Blackheads are a type of acne, which can occur on any part of the body, especially the facial and shoulder areas. They are closed follicles loaded with keratin and other sweat gland secretions. After oxidization, these substances turn yellowish black. In comparison to other types of acne, blackheads are easy to remove with some easy adjustments to your daily skin care routine. Here are some tips on how to get rid of blackheads.
Honey and cinnamon
Honey is well-known for its natural antibiotic properties and it works by pulling out dirt from open pores. Mix 1 tablespoon of honey and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and then dab it onto the dry skin using your fingers. Rub it circularly for about three minutes before washing off with lukewarm water.
Egg whites help to pull out clogged dirt and tighten pores, giving you smooth, spotless skin. Take two eggs and remove their yolks. Smear the mask over the face into a thin layer. Let it dry for two minutes and then form a second layer with the remaining whites. Let the complete mask dry for an additional 15 minutes, or till the whites feel smooth on the hands and your skin feels a bit tight. Rinse off the whites with warm water.
There is a wide variety of cosmetic clay powder available in the market, each with the property to dry out oily pores and remove unwanted residue. Make a paste by mixing 1 tablespoon of clay powder and enough apple cider vinegar and then spread it over the face. Leave it to dry for 10-15 minutes and then wash off with warm water.
Oatmeal and yogurt
Yoghurt contains lactic acid while oatmeal mix boasts calming qualities which mix to create an affective blackhead remedy. Mix 2 tablespoons of whole oats, 3 tablespoons of yogurt and a few drops of olive oil and lemon juice to make a paste. Now apply it to your skin by rubbing it onto the affected part. Give it ten minutes to set, and then wash off with warm water.
Besides its many other health benefits, this leafy green can also help to remove blackheads. Make a paste by blending fenugreek with water. Spread the paste on the affected area and leave it for fifteen minutes, and then wash off.
Turmeric and mint juice
Turmeric and mint are great spices but they also have some special properties that make them one of the most effective blackhead remedies. Make a mint tea brew and let it to cool. Now take 2 tablespoons of the liquid and mix with 1 tablespoon of turmeric powder. Apply the mixture to your face and leave for ten minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Epsom salt cleansing solution
Mixing Epsom salt with iodine forms a bacteria-fighting formula perfect for getting rid of blackheads. Mix 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt, a few drops of iodine and hot water. Let this mixture sit for some time, stirring occasionally to ensure the salt is completely dissolved into the hot water. Now, use cotton to dab the mixture onto your skin. Allow the mixture to dry and then gently wash it off with warm water.
Lemon and salt exfoliant
The purifying qualities present in lemon and the scrubbing effects associated with salt mix to remove all the dirt in the pores. Mix together lemon juice, 1 tablespoon yogurt, 1 tablespoon salt, and some honey. Use this mixture to scrub the affected areas for 3 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
Green tea scrub
Besides being great to drink, green tea is also packed with nutrients which remove dirt and supply the skin with antioxidants. Mix green tea with water and then rub it over the face. Leave it for 3 minutes to set and then simply wash off with warm water.
The fine grain of the baking soda powder removes dead skin cells. Create a paste by mixing baking soda with water and then gently scrub your entire face in a circular motion. If you have bad blackheads, rub a thick layer of the paste onto your face and give it 5-10 minutes to dry before rinsing off.
Cornmeal with facial soap
Cornmeal can be an abrasive exfoliant when mixed with face wash. Mix 1 teaspoon of cornmeal with liquid facial soap and then gently scrub your face in a circular motion. Avoid scrubbing too roughly, as this may damage your skin. Use warm water to rinse the cornmeal-soap mixture off.
Spa and Chemical Treatments
One of the most effective ways to remove blackheads is exposing the affected parts to hot steam. The steam works by opening up all the clogged pores, thereby treating blackheads. Add some tea tree oil into the hot water and take steam for about 5 minutes. Never squeeze the blackheads, as it may lead to swelling or redness.
Pore cleansing strips
These are thin cotton strips backed with a sticky solution that dries to the face. Get your face damp and apply the strips to the blackhead-prone areas. Leave the strips to dry for about 15 minutes and then quickly rip them off to pull out the blackheads. This method offers instant results, but needs to be followed by one of the above cleansing routines to deliver long-term results.
Gels with salicylic acid will dissolve away dirt and dead cells trapped in your skin pores. Buy a salicylic acid gel from your local drugstore or visit the nearest spa for professional treatment. Apply the peel in a thin layer to the face, let it set for a few minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
This is a spa process in which a specialized brush and cleanser is used to remove dead cells from your skin. These are often available at spas and dermatologist’s office, but you may get at-home versions in some beauty supply stores.
None of these blackhead remedies offer instant results, but will deliver long-term results. Follow your remedy of choice daily for a couple of months to completely get rid of blackheads. If the blackheads still persist, you can visit a dermatologist.