9 Natural Home Remedies For Blackheads
A blackhead is basically a combination of dead skin cells and excess sebum produced at the base of hairs which hardens and forms a plug and as this plug comes in contact with the outside air, it oxidises and turns to a blackish colour. The sebaceous gland that secretes sebum is overproductive.
The hair follicle becomes blocked because of the excess sebum in the canal.
The sebum plug is oxidised at the surface of the skin, turning the waxy, oily substance along with dead skin to a blackish colour.
Causes of blackheads:
a) Hormonal change during puberty is the most common trigger.Puberty induces many changes in the young male and female body and blackheads is one of the common sitings amongst teenagers when the body is constantly changing.
b) Other less common reasons could be due to menstrual periods, pregnancy and birth control pills.
c) Oily skin tends to generate more blackheads.That is why, we often get blackheads in the upper part of our cheeks and nose; also known as the t-zone.The so called creams that hydrate the face often add up to excess pore-clogging oil on the nose.
d) Cosmetics and clothing that obstruct the skin and hence block pores.Makeup and skin products with artificial colours and fragrances also clog up hair follicles on the nose and face and cause blackheads.
e) Heavy sweating and high humidity are also a major reason for blackheads.Intense workout sessions, heavy toiling or any sort of work that gets your heart beat racing and your perspiration going, can contribute to the development of blackheads. Sweat clogs up pores, causing blackheads and other blemishes and if you are wearing makeup while working up, then the chances to getting blackheads increase significantly.
f) If you’re prone to getting blackheads on one side of your face, then your sleeping patterns are to be blamed.Susan Binder, a New York City Dermatologist says the friction caused due to rubbing your face against the pillowcase or the bedsheets constantly while sleeping can cause sweating, irritation and ultimately blackheads.
g) Medications like steroids, testosterone, estrogen and phenytoin are likely to cause blackheads.
h) As your estrogen levels start to drop in our late 20s, you may be among the 33% of women who experience blackheads as part of adult acne, says Stuart Kaplan, a Los Angeles Dermatologist. The estrogen drop means your body has more testosterone than estrogen causing your oil glands to step up production and increasing the likelihood that you’ll end up with clogged pores and blackheads.
REMEDIES FOR BLACKHEADS:
Because blackheads are not seen as a threat to our bodies and are just a plug in an open pore, that it is obvious why they never seem to go away. Squeezing a blackhead out is like an invitation to fill it up again. There are much better ways, though.
Here are a few DIY home remedies that you can try out to get rid of blackheads.
These remedies and ingredients are home-based, hence, they are pure and since they are prepared by you and are natural, they are also completely safe to use.
But do not use a certain procedure explained below if you are allergic to a specific ingredient.
1. GELATIN-MILK MASK
Ingredients: Unflavoured gelatin, milk.
Directions: Combine 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin and 1 and 1/2 teaspoons of milk to a microwave safe bowl. Heat it in the microwave for 10-15 secs until it is warm- not hot- to the touch.
Apply the mixture on your face using your fingertips where you have blackheads including the nose, chin and forehead.
Wait for 10-15 mins or until it is completely dry. The gelatine is opaque when it is wet and becomes translucent on getting dry. Pull your skin taut and peel the thin mask off. As you remove the gelatine strip, blackheads and dirt stick to it and come off, clearing your pores.
2. EGG WHITE MASK
Egg whites make an easy DIY mask that can temporarily tighten pores, and hence reduce blackheads.
Egg whites contain nutrients like protein, sodium and selenium.
They are also less drying than other ingredients used for blackhead removal.
Ingredients: 1 egg, face wipes or tissue paper, a small bowl, a clean towel
Separate the egg white from the yolk.
Rinse the face and dry it using a towel.
Next apply the egg white mixture over your face, wait for a few minutes until it’s dry.
Next, place a piece of tissue wipe over the wet egg white gently onto your face. Allow that layer to dry first. Now repeat the procedure by applying the prepared mixture over the dried tissue paper face mask.
But make sure that the first egg white layer and tissue paper is dry first, only then proceed.
Let this 2nd layer dry too before proceeding to the third layer.(optional) When the entire mask is completely dry, your face may feel a little tight, but that’s okay, it is natural and it will happen.Peel the mask off and then wash your face gently in order to get rid of residue.Pat dry and moisturise as usual.3.DIY MILK AND HONEY STRIPS-
Peel the mask off and then wash your face gently in order to get rid of residue. Pat dry and moisturise as usual.
3. DIY MILK AND HONEY STRIPS
Honey and milk have been long considered an essential part of most home remedies regarding the skin.
And rightly so, as honey helps the skin get rid of bacteria and milk has lactic acid that helps in keeping your skin firm and supple.
The actual aim here is though is to prepare an adhesive kind of thing when mixed together so it extracts the dirt and helps to easily remove blackheads.
Ingredients: raw honey, milk clean tissue paper.
In a container, mix 1 teaspoon raw honey and 1 teaspoon of milk and heat it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds until warm.
Mix it together once again in order to blend it well.
When the temperature feels alright to the skin, apply the prepared mixture over the area most prone to blackheads and let it dry.
Give it at least 20 mins of time so it dries completely. Carefully peel the mask off, wash your face with cold water and moisturise as usual.
