What are the best home remedies for blackheads?
Blackheads are unsightly pesky clogged pores that build up around our nose and cheeks. If you’re skin type is oily, chances are you’ve been struggling with blackheads for a while. As dirt and oil tend to build up on our open pores, our follicles stretch leading to the first stages of blackheads. While we can head to the salon for a blackhead extraction and facial every week, it’s not easy on our skin or on our wallets to do so that often.
A few home remedies and DIY tips will cleanse away all of the unsightly blackheads accumulating on your cheeks, nose and even chin.
Organic Pore Strip
Pore strips can end up being quite costly over time, and some can end up being a waste of money altogether. Most pore strips are made out of a strong adhesive on a cotton material that hardens when dried after dampening. These can end up leaving behind stubborn blackheads and dead skin. A method of creating your own pore strips at home is using 2 simple ingredients- gelatin and milk.
Simply mix 1 tablespoon of powdered unflavored gelatin and 1 tablespoon milk in a microwavable safe bowl. Place the smooth mixture in the microwave for 10-15 seconds until the paste color turns yellow. Once it’s mixed apply onto your nose, cheeks and chin using a brush in an even thin layer. Leave it on until it hardens on your skin and peel off slowly. You’ll see your blackheads extracted and your skin softer than ever!
Egg White Mask
To perk up your skin and declog your pores, egg whites can instantly tighten and balance any excess oil build up. While most masks will only tighten your skin, a peel-off mask will help to remove any excess dead skin and firm your skin. For dry skin types, focus on applying this only on the nose to pull out any blackheads and shrink your pores.
To create this mask, take one egg and separate the white and yolk. Using only the whites, whip it into a foamy consistency. Using a brush, apply it all over the face or on certain targeted areas where large pores accumulate. Wait for the mask to dry completely before peeling it off. Your skin will feel softer and firmer instantly after use.
To naturally remove dirt, oil and excess sebum from the skin, lemon juice diluted with water is an essential astringent to shrink your skin’s pores and unclog blackheads. Since lemon is a natural bleaching agent, it should be used before you go to bed and away from the sun.
The lemon can be squeezed out into a bowl and mixed with water. Then dip a cotton ball and apply all over the skin. Leave the lemon juice mixture on the entire night and wash off in the morning for visible results. Use this method once a week for noticeable results!
With so many products in the market claiming to fix all your blackhead worries, there’s nothing better than all natural and organic home remedies that will degunk and free your skin from blackheads!
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Sidrah N is a beauty writer and blogger with particular interests in makeup and photography. See her Instagram to find out more.
Keeping skin fresh is not easy!. To learn about new ways to clear clogged pores, visit our guides to handheld skin scrubbing machines using ultrasonic waves or home-based tools for microdermabrasion. Using electronic suctions made to clean out pores and opening pores with facial steamers are other great methods for cleaning blackheads.