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Blackheads, also called open comedones, are skin impurities due to dilation and opening of whiteheads or closed comedones. Blackheads are a common phenomenon in younger years, typical of skin areas rich in sebaceous glands such as the nose, cheeks or back. Once formulated, they may remain such and which for long periods, regress, or degenerate into inflammatory phenomena of bacterial origin. For this reason, in adolescent age, blackheads are considered the acne anteroom.
Skin, pores and blackheads
Skin is the largest organ of the human body, it covers the whole body and is constantly in constant renewal. There are many natural remedies to keep you healthy. Also called cutaneous tissue, the skin is a continuous, elastic and durable fabric that enwraps out body, externally covering it completely. At the internal level, there is no continuity with the mucous membrane covering the internal cavities of the individual apparatus (digestive, respiratory, urogenital). With skin attachments like hairs, sebaceous and sudoripary glands, nails, it forms the tegumental apparatus. The topmost layer on the surface of the skin is called epidermis.
The skin protects us from bacterial agents and harmful substances, protects against heat and cold, and through sweat production transfers heat and water to the outside. It maintains the body’s internal temperature and hydro-saline balance.
Oily skin is characterized by excessive sebum production that makes it shiny especially in the “T zone”, an area of the face that includes forehead, nose and chin. In addition, mixed or fat skin may have dilated pores, blackheads and whiteheads, pimples and stinging. The appearance of greasy and unclean skin may worsen during periods of severe stress, when excessive quantities of dairy products are consumed or if you use detergents and creams not suitable for your skin type. To treat this type of skin, it is best to follow a balanced diet, using a delicate, low foaming face cleanser and moisturizing creams with astringent and sebum-absorbing ingredients and low fat content.
So what is a blackhead and why is it called that? A blackhead, black spot, black comedone or a clogged pore appears when, right, a pore gets clogged with sebum and skin’s own pigments, and it is the pigment makes a clogged pore look black. When pressed on both sides, its content comes out with a black head sitting on top of it, and hence the name. Most of the time you get blackheads on your nose, nasolabial fold, forehead, chin and you can also have them on your cheeks but it’s not as common.
Why do some suffer from clogged pores, while others – not so much? The onset of black spots can be attributed to many causes: hormonal changes, unbalanced nutrition, lack of delicate skin cleansing and moisturizing. Those who most often suffer from a large amount of sebum in the skin get affected with blackheads, and this is something one cannot really do anything about besides adjusting one’s diet. There are also some vitamins that can reduce sebum production. Some specialists believe black spots to be associated with emotion-retaining phenomena or an undisclosed desire to distance others. It can mean imbalances in the relation and contact sphere: the skin is in fact a business card and an organ through which the inner self is related to the outside. Preventing the onset of black spots also means investigating the underlying motives and resolving them.
Sebum, the matter blackheads are built up with, is a lipid substance normally produced by the body to protect the skin and its hydrolipidic layer. The sebaceous glands are found on the entire surface of the body but concentrate more on some portions: the face is one of these. When the sebum is produced in balanced quantities and when its excess is discharged in a normal way, the skin is hydrated and elastic. However, when the sebaceous production is abnormal or its disposal is not sufficiently performed by the skin, the phenomenon of black spots may occur. Black spots are formed when the excess sebum present in the hair follicles is oxidized by coming into contact with the air.
In this case, it may appear too tempting to mechanical remove the black spots, squeezing or using too aggressive products, believing that striping the skin from its oils resolves the problem; it may cause an acute phenomenon of black spots: the skin may be inflamed or respond with further sebum production to rebalance the lost hydration with scrubbing and skin cleansing which is too aggressive.
Should you give in to the temptation to squeeze blackheads? No, preferably not. Clamping it can lead to an inflammation (find). However, if you let it remain, it can also lead to a finding because the pores are clogged. But if you squeeze it you can also get scars, so it’s best not to do so and instead use skin care products – or better still, home remedies in conjunction with minor changes in your lifestyle.
Easier still, and more effective, is to prevent excessive formation of blackheads. How can you avoid getting your pores clogged? Keep the skin clean, use as little make-up as possible and never sleep with make-up. Take care of the cleaning by washing your skin morning and evening, use facial water to remove residual makeup. Avoid oil-based creams and make-up. Be careful to moisturize the skin, but it is important to adjust your cream and avoid oil based skincare products. Also, it is good to use natural cosmetics and read the INCI (international nomenclature of cosmetic ingredients), the label listing all the ingredients present in the cosmetics, many of which, such as nickel, can cause allergies.
