Blackheads, those nasty-looking little black dots that gather, so persistently, on your nose, chin and even in your ears, what are they?! And more to the point, how do I get rid of them? Fortunately, how to remove blackheads is simple enough to answer. All you will need is a bit of information and some simple ingredients from the contents of your kitchen. Firstly, the information; this will help you know how to prevent blackheads in the first place and why these home remedies are efficient in removing them. What are these polka dots, which blemish your, otherwise, fine looking skin? And why are they black?
Blackheads are just spots in your open pores. There is no skin encasing these skin impurities. Therefore, the top layer of the pimple oxidizes, turning it that noxious charcoal color.
Natural ways to get rid of blackheads, take into consideration the need to purify the skin. The pollutants that we are exposed to, often daily, cannot be helped. Hormone imbalances may exacerbate the problem. As ever, diet is very important. If you use a lot of cosmetics on your skin this can be problematic. Either try to use less, or be very careful about cleansing your skin each day. Whatever the underlying reason for your personal blackhead explosion, these five home remedies will ensure that your skin is kept naturally exfoliated, cleansed and balanced, helping to remove blackheads quickly.
Honey Patting – This is a gentle process and is unlikely to cause inflammation creating blemishes and spots. Squeezing will cause spots. Honey Pat will not! Honey contains an antibacterial and anti-oxidant so using this on your skin will prevent the impurities in your pores from oxidizing and turning black. The Honey Pat couldn’t be simpler to do. Purchase some sticky honey, the stickier the better. With your fingers, scoop out some honey and gently pat the areas of your face that are speckled with blackheads. The honey will stick to the build up in your pores and literally pull it out. Do this for approximately three minutes and then wash your face first with warm water and then with cold. The cold water closes off your pores so that they are not so susceptible to becoming blocked.
Make a Natural Scrub and Exfoliate Once a Week – There are many natural exfoliators. As a general rule they all contain one smooth substance and one that is more grainy. A scrub made from nutmeg and milk is a gentle lotion, which will help prevent blackheads. The lactic acid in milk breaks down old skin cells magically disappearing blackheads as it does so. Honey, a dash of lemon juice, and a pinch of baking soda will also work. Go easy on the lemon so that it does not inflame your skin. Make your exfoliator by mixing the ingredients together until you have a gritty paste. Rub it into your face in circular motions. Leave for a few minutes and then repeat the process of washing off with warm water. Close your pores with a shock of cold.
Apply a Face Mask to Balance Oil Production – You want your skin hydrated but you don’t want it to be too oily. Natural facemasks are a great way of supporting your skin to achieve this balance. Honey is, once again, the wonder product. Apply pure honey to your skin for approximately 10 minutes. Then wash off with warm water. This will hydrate your skin without making it oily. It tightens the skin pores leaving your complexion clear. Another great mask (and yes, more honey!) can be made from combining two to three mashed strawberries, with one teaspoon of honey, and half a teaspoon of lemon juice. The beneficial acids (AHA) present in strawberries and lemons remove dead cells from the surface of the skin. This concoction also reduces oil production. Rub this mixture into your face in circular motions for two to three minutes only. Don’t leave it on like a mask. Rinse with warm water.
Steam with Hot Water – steaming opens our pores, helping the expulsion of those unwanted blackheads. Steaming is simple to do at home. You need a bowl of boiled water and a towel. Sit with your face over the bowl of hot water. Place a towel over your head, like a tent, so that the steam does not escape. Similarly, sitting for ten to fifteen minutes with a warm washcloth over your face will clear unnecessary oil from your pores. Close your pores with a splash of cold water after you have thoroughly steamed.
Use Natural Washes Daily to Reduce Oily Skin – Salt helps to reduce the oil in skin so using a little salt water to wash your face daily will keep your skin purified. Rose water contains Vitamin A. This is great for balancing oil production in the skin. Wash, cleanse, or tone, with this natural product.