Blackheads occur as a result of excess naturally-produced oil and dead skin cells on the skin clogs the pores. A common misconception about blackheads is that they are caused by dirt. And, a blackhead is created if the pore is open and the clogged up pores turn black as the air hits the open, clogged pores. Scrubbing your face vigorously or many times a day will not get rid of blackheads. If anything, that will dry out your skin and cause irritation. It will also cause more oil to be produced, which will then cause more blackheads. It can be a vicious cycle. For this reason, do not use the facial scrubs or pore strips more than two or three times a week. Luckily, there are some easy, natural remedies available to get rid of those annoying skin woes.
- Bentonite clay is a smart product to use when attempting to get rid of blackheads. It does a great job of drawing out the dirt and impurities in your skin, while nourishing your skin. Simply mix about a tablespoon of bentonite clay with enough water or apple cider vinegar to make a paste. Massage onto your face and let it sit for anywhere from 10 to 25 minutes. Rinse the mixture off with warm water, and use a light moisturizer afterwards. If your skin is prone to drying out easily, use water instead of the apple cider vinegar.
- Egg whites can be used to create a mask because they are less drying to your skin, and they have many nutrients that are good for your skin. First, separate the egg yolk of one egg from the egg white. Rinse your skin and gently pat dry. Apply a thin layer of the egg yolk onto your skin. Then, place a strip of toilet paper or facial tissue onto the area. After that, dab one more layer of the egg yolk onto your face. Apply a small amount of tissue over that layer. Let the mask dry, and remove the tissue. Wash your face with warm water, and pat dry with a clean towel.
- The last great home remedy for blackheads is a mixture of milk and honey. Both have properties that do wonders for your skin. Mix one tablespoon of raw organic honey with one teaspoon of milk. Microwave for 5 to 10 seconds, and then mix thoroughly. After checking the temperature, apply a thin layer and then gently pat a thin layer of cotton strips. Let it dry (about 20 minutes), then take the cotton strips off and rinse your face with cool water. Pat your face dry and moisturize.
As you can see, there are many safe, gentle, inexpensive, and effective ways to get rid of blackheads. Try any or all of these remedies the next time you see the dreaded blackheads starting to form. Your skin will thank you!
This article is originally written by me. I am civil engineer and a part time freelance writer.