Blackheads, also known as open comedones, could be unsightly and could irritate the person suffering from it. Blackhead occurs as a result of hair follicle’s orifice becoming clogged with dirt and sebum. The clog could then oxidize and turn black.
Blackheads are common on the face. However, they could occur on the your chest, arms, neck, shoulders, and back.
Factors that can increase the likelihood of a blackhead occurrence include hormonal changes, stress, improper skin care, excess use of makeup and genetic makeup.
Here are tips and good practices, to consider, when dealing with blackheads;
- Strive to cleanse your face at least twice a day with an appropriate cleanser for your skin.
- Ensure you exfoliate your skin once a week.
- Use a hydrating but non-greasy moisturizer on your skin.
- Avoid using harsh, chemical-laden facial scrubs as they could exacerbate the blackheads.
Below are 25 natural home remedies to get rid of blackheads;
Mint Juice and Turmeric
Turmeric is a spice with very potent healing properties. Its active ingredient, cucurmin, has antimicrobial properties that fights harmful organisms on the skin. Turmeric is also an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant spice. This helps it improve the overall facial skin texture. Mint juice cools the skin. Apply a pasty mixture of turmeric and mint juice to the face for 20 minutes. Rinse thereafter.
Clay Mask Therapy
Clay mask helps in absorbing dirt and other impurities from the face leaving your skin fresh and you pores open. Bentonite clay, especially, has antibacterial properties which help in getting rid of blackheads. Make a clay mask paste with clay powder and water. Apply, evenly, throughout the face. Leave on face for 10 minutes. Rinse and moisture face.
Potatoes are good for removing impurities from the face. This makes it an effective home remedy for blackheads. Apply a mixture of mashed potato and honey to the face. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse off.
Honey and Carrot
Honey has antibacterial properties that kills bacteria from the affected blackhead area. Carrot is rich in antioxidants and vitamin A for a healthy skin tone. This makes this mixture good for getting rid of blackheads, pimples and whiteheads. Apply a pasty mixture of honey and carrot to facial skin for 10 minutes. Rinse off thereafter.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider vinegar has multiple cleansing and antimicrobial properties. ACV is capable of killing bacteria present in the skin (antibacterial property) and cleanses the pores from impurities (cleansing property). Apply ACV to the face, and leave to dry, for 10 minutes. Rinse face with water. Dilute with water if you have a sensitive skin.
Aloe Vera has potent healing powers. Aloe vera soothes, cleanses and heals the skin. It also stabilizes facial oil production. These makes aloe vera potent for skin ailments such as acne, blackheads, and whiteheads. Apply the inner gel of aloe vera to the face. Leave for 30 minutes. Rinse off.
Crushed shelled almonds can be used as facial scrub to remove facial impurities and dead cells. Make a coarse paste of crushed almond and honey. Gently massage, in circular motion, on face for 5-10 minutes. Rinse off with water and moisturize.
Natural Facial Scrub (Lemon, Yogurt and Oatmeal)
The mixture of lemon, yogurt and oatmeal acts as a natural facial scrub. Lemon is rich in antioxidants and vitamins that keeps the facial skin healthy. Yogurt is a natural moisturizer and the oatmeal removes impurities from the face. Make a mixture paste of the above three ingredients. Massage on face for 5-10 minutes. Rinse off with water.
Activated charcoal is charcoal that has been treated to make it more porous. This increased porosity enables it absorb more dirt and impurities when applied to the face. It works really well when mixed with bentonite clay. Make a paste of bentonite clay and activated charcoal. Apply to the face. Leave for 10 minutes. Rinse and moisturize face.
Green tea absorbs impurities from the skin. It is also rich in antioxidants which wards off harmful free radicals. Thus making the skin glow. Make a paste of tea and water. Apply to face for 20 minutes. Rinse and moisturize face.
Lemon Juice and Salt
Lemon has antioxidants that improves the texture of the texture of the skin. Lemon also removes impurities and tightens the skin pores. Salt is a good skin exfoliant. Apply the mixture to the affected blackhead area and gently massage for 5-10 minutes. Rinse and moisturize skin.
Daily Water Treatment For Blackhead
While the other home remedies mentioned in this guide are to be done about three times a week to prevent excessive drying of the face, flushing the face in water should be done at least once a day to yield magnificent result from blackheads. Moisturize the face thereafter.
Baking soda has exfoliating, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is an effective way to get rid of pimples and blackheads. Mix baking soda with water. Apply to affected area for 15 minutes. Rinse and moisturize skin.
Cucumber Juice and Yogurt
Cucumber is rich in antioxidants and vitamins that improves the texture of the skin and also makes your skin glow. Cucumber is also good in removing facial impurities. Yogurt is a natural moisturizer. Apply a pasty mixture of yogurt and cucumber juice to the face. Leave for 10 minutes. Rinse off with water.
Aspirin has potent anti-inflammatory properties which reduces any blackhead swelling. It also aids in reducing the size of the skin pores which would help in preventing future blackheads or whiteheads. make a paste of crushed aspirin and water. Add honey, almond oil or lemon juice depending on your skin type. Apply this paste to affected area for 15 minutes. Rinse off and moisturize.
Steaming The Face
Steaming the face opens the skin pores and when used with another home remedy, would cleanse out impurities from the face. Face steaming also removes toxins from the face and improves blood circulation around the face.
Honey has multifaceted healing properties. Its antibacterial nature helps in preventing and getting rid of black heads. Apply honey to the affected area. Leave for 15 minutes. Rinse off.
Lycopene, in tomatoes, make it a potent antioxidant that is beneficial in getting rid of blackheads by removing skin-damaging skin radicals. Apply a paste of fresh tomato to affected part of the skin. Leave overnight and rinse thereafter.
Egg White As Face Mask
This face mask helps in removing blackheads, tightening pores and preventing the face from being greasy. Mix honey to raw egg white. Apply to face. leave for 30 minutes. Wash the face.
Minty Toothpaste and Cold Water
Mint toothpaste opens up the skin pores and kills bacteria while the cold water would close the pores and prevent future blackheads. Apply tooth paste to the affected part for 10 minutes. Rinse off with cold water. Moisturize skin.
Jojoba Oil and Sugar
Sugar is a good exfoliant while jojoba oil is an oil that closely mimics the skin’s natural sebum. Apply a mixture of jojoba oil and sugar to the face for 10 minutes. Rinse off thereafter.
Strawberry is a natural exfoliant. It is also rich in oxidants and vitamin C which help to improve skin texture and moisturizes the skin. Make a coarse paste of strawberry with lemon juice and/or honey. Apply to face for 15 minutes. Rinse face with water.
Lactic acid, in milk, helps breakdown and remove dead cells on the skin. Apply milk to affected part of the skin with blackhead and gently scrub that area for 5 minutes. Rinse off and moisture skin.
Fenugreek is very potent in treating blackheads. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and emollient properties and can be consumed orally or applied topically. Grind fenugreek leaves or seeds and make a paste with water. Apply this paste to the face for 20 minutes. Rinse and moisturize face.
Cinnamon is good for the face because of its antibacterial properties. Cinnamon also helps in good blood circulation and keeps the skin glowing. Apply a pasty mixture of honey and cinnamon to the face. Rinse off after 30 minutes. However, do a patch test to avoid any allergic reactions.
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