Blackheads occur due to a condition of the skin where the pores get blocked with dirt as well as dead skin cells. The black colour occurs due to a chemical called melanin. These are basically symptoms of acne and one should get rid of them as soon as possible.
Oily skins have a greater tendency of developing blackheads. Also, accumulation of dead skin cells and failure to clean them will result in blackheads. They can even turn into pimples if they become infected.
Fortunately, there are several natural remedies to remove blackheads.
#6 Egg White
Egg whites are highly effective in tightening pores in the skin, which reduces the chances of formation of blackheads to a great extent. They also remove existing ones.
To create the egg white mask, you need to take one egg and pour its contents into a clean bowl. With the help of a clean cloth or tissue paper, apply it on the affected area. Clean with water after some time.
#5 Use a toner
As stated earlier, blackheads are caused by blocked pores. So, if the size of these pores are reduced, they will naturally help in getting rid of blackheads. Toners such as lemon juice can be used for this.
Please note that lemon juice can make your skin sensitive, so don’t forget to wear a sunscreen if you are going out afterwards.
You can also make your own Apple Cider Vinegar & Mint Tonerwhich provides far better results than lemon juice.
You need to combine 3 tbsp. mint leaves with 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar and water to create a mixture. Apply this mixture onto the blackheads with the help of a clean cloth or cotton balls. Leave it on for a few minutes before cleaning with water. The mint leaves tighten the pores, while the vinegar gets rid of the excess oil and dirt.
#4 Cinnamon and Honey Scrub
Cinnamon and honey, combined, is often used to remove blackheads, Honey is beneficial for your skin and makes your skin “glow”, while cinnamon increases blood flow which in turn increases oxygen supply to the skin. This helps in keeping the face smooth and healthy.
You need to mix equal quantities of cinnamon powder and honey, and apply the mixture for a few minutes. Clean thoroughly with water afterwards.
#3 Honey and Milk Pore Strips
Honey, as stated earlier, is extremely beneficial for your skin. Milk has positive effects on the skin too. The lactic acid present in milk makes the face smooth and soft.
Mix 1 teaspoon of milk with 1 tbsp. raw honey and apply it using cotton balls. You should start seeing its effect within a few days.
#2 Baking Soda & Water
A little baking soda goes a long way for blackheads, but don’t overdo it, as it can seriously dry out your skin thanks to its saltiness. While pH may or may not have a role to play in blackheads, the biggest reason baking soda helps is because of it’s small, fine, granules that can work as a natural and inexpensive way to occasionally exfoliate and remove anything clogging your pores (and therefore causing blackheads.)
#1 Apple Cider Vinegar & Mint Toner
Make your own toner by mixing together ACV and crushed mint leaves. The apple cider vinegar can help break down the stuff causing the blackhead, while the mint creates a cooling “tightening” sensation on your skin.
You will need: 3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, three tablespoons of finely chopped/crushed fresh mint leaves, 8 ounces of water, Cotton balls