Blackheads appear when there is a blockage in the opening of the hair follicles of the skin. Each follicle has one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces sebum. The dirt and oil that accumulates in the opening of the skin follicle become small lumps. It turns black and becomes blackheads or oxidized melanin when the skin opens up in the small bumps and exposed to the air. Here are some natural remedies to remove blackheads.
Sugar oil mask – Sugar is not only used in food, it can also be used to smooth the skin. Sugar is a natural exfoliator to prevent blackheads. Mix one cup of white sugar with three teaspoons of natural oil, such as almond oil or jojoba oil. Apply sugar oil mask on the face, leave it on for fifteen minutes. Do it once a week if the skin is dry and twice a week if the skin is oily.
Exfoliate with lemon and honey – Lemon has vitamin c and high Ph levels, which reduces oil on the skin and inflammation. Honey has antibacterial and antiseptic abilities that help when the skin is oily and has acne. In a small cup mix two spoons of lemon and one spoon of brown sugar , mix well and apply on the face in a circular motion. Massage the face for up to five minutes before washing with water. Apply a moisturizer afterwards, because the skin has a tendency to dry out especially if it is sensitive.
Oatmeal scrub – Oatmeal scrub helps to remove dead skin cells that can clog pores and cause blackheads. Oatmeal has exfoliating soothing properties that help reduce skin inflammation. In a cup mix two tablespoons of oatmeal, one teaspoon of olive oil, and three tablespoons of organic yogurt. Wash to clean the face, while the face is still damp, apply the oatmeal scrub , leave it for fifteen minutes before washing off. Do this once a week if the skin is dry and twice a week if the skin is oily.
Apply tea tree oil – Tea tree oil is rich in antibacterial and anti- inflammatory properties that are good for topical application on the skin. You can apply tea tree oil directly to the blackheads or add one to two drops of natural oils like olive oil or almond oil. Apply directly to the blackheads.
Coconut oil – The fatty acids of coconut oil help to kill the bacteria that cause acne. According to studies, coconut is an effective moisturizer and helps in healing. Apply coconut oil directly to the skin or affected area.
Milk and Honey pore strips – Mix a spoonful of whole milk with a spoonful of pure and organic honey. Microwave for ten seconds , let it cool. Apply mixture to the affected area. Apply a clean cotton strip, let the mixture dry and stick to the cotton strip. After fifteen minutes, gradually remove the cotton strip. Wash and apply moisturizer.
Green tea and aloe vera mask – Remove the dry green tea leaves from the tea bag. Mix a teaspoon of dry green tea leaves with a teaspoon of warm water , put aloe vera gel to make a face mask. Massage the mixture on the affected area for three minutes, leave it on for ten to twenty minutes. Then wash and apply moisturizer. Do this treatment two to three times a week .
Cleanse every day – Clean skin is a defense so that, dirt sweat, and other impurities don’t clog pores. Correct facial cleansing is a big help to avoid blackheads and infections. Wash your hands to remove bacteria. Remove make up with wipes or make up remover. Apply a mild cleanser on the face and massage in a circular motion for one minute. Focus on the forehead, nose and chin because, these are the areas that are oily. Wash with warm water, wipe the face with a soft towel. Apply cream or gel that suitable for the skin type, do this twice daily.
This remedy is effective for most but not for some because we have different type of skin.
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