If blackheads keep showing up on your face, it’s time to learn how to banish those unsightly blemishes.
Blackheads are a type of acne, and many of the best methods for treating acne will help you eliminate blackheads too. However, you will find several more things that you can do to wage war on nasty blackheads.
If you are tired of seeing those tiny black blemishes every time you look in the mirror, here are some easy tips and tricks you can use to banish them for good.
① Work to Balance Oil Production
To banish blackheads, you’ll need to work to balance oil production. Oil is the enemy when it comes to blackheads. You can balance your skin’s oil product by eating the right foods and ensuring you get the right vitamins.
How to Do: Focus on eating vegetables and non-sweet fruits (e.g. leafy greens like spinach, romaine, etc.; zucchini, cucumber, celery, bell peppers, tomato, etc.), low-glycemic fruits (e.g. berries of all kinds, lemons, limes). Eating a healthy diet that is rich in fruits, veggies, lean proteins and complex carbs can help.
You should also avoid eating foods that are fried, fruits that contain a lot of sugar and refined sugar. You will notice a difference in your skin as you focus on eating right to balance oil production.
You may also want to lower or eliminate your consumption of dairy since it contains androgens, which are male-type hormones that can contribute to increasing product of sebum (oily skin) and breakouts/blackheads.
② Stop Over Washing Your Skin.
First, make sure that you stop over washing your skin. When you see those blackheads, you may be tempted to keep scrubbing until they disappear.
However, if you over wash skin, you will end up drying it out, making your skin produce even more oil. This can lead to skin irritation, and it may even lead to more problems with blackheads.
How to Do: It’s better to wash with a natural cleanser (such as 100% Pure foaming washes or baby wash) at night, and then you can do a plain water wash each morning.
③ Exfoliate Regularly.
Regular exfoliation will help you banish blackheads too. Scrubs and other physical exfoliants can offer great results, but peels and non-physical exfoliants often offer even better results for those who have blackheads.
Peels and non-physical exfoliants work by removing the dead skin that could clog pores and create a blackhead, stopping the problem before it occurs.
How to Do: Salicylic acid, glycolic acid, fruit acids/enzymes and lactic acid all work well at removing that surface layer of dead skin. You can use these exfoliants a couple of times each week to remove dead skin, preventing blackheads from developing in the first place.
Try this homemade chemical peel mask. Use a mild peel like this 2–3 times per week.
④ Focus on Hydrating with Water.
Yes, you have heard it before, you need to drink plenty of water each day. However, hydrating by drinking plenty of water does amazing things for your skin.
Drinking high quality filtered or spring water will help to cleanse your skin, and it will keep it moisturized from the inside, which is essential for healthy, beautiful skin. It’s simple, but it works wonders.
How to Do: Avoid high sugar drinks and stick to water or natural, preservative-free brewed teas. So is freshly squeezed lemon in warm water.
When you begin hydrating more, you may notice that you have fewer blackheads, which makes it worth working to get your eight glasses of water each day.
⑤ Keep Skin Protected from the Sun.
Keeping skin protected from the sun will also help you fight the war against blackheads. When you have junk blocking your pores, sunlight can react with it, causing blackheads to appear.
How to Do: If you are going to be exposed to the sun, make sure that you use a natural sunblock that will keep skin protected from harmful rays.
Wearing a hat is also a great idea to protect your face, and it will keep skin well protected from the sun. Wearing a natural zinc-based sunblock is effective, but if you’re like me and dislike wearing heavy sunblock all the time, slap a hat on.
⑥ Use a DIY Mini Facial to Remove Blackheads.
If you want to remove blackheads you already have, a DIY mini facial may help. A mini home facial can help you get most of your blackheads out, and then you can focus on preventing more from forming.
How to Do:
Make sure it’s not too hot, but it needs to be hot enough to soften any sebum that is located in the pores of your skin.
⑦ Try Taking Omega-3 Supplements.
You may want to try taking omega 3 supplements to reduce problems with blackheads as well. Omega 3 supplements can ensure you get the healthy fats that you need and getting those healthy fats can help balance your hormones, which can reduce blackheads and other skin problems.
Great options include krill oil capsules, concentrated fish oil capsules or concentrated liquid fish oil.
How to Do: Great options include krill oil capsules, concentrated fish oil capsules or concentrated liquid fish oil (if you’re allergic to shellfish, stick with fish oil only).
⑧ Start Exercising Regularly
Your skin loves it when you exercise regularly. In fact, staying actives helps your skin, and the rest of the body, stay healthy. When you work out regularly, you will notice that you have a healthy glow to your skin.
How to Do: Whether you go swimming, head out for a walk or hit the gym for a fun exercise class, moving will make a difference in your skin. You don’t need a specific exercise program to reap the results – just get active.
With these tips and tricks, you will notice that your blackheads start going away. These steps will also help you to prevent more blackheads in the future.
Once you eliminate blackheads, make sure you stick to a healthy diet, great skin care, exercising and drinking plenty of water. This way you keep blackheads away for good.
Calleigh is passionate about inspiring others to a healthy living and encourages to re-discover their lifestyle. Her keen interest in health shines through in her written work on DIY skin care, beauty tips, healthy and active lifestyles.