How to get rid of blackheads naturally and effectively
Everyone knows about blackheads, but how many really know how to remove blackheads effectively? You will find many products on the market, but no sooner have you succeeded in removing blackheads than they come back again and again. What if I told you that there are natural products and remedies that can get rid of blackheads permanently and inexpensively? Too good to be true? Not at all. Nature has its secrets; we just need to know them and know how to use them. So, why not give it a try to convince yourself?
But first of all, what are blackheads?
Blackheads are impurities clogged in the pores. The role of the pores is to allow sebum and perspiration to escape from the skin. If the pores are clogged with impurities, sebum, or dead cells, a white or black spot form on the surface. These spots are called comedones or blackheads. Most of the time they appear on the T zone (the parts of the face where the skin is oilier): the forehead, nose, and chin.
This obstruction is mainly due to:
- Hormonal changes, which activate the sebaceous glands responsible for the production of sebum
- Certain cosmetic products, which, if they block the ducts, cause an accumulation of sebum
- Poor diet, which if it is too rich in fats or sugars also accentuate the production of sebum
- Oily skin, whose pores are larger and therefore produce more sebum than dry skin
What is the difference between blackheads and pimples?
Both are caused by clogged pores. They appear when the follicle becomes clogged with sebum, dead cells, or bacteria. When the follicle is completely blocked, a pimple forms, preventing impurities and sebum from coming out. Then the pimple gets bigger. When the pore is clogged, but sebum and dead cells can come out, the sebum oxidizes on contact with air, creating a blackhead.
What is the difference between blackheads and whiteheads?
There are 2 types of comedones. The closed comedo or whitehead and the open comedo or blackhead. The difference between the two is that while both are a buildup of sebum due to a clogged pore, the black head occurs when the buildup gets in contact with air and oxidize.
The whitehead is a closed comedo that looks like a barley grain, and since the pore is clogged the sebum cannot come out. It is white because of the thin layer of skin covering it, preventing air from getting in contact with the sebum.
How to get rid of blackheads
To eliminate blackheads naturally, the first mistake not to make is to try to extract them with your fingernails: you risk making the situation worse by promoting infection and ending up with more scars. Also avoid all alcohol-based solutions that are harsh and dry on the skin. Here are some natural solutions to help you.
1. Get rid of blackheads with lemon
Lemon is a rich fruit, especially in citric acid. It has antiseptic properties and promotes cell renewal. Lemon is effective against excess sebum and is therefore your essential ally in eliminating blackheads. Lemon is also known for its cleansing, purifying, and healing effects.
- Take a piece of cotton or a cotton ball
- Pour a few drops of lemon juice over it
- Dab the cotton ball on your skin, being careful to stay away from your eyes
- Do not rub too hard
- Let the lemon juice dry on your skin
This treatment is to be done once a day for 1 week, preferably in the evening before going to bed. Simple and fast, right? Results will soon follow.
2. Eliminate blackheads with sage
Used for many centuries in various parts of the world for its health benefits, sage has multiple medicinal properties that extend to facial care. Astringent and antiseptic, sage disinfects wounds and helps healing. Known to fight oily skin, sage is therefore ideal for countering blackheads naturally.
- Boil half a liter of water in a pan
- Take the pan off the heat and immerse 10 g of sage leaves in the water
- Cover the pan and let steep for about 10 minutes
- Pour the preparation into a large bowl
- Place your head over the bowl, with a towel over your head, allowing air to pass through
- Above all, keep your eyes closed
- Leave the steam on your face for a few minutes
- Gently remove your blackheads
The steam allows the pores to expand and makes it easier to extract blackheads. To remove the blackheads, use the skin of your fingers, not the nails. You can do this treatment once a week if you take it well.
3. Baking soda to remove blackheads
Baking soda, in addition to being an inexpensive and readily available ingredient, is a natural product. Obtained from natural deposits, this white powder is a remedy on its own. Here, we will combine it with lemon juice for maximum effectiveness in the fight against blackheads.
