Blackheads are ugly formations on the surface of the skin that are result of oxidization of dirt, sebum and dead skin cells that clog the skin pores. As the name suggests blackheads are black in color and make the skin appear dull, lifeless and without glow. Blackheads can also make the skin tone uneven. If left untreated, blackheads turn into pus-filled pimples and acne. Acne is a skin disorder and requires medical intervention in some cases.
So to avoid formation of acne it is important to keep the skin clean and clear of blackheads. There are a variety of scrubs available in the market that claim to remove all blackheads from the skin. However, some of the effective scrubs are very expensive and the chemicals used in their formulation can harm sensitive and acne skin. It is advised to use home-made scrubs instead of the scrubs that can be bought from any local cosmetic products store. We give you eight best home remedies for getting rid of blackheads instantly and effectively. These home remedies will remove blackheads and also give the skin an even tone.
Home Remedies For Blackheads
Take two teaspoons black pepper seeds and grind them into coarse powder. Add a little water to the black pepper powder to form a paste of spreadable consistency.
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Apply the black pepper paste on the parts affected by blackheads. Allow the pepper paste to dry for 15 minutes and then scrub it off using wet fingertips. Black pepper will effectively rid the skin of blackheads. If the treated skin turns red in color then simply run some ice cubes over it.
Mix a little water in one tablespoon baking soda and apply the paste on the blackheads. Leave for 5 minutes and then massage the area with gentle hands.
Baking soda has an exfoliating affect on the skin and removes the impurities from deep within the pores. Apply turmeric paste if the skin turns red as a result of exfoliation.
Lemon And Sugar
Take a teaspoon of sugar and half a lemon. Put the fleshy inside of the lemon over the sugar cubes so that the cubes stick to the lemon. Now rub the sugar stuck to lemon over the blackhead affected areas. Don’t be too harsh as sugar cubes can be abrasive on the skin. Gently massage the lemon and sugar over the blackheads.
Now wash the skin with cold water. Do not use soap on the skin for at least a couple of hours. Sugar will remove the blackheads from the skin pores and lemon will give the blemished skin an even tone. Do not use this blackhead remedy if you have sensitive or acne skin.
Add a little water to sea salt and rub the mixture between the palms of your hands. Now apply the mixture in an even layer all over the blackheads. Leave for 5 minutes and then start scrubbing the area.
The mineral properties of the sea salt will effectively exfoliate the skin and extract the dirt accumulated in the skin pores. Unclogging of pores will give your skin a clean and fresh look.
Take half a slice of tomato and rub it all over the skin that is troubled with blackheads. Massage the skin with tomato juice for 5-10 minutes. This will give the chemicals in the tomato juice to effectively get deep inside the pores and unclog them of the accumulated grime, dead skin cells and sebum.
Take two teaspoons powder of orange peel. You can prepare powder of orange peels by drying them in hot sun for three days and then grinding them. Alternatively, you could microwave the peels at high for 20-30 minutes but be careful when microwaving. The peels should not burn or turn light brown in color. To the orange peel powder add about three tablespoons of rosewater and make a paste.
Apply the paste in even layer all over the affected parts of the skin and leave to dry. Once the paste dries completely wet your hands and gently scrub off the orange peel paste from the skin. Wash the skin with cold water. If the skin feels irritated or turns red in color then rub ice cubes over it.
Take ½ cup lentil and powder it in an electric mixer. You will get a powder that is coarse in nature. Take one tablespoon of powdered lentil and add 1 teaspoon chickpea powder and a pinch of turmeric powder in it. Mix the three ingredients and add a little water to the powdered mixture to get a smooth paste that is easy to spread.
Apply this lentil scrub over the blackheads and allow it to dry. After the scrub dries remove it from the skin by rubbing the skin in gentle circular motions. Once the scrub is completely removed wash the skin area with cold water.
Grind two sticks of cinnamon in an electric mixer. You should get about two tablespoon of coarsely ground cinnamon powder. Take a tablespoon of cinnamon powder and mix it with a little water. Add two drops of olive oil in the paste and mix again. Apply the cinnamon paste on the parts covered with blackheads. Let the paste dry for 15 minutes. First scrub the paste off and then wash the skin with cold water. Most of the home remedies for blackheads use exfoliation to extract blackheads from the skin and clean the pores.
These natural scrubs are safe on the skin and can therefore be used n any part suffering from blackheads. All the treatments for getting rid of blackheads should be performed every day (on alternate days for sensitive skin) for a period of 7-10 days to clear the skin. Blackhead formations should be treated well in time to prevent them from turning into acne and pimples.