A lot of you would know about the word association game. We’ll start this article with the game itself. Yes, I am seriously typing the first word that comes to my mind.
Lustrous – hair
Romance – winters
Happiness – chocolate cake
Stubborn – blackheads
Blackheads don’t discriminate between you, me or anyone else. People of any age can have blackheads on their skin. These are tiny black spots that appear on your skin, but most commonly they break out on the nose and cheeks. Blackheads are basically blocked skin pores (follicles) that are filled with dead skin and sebum (an oily substance). They are a common feature of adolescence and also for people who have oily skin.
Out of the many reasons, the two main causes of blackheads are hormonal changes and excessive use of cosmetic products. Once they occur, it becomes difficult to remove these blackheads.
We all know that our kitchen is a magical place. Apart from all the delicious food, the magical ingredients can be used as a home remedy for a lot of skin and hair woes. Here are some effective home remedies to remove blackheads. Easy and convenient, these remedies use natural products, so you need not worry about the side effects.
Apply a thin layer of cream toothpaste on the blackheads. Leave it to dry for about 20 – 25 minutes and then wash off your face with warm water.
Tomatoes are known to be highly effective in easily removing blackheads. Just mash a ripe tomato and apply over the area affected by blackheads at night. Leave it overnight and in the morning wash your face with cool water.
Due to the high content of Vitamin C in tomatoes, it can be harsh for people with sensitive and acne prone skin. Make sure to do a patch test.
Honey is one ingredient which is blessed with superpowers. From face packs for glowing skin to hair packs for gorgeous hair, honey can be used in many ways. Honey hydrates your skin and tightens skin pores as well.
Apply a thin layer of honey on your blackheads and let it dry for 15 minutes. Wash it off with warm water. Over regular use you’ll see a visible reduction in your blackheads and would also get soft glowing skin.
- Baking Soda
Baking soda is very effective in removing blackheads. Mix two teaspoons of baking soda with water to make a thick paste. Apply evenly on the affected area and gently massage. Allow it to dry and wash off with warm water.
Make sure you dont go overboard with this method. Baking soda can be drying for your skin, so dont forget to apply a toner and moisturizer.
Combination of oatmeal and yogurt works wonders for removing blackheads. Mix two tablespoons of oatmeal, three tablespoons of plain yogurt, and one teaspoon each of lemon juice and olive oil. Mix well and apply this paste on your blackheads. Leave it a few minutes to dry and then rinse off with cool water.
Mix one teaspoon each of cinnamon powder and lemon juice. Apply over blackheads and let it dry for 10 – 15 minutes. Wash off with cool water.
Mix one teaspoon of cinnamon powder and honey into a thick paste. Apply this paste on the blackheads and leave it overnight. Wash your face with lukewarm water in the morning.
- Sugar Scrub
Mix 4 tablespoons of jojoba oil into 1 cup sugar (brown or white). You can add a few drops of essential oil of your choice for added fragrance. Store this scrub in an air tight container and use it when required.
Wet your face and scoop out a little scrub onto your palm. Massage onto the blackheads in circular motions for 5 – 10 minutes and then rinse your face with cool water. You can use this scrub twice a week for effective results.
- Fenugreek leaves
Make a thick paste of fenugreek leaves and water and apply it on the affected area of blackheads. Let it dry for 10 – 15 minutes before washing off with lukewarm water.
Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a bowl and add a pinch of salt to it. Wash your face with warm water and then apply this mix on the blackheads. Leave it for 15 minutes and again rinse off with warm water.
Mix few drops of lemon juice with rosewater and use it daily as a cleanser, concentrating on black heads. Use this cleanser daily for 10 – 12 days for visible changes.
It is possible in some cases that lemon acts like an irritant because of the high value of Vitamin C. Thus, a patch test is recommended.
Using natural and home remedies is always a better option. With easily available ingredients, you can use these simple tips and remove blackheads at home.
P.S: Do a patch test for all the options. User discretion is highly advised.