healthy, glow.
You will need…
– 1 part cinnamon powder
-1 part organic, raw, honey
-Clean strips of cotton
Mix the honey and the cinnamon together until you have enough paste to cover the affected area. Apply in a thin layer over the blackheads and then press a strip of clean cotton over it. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes before removing and rinsing your face. Don’t forget to follow up with a moisturizer!
5. H2O Daily Blackhead Treatment
While pore strips and face masks work wonders, they can only be used several times a week to avoid drying your skin out to much. If you want to do something daily to prevent your blackheads, a gentle rinsing with water 1-2 times a day is the way to go. This keeps things that can make your pores appear larger-such as excess sebum and dead skin-flushed away and your pores clear. Be sure to use a light moisturizer when you are done to prevent your skin from trying to produce excess sebum to accommodate for dryness.
You will need…
-A clean fluffy towel
Twice a day splash your face with clean, fresh water. Pat dry with a soft towel and apply moisturizer as usual. I suggest doing this early afternoon (so you wash away anything that has built up in the first part of the day) and evening, but morning and evening works as well.
6. Toner for Tighter Pores
Since blackheads are caused by open, clogged, pores reacting to oxygen, it only makes sense that “shrinking” your pores down will help. Lemon juice is just the astringent substance needed to get the job done, however, it can lighten skin temporarily and it does make you sensitive to the sun, so load up on sunscreen if you plan on using this method in the summertime. If you have sensitive skin, try diluting the lemon juice with water first.
You will need…
-A small bottle
Rinse your face and pat dry. Squeeze the lemon juice into a small bottle and then use just enough to dampen a cotton ball. Apply to affected areas 3-4 times a week, at bedtime. When you wake up, rinse your face with luke-warm water and apply moisturizer as usual. Store the rest of the juice in the refrigerator for up to a week. Be aware-the juice can sting sometimes!
7. Sweat It Out
Although sweat glands and hair follicle pores aren’t the same thing, sweating can still help minimize blackheads. When you work up enough of a sweat, the liquid naturally flows over and softens/flushes anything clogging your pores. It is absolutely vital, however, that you wash your face immediately before and immediately afterwards, otherwise the affect can be detrimental. If you leave on make up or anything before this the sweat can carry it into your pores, and if you don’t wash afterwards not only is all that stuff still in there but now there’s dried sweat blocking up your pores as well. So on one hand sweat can cleanse pores, on the other; it could also clog them. Be sure to do it right from the start!
You will need…
-Motivation to exercise OR a steam room/sauna
-A clean fluffy towel
Rinse your face, than work up a good sweat. Rinse your face with water, than pat dry with a clean fluffy towel. Moisturize as usual.
8. Baking Soda & Water
A little baking soda goes a long way for blackheads, but don’t overdo it, as it can seriously dry out your skin thanks to its saltiness. While pH may or may not have a role to play in blackheads, the biggest reason baking soda helps is because of it’s small, fine, granules that can work as a natural and inexpensive way to occasionally exfoliate and remove anything clogging your pores (and therefore causing blackheads.)
You will need…
-1 part baking soda
Mix water with enough baking soda to form a thick, but spreadable, paste. Using a gentle circular motion, massage the paste into your skin. Rinse thoroughly with plain water, pat your face dry, and then make sure you moisturize.
9. Cleansing Sugar Scrub
Sometimes all you need is a good exfoliating followed up by moisturizing. Exfoliating does one very important job-it sloughs away dead skin cells. These are the skin cells that could potentially clog up your pores, leading to acne, whiteheads, and of course, blackheads. It also temporarily revives circulation and it leaves you with a healthy glow and soft skin. If possible use jojoba oil, as it is the oil (technically liquid wax) that most closely mimics our skins own sebum. If you don’t have jojoba oil, grapeseed, olive, or sweet almond oil are all fine substitutes
You will need…
-1 cup of sugar (brown or white)
-4 tablespoons of jojoba oil
-An airtight glass jar
-Essential oils (optional)
Mix 4 tablespoons of oil into 1 cup of sugar, stirring until everything is fully incorporated. Add several drops of essential oil for fragrance if you like. Store in a cool dark place in a glass jar for up to the shelf-life of the oil you chose to use (although if for some reason I haven’t used it all, I personally make a fresh batch after about 1 ½ months.) Stir before using and then wet face, scoop some scrub onto your fingertips, and massage it over your skin in circular motions. Rinse with water and moisturize as usual. Do this no more than 2-3 times a week, otherwise you risk drying out and/or irritating your skin.
10. Steam It Out
Steam may not literally open your pores (see blackhead myths below) but it can help reduce the appearance of them by softening up trapped sebum/dead skin cells that can fill out your pores and form blackheads.
You will need…
-A large bowl
-A soft clean towel
Fill a bowl with boiling water. Let it cool briefly, then cover your head with a towel and lean over it for 5-10 minutes to allow the steam to loosen anything in your pores (form the towel like a tent so no steam escapes.) Be careful not to get to close or you risk burning your skin. When you are done, rinse your face with warm water and pat firmly but gently dry with a clean towel (or gently wipe away the blackheads.) Moisturize as usual. Repeat this several times a week, or as needed.
Skin care is a balancing act-keep that in mind whenever you’re doing something that involves cleansing or washing (or pore strips.) Overdoing it is going to make matter much worse in the long run. Pore strips are great when you really need them, but it’s best to try and prevent the blackheads in the first place by keeping up a good skin care regime.
