A nose full of blackheads and cheeks filled with tiny black peeps, is this becoming your worst nightmare?
Blackheads can make your clear complexion look dirty. They form when hair follicles get clogged with dirt, grime, dead cells or sebum. As time pases, these clogged hair follicles get darker and become unsightly.
The most common sites for blackheads are nose and cheeks but they can pop anywhere and make you miserable. Blackheads can be a pain when it comes to removing them all but with some simple natural ingredients you can save a lot of money on beauty products that don’t even work that good.
Here are 5 amazing tricks to get rid of blackheads the natural way:
Just simple facial steaming is one of the most effective and quickest ways to remove blackheads. It brings out blackheads by loosening them and enlarging pores up so they come out of the skin. All scrubs, masks and mixes work better if they are applied after giving steam to your affected area. If a full face steam seems like too much work, you can enjoy the same effects by applying a face towel soaked in hot water on your face and neck.
- All you need to do is take at least 4 cups of water with a lemon rind in it.
- Bring it to boil and then remove the pot from the stove to prevent burning yourself.
- Place it on a flat surface and bring your face over the pot without touching it.
- Drape a large towel over your head so that the steam stays in place. Take steam for 10-15 minutes.
- After steaming, wash your face with a mild cleanser and pat dry.You can also follow up with a mask or scrub.
Egg White Masks
Egg whites are a wonder product with numerous benefits to your skin. They have skin toning and anti-aging properties. Egg white is also an astringent. It can tighten your skin and even shrink large pores and pull out the gunk deep within them.
Egg whites are superb for people with oily skin. They can prevent future blackheads and also help in eliminating acne problems.
Things you’ll need is an egg, some facial tissue or toilet paper, a small bowl and a clean towel.
- Split the yolk from the white and then wash your face and pat it dry.
- Gently apply a thin layer of egg white with a brush preferably, all over your face and then place long strips of toilet paper or facial tissue over it. Let them stick onto your face.
- Now place a second layer of egg white over the layer of tissues. It is easier to apply this layer of egg whites with your finger. Allow it to dry completely.
- After the mask dries off completely, peel the tissue off and then rinse to remove any residue and pat dry.
- Moisturize your skin well with your moisturizer.
Another egg white mask includes lemon and honey. Lemon is a natural astringent and honey has antibacterial properties. So you can enjoy a deeper level of cleansing and purifying to the already powerful egg whites.
- Get some facial steam to allow your pores to open up.
- Mix one teaspoon of honey, a quarter teaspoon of lemon juice and one egg white.
- Pat dry your face after the steam session and apply the mask gently in a circular motion. Let it sit for 15 minutes at least.
- Rinse off using warm water first and then use cold water to close the opened pores. Pat dry your skin and apply some moisturizer.
Baking Soda Scrub
Baking soda has antiseptic qualities and it can serve as an excellent exfoliator to help drive out impurities, cleanse and purify your skin. It can also work remarkably on those pesky blackheads.
Baking soda neutralizes the skin’s pH, allowing it to produce less oil, which means that it can also prevent acne problems. Here are some ways to use baking soda for blackheads:
- Mix about a tablespoon of baking soda with some water to form a paste.
- Apply it on to blackheads and let it dry for about 10 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water.
Another scrub with lemon may maximize its benefits:
- Take a tbsp of baking soda, 3 tsp of clean water and a half tsp of lemon juice and mix together until you get a paste.
- Apply in a circular motion to gently scrub your skin.
- Rinse with warm water and pat your skin dry and apply your favorite moisturizer.
Oatmeal is so much more than a healthy breakfast. It is loaded with nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants that work as a gentle natural cleanser and exfoliant, loosening blackheads and shrinking pores. It can even soothe sensitive, irritated skin. You can prepare oatmeal masks for blackheads in many ways. A simple mask with just oatmeal can also turn out to be beneficial.
- Cook oatmeal according to package instructions and use distilled water.
- Let it cool to room temperature before applying to your face.
- Apply to blackhead areas and leave it for 10 to 20 minutes.
- Rinse with lukewarm water, pat dry and apply a moisturizer.
You may add more ingredients to your mask for better results.
- Take ¼ cup of oatmeal, 2 tsp of yogurt, 2 tsp of honey and 2 tsp of olive oil in a food processor, and blend well to combine.
- Gently apply this mixture to your clean face and scrub in a circular motion for 1-2 minutes.
- If you have sensitive skin that gets irritated easily, don’t scrub. Instead, use it as a facial mask and let it sit for about 5-7 minutes.
- Rinse with lukewarm water.
Green tea contains high amounts of antioxidants and vitamins. It can also loosen up blackheads up to the surface.
It can break up excess oil and reduce inflammation in acne-prone skin and protect it from future damage.
To use green tea for blackheads:
- Prepare green tea by boiling a cup of water.
- Add two green tea bags and let them steep for two hours.
- Pour this liquid in a bowl and cool until lukewarm.
- Apply on blackheads and let it to dry for at least 10 minutes.
- Wash with cool water, pat dry and moisturize. This can be used once per day.
You can also create a mask with more added ingredients to reap maximum benefits.
- Take three teaspoons of green tea, one tablespoon of brown sugar and a half teaspoon of lemon juice and mix well.
- Gently apply on your face with special attention to blackhead prone areas. Let it stay for 15 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
About the Author: Lisa Brown has been helping her readers in successful business and entrepreneurial strategies for the past 3 years. She currently works with Ekuep (http://www.ekuep.com/en/), which is the first online store in the Middle East that caters to the foodservice industry. It sells kitchen equipment, restaurant equipment, and food service equipment that are made by leading brands from all over the world. These machines and tools are trusted by all restaurant and cafe owners from across the world.