Blackheads are a result of clogged pores, usually from a build-up of dead skin cells and excess oil on your skin. Whiteheads are different in the fact that they’re clogs in a closed pore, while blackheads are clogs in an open pore. The exposure to air causes the clog to turn black.
Thankfully, there are some simple home remedies that can help to reverse and even prevent blackheads from appearing again in future, without the need to harm your delicate facial skin.
Fun fact: Washing your face too much can actually bring about more blackheads.
This is because blackheads are caused by oil in the skin, not dirt or debris. Skin that has been over-washed can dry out and cause sebaceous glands in the skin to produce even more oil to overcompensate. According to Wellness Mama, some other causes of blackheads include:
Excess bacteria on the skin
Irritation of the pore
Hormonal changes (which can trigger excess oil production)
The best way to reduce blackheads on skin are to:
- Stop over-cleansing
- Use the oil cleansing method – Oil cleansing removes build-up then moisturises skin so it doesn’t need to overcompensate by producing a heck of a lot of oil…
- Finish cleansing with cool water (this closes pores)
- Use an apple cider vinegar toner (helps to rebalance skin’s pH) – If you have dry skin, jojoba oil works better.
- Wear less makeup
- Use alcohol-free skin products
- Avoid using comedogenic products on skin (products which block pores) – Coconut oil is a known comedogenic.
DIY Remedies to Remove Blackheads
Squeezing blackheads (while tempting) can spread bacteria and possibly result in a small infection or produce more pimples in that area…
So, as an alternative, here are some natural remedies that help remove blackheads:
Raw honey contains antiseptic properties that make it helpful for removing dead skin cells and killing bacteria.
- Dab some raw honey onto blackheads and let it to soak in for about 10 minutes. Remove with a warm, damp cloth.
- Alternatively, you can make a paste with honey and ground turmeric. Simply add a ratio of 2 parts honey to 1 part turmeric, mix together then and dab on blackheads. Turmeric is a wonderful anti-inflammatory and may help to soothe skin and tighten pores.
5-minute DIY pore strips
These pore strips by Natural Living Ideas help to clear deep-set blackheads using a mix of natural ingredients (nothing artificial or chemical-based!).
A salty lemon scrub
The salt and lemon work together to help cleanse away bacteria from pores.
- Mix together 1 tbsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp water.
- Gently massage over skin for a few minutes, then rinse away with warm water. If you find your skin is drying out with this scrub, simply moisturise with jojoba oil at the end.
Bentonite Clay face mask
When wet, bentonite clay develops an electrical charge that helps draw out toxins from the body. It’s best used on normal to oily skin types, as it can dry out skin.
- Mix together (using non-metal utensils, like wood) bentonite clay and water until it forms a paste.
- Spread on skin and allow to dry for 15-20 minutes.
- Once dry, wet the clay mask that’s on your skin to rehydrate it. You can do this with a washcloth; simply rest the damp cloth gently against your skin until the clay becomes moist again.
- Once rehydrated, gently wash away the mask with the washcloth.
Green tea paste
Green may help in reducing oil production on skin, and is also a wonderful antioxidant.
- Mix 1 tsp dried green tea leaves with 1 tsp water until it forms a paste.
- Gently massage mixture into skin for 3 minutes.
- Rinse away with warm water and apply a jojoba oil as a moisturiser. Do 2-3 times per week.
Egg white mask
Once dried, the mask binds to the gunk in your pores and draws it out. It sounds simple, but it’s really effective.
- Separate the yolk and the whites of one egg, then whisk the whites together.
- On a clean face, spread the egg whites over blackheads. Start with one thin layer and let it dry briefly. Then spread a second layer, let it dry, then a third layer, and let the whole thing dry completely.
- Allow this mask to dry for 15 minutes. Your skin will feel tight and pull a little, but this is a good sign.
- Gently scrub the egg white mask away using a warm, wet washcloth.
DIY natural exfoliator
Exfoliating skin is an important part of a healthy skincare routine. However, conventional exfoliators often use plastic microbeads (made from synthetic polymers including polyethylene, polylactic acid (PLA), polypropylene, polystyrene, or polyethylene terephthalate) to scrub skin. These are very harmful to the environment and can also damage your skin. Some natural alternatives that work to naturally clean skin include:
- Nutmeg and milk
- coffee grounds and jojoba oil
- Ground oats and water
- Honey and cinnamon
- Turmeric, chickpea flour and water
- Honey and baking soda
- Mix ingredients together in a small bowl until it reaches a wet-sand consistency.
- Gently massage into skin for a few minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction.
Have you tried any of these blackhead removal ideas before? Do you have any other tips for blackheads? Share below.
Lots of love,
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