Just as infuriating as acne, blackheads are no certainly fun as they appear randomly, no matter how well you take care of your skin.
Alexander Dane, DO, of Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, PA in New Jersey, says that not every home remedy will work on all types of acne as they are many types of them requiring different methods of treatment.
Blackheads are different compared to acne. “For acne that’s primarily blackheads, there are some really good home remedies that may help decrease those clogged pores,” he says.
Here are proven home remedies to help get rid of blackheads.
“Turmeric can be used to help remove blackheads due to its antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties,” Dr. Dane says.
“It’s important to note that regular turmeric can stain skin, [but with] kasturi turmeric you avoid staining.”
Mix a tablespoon of kasturi turmeric with one tablespoon of water or coconut oil to form a paste. Apply the paste to your face and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes allowing the face to absorb it, then rinse it off.
Tea tree oil
The application of tea tree oil directly to the affected areas could rid the blackheads on your chin and nose, as it kills bacteria say beauty experts. You can easily buy tea tree oil products in the form of soaps and creams from pharmaceuticals. Tea tree oil is also available in its original form, but care must be taken when applying it directly to the skin as it is an antibacterial product.
Use a mixture of brown sugar, lemon juice and honey to exfoliate blackheads on your nose and chin.
Mix together the following recommended quantities – one tablespoon of brown sugar, two tablespoons of lemon and one tablespoon of raw honey, says Dr. Dane. Apply the mixture to your face in a massaging circular motion for five minutes before rinsing it off and applying moisturizer.
Baking soda and water
Blackheads can be eliminated with the use of baking soda, which is considered common in many kitchens. Baking soda can neutralize any pH imbalance your skin may have, as well as being a great exfoliant to remove dirt, oil and dead skin cells according to Dr. Dane.
Simply mix two tablespoons of baking soda along with two tablespoons of water and form a paste to apply on your blackheads. Apply and massage the paste onto your face gently, rinse off with warm water, and then use a suitable moisturizer for the best result. Don’t use this method more than two or three times a week, as the mixture is drying to your skin.
How to treat blackheads: Coconut oil and sugar scrub
An annoying fact about blackheads is that they can appear on any part of your body, not just your face.
Whitney Bowe, MD, a dermatologist in New York City says it would help if you exfoliate your skin to get rid of dead skin cells, by mixing coconut oil and sugar to make a DIY body scrub.
How to treat blackheads: Pore strip
Did you know you can make your own DIY pore strips out of milk and honey, making it unnecessary to buy them from a pharmacy?
Milk helps removes dead skin cells and oil, as milk contains lactic acid, while honey is antibacterial, according to Dr. Dane. Simply mix a tablespoon of whole milk with a tablespoon of organic, raw honey and microwave the mixture for around 10 seconds to make your own DIY strip.
Dr. Dane recommends making sure the mixture is cool enough, it must not be hot, and applying the mixture to the areas of your face that have blackheads and then place a clean cotton strip on top. Gently peel the cotton off after you’ve let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes, then rinse and moisturize your face.
How to treat blackheads: Egg whites & tissue
Dr Bowe has a simple method of using just egg whites with a tissue. Whisk an egg white and apply one layer to your skin. Layer on a piece of tissue over your face excluding the sensitive eye area and your mouth. Apply another layer of egg white. Let the mask dry naturally and peel it off, normally 20 minutes later. Wash and apply moisturizer.
You can try out these simple inexpensive home remedy treatments during the upcoming long weekend. Most of the items are already available in your kitchen! If you do try out any treatment, feel free to leave your comments below.
How to treat blackheads: Green tea
Green tea is a great antioxidant and can help reduce your skin’s oiliness, says Dr Dane. Just mix a teaspoon of dry green tea leaves or powder with a teaspoon of water and gently massage the mixture into the skin for three minutes. Rinse off and apply a moisturizer. This method can be used two or three times a week.
22nd May 20:00