Baking soda has natural disinfectant properties, while the lemon will work against excess sebum. The latter also has healing effects, which makes this duo a natural and effective solution to remove blackheads.
- Have a very small glass
- Pour 1 teaspoon of baking soda in it
- Pour a few drops of organic lemon juice
- Mix this preparation until you get a consistent paste
- Apply this paste on the targeted areas, paying attention to your eyes
- Let this preparation sit on your skin for about 15 minutes
- Then rinse with cold water
You can do this treatment once a day for 1 week. Observe the results yourself, you will be amazed.
4. Get rid of blackheads with tomatoes
Cut different sized slices, lie down, and lay the slices on the face until it is completely covered. Leave on for 15-20 minutes. The descaling and disinfectant properties of tomatoes will work on the blackheads. After the time is up, rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry the face with a towel.
5. A purifying mask with egg white
Apply an unbeaten egg white with a brush to the face, then put down a tissue before covering it too with egg white. Leave on for 30 minutes, the mask will solidify. When the egg white has dried, it can be gently removed. This will purify and sanitize the skin. In addition to clearing up your skin, this treatment will also make it smoother, the egg white having lifting properties.
6. A repairing mask with orange peel
To make this homemade mask, let a few orange peels dry for at least 24 hours, then crush or blend them in a food processor until you get a powder. Mix the latter with water until you obtain a paste, which you will apply like a mask on the face. This treatment will allow good hydration of the skin but also promote its repair, especially against acne scars and blackheads. Leave this mask on for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing off with clean water.
7. A mask with honey and powdered milk to fight bacteria
Both bee honey and milk are beneficial for healthy skin. This combination fights against bacteria that cause acne and excess fat production. Mix the two ingredients well and after forming a paste, apply it to the skin with gentle massages. Leave it on for 15 minutes and rinse it off with cold water. Repeat twice a week.
How to keep your skin clear and free of blackheads
- Respect your skin
Watch out for the rebound effect! Indeed, sebum is produced as a reaction by the skin. The more we attack the skin, the more it will produce sebum. Very aggressive methods should therefore be avoided. On the contrary, you should opt for soft products, whether they are bought or made at home.
In more complicated cases, for the treatment of blackheads, a dermatologist may possibly prescribe a stronger treatment, but do not opt for products that are too aggressive without a doctor’s advice.
- Do not ignore makeup removal
With high city pollution, dust, cosmetics and various aggressions, the skin must be cared for… even if you do not wear makeup. However, if you do wear makeup, it is ever more important to pay extra attention to your skin. Do not neglect to remove the makeup from your face with products that are preferably free of alcohol or other irritants, especially before going to bed at night. It is also important to only apply makeup on a clean skin to avoid accumulating dirt and dust into your pores, which can clog them and cause breakouts.
- Get to know your skin
Do you have oily skin? Dry skin? Sensitive skin?
- Oily skin: you should opt for products and treatments that tighten the pores. You can use astringent products, but you shouldn’t neglect hydration.
- Dry skin: not surprisingly, you should opt for gentle products and moisturize properly.
- Sensitive skin: avoid products that contains chemicals that irritate your skin. Products with alcohol, sulfates, essentials oils, fragrance should be avoided.
- Dehydrated skin: if the skin feels tight after treatment, forget about mattifying creams, and try to rebalance the skin with a moisturizer without paraffin.
- Cleanse and moisturize your skin well
Once you know your skin type well, you need to set up a routine and the foundation of the foundation is cleaning. Strict hygiene is necessary if you want to get rid of blackheads and other blemishes.
Keep in mind, there is a fine line between cleaning your skin and attacking it. You can use a face brush, but do not overuse it. Do not over wash your face. Do not scrub too hard. All these things may cause a rebound effect.
Plan a routine with products adapted to the needs of your skin. The main thing is to hydrate well, whatever the nature of the skin: serum or cream, the choice is yours.
Born in London, England and raised in Orlando, FL, Elena graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelors’ degree in English. She later received her masters’ in Creative Writing from Drexel University. She writes part-time for the Scientific Origin and focuses mostly on health related issues.