A look at home remedies for blackheads
As everyone knows, crushing the blackheads between the fingers makes it easier to expel their contents, which appears in the form of greasy cylinders with a dark pimple. However, this controversial and unfortunately very widespread approach is certainly not the best technique to treat them, since, if followed without the due diligence, it may have cicatrical or infectious outcomes.
First, to limit the appearance of new blackheads, it is essential to take care of your skin regularly and appropriately. In this regard, it is essential to cleanse the skin daily with soap and water. Remember, however, that a small amount of sebum is still important to protect it from annoying irritations. Therefore, it is best to avoid aggressive detergents and frequent washings (which would lead to producing even more sebum).
If the blackheads are particularly stubborn, worsen or cause irritation and inflammation, medication may be needed. The pharmacological treatment of blackheads, however, cannot be disregarded as a preventive dermatological examination.
Comedolithic therapy is based on the administration of topical drugs, among which are retinoic acid products (a vitamin A derivative). This active ingredient, now overcome by less irritating derivatives, prevents the formation of the keratin cap and stimulates the expulsion at the level of the blackheads already formed. In other words, retinoic acid dissolves the comedones and prevents it from re-occurring.
Of course, in the case of blackhead drug therapy, it is important to follow the instructions given on the prescribed medication label and the medical advice strictly. Only relying on the care of those who know the problem deeply can avoid the scars and the dangerous irritations that often hide behind the DIY remedies.
Very useful are also so-called peelings which, by application of skin products, followed by a gentle massage, favor the removal of superficial cells, while stimulating cell proliferation. Finally, the surgical enucleation is also worth mentioning, through which the physician, with the aid of a small circular tip instrument called a comedon extractor, favors the ejection of the oily mass enclosed within the blackheads. These operations must be carried out with sterile materials in a very clean environment. To facilitate pores opening, it is important to expose the skin to steam for about ten minutes before starting treatment.
Natural remedies for blackheads you can make at home
For many of the disorders that affect skin, natural remedies are ideal. Obviously, it depends on the season and on your psychophysical balance, but basically we may indicate some specific remedies targeted according to the result you want to get. The health of the skin is also by large part determined by a good nutrition based on a targeted diet.
Natural moisturizers against blackheads
Since blackheads is such a complex problem that starts with hydrbalance problems, it is very important to help your skin with moisturizes. It can be done with a hundred-percent natural remedies. For homemade moisturizing, hyaluronic acid is best used. It is a molecule that is naturally found in our body, good for dry skin. Ideal source of hyaluronic acid is jojoba oil.
Calendula, for its soothing action, is ideal for redness, cracking irritation and skin inflammation caused by sebum overproduction. It can be used in a variety of masks, lotions, face washes, etc. to treat and prevent inflamed blackheads. See below for more detailed recipes.
Chamomile has good anti-inflammatory properties and can be applied to inflamed blackheads in order to promote their healing.
Vegetable oils in all their variety are designed by Nature itself for those who want to nourish the skin. Here we should mention argan oil, shea butter and wheat germ oil, which strongly rejuvenates the hydrolipidic film, rich in vitamins that nourish the skin.
Phythotherapy and Black flower remedies
With phytotherapy you can also mitigate the signs left by the inflamed blackheads or acne scars and adequately protect yourself from the sun in summer, in order to avoid erythema and redness, with particular attention to the protection of the skin in young children. In case of psoriasis, chronic inflammation of the skin, in addition to phytotherapy, improvement can be achieved through balanced nutrition, Bach flower remedies, acupuncture and sunbathing.
To obtain a good cleansing lotion for the skin, boil 20 grams of rootstock root, purifying herb, in about 2 liters of water. Filter and let it rest. The decoction should then be taken in the amount of 1 or 2 cups per day, to be slowly sipped on.
Homemade pore stripes
A cheap tip for black / dirty pores on your nose that you can do at home is based on ingredients from your fridge and pantry. There are so-called “Pore Stripes” that you stick to your nose and then peel off. This home remedy is made with only gelatin powder and milk. After applying it you will enjoy a smooth, soft and clean skin on the nose, forehead and chin – the infamous T-zone. You will need a glass bowl, a tablespoon, a brush (which you will not be sorry to part with when the cure is done), milk and gelatin powder. Mix 1 tablespoon of gelatin powder and 1½ tablespoon of milk (just any standard milk you have in the household) in the bowl. Heat in microwave for 10-15 seconds, mix again. Let cool down and feel on the top of the hand that it is not too hot. Use the brush and brush the batter on the nose. Allow to dry completely and then pull off the gelatin. The blackheads will follow and stay on the patch. It may hurt a little, feels like pulling a band aid off. We do not recommend using this on any other part of the face than nose and chin.
