When it comes to caring for our skin, both men and women will do anything to keep it perfectly flawless and blemish free. Pimples and particularly blackheads are the worst to deal with. We poke, squeeze, and use other methods to remove blackheads, but they seem to miraculously return the very next day. The main culprits behind skincare issues are improper hygiene, hormonal changes, unhealthy eating habits, and stress. All these influences lead to excess production of oil which clogs the pores and become breeding grounds for bacteria which lead to inflammation of the skin pores.
Blackheads form easily when a clog develops in the opening of hair follicles in your skin. Each follicle contains one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces oil, called sebum, which helps keep your skin soft. Dead skin cells and oils collect in the opening to the skin follicle, producing a bump called a comedone. We see them on chins, foreheads and our noses. These can send us rushing out to buy blackhead removal strips or try expensive skin care treatments. But before you do, there are some natural home remedies you may want to try first. They can help you get rid of blackheads without damaging your skin or costing a fortune.
A clay mask is a perfect medium to use on your blemished skin since it treats acne, moisturizes, exfoliates and detoxifies. So whatever is hiding in your pores, like dirt, excess oil, makeup and bacteria will be absorbed by the clay. There are several types of clay you can use on your face. I like using a combination of Bentonite and Activated Charcoal clays.
Bentonite clay, also known as Montmorillonite clay, is made from aged volcanic ash. It’s a powerful healing clay for those looking to help detoxify their bodies and defend against illness. Bentonite has lots of skin loving nutrients like silica, iron, sodium and calcium. Bentonite clay also benefits the body because it has the ability to produce a charge that is electrical in nature when it comes in contact with water. This allows the clay to bind with impurities and pull them out of our pores. Bentonite also tones and firms skin, tighten and shrink large pores, and controls oily skin.
Activated Charcoal clay can help you attain that coveted flawless complexion we’re desperate to have. It’s super absorbent powers, 1000 times its own mass, will draw bacteria, poisons, chemicals, dirt and other micro-particles from deep within our cells to the surface of your skin. Charcoal can also be used to treat some poisonous bites and disinfect some wounds.
Crack open an egg, remove the yoke, and lightly whisk the egg white. Apply a very thin layer of the egg white and let dry completely. After the first layer dries, repeat the process twice more. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes and then gently scrub the egg away with warm water.
Pure raw unfiltered honey possesses antibacterial and antiseptic properties. These properties help remove blackheads by destroying germs or impurities that clog pores. Honey also acts as a natural antibiotic, helping to pull dirt from the pores of the skin to clear blackheads as well as tightening and hydrating the pores for a clearer complexion.
So, if you’re looking for an effective method that does not require any drying time, making it the quickest home remedy for removing blackheads, then you’ll simply need some honey. Dip your fingers in a jar of honey and then begin scrubbing your face with the honey. You should notice that the blackheads and other impurities stick to your honey-coated fingers. Wash off with your favorite natural cleanser and follow with an organic moisturizer.
Mix about one tablespoon of baking soda with just enough water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the affected area and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat the remedy once or twice a week to remove debris from pores that can cause them to clog, resulting in blackheads.
Cinnamon is an effective anti-bacterial spice that can be used to make a facial mask with lots of healing benefits to the skin. Cinnamon extracts can be applied on the skin to treat acne. It also helps to eliminate flaky skin and it can be used as a body scrub for a smoother, more glowing complexion. It is also used to treat eczema and cleanse the scalp. Combined with honey it’s one powerful skin cleanser. Mix one part organic cinnamon with two parts honey to make a paste. Apply a thin layer over blackheads and leave on for 15 minutes. Wash off with your favorite natural cleanser and follow with an organic moisturizer.
Oatmeal can be used cooked or plain to make skincare masks that improve our complexion. This nutrient rich gain can dislodge clogged pores and remove blackheads. It’s gentle, soothing and exfoliating properties remove dead skin cells, soaks up excess oil and relieves the discomfort associated with acne.
Oatmeal can be used on its own without any other ingredients to treat acne. Cook your oatmeal in distilled water and let cool before applying a thick paste to all affected areas. Leave the mixture on for 20 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
Green tea is rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants that benefit our skin. Aside from helping aging skin, it can break up excess oil, reduce irritation and inflammation, and protect against free radicals that cause acne. It can also prevent acne scarring and protect skin from sun damage.
Steep two bags of organic green tea in 8 ounces of boiled water for one hour. Once the green tea is lukewarm, you can dab the liquid on your blackheads and leave on for at least 10 minutes. Rinse with cool water and let dry.
Facial Cleansing Brushes
Whether you wash your face with your hands or a washcloth you may not be doing a thorough job. There are umpteen facial brushes on the market that spin, pulse, rotate, exfoliate, and unclog your pores. They can turn your otherwise dull skin into a glowing complexion. They leave your skin is smoother, softer and cleaner after just one use. To use them, you apply your favorite natural cleanser to your skin and allow the facial brush to gently remove the impurities from your pores.
Tips for Preventing Blackheads
As credulous as this sounds, many people do not wash their face twice a day. Or they may use a harsh product that dries their skin out, causing more skin care issues. Wash your skin using a natural cleanser and use lukewarm water to rinse off, especially before going to bed.
Avoid over applying so much makeup. If you must wear makeup, choose an organic brand. Makeup clogs pores which leads to blackheads and acne. Make sure you wash your skin thoroughly before retiring.
Wash your pillowcases weekly. Pillowcases are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. As you sleep you slough off dead squamous epithelium, oil, and acne discharge. As you toss and turn, you could be reinfecting your clean skin.