While some blackheads are barely there, others break onto the scene in clusters. A blackhead develops when a hair follicle becomes clogged with sebum and oil. When air touches the oil at the skin’s surface, it creates the black color. Bothersome blackheads are not only unsightly, but they can be difficult to remove. Sure, you can wash your face with harsh cleansers featuring benzoyl peroxide or an acid prescribed by your dermatologist — but these products can harm sensitive skin even more and leave your face a dry mess. Instead, try banishing blackheads the natural way with ingredients found right under your nose — in your own home.
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Take a hot — not scalding — shower. Steam from the shower helps open up the pores, which aids in the absorption of the natural ingredients you’ll use in your skin-care routine.
Pat your face dry with a clean towel immediately after the shower. Refrain from rubbing your face as this can irritate the skin and cause more problems.
Place a stainless-steel extraction tool directly over a blackhead and push down with gentle yet firm pressure. The blackhead should pop out. If not, refrain from pushing harder.
Mix equal parts baking soda and honey using a spoon and a small bowl. Apply the cleanser to your fingertips and massage into your skin for about one minute. The baking soda acts as a natural exfoliator while the honey has antibacterial properties good for oil and dirt that causes blackheads.
Cup warm water into your palms and splash onto your face several times to remove the cleanser. Pat your face dry with a clean towel.
Pour equal amounts of rose water and oatmeal into a small bowl. Mix with a spoon to create a paste. Scoop a dollop of the mixture onto your fingertips and apply to your entire face, being careful to cover the blackhead-ridden areas completely. Allow to dry for about 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat your face dry with a clean towel.
Boil a cup of water in the microwave. Drop in 2 to 3 teaspoons of chopped basil leaves and let seep for 10 to 20 minutes. Allow to cool.
Dip a cotton pad into the basil-infused water. Swipe the pad around your entire face, being careful to cover all your blackheads. According to Yale-affiliated dermatologist Dr. Alicia Zalka, using a toner after you wash your face is a critical step in proper face washing because it helps to get rid of leftover cleanser ingredients. In addition, plastic surgeon and beauty guru Dr. Andrew Ordon says that a basil-leaf toner helps kill acne-causing bacteria and can improve skin circulation.
References and ResourcesWellness Talk: How Remedies for Blackheads
Natural-Cure-Guide.com: Home Remedies for Blackheads
Huffington Post: Blackheads Be Gone: 6 Ways To Get Rid of And Prevent Them From Coming Back
WebMD: Slideshow: Acne Visual Dictionary
Beyond Beautiful Skin: “Home Remedies for Clear Skin: Acne Cleansers Are Destroying Your Skin!”
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Reader's Digest: 8 Natural Recipes for Amazing Skin … From a Plastic Surgeon