We're all concerned with blemishes, spots and other scars which may pop on our faces. Most people would go to great lengths to improve what they think are imperfections on their face, and that includes surgery, fillers, botox and facial uplifts. All of these medical procedures can take a significant toll on both one's health and finances. But here are 15 ways to get rid of blackheads from the comforts of your house.
How blackheads actually form
Blackheads occur when skin pores - which usually contain hair follicles - get filled up. Hair follicles contain room for a single strand of hair and microscopic glands which produce oil (sebum). Dead skin cells and sebum sometimes fill these crevices leading to a 'blackhead'.
Why are they black?
The oil (sebum) contains melanin and when it gets trapped inside the pores, oxidation takes place giving sebum a dark color. Individuals who absorb a large amount of oil should use lotions and sunscreens which are oil free.
How can blackheads be prevented?
The solution is very obvious, you should wash your face whenever there is a build up of oil. But take care not to wash too frequently because it can irritate the skin and make things even worse. Instead wash two times a day.
While the best option is to visit a dermatologist and have blackheads removed professionally without leaving the possibility of an infection or regrowth, there are a few treatments at home which can be used to treat blackheads.
You will be preparing a facial mask with milk and gelatine to naturally get rid of blackheads. Mix two spoons of milk and one spoon of gelatine and heat over a saucepan. Head the mixture and allow it to cool. Apply over your face and wait for 30 minutes.
Honey has been traditionally used as a soothing skin treatment and has been successfully used by the ancients to remove blackheads. All you have to do is make a facial mask with a cup of honey and apply it each night before going to bed.
Lemon juice is a natural astringent which makes it extremely effective against dead skin cells. Before going to bed, rub some fresh lemon juice over your blackheads. It should remain on your face until the next morning.
Honey and ground cinnamon
While honey is a powerful substance on its own, its astringent properties can be boosted by combing in with one teaspoon of ground tablespoon to make a paste. When this paste is applied on blackheads, they gently break down dead skin cells and sebum.
Steam your face
This is rather easy to perform because all you require is hot, steaming water and a clean towel. Simply put the towel over your head and look into the pot of hot water. The steam will cleanse away the blackheads.
Almost every treatment on this list makes use of honey in some capacity. Prepare a mixture of lemon and pour some honey over its surface. Apply one tablespoon of sugar onto the mixture and apply the mixture over the blackheads.
Vaseline and plastic wrap
The ideal time to apply this remedy is right after taking a hot shower because steam ill already have opened up clogged pores. Simply apply Vaseline to the blackheads and then place a plastic wrap over it.
Now place a hot towel over the mixture.
Coconut and essential oils
Place ¼ cup of coconut oil in a microwave for about 15 seconds. While still warm, combine it with 10 drops of lemon, lavender and tea tree oil extracts. Stir the mixture until it is smooth. Apply the mixture over our skin with a cotton ball.
Cinnamon and oat flour
Mix one tablespoon of oat flour with an equal amount of cinnamon powder. Add warm water to the mixture and stir it well until gets the consistency of thick cream. Apply this mixture on your face with your fingertips in a circular motion.
Activated Charcoal and green clay
You will be mixing half teaspoon of activated charcoal powder, 1 teaspoon of green clay and half teaspoon of warm water. Mix it until you get the consistency of a thick creamy paste. Apply it over the face with a sponge.
Coconut oil and coffee grounds
Combine half a cup of coconut oil with equal amounts of fresh coffee ground. Microwave the mixture for a few seconds and then gently massage your face, the fingertips should follow a circular motion. Leave the mixture on the face for about 4 minutes and then wash with cold water.
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