I’m not among those who are overly concerned about blackheads, but this doesn’t mean that I take them lightly or that I don’t pay any attention to them at all. In fact, they’ve kept me awake at nights many times trying to find an alternative to expensive cosmetic products that failed to help me in the past. It looks like all this trouble was finally worthwhile, because it drove me to find natural ways to remove blackheads by using only ingredients that can be found in any household.
The story about blackheads is not as complicated as one might think, in fact there is less than meets the eye about them, not more. These pimples turn black due to their constant exposure to air, and the solution is not to cover them up but to address the underlying problem. Basically what needs to be done is to cleanse the pores, because if you remove the root of the problem the blackheads will vanish as well.
Women with large pores should be particularly concerned about finding natural ways to remove blackheads, because for them these are the current problems. A clean face is the answer to all questions, and this is why most of the solutions involve the application of an exfoliator.
Depending on method and preference, women can use their fingers to apply the mixture and gently rinse, or more specialized objects such as a toothbrush if all else fails. What truly matters is the result, and regardless of what natural remedy you choose, in the end the blackheads will disappear.
Exfoliate with Milk & Nutmeg
This is one of my favorites, as I just love the scrubbing power of nutmeg that helps get rid of oil on my face and blackheads thus leaves behind a glowing, soft skin. This is perfect for oily or acne-prone skin as nutmeg is loaded with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties aside from astringent, therefore you are simply not nourishing the skin underneath, you are also getting rid of dead, dry skin.
The lactic acid from milk alleviates to loosen down the old skin cells and also act as a deep-cleansing agent. (I prefer to use buttermilk instead of regular milk as it contains more lactic acid). Lactic acid is an alpha-hydroxyacid (or AHA), the same chemical that’s used in anti-aging lotions to exfoliate your skin.
1/2 Tbsp ground nutmeg
1 Tbsp milk or buttermilk
Start with a clean face, mix the 2 ingredients and get a consistency of a paste and apply the mixture lightly working outwards. Remember, rub gently otherwise you could end up damaging your skin. Let it sit for 15- 20 minutes and rinse and follow up with a moisturizer. Use this exfoliator mask once or twice a week.
Yep, you read it right. I used egg whites and tissues to clear my pores and pull the gunk off my nose. I don’t know about you but this works wonder for me as I saw my whiteheads and blackheads on the tissue after I peeled it off my skin. You can check my previous post on how I apply this mixture 2x a week and my skin is back to its naturally beautiful state.
1 egg white
Separate the egg white from yolk and whisk slightly. Apply the egg white to your skin using a makeup brush emphasizing the affected spots, however be aware that there’s a little stench since you are using a raw egg after all. Place the tissue on your egg-white coated face and repeat the process for the second coat. Let it dry completely like a mache on your face and its ready to peel off. This may sound icky but you could actually see the acne-prone areas appear greyish where there’s more oil and sweat.
Green clay mask is one of the beauty regimens that I can’t live without. I have to admit, I used to have an oily skin but my skin improved after religiously using this mask every twice a week. Aside from sucking out the oils, it evens out my skin tone and reduce the blemishes thus getting rid the impurities, blackheads and dullness.
French Green Clay has enormous absorbent powers due to the constitution of its micro molecules. It literally “drinks” oils, toxic substances, and impurities from your skin. Its toning action stimulates the skin by bringing fresh blood to damaged skin cells, revitalizing the complexion, and tightening pores.
Mix the ingredients to make it into a paste and apply the mixture on your face. Use a warm wash cloth and wipe away the clay when removing the mask. At this point, your face will feel tight and energized. I then follow up with buttermilk and leave it for 15 minutes before rinsing and finish with a thin layer of moisturizer. As a rule, French green clay masks should be used only once or twice a week because the clay tends to dry the skin.
Did you know that the honey you buy at the grocers’ shop are considered as “adulterated honey” which is made less concentrated and actually has no nutrients. Once the honey is refined and processed with heat, the active curative enzymes are destroyed thus leaving you rather with a liquified sugar. Using organic raw honey will give your skin the healing benefits that it needs and you will see the amazing effects.
halve of lemon
few drops of organic raw honey
Add a few drop of organic raw honey to a halve of lemon and simply, smear the lemon on your face, a bit focusing on the blackhead-prone areas, particularly the nose and the chin. After that, let the concoction stay on your face approximately within five to 10 minutes and rinse it with cold water. That’s it, and you can see an instant result. On top of that, lemon juice is known to be a perfect natural alternative in reducing blemishes and dark spots while honey is such a boon for moisturizing it.
Perhaps your first impression with basil is one leafy green that enhances the flavor of your pesto sauce. Evidently, the goodness of this herb is commonly perceived in the cooking world however, its potency in the skincare department is applauded too. Basil is rich with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds which make it as a good cleansing agent plus its distinctive smell mollifies stress as well as sinuses. The oil in basil is great in eliminating dark spots while the antibacterial properties help to combat skin disorder characterized by pimples.
Lavender is a natural muscle relaxer and works great for clogged pores plus it is a soothing agent, conditioner and astringent. So not only, when you are doing the steam, does it smell great, but you are also absorbing all of active nutrients that come out of the oils, and penetrate your skin and pores.
Baking soda has been found to be an amazing natural non-abrasive skin exfoliant! When you buy exfoliants at the store, they contain harsh chemicals (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) that are used to renew the layer of skin by burning off the old one. Baking soda is a physical exfoliant, that instead of doing harm, it actually physically scrubs off the excess skin cells and dirt that is accumulating.
1. steaming the face to open up the pores – this is to flush out the dirt and toxins, leaving the skin soft and glowing. Also works wonders on acne-prone skin and other blemishes.
2 cups of water
5-8 drops of Lavender Oil
Handful of Basil (Fresh or Dried will do!)
Step 1: Take your 2 cups of water, Lavender oil, and basil, and pop them into a pan on the stove
Step 2: Turn on stove-top to medium and let the mixture boil for about 5-6 minutes
Step 3: Once mixture has boiled for that time, pull off burner and pour into a bowl
Step 4: Pull back your hair, and place face over bowl letting the steam hit and absorb into your face. Do this for about 10 minutes. It’s super relaxing and smells GREAT!
Step 5: Take your baking soda, and a little bit of water, and make into a paste. Massage thoroughly into skin. Let it dry.
Step 6: Wash baking soda off with cool water. Your skin will feel fresh and new! And blackheads will be saying bye-bye!