Blackheads arise as a result of excessive secretion of sebum from sebaceous glands in combination with bacteria, dust and other contaminants. They are most commonly found in the area of the nose, chin, and forehead, but they may also occur on other parts of the body with increased sebum secretion.
Once they appear, blackheads can hardly be permanently removed without the help of a dermatologist. However, with the help of several natural remedies, it is possible to achieve satisfactory effects when removing them and prevent their re-emergence.
1. Lemon and Lime
Lemon juice is often used as an effective home remedy for dealing with blackheads because it tightens the pores and, in addition, cleanses, disinfects and removes dead skin cells. Apply freshly squeezed lemon juice to your face and let it take effect overnight. In the morning, wash your face with lukewarm water.
If you have sensitive skin or you feel prolonged burning, rinse your skin immediately. Also, be cautious when it comes to direct exposure to sunlight because lemon makes skin photosensitive, ie. susceptible to burns.
Additionally, you can mix lemon with honey and make an effective scrub. You can add a teaspoon of yogurt if you have extremely oily skin. Gently massage the skin with this mixture for ten minutes and then rinse your face.
Oatmeal is a very effective supplement in the fight against blackheads since it can absorb a large number of fats and oils from deep in the face skin. Cook the oatmeal as if you are preparing it as a meal and then let it cool. Add honey while the oatmeal is still warm and apply it to clean skin. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse.
If you repeat this treatment regularly, it should not be long before you see the results. Aside from honey, you can make a mask out of oatmeal and yogurt. Mix 3 tablespoons of yogurt and 2 tablespoons of oatmeal flakes and then add a teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply the mask to your face and leave it on for ten minutes. Next, rinse your face with warm water. This treatment is not recommended more than twice a week.
3. Black Pepper and Curd
The black pepper and curd mask is very effective in removing and preventing the occurence of blackheads. All you have to do is mix a teaspoon of black pepper with curd and then apply the mixture to the area covered in blackheads. After a few minutes, when the mixture is dry, rinse your face with warm water.
4. Egg Whites
Eggs are rich in protein and can help revive your skin and treat blackheads. Also, they can help absorb excess oil from your skin.
Whisk the egg whites and apply the foam to the face. After fifteen minutes rinse your face with warm water. Due to the drying effect, use this treatment once a week at most.
Cucumber is a very effective anti-inflammatory ingredient that can help with removing blackheads and acne. Peel the cucumbers and put them in a blender to get a paste that will serve as a mask. Apply the resulting mixture to your face and rinse it with warm water after ten minutes.
Your skin will be fresh and clean, which should help remove the blackheads. You can repeat the procedure 2-3 times a week for optimal results.
The potato mask can be very effective when removing deep blackheads. Grate the peeled potato into a bowl and add some water. The resulting mixture should be sufficiently thick for you to put it on your face and leave it on for ten minutes. After that, rinse your face with warm water.
Tomatoes are effective in neutralizing oily skin. They contain various nutrients such as magnesium, calcium and potassium that will make your skin healthier. You can use a tomato cut in half to scrub your face for 5 to 10 minutes.
Mint is an effective remedy for fighting blackheads because it contains a natural painkiller with anti-inflammatory properties. Rub the crushed leaves on the skin and leave them on for five to ten minutes.
9. Aloe vera
For a long time now aloe vera has been used in treatment of burns, dry skin and insect bites, and it can be very effective when removing blackheads because it cools the skin and contains a natural antibiotic that cleanses the skin and has antibacterial effect. You can apply aloe vera gel directly to the skin, avoiding eye area.
10. Baking Soda
This ingredient is often used to combat blackheads. Because of its detoxification capabilities it effectively removes contaminants from the pores. Mix two tablespoons of baking soda with three cups of boiled water. Pour water over the baking soda and let it completely dissolve.
Keep the towel above the steam in order for it to absorb the required amount of baking soda which you will then apply to your face. Use the towel to cover your face and hold it like that for ten minutes. If the towel gets dry, repeat the procedure several times.