11. Apple Cider Vinegar & Mint Toner
Make your own toner by mixing together ACV and crushed mint leaves. The apple cider vinegar can help breakdown the stuff causing the blackhead, while the mint creates a cooling “tightening” sensation on your skin. If the area around the blackhead is swollen or irritated (e.g. you were picking at it even though you shouldn’t be) the menthol can help tame the inflammation. Inflammation can make it harder for whatever is clogging your pores to come loose in the first place.
You will need…
-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
-3 tablespoons of finely chopped/crushed fresh mint leaves
-8 ounces of water
Combine vinegar and mint in a small bottle and let it sit for 1 week in cool dark place. Strain, add a cup of water, and store in the refrigerator for up to 6 days. Use nightly, rinsing your face first with water and then using clean cotton balls to apply the toner. Leave on overnight or up to several hours (if you have sensitive skin) and rinse off in the morning. Follow up with a moisturizer.
12.Get Rid of Blackheads with Tomato Mask
If you want to try this mask, you just have to do nothing but to arrange a tomato!
Take a medium size tomato and mash it with fork or even with your hand. Apply this mask to your face or over your blackheads. Rub the area for 2 minutes. Leave it for fifteen minutes. After that was your face or skin.
Note: If your skin is dry, then you can also try to add some extra virgin olive oil with this tomato mask. It will make your skin soft. If your skin is oily, then do not try to use olive oil as it may increase the chance of acne. If your skin is normal, then it is your wish whether you want to try olive oil or not!
13.Use Sugar and Olive Oil to Get Rid of Blackheads Overnight
If you want to apply this solution, you have to arrange 1 teaspoon of sugar as well as one teaspoon of olive oil.
Mix olive oil and sugar. Rub it into the affected area. Rub this mask for 1 minutes. After that wash your face with clean water.
Note: If you have acne problems, then you need not to rub your skin. You can also add some lemon juice to get the best result.
14.Get Rid of Blackheads with Green Tea Solution
In the event that you use endless hours attempting to pop, rub, or concentrate clogged pores from your face, have a go at utilizing an all-common cure rather – green tea. Green tea is high in antioxidants, green tea not just diminishes oils and irritation on the skin, additionally serves to secure it from future harm. So next time you discover small dark obstructed pores covering your face, just brew up green tea to help ostracize the zits for good. If you want to apply this solution, you will need some items like one saucepan, drinking glass, soft towel, gentle face wash, cotton ball and 2 bag green tea.
- Fill your saucepan with 1 mug of water. Put on the stove and heat to the point of boiling. Remove the container from the stove. Place 2 green tea packs into water as well as let steep for half an hour.
- Place this tea mixture to another glass and Place the glass in the cooler and chill for one hour. Wash your face with a tender face wash or baby cleanser. Rinse well as well as pat your face dry with a delicate towel.
- Take the cotton ball and wet it with the chilled green tea. Dab this tea onto the clogged pores all over. Leave it on your skin for 15 minutes. Wash your face with cool water, dry completely, and apply skin cream or moisturizer to your skin. Repeat the same process for one week. You will get magical result.
Green tea also works great for severe acne. If you have severe acne problem, then you can also apply the same green tea solution, but in that case you have to continue this habit for at least six weeks and you have to apply at least once a day. You can also drink green tea regularly as it will help you to keep you healthy and it is also a great solution to treat your blackheads inside and out!
15.Try Toothpaste Solution
Blackheads basically happen when oil and dirt get caught in the pores and get to be solidly affected. Facial veils which dry on our skin help to draw out oil and dirt. As the veils solidify and draw out contamination, they can relax and even disclose clogged pores or even blackheads. Toothpaste works nicely to expectations in a comparative way by drawing out all the impurities as it solidifies.
- First of all, you have to clean your face legitimately with a tender as well as mild cleaning agent. Apply the cleanser and rub it for one minute, after that wash your face with warm water.
- After cleaning your face, apply a little measure of toothpaste on the clogged pores. Verify that you are utilizing the white minty toothpaste and not the gel sort. You can take a stab at utilizing Colgate.
- You can apply this before going to bed, otherwise permit the toothpaste to dry. This may take roughly 2 minutes. The toothpaste will dry out the oil and will decrease any swelling of the acne.
- Once dried, gradually and tenderly rub the toothpaste in roundabout movement to remove your blackheads. Your blackheads will gradually dislodge with the toothpaste. Wash your skin with warm and clean water for the best result.
Note: Do not use Gel toothpaste. Gel Toothpaste will not help you to remove your blackheads.
16.Toothpaste and Salt
If you need fastest result, then you can apply toothpaste and salt solution. It will give you fastest result.
First of all wash you face with mild face wash. Take 1tsp of salt and some toothpaste. Make a mixture and carefully apply this paste to your skin. Rub it for one minute and after that wash your face with clean and warm water. It will give you instant result.
Note: Do not let your skin dry before applying this mask. Do not use sea salt.Remember toothpaste can be quite irritating on the skin, so it is important that you use this treatment sparingly, using the correct technique.
17.Use Oatmeal and Rosewater to Get Rid of Blackheads Overnight
Oatmeal and rosewater remedy is also very popular. You just have to arrange some oatmeal and rosewater.
Take some oatmeal and 3tbsp of rosewater. Make a thick paste and apply it to the area where you are experiencing blackheads. Leave it for half an hour. After that wash your face with warm water.
Note: Do not leave this paste more than an hour!
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