Blackheads are a skin condition in which the skin pores become clogged. This can be a very complex and persistent problem. Blackheads usually appear on the nose, forehead and cheekbones, but they can also appear on the back, neck and chest area.
Surely many people are wondering how to remove blackheads. In this article you will find many great tips and recipes on how to remove blackheads naturally.
What causes blackheads?
Blackheads are clogged pores that occur due to excessive secretion of oils and sebum of the sebaceous glands. Also, dust, bacteria, and other impurities that come in contact with our face play a major role in the formation of blackheads. They are more common in people with oily skin and those who are susceptible to hormonal changes (puberty, pregnancy). Cheeks, nose and chest are the most sensitive areas.
Fortunately, there are several natural treatments that can be applied to remove blackheads and improve the existing skin condition. These natural treatments do not work miracles, so be prepared and patient if you really want to get rid of blackheads.
You can easily do this spa treatment at your home. Steaming relaxes the skin and helps to open the pores and this is one of the best ways to get rid of blackheads.
- Boil 1L of water and pour into a large bowl.
- You can add a few drops of an essential oil (lavender, chamomile, rosemary…)
- Lean over the bowl and cover your head with a towel. Stay in this position for 5-10 minutes, until the steam opens the pores.
- If the pores are softened after the treatment, you can try to squeeze them out, but be gentle.
The alternative is to soak a towel in hot water, wring it and cover your face for a few minutes to achieve a similar effect.
Oatmeal face scrub
It is important to exfoliate the face regularly, with something that contains nutrients. You can easily make this scrub yourself:
- Mix equal amounts of honey and oatmeal (you can adjust the density if you want).
- Apply the mixture on your face and leave it on for at least 20 minutes.
- Before you remove it, gently massage the face a few minutes.
- Wash off the mask with lukewarm water.
Baking soda can be mixed with tap water until you get a thick paste. Mix the baking soda and water in a 3: 1 ratio until you get the desired density. Apply on your face, leave it on until it dries and then rinse. This mask is particularly effective if you steam your face before the treatment. Instead of baking soda, you can use clay to make a mask.
Apple cider vinegar
This is another great “option” that you can use to remove blackheads after opening the pores. When you have finished steaming, apply vinegar (in small quantities) to the face and let it dry. Do not rinse.
Honey and egg mask
This is an excellent mask to fight and prevent blackheads and it will make your pores firmer and your skin more hydrated.
- Mix a tablespoon of organic yogurt, a tablespoon of honey and one egg white.
- Apply the mask on your face and leave it on for 20-30
- Rinse with warm water.
Lemon juice face scrub
Lemon contains alpha hydroxy acid, which naturally removes dead skin cells. Mix equal amounts of lemon juice, honey and brown sugar, then rub your face with this mixture for about 5 minutes. You can leave it for another few minutes, then rinse. You can also mix fresh lemon juice with milk or rose water and use it as a face tonic, several times a week.
Tea tree oil
In order to prevent infections and bacterial propagation, use tea tree oil. This is very strong oil that can cause an allergic reaction, so it is best to dilute it before you apply it to your face. It can be diluted with aloe that has additional therapeutic and moisturizing properties in a ratio of 1: 9. Apply the mixture on the problematic skin area with a light tapping motion and let it dry. Do not rinse.
What to do and what not to do
- Drink plenty of water to keep your skin well hydrated. This helps in removing acne and makes the skin softer.
- Take care of your face and hair and keep it clean. Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.
- Change your pillowcase more often to prevent growth of bacteria.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially those that contain lots of vitamins A and E, because they nourish the skin.
- When choosing cosmetic products (creams, shampoos, makeup), always choose water-based ones, rather than those based on oil, because oil can cause clogged pores.
- Try not to wear too much makeup and always remove it before going to bed.
- Never squeeze all blackheads and when you do don’t force it, as this could only worsen the situation.
If you fail to remove blackheads and see no improvement after 8 weeks of doing these treatments, you should visit a dermatologist or a professional beautician who can help you solve this problem.