Blackheads – ugh. They’re super annoying, and (sadly) very common. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can eliminate them – mostly with ingredients lying around your house. Here, we lay out some of those remedies, as well as deal with common misconceptions about blackheads.
1. Blackheads: The Basics
Many girls are (incorrectly) taught that blackheads are pores clogged with dirt, so they turn to obsessive exfoliation in an attempt to “scrape” it out. But this only makes things worse; blackheads are actually the result of pores that are clogged with sebum and dead skin cells. They’re black because of their contact with oxygen (blackheads are basically just wide open zits – gross, we know!) By over-scrubbing your skin, your pores will dry out which will only make them produce more sebum, escalating the problem. This is why you shouldn’t exfoliate your skin more than a couple of times per week.
Exfoliation, however, isn’t the only solution. Read on to learn a few different methods you can use to help get rid of your blackheads once and for all!
2. Easy Blackhead Remedies
Water – Yep, just water (and, of course, a moisturizer to follow it up with). Sometimes, staving off blackheads is as simple as flushing out your pores with a gentle rinse once or twice a day. It will keep your pores free of the junk that widens them, making them appear less noticeable. Remember to always finish the rinse with a light moisturizer or you risk drying your skin out.
Cinnamon and Honey – This one tastes really good, but try not to eat it! Honey has incredible anti-bacterial properties, and cinnamon can help improve your circulation to give you softer skin and a healthier glow. Together, they make an excellent remedy for many types of acne!
Mix together about two tablespoons of raw honey and two tablespoons of cinnamon. Warm the solution in the microwave (take care to test it first so it doesn’t burn your skin). Smooth it over your face and allow it to sit for about five minutes, then rinse it off and moisturize. Do this two or three times per week for noticeably healthier skin.
Sugar – You can easily store a large amount of this scrub to use over the course of a month or so. Sugar acts just as cinnamon does – it helps get your blood flowing and leaves with you a softer, healthier glow. Just mix together one cup of sugar and a few tablespoons of oil (jojoba is preferred, but olive oil, almond oil, and grapeseed oil work just as well). Add a bit of your favorite essential oil for a nice fragrance and use it as you would any exfoliator: rub it into your skin, rinse, and moisturize. Again, it’s important to limit exfoliation to just a few times per week so you don’t harm your skin.
Lemon Toner – Lemons can benefit the skin in a number of ways, including by shrinking your pores. Wash your face using a gentle cleanser, then squeeze one lemon into a cup and wipe it over your skin using a cotton ball. Do this two or three times per week before bed, then rinse it off in the morning and apply a moisturizer. Be sure to stay on top of your sunscreen application as this method will make your skin more susceptible to UV damage.
Baking Soda – Because of baking soda’s fine granules, it is very effective in exfoliating the skin and eliminating junk from your pores. However, you should use this one sparingly. Baking soda is very salty and so it can easily dry out your skin if you’re not careful.
The mixture is easy: just take one or two tablespoons of baking soda and mix it with enough water to form a paste. Massage it into your skin, then rinse well with water. Follow it up with a moisturizer.
3. Picking the Right Moisturizer
With hundreds of moisturizers on the market, choosing the right one for your skin can be a little daunting. Essentially, you want to go for formulas that (a) use natural ingredients to prevent irritating your skin, and (b) won’t clog your pores. Try Bioelements’ Beyond Hydration which meets both of these criteria, as well as helps skin withstand stress.
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