How to Naturally Get Rid of Blackheads
Blackheads are like spots that aren’t covered with skin. They are exposed to the air, so the top layer of gunk in your pore oxidises and turns a darker colour. If you clean your pores out, you can say bye-bye to the blackhead. Gone! Here are some natural ways to do this.
The bad news is that if you do suffer from a lot of blackheads, you probably have oily skin. This means that you are more prone to them. You’re not to going get as many wrinkles as people with normal and dry skin, though, so that’s a mayor plus! Blackheads are much easier to get rid of than wrinkles are to prevent!
Beauty routine to treat, prevent and eliminate blackheads
Ok so how is your beauty routine right now? Do you give yourself or receive a facial at least once a month? If the blackheads still persist, it’s time to increase the regularity of these pampering sessions! Go for one every week.
Naturally, it’s a good idea to cleanse, tone and moisturise twice a day to help keep your skin clean and free from the sort of impurities you pick up and expel through the skin. Make sure you’re using natural products to do this. We provide you with plenty of ideas, but remember – they should all be suitable for your skin type.
Cleansing can include make-up removal and washing your face with warm water and a suitable cleansing bar. Avoid harsh cleansers made for acne. They make your skin produce more oil!
What about trying honey and baking soda?
Honey and baking soda cleanser
Do you have a washcloth or flannel hanging around the bathroom (that’s preferably yours!)? Well take that or buy yourself one and stick it under the tap until it’s wet. Squeeze out the excess water and then pour just a little bit of honey onto it. Sprinkle some baking soda on top, to make a delicious face cleanser (only kidding, don’t try tasting it!). Now lightly scrub your face with the mixture, and rinse with cool water. Happy days.
Or if you have really, really stubborn blackheads, try using a toothbrush!!
Tooth brushing out the crud
Choose a new toothbrush or an old one you’ve soaked in hydrogen peroxide overnight. Use only a soft brush for soft people, I mean, for sensitive teeth and gums. Add a couple of drops of lemon juice onto the toothbrush with some neem, tamanu or jojoba oil, then gently scrub on the blackhead in a circular motion. Do this once per week. Don’t cover any areas where there aren’t blackheads! This is quite an aggressive way to go about things, so go very gently.
If you have oily skin, make microdermoabrasion and exfoliation part of your weekly – yes, weekly! – routine.
Try doing a nutmeg and milk scrub. Nutmeg cuts through oil and provides the grains that will help slough that bad stuff away. The lactic acid in the milk breaks down old skin cells, so they come off with the water you splash with afterward.
For best results, steam your face first. While your face is still damp, scrub the milk and nutmeg into your face. You’ll need to make a thin paste with the milk and nutmeg for the right consistency and to make sure it doesn’t just drip right off you!
If you’re looking for a bit of tonification for your oily skin or oily spots, look no further than ACV. Apple cider vinegar is great for gently exfoliating and balancing the pH of oily skin. Simply pass some over your face with a cotton pad. If you don’t like it, try some alcohol-free witch hazel.
If your skin isn’t oily but you still have blackheads, try just splashing with freezing cold water or passing an ice-cube over your skin. Free, easy and effective.
Homemade face masks to eliminate blackheads
Pineapple face mask
Decongest yourself with this treatment.
- 1 cup chopped pineapple
- 1/2 cup of plain yogurt
Process the ingredients in a food processor or blender, then apply to the face and leave the mask on for 15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water.
Aloe and tomato face mask
In a bowl, combine 1 tablespoon of aloe, 1 tablespoon of lemon and 2 tablespoons of tomato juice. Apply the paste and leave it for 25 minutes, then wash it off with cold water!