Although they are mainly found on the face, blackheads are blemishes that can appear anywhere on the body. They may look like dirt stuck to your skin, but there is actually more than you can imagine. They appear black in color due to oxidation, a process that occurs when pores become clogged with dirt and exposed to air.
We have created a guide on how you can easily get rid of those nasty little blemishes on your skin and get the flawless look you’ve always wanted. Read on to see how you can keep those blackheads at bay.
How to Get Rid of Blackheads
Use an egg white mask: remove the yolks from 2 eggs and gently apply to the face to form a thin layer. Leave the mask on for 2 minutes or until it dries. Once done, apply a second coat of egg whites. Leave the mask on your face for 20 minutes. Use warm water to rinse the white from your face. Egg white helps tighten pores and remove clogged dirt for smooth, blackhead-free skin.
Use honey and cinnamon: Mix half a teaspoon of cinnamon with a tablespoon of honey. Apply this mixture by rubbing it on your face in circular motions. Continue rubbing for about 3 minutes. While cinnamon acts as an exfoliator, honey removes dirt from open pores and also acts as a natural antibiotic.
Use Fenugreek Paste: Make a paste by mixing fenugreek with water and rubbing it on your face. Let it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.
Lemon Yogurt Honey Salt Exfoliating: Create a scrub by mixing lemon juice, a tablespoon of salt, a tablespoon of yogurt, and a little honey. Apply this scrub in circular motions over the pimple-prone areas of your face. Continue rubbing for about 3 minutes and rinse with warm water.
Milk and nutmeg scrub: Mix a tablespoon of milk (mostly buttermilk) with enough ground nutmeg to create a paste. Apply this mixture on your face while rubbing gently to remove any dirt buried deep in your pores. Continue scrubbing for 3 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water. The cleansing effects of the nutmeg granules combined with the nourishing skin milk will leave you with nourished and blemish-free skin.
Use a baking soda Exfoliating: Baking soda is available in most kitchens. To make this scrub, simply add baking soda to the water to create a paste. Gently rub your face in circular motions with this paste for about 5 minutes and then rinse. After rubbing your face, you can also let the paste stay on your face for about 10 minutes before washing it off with water. Baking soda is a natural cleanser and the fine grain of the powder cleanses dead skin cells.
Use a retinoid cream: These creams are rich in vitamin A, which helps the growth of the skin and prevents the accumulation of oil on the skin. It is recommended to use it 2-3 times a week.
Use blackhead removal strips: One of the easiest methods to remove blackheads is to use these strips. These strips contain an ultra-sticky solution that dries on contact with the face. Wait 15 minutes for the strips to dry, then take them out quickly to remove the blackheads. It is recommended that you follow one of the cleaning routines mentioned before using these strips.
Try the salicylic acid facial gel: apply a thin layer of the gel on the affected area and let it dry for 30 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water. Salicylic Acid dissolves dead skin, oil, and dirt to provide blackhead-free skin.
Bonus: How To Avoid Blackheads
Keep skin clean: Wash skin regularly with lukewarm water to remove excess dirt and oil. This will help prevent clogged pores. Cleaners with a neutral pH or those containing salicylic acid should be used as they help keep pores clean and prevent breakouts.
Remove makeup before bed: Going to bed with makeup can clog pores. Always remove makeup with a mild cleanser or makeup remover before going to bed.
Shower after performing physical activities: Sweating can lead to excess bacteria and oil on the skin, which can lead to blackheads. After doing any strenuous activity, always shower.
Remove excess oil from your face: If you have oily skin, use a topical product to absorb excess oil. Not only does it remove oil from your face, it also removes bacteria and dead skin that can cause blackheads.
Do you know of any other DIY tricks to remove blackheads? Let us know in the comments below!