4. DIY LEMON TONER FOR TIGHTER PORES
Since sebum built up and dead cells coming in contact to oxygen cause blackheads, one way to stop it is to use lemon juice that’ll contract.
Lemon juice being a citrus fruit removes excessive oil and can make the skin sensitive so do apply sunscreen if you use this remedy during the summer.
Or, you could prefer using water to dilute the lemon juice.
Ingredients: 1 lemon, cotton balls, a small container
Wash your face and dry it using a towel. Apply the lemon juice to your skin (or the entire face) using the cotton ball and allow it to dry.
You can do this 3 or 4 times per week before taking a nap. The next day, wash your face with lukewarm water.
Pat dry and moisturise well. Do know beforehand that lemon juice can slightly sting sometimes as its acidic.
You can store the remaining juice in the fridge. It’ll stay fresh for up to 1 week.
5. SWEAT IT OUT
Although it was mentioned above that sweating can cause blackheads, it is only true if you allow it to settle down over the skin.
When you perspire or perform an intensive activity like a workout, the sweat produced flows out of your skin and carry along with it all the dirt and debris clogging it.
But it’s also extremely necessary to wash the face well after as well as before breaking a sweat.
If you have makeup applied all over your face, the sweat will dissolve the makeup and carry it onto your pores further blocking them.
In this way sweat can act as a cleanser but, it can clog them too!
If you choose not to workout, it’s alright, you can still try this other remedy.
Place a container of water over the gas till water starts to boil. Simmer it down a little, making sure steam is escaping from the boiling water.
Wrap a face towel around your head and lean down over the container.
Maintain a fair distance such that the steam reaches your skin and you start to perspire but not enough that the hot vapours burn your skin. You do not want blisters!
Continue in this posture for 5-10 mins. Now your pores would have opened up fully. Rinse your face well with water, and dry it using a clean fluffy towel.
Moisturise as usual.
Steam can not open up your pores but it does reduce their appearance cleansing the skin. It flushes way the debris that can fill up the pores and cause blackheads later.
6. BAKING SODA AND WATER PASTE
The essential reason why baking soda helps in blackhead clearing is found in its fine, tiny particles that can exfoliate the skin naturally to remove anything clogging the pores.
But do not use it in plenty as it can dry out the skin, due to its saltiness.
Ingredients: Baking soda, water, small container.
Mix baking soda and enough water to make a smooth, thick paste.
Using your fingertips in a circular motion, apply the paste to your face and scrub gently.
Rinse with warm water and dry using a soft towel. Make sure to moisturise your skin accordingly.
7. DIY OATMEAL AND YOGURT SCRUB
The combination of yogurt and oatmeal is appealing as oatmeal acts as an exfoliant and yogurt makes the skin supple and firm.
Ingredients: Oatmeal, plain yogurt,( You can also add lemon juice and olive oil which is optional).
Add 2 tbs of oatmeal and 3 tbs of fresh yogurt to make a thick, smooth paste.
At this stage, you can also add a small amount of olive oil and lemon juice to the mixture.
Apply it to your skin in soft circular motions using your fingertips. Scrub gently as you do so.
Allow it to sit for 10-15 mins till its dry then wash your face with warm water. Moisturise your skin accordingly.
8. GREEN TEA
The properties of green tea are extremely beneficial to the skin in preventing blackheads and it’s naturally high in antioxidants too.
Ingredients: Green tea, water
Mix one tablespoon of dry green tea leaves with a little water and make a paste.
Gently scrub the paste over your skin. Continue exfoliating for 2-3 minutes. Finally, rinse your face off with lukewarm water.
This scrub deeply cleanses oily skin and helps unclog pores. It removes dead skin cells and dirt, leaving your skin fresher and radiant.
9. CINNAMON AND HONEY
Cinnamon powder and organic honey make a wonderful (and delicious!) remedy to prevent blackheads.
The antibacterial property of honey keeps bacteria away that can cause other problems like pimples and acne and also perform the task of an adhesive to clear away anything that’s causing to clog your pores.
Also, cinnamon improves circulation and increases blood flow that gives your skin a radiant, healthy glow.
Ingredients: Cinnamon powder, organic raw honey, facial tissue strips.
Mix 1 portion cinnamon powder and 1 portion raw honey to make a smooth paste.
Apply the prepared paste over the skin using your fingers and spread a piece of clean facial tissue over it.
Allow it to sit for 5-6 mins before removing the mask and wash your face with lukewarm water. Don’t forget to moisturise your skin accordingly
BLACKHEAD MYTHS BUSTED
1. Blackheads can be caused by dirt: No, blackheads can definitely not be caused by dirt.
The excess of sebum along with the dead skin cells oxidises when it comes in contact with external air and turns blackish.
Similarly, a white head grows on the skin when pores’ openings are small and the sebum is unable to reach the external air. Hence, dirt has no direct responsibility towards causing blackheads whatsoever.
2. It is possible to shrink your pores: The statement could not be farther from the truth.
Nope, pores are merely spaces and therefore, can’t be shrunk. They simply house the sebaceous glands and hair follicles in the body.
However, certain things make the pores look smaller- for e.g lemon juice which contracts the skin and makes the pore look smaller. Other than that, there is no such thing like a remedy that can shrink pores.