Today we will discuss some home remedies for blackheads. In medical terms, a comedo is basically the clogged hair follicle (pore) in the skin due to the skin debris combining naturally produced skin oil to block the pores. There are two types of comedones; whitehead, which is below the surface of the skin and blackhead, which is open on the surface of the skin. Blackheads are also sometimes known as the first stage of acne.
While adults may have blackheads too, it is more common in adolescents and teenagers. The reason behind blackheads is anything from stress, genetics to improper skin care, hormonal changes in the body and excessive use of cosmetics. Blackheads are commonly found on the face but can also occur on the back, chest, neck, arms and shoulders. They can be pretty easily treated with care but if not, they lead on to the acne breakouts. The reason behind blackheads dark color is due to oxidization when the clogged pores are open and exposed to air. While the medicines and treatments are available via prescription, the following natural home remedies are just as effective at half the cost and the ingredients being easily available in almost every household.
1. Baking Soda
Baking soda is one of the most effective and go to home remedy for treating blackheads and acne both. It helps in clearing the skin of all impurities such as dirt, debris and excess oil etc. It is also known to help restore the ph of the skin.
- In a little mineral water, mix about 2 teaspoons of baking soda to make a thick runny paste.
- Massage this paste gently and generously on the affected areas.
- Leave for a few minutes to dry before washing off with warm water.
- Repeat this twice a week for results.
Cinnamon can also be used to both remove and prevent the blackheads.
- Mix a teaspoon each of honey and cinnamon powder to make a thick paste.
- Before bedtime, apply this paste to the affected areas and leave it on overnight.
- Wash face in the morning with water.
- Repeat daily for at least 10 days for best results.
- Alternately you can also mix a teaspoon each of lemon juice and cinnamon powder.
- A pinch of turmeric powder can also be added but not necessary.
- Mix well and spread the paste on the affected areas.
- Leave to dry for 10-15 minutes before washing off.
Oatmeal again makes an excellent gently cleansing scrub. Using it in combination of yogurt is a great way to keep the skin clean, moisturized and free of blackheads.
- Take the juice of 4 tomatoes and a teaspoon of honey and mix well with grounded oatmeal, as much as required, to make a paste.
- Apply the paste to the skin and scrub gently.
- Wash it off after 10 minutes.
- Alternately you can mix about 2 tablespoon of oatmeal, 3 tablespoons of yogurt along with some lemon juice and olive oil.
- Mix thoroughly and apply the paste to the face.
- Leave it on for a few minutes for the skin to absorb before washing off.
4. Lemon Juice
The acidic nature of lemon juice makes it great for lightening and cleansing of skin, restoring the ph of the skin, treating acne and removing the blackheads. The vitamins and nutrients present in lemons makes it excellent for all skin types.
- Mix some fresh lemon juice with rosewater or milk and use it as a cleanser a few times a week.
- For exfoliation, mix a few drops of honey in half a lemon.
- Gently rub the lemon on the skin, especially concentrating on the blackhead areas.
- For extra exfoliation, a little sugar can also be added to the lemon.
- Wash off after 10 minutes.
- Repeat twice a week.
5. Green Tea
Blackheads can also be treated using green tea. It is basically a deep cleansing scrub used to unclog pores and clean the oily skin.
- Mix a teaspoon of dried ground green tea leaves with a little water to make a paste.
- For 2-3 minutes, apply the paste to the affected areas and gently scrub.
- Wash with lukewarm water.
Honey again is great for treating the skin and tightening the pores. It not only hydrates the skin, cleansing it and giving a clear complexion but also contains some natural balancing properties great for treating both oily skins and blackheads.
- Simply apply some pure honey to the face.
- Leave it on for 10 minutes.
- Wash it off gently with luke warm water.
While turmeric makes a great minor burn remedy, as I mentioned it that article, it is also great for treating blackheads.
- Make a thick paste using turmeric powder, red sandalwood and milk.
- Mix well and apply to the affected areas.
- Leave to dry for 10 minutes before washing off.
- Alternately in 2 tablespoons of mint juice, mix some turmeric to make a paste.
- Apply to the affected and leave to dry for a few minutes.
- Gently rinse of with luke warm water.
8. Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is another effective natural remedy to treat blackheads.
- Take some hot water and mix in a teaspoon of Epsom salt and a few drops of iodine.
- Mix till the salt completely dissolves and leave it to cool down.
- Soak a cotton ball in the mixture and apply to the affected areas.
- Leave it to dry before gently washing it off using a clean soft washcloth.
Cornmeal is a natural abrasive which cleans out the dirt on the skin and that blocking the pores making it good for removing blackheads and preventing them.
- Simply mix a tablespoon of cornmeal with some of your favourite regular cleanser.
- Open pores first with steam and then gently massage the mixture, concentrating on the affected areas.
- After 5 minutes, wash the face with cold water to close the pores.
Fenugreek makes on the easiest natural remedy for removing blackheads.
- Simply make a paste using little water and fresh fenugreek leaves.
- Apply to the affected areas and leave to dry for 10 minutes.
- Wash off with luke warm water.
- Use daily for results.