Beautiful and clear skin is everyone’s dream. But, people dealing with blackheads know the real struggle of keeping their skin healthy. No matter how much you take care of your skin, blackheads could show up at any time and can get worse. Blackheads are basically caused due to skin pores that become clogged with dead skin and oil and form small bumps. They are usually concentrated at the central parts of your face, including cheeks, forehead, chin and nose but can be present anywhere on the skin where there is a presence of hair follicles. Blackheads usually affect those people more who have over-zealous sebum glands or have larger pores on the skin.
Blackheads in the nose are most prevalent, especially the sides of your nose and the bridge due to relatively larger pores in those areas. Blackheads are likely to form on those areas that have larger skin pores as it gets more plugged with dirt and oil. Blackheads in the nose are most stubborn and tricky to deal with because your nose has lots of glands that keep them coming over and over again.
Are blackheads popping okay?
Most of the people try blackhead popping as it seems the most convenient and tempting thing to do. But unfortunately, all of them end up getting frustrated because of pain and also because they keep returning all over again. Sometimes, the blackheads popping even cause skin irritation, inflammation or even leave scars where you tried to pop your blackhead.
How to get rid of blackheads?
There are various chemically formulated products available easily in the market that can help you get the job done and extract blackheads from your skin. Also, there are various clinical procedures too being practiced for long. But people with sensitive skin try to focus more on healthy natural ingredients and why not? Home remedies are the safest and gentle way to tackle your blackheads problem without causing any harm. Here are a few home remedies that can help you deal with these ugly little spots to a great extent:
Tea tree oil
Tea-tree oil has been widely used for dealing with plenty of skincare issues. It has been widely appreciated because of its anti-comedogenic properties that help tremendously to reduce the stubborn dark and non-inflamed lesions on your skin and removing blackheads. You can apply tea tree oil directly onto the areas having blackheads or use it with any carrier oil. All you need is to apply a few drops directly to the blackhead prone area and repeat it 3-4 times daily for effective results.
Coconut oil and sugar scrub
Dead skin cells are the primary cause of blackheads. Exfoliating your skin can help you get rid of dead skin cells tremendously. Mix a generous amount of coconut oil and sugar to make a scrub and wash your face after 10 minutes of scrubbing with clean water. You can use this scrub once or twice a week. This scrub is recommended by one of the famous dermatologists in New York named Whitney Bowe.
Cinnamon has been widely used on the skin because of its amazing anti-bacterial properties. In addition to being proved as a significant beneficiary ingredient for skin such as treating acne, glowing complexion and smoother skin, this spice is great to remove blackheads too. You can make a paste of one part cinnamon and two parts of honey and apply a thin layer of this paste over your blackhead prone area. Leave this paste for at least 15 minutes and then wash off your face with clean water or natural cleanser. For best results, you can use this remedy daily.
The oatmeal grain is not only a delicious hot breakfast cereal but is also effective to deal with many skin conditions such as irritated skin, sensitive skin and removal of blackheads. With its incredible anti-inflammatory properties and powerful anti-oxidants, it works as a gentle exfoliant and cleanser and removes dead skin cells, soothes irritation and clarifies skin complexion by soaking up excess oil. All you need to do is cook the oatmeal in distilled water and then allow it to cool before applying to the affected area. Apply the thick oatmeal paste to the blackhead prone skin and let it sit for 10-20 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water.
Turmeric has strong anti-bacterial properties and also contains curcumin that can be very beneficial in cleansing your skin pores that will ultimately help to get rid of blackheads. To avoid skin-staining, you can use the non-edible variety (Kasturi turmeric). You can make a paste by mixing a small amount of turmeric with water or coconut oil and then dab it into affected areas. After letting it soak in for 10-15 minutes, rinse with lukewarm water.
Vinegar and Cornstarch
This is a very common method of removing blackheads from the nose and face. You just have to add the few drops of vinegar in the tablespoon of the cornstarch, mix it until the mixture turns in to the thick paste. Apply the mixture on your nose and other affected areas of the face and leave it for at least 15-20 minutes. After the specific, you can wash your face with the warm water and follow up with the cold water. You can also rub the ice cubes on the pores of the face; it is the most efficient method of removing the blackheads in the nose. In this method, the cornstarch will absorb the excess oil from the face, and the vinegar will fade the discoloration. After the use of a few weeks, you will see the results.
Honey is known for its numerous benefits on health and skin, and it is also proved to be effective in removing the blackheads from the skin. Honey is mostly used as organic the moisturizer, and it can help in keeping the skin smooth and fresh. First, you have to wash your face and let it dry and apply the raw honey on the whole face. Let the honey on your face for a minimum of 20 minutes and rinse off with the warm water. Honey has no side effect on the skin; you can use it on a daily basis.
Honey and Egg white
A mixture of honey and the egg white formed the mask, which is very effective in getting rid of blackheads. Take one egg white and add a few drops of honey in it, mix it until the mixture turns in to the thick batter. Apply the mixture all over the face and let it dry, you can feel the tightness on your skin. With the passage of time, the mixture will turn in to the hard mask. After 10-15 minutes you can wash your face with the warm water. Besides removing blackheads, you can feel the smoothness and the glow on your face after having one wash.
Lemon juice is popular for removing the dead skin cells and making the skin smooth. Lemon juice is also famous for cleansing the skin, and it is the natural astringent. For removing the blackheads just take the lemon shell and rub in on the nose and the face and keep rubbing it in a circular motion for a few minutes. You can also use the cotton for applying the lime juice on the face. For better results, it is suggested that to leave the lemon juice for the whole night and wash it in the morning with warm water. Lemon juice can sometimes make your skin dry but can apply the few drops of olive oil or moisturizer after the wash. After the use of one week, your all blackheads were gone.
Baking soda is readily available in every house; it is very effective in removing the blackheads. Add the few drops of water in the one tablespoon of baking soda; mix both things until the mixture turns in to the scrub. Apply this scrub on your face, especially on the nose in the circular motion. Don’t massage it hard on your face; it may irritate the skin. Wash it after the few minutes with the warm water. Baking soda will dry out the blackheads and make your skin fresh.
Aloe Vera is famous for its moisturizing properties; it contains the zinc, which helps tighten the skin pores. It is also effective in removing the blackheads from the face. Take fresh aloe Vera and peel off its skin, take out the aloe Vera and mash it into the gel. Apply the gel on the whole face and let it dry for a few minutes. Wash it with the warm water, or you can leave the gel on your face for the entire night. Keep repeating the process for a few weeks until the blackheads were gone completely.
Citrus fruits are the rich source of vitamin C and ascorbic acid. Vitamin C is good for the health, and as well for the skin, it will keep your skin hydrated and moisturized. According to the latest research, the fruits mask, and mixture can be greatly beneficial for your skin health and gives it a beautiful glow. Strawberries itself are good for the skin when used alone, but when you add honey and lime juice with it and make a paste, it can effectively help in removing the blackheads. Take 2-3 strawberries to add ½ teaspoon of honey and lemon juice and mix it. The mixture will turn it in the thick paste, apply this paste all over the face and let it sit for around 20 minutes. Wash your face with the freshwater; repeat the process for few days for better results.
Preventive and self-care tips
You can also follow some of these essential skincare tips to get rid of blackheads and have clear skin.
- Avoid unnecessary facial touching
- Avoid over-cleansing of your skin as it will ultimately lead to clogged skin pores
- Moisturize your skin regularly
- Choose your makeup wisely
- Follow a healthy makeup-cleansing routine
- Eat healthily
- Change your pillowcase more often