Battle with blackheads around your nose or chin seems to be never-ending. They are as annoying as the pimples so it is natural to want to get rid of them. Blackhead is a pore in the skin that is clogged with natural skin oil and debris which gets oxidized when it hits the surface of the skin.
A few ignorant people believe that the dark colors means that there is dirt in the pores and you don’t wash the face well, but what they forget is that an apple with turn brown when left open in the air. Similarly, the skin cells and natural skin oil will turn dark when it is exposed to the air.
Cause of Blackheads
To be honest, half of the battle is won when you are trying to banish the blackheads is by knowing what causes them. It is a myth that blackheads are a result of poor hygiene and you can avoid them simply by keeping the skin clean. The real cause of blackheads is the oil production in the skin. The other causes of blackheads are stress, cosmetics, seasonal changes, pregnancy, genes, smoking, caffeine, alcohol and lack of proper diet.
Home remedies to get rid of blackheads
Blackheads are not something that you want your boyfriend to see when you get real close. The word alone is not a good one. So, before it comes to a head, use these home remedies to get rid of blackheads:
#1 Clay Time
Bentonite clay is a well-known mineral that has rich healing properties and thus has been used for centuries to treat skin related ailments. Bentonite clay molecules have an electric charge when wet and thus, do a great job of extracting the oil and other impurities in the pores. Mix water or apple cider vinegar with Bentonite clay to form a thick paste. Apply this paste with clean fingertips to the face and let it dry for 15-25 minutes. Rinse off the paste with lukewarm water. Don’t forget to moisturize the face for best results. This mask draws all the blackheads and gives the essential minerals to the skin. Not only this, it even improves the circulation of blood which in turn improves skin health and skin tone. If you don’t want to get into the hassle of making the clay mask, you can even try the SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque. This mask will leave your skin feeling healthy and renewed as it is made from Bentonite and kaolin clay.
Believe it or not toothpaste is an excellent blackhead remover. Simply, apply a thin layer of toothpaste on the infected area and let it dry for 20-25 minutes. You might feel a burning sensation when you apply toothpaste, don’t fret, it is absolutely normal. This will remove the top of the blackheads, but you need to wash your face thoroughly to remove the underneath build-up. For best results, repeat this on alternative days for two weeks.
It is no secret that tomatoes have natural antiseptic properties and effectively de-clog the pores. So, peel and mash the tomato to use its juice and peel as a facial treatment. Apply the pulp on the blackheads before you go to the bed and leave it overnight on the face. In the morning wash your face with warm water and moisturize it. In case you have oily skin, then you must try Skinstitut Moisture Defense Oily Skin. It will protect the skin cells against pollutants and purification of the skin by removing the micro-particles.
#4. Gelatin Mask
Mix one tablespoon of unflavored gelatin with two tablespoons of milk together in a saucepan and heat it over a low flame to make a facial mask. Once gelatin is dissolved well, remove it from the heat and let it cool for some time. Apply the mask for about half-an-hour and then peel it. This mask will help you remove the blackheads naturally and quickly, leaving the face clear.
#5 Egg White
This is an excellent home remedy for getting rid of annoying blackheads. The egg white mask is used for tightening the pores to reduce the chances of blackheads and also remove them. Separate the yolk from the egg white and keep it aside. Rinse your face and pat it dry. Apply a thin layer of egg white on the skin. Next place a facial tissue over the wet egg white on the face and gently press it on your face. Let it dry. Apply a second layer of the egg white over the tissue. Once the mask is dry, you will feel tight. You can have as many as five layers for an effective facial mask. But just make sure that each layer is dry, or else the mask will not work.
#6 Milk and Honey Strips
Both these components are excellent for the skin. Honey is well-known for its antibacterial properties, whereas, lactic acid in the milk will help you keep the skin supple and soft. Mix raw honey with a teaspoon of milk to make an adhesive. Heat the mixture and when it cools down; apply a thin layer of it over blackheads. Gently, pat a strip of clean and dry cotton on it. Keep it for roughly 20 minutes and carefully peel the strip away. Rinse the paste with cold water and moisturize it as usual.
If used regularly, lemon juice can help in removing the dead skin cells as lemon is a natural astringent. Squeeze one lemon into a bowl and add a pinch of salt and mix it well. Apply the mixture on your blackheads and leave it to dry. Or it is best to rub some fresh lemon juice just before going to the bed and let it stay overnight. Continue this practice for a week’s time and you will be amazed by its results. If lemon leaves your skin dry, don’t worry; apply moisturizers after rinsing the face with lukewarm water.
#8. Apple Cider Vinegar and Mint Toner
Make a toner for yourself by mixing apple cider vinegar and crushed mint leaves. The apple cider vinegar breakdown the oil and dirt that causes blackheads, whereas mint has a cooling and tightening sensation on the skin. Mix the three tablespoons each of fresh mint leaves and apple cider vinegar and some water. Let this concoction stay for a week’s time in a cool and dark place. After a week’s time, strain it and refrigerate it for over six days. Then you can use it nightly. Rinse the face first with normal water and then use the cotton balls to apply this toner. Let it stay overnight and rinse off in the morning. Don’t forget to use the moisturizer as this mixture might leave your skin dry.
One last but not the least tip is to steam the blackheads out. Steam will not literally open the clogged pores, but surely help in reducing the appearance by softening the un-trapped dead skin cells that fill the pores.