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DIY At-Home Blackhead Removal

At times it becomes quite impossible to notice the little bumps on your face, however, it is essential to know about one’s self and maintain a healthy skincare routine program. Blackheads can be incredibly troublesome unless they are dealt with care and protection. If not taken care of, these blackheads can increment and grow in size. They usually don’t get away so quickly and takes a lot of effort to be managed. It’s important to know how they actually come in the first place.

Skin types such as combination skin or oily ones are most prone to blackheads on the nose. This is fundamentally in light of the fact that the sebaceous glands around it produce an abundance of oils in the pores of the skin of the nose.

Blackheads appear when hair follicles in your skin get clogged and obstructed. Every hair follicle contains a hair and a sebaceous gland that produces oil. These oils help to keep your skin soft and glowing. The dead skin cells and dirty residue of the oils collect in the opening of the skin follicle which causes a small bump to form. This is also a dermatological phenomenon called the comedo.

 A comedo is a cystically dilated hair follicle that contains abundant keratinous material. It contains a plug of sebum and dirt.

The bump is called a whitehead if the skin covers the bump completely. If any portion of the skin does not cover the bump, it remains open and thus increases its exposure to the air and thereby causes it to look black. This accumulation of dust and dirt from the air causes the blackheads to grow big and black and almost impossible to get rid of.

Blackheads are generally formed around areas that are prone to air. In places where excess oil can clog your pores on the face or where exposure is maximum. These areas are everywhere around the lips, creases, on the nose, and on the forehead.

Some tips to take care of your blackheads right at home are:

  1. Wash and cleanse your face at least twice a day. This becomes useful as it goes a long way to prevent dirt and oils from accumulating deep in your pores throughout the day.
  2. Wash and cleanse your face immediately after working out or straight as you come home. The harmful chemicals and pollution in the air can clog your pores and the excess sweat after workouts can cause blackheads.
  3. Wear sunscreens and use makeup that has limited oil content in them. SPF enriched products are crucial for the skin as they protect it from harmful UV rays. But they should be toned down a bit and is always recommended to stick to oil-free makeup and sunscreens.
  4. Use nose-strips or readymade blackhead strips.
  5. Exfoliate and scrub your skin at least twice a week.

You can also try a DIY blackhead-removal mask before making an appointment with a dermatologist or aesthetician. Here are a few masks to try right at home:

  1. Egg white and lemon  mask:

What you will need:

  • Egg white
  • Lemon/lime juice
  • Tissue papers

What to do:

1: Take an egg and separate the yolk from the white.

2: Mix the egg white with a spoonful of lemon or lime juice.

3:  Apply this mixture on areas where you have blackheads.

4:  Once done, gently press a tissue on the egg white mixture.

5: Then dab a bit more of the mixture on the tissue to set it in place.

6:  Let this dry for some time. The mask will tighten your skin once it is dried up.

7:  When it is completely dry, just peel it off away from the face slowly.

8: Wash your face with lukewarm water and moisturize.

How is this remedy useful?

Egg whites are known to be a natural astringent and have a lot of protein in them. They act as the best toners and thus helps in removing the blackheads. Lemon is also a natural bleaching agent which helps to brighten the skin and makes one feel look youthful and refreshed!

  • Raw milk and honey mask:

What you will need:

  • Cotton balls
  • Raw milk
  • Organic honey

What to do:

1: Combine a spoonful of honey and raw milk.

2:  Dip a cotton ball in this mixture and apply it generously all over your face and Then apply this mixture on your blackheads.

3:  Let this harden for 10 minutes or until completely dry and then peel it off away from your face gradually.

4:  Rinse your face with lukewarm water.

How is this remedy useful?

Milk contains the properties of lactic acid. This is acknowledged to be a mild exfoliator that can naturally act as a cleanser. It is easily absorbed by the skin and helps to gently get rid of dead skin cells and unclog the pores. Honey is rich in antioxidants and has skin brightening properties that can make one look radiant almost instantly.

  • Baking soda and honey:

What you will need:

  • Baking soda
  • Organic raw honey

What to do:

1: Combine the baking soda powder and raw honey together in a bowl.

2: Apply this mixture on your face.

3:  Leave the mixture on your face for almost 15 minutes or till it is completely dry.

4: Make sure to not let the mixture sit for too, long as baking soda has certain properties can be harsh on your skin.

5: Wash it off with cool water afterward. This mask is beneficial if done once a week

How does this treatment work?

Baking soda has mild exfoliating properties in itself that make it a wonderful ingredient to get rid of blackheads. It is safe only when it is diluted with water or can prove to be harsh on the skin. It has anti-bacterial properties that can inhibit further breakouts on your skin.

Baking soda is a strong exfoliator that scrapes off dead skin cells while neutralizing the pH levels of your skin. Honey acts as a brightening agent that makes your skin look fresh. You can use this mask just on your T-zone if you have oily/combination skin or use it all over your face. Avoid using this mask if you have sensitive skin as it can be harmful in some cases.

  • Oatmeal, yogurt and lemon juice:

What you will require:

  • Oatmeal
  • Lemon/lime juice
  • Yogurt

What to do:

1: Start by soaking the oatmeal in the fresh yogurt to soften it.

2: Mix the lemon/lime juice into this.

3:  Apply this thick mask all over your face.

4:  Leave the mask on for almost 20 minutes or until completely dry.

5:  Damp your hands and scrub lightly before washing it off completely. Repeat this mask once a week.

Why does this remedy work?

Oatmeal has raw elements and granules present in it which act as an astonishing exfoliator for your skin. It is also useful as a mild abrasive which helps to get rid of blackheads.

Fresh yogurt has lactic acid present in it which cleanses the skin gently and eliminates the blackheads and pimples efficiently when used regularly over a period of time.

Lemon or lime juice tones your skin and has bleaching properties which makes your skin look radiant and fresh.

Taking care of skin and maintaining it is a very basic and important part. Along with this, it is also imperative to maintain a proper regime and a healthy diet. It is vital to know the ingredients that you use in skincare and therefore to avoid the chemicals, it becomes healthier to use natural homemade ingredients and components.