A blackhead is a dark bump that appears on the skin and in particular on facial skin. It is dark simply because it remains open to air and the darkness results from the oxygenation. Contrary to common belief, blackheads can be accompanied by acne or without any development of acne.
Blackheads are caused by overproduction of sebum within hair follicles, which leads to clumping of epidermal cells that the skin sheds. This causes the development of pustules within hair follicles, leading to small inflammations that may crack to open or remain closed. Those that remain closed are referred to as whiteheads.
Although the development of blackheads is common in teenagers due to hormonal changes, adults and in particular women also develop them due to hormonal changes related to use of contraceptives, pregnancy, and menstrual flow.
The fact that there are conventional medications including topical creams and ointments for blackheads should not be the excuse not to use home remedies. There are various home remedies for blackheads that have been proved to be very effective in addressing this common skin problem.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been used for decades to treat various health problems including such skin problems as blackheads. It contains acetic acid, which is very effective in breaking down and clearing up of any build-up of sebum in hair follicles. In addition, it balances your skin’s pH, which helps prevent the development of blackheads. Consider applying apple cider vinegar on affected areas of your skin as a toner to clear back heads.
2. Lemon Juice
Like with Apple cider vinegar, lemon juice has been used for a very long time to treat various skin conditions. It is rich in vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that acts to stimulate the production of collagen when applied on the skin. It also contains citric acid, which is very good at getting rid of dead skin cells.
- Squeeze fresh lemon to obtain fresh juice.
- Clean area of your skin affected by blackheads.
- Use a cotton ball to apply the juice on the skin.
- Let it set in for at least 10 minutes before rinsing off. You may also use it before going to bed in which case you leave it on overnight.
Honey has both antiseptic and antibacterial properties. Apply it on areas of areas of your skin affected by blackheads helps to kill any bacteria. This is in addition to cleaning clogged skin pores.
The most effective way to achieve optimum results is to warm a spoonful of honey before application using a cotton ball. You may rinse it off or leave it overnight.
4. Baking Soda
Baking soda has antiseptic properties, which makes it very good for treating any infection on the skin. It is also very effective in exfoliating dead skin cells, leaving your skin soft and smooth.
- Mix a spoonful of baking soda in a reasonable amount of water.
- Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture on affected areas of your skin.
- Leave it on for at least 10 minutes before rinsing it off. Do this twice a day for a week to remove blackheads.
5. Green Tea
Green tea is a powerful antioxidant. It also contains varied vitamins that are good for the skin. Applying green tea on areas of your skin affected by blackheads helps to break down excess oil within hair follicles, which in effect eliminates blackheads.
Consider steeping at least two bags of green tea in warm water. Use a cotton ball to apply the mixture on affected areas at least once per day for a week for better results.
6. Bentonite Clay
If you can find Bentonite clay then treating blackheads should not be a problem. The clay contains more than 60 trace minerals including potassium, magnesium, iron, silica and calcium among other minerals. It has been used for decades to treat various skin conditions. It is very good at absorbing impurities and excess oil in the skin.
- Mix a spoonful of the clay with a reasonable amount of water to form a paste.
- Apply the paste on affected areas of your skin and leave on for about 20 minutes to dry before rinsing it off.
- Do this for at least twice per day for a week to get rid of blackheads.
7. Egg White
The white part of an egg is a very good toner. It is also rich in albumin and protein, nutrients that are very beneficial to your skin.
Consider applying a layer of egg white on areas affected. Give it time to dry before cleaning the mask off and applying a moisturizer. Do this at least once per day for a week for good results.
Sugar is a very good scrub.
- Mix about three spoonfuls of sugar with jojoba, grapeseed, olive or almond oil.
- Wet the affected areas of your skin before applying the mixture and rubbing it in a circular motion for about 5 minutes before cleaning the skin.
- Do this on a regular basis to get rid of blackheads.
Turmeric is a spice that has been used as traditional medicine to treat various ailments for decades. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful antioxidant.
- Mix a reasonable amount of turmeric with either jojoba, olive, almond or grapeseed oil.
- Apply the mixture on affected areas of your skin and leave it to soak in for 10 minutes before cleaning.
- Do this once per day for a week to get rid of blackheads.
Cinnamon is another great spice that contains antibacterial properties. It is also good at exfoliating the skin.
- Mix a reasonable amount of cinnamon with honey to form a powerful antibacterial paste.
- Apply a layer of the mixture on affected areas and leave on for at least 15 minutes before cleaning. Do this for a week to achieve good results.
These are proved home remedies that are effective in treating blackheads and many other skin conditions. You should be able to find most of them in your locality.