Essential oils for skin with black spots: steam baths and vaporized blends
Lavender and bergamot oil for prep cleansing
It is necessary first to release the follicles from excess sebum and to let the skin breathe. To do this, steam baths can be used: in a pot of boiling water, a drop of essential lavender oil is melted for every half liter of water, the face is exposed to steam, with the top of the head and the sides covered with a towel, for approximately ten minutes. After the steam bath, the skin of the face is cleansed with the following vaporized spray mixture: half a liter of natural water, 2 tablespoons of apple vinegar, 2 drops of essential bergamot oil, 2 drops of essential lavender oil. The mixture is vaporised slightly on the face and the skin is then is lightly massaged with a glove or microfiber cloth.
Mixture of essential oils for the prevention of black spots
Once the skin is cleaned in a delicate manner, a mixture can be used to prevent the formation of black spots and soften those that are still present. 30 ml of almond oil, 5 drops of essential lavender oil, 5 drops of lemongrass or citronella essential oil, 5 drops of sage essential oil, 5 drops of essential thyme oil. Put a small amount of oil on the clean skin and massage it lightly with your fingers until absorbed. Bloat with a tissue to remove the excess oils. This mixture should be used every night until the problem is resolved.
Homemade purifying tonics against blackheads
When the skin tries to defend itself in a very active way and is not well cared for, or perhaps mistreated with soaps with the wrong skin pH and unsuitable cleaning tools, as a result you have a skin that is not in full health. Since impure skin is also particularly sensitive: it needs to be treated from the outside with appropriate products, and from the inside following a diet rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. It is then absolutely forbidden to smoke, drink alcohol or too much coffee.
The skin impurities are counterattacked with the use of natural remedies can be implemented early in the morning by cleaning the face: after washing your face with lukewarm water alternating with cold water and gently rubbing it with the towel, take skimmed milk, apply a few drops of sterile cotton wool or sterile gauze and start rubbing your face.
After the milk comes the tonic, always made at home. You can choose between a fennel stew, prepared by leaving semi-dried infusions and fennel leaves for about 5 minutes and then applied on the face when cold; alternatively, use the astringent mint, prepared by letting the stems and leaves of fresh mint to be infused for 5 minutes. You can use also a tonic to the willow and lemon: an infusion is made with crushed bark of willow, to which is added half a fresh filtered lemon.
The combination of the two elements and principles is great for melting keratin plugs that block the pores of the skin. All three are therefore great tonic to eliminate blackheads. The same procedure can be repeated for cleaning the face in the evening before bedtime. If you wear makeup, you should also use a good detergent milk from a herbalist or pharmacy, possibly based on avocado oil and wheat germ.
Mixture of wheat germ and herbal essential oils
To continue to exploit and combine the synergistic action of natural remedies, a very useful nutrient preparation for combating unclean skin is as follows: a base of wheat germ oil is added to which a drop of essential oil is added – for best effect, choose rosemary, geranium, sage, lavender or malaleuca oil. Apply the mixture on the face, gently massaging it. Mixture’s beneficial and nutritious action will be felt throughout the day.
Skin’s vaporizing salve made at home
This natural remedy that can be done once a week and it consists in vaporizing or herbal fumes. The cure helps fight off blackheads by addressing the problem that lies in the core of clogged pores, being the excess of sebum. Take a pot and boil one gallon of water, put in a herbal bowl of choice between chamomile, nettle, marigold, thyme and rosemary (detergent and softening properties), or mint, lemon elderberry flowers (astringent properties), leek and fennel (healing and purifying properties) along with a spoonful of baking soda, pour over boiling water, close the face by holding your head under a towel for ten minutes. This treatment purifies the pores of the skin and allows them to breathe.
DIY purifying facial mask
Purifying masks are of great help for deep cleansing of the skin to absorb excess sebum and to counteract dilated pores: Applying a purifying mask from one to three times a week will be less common with the appearance of blackheads, pimples and the formation of dilated pores and skin fatigue.
Preparing a homemade purifying mask is really simple and cheap: just a few ingredients are easy to find in herbal remedies and in a matter of minutes we will have a mask suitable to counter black spots, pimples, oily skin and skin imperfections, including blackheads. You will need 4 tablespoons of ventilated green clay, a teaspoon of lemon juice, just enough of tea tree hydrolate, two drops of essential tea tree oil. In a bowl, combine the drops of essential green clay, oil and mix them together nicely. Add lemon juice and tea tree hydrolate enough to get a dense, homogeneous cream. Apply a thin layer of product on the face skin, excluding the contour of the eyes. Leave for five minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water and remove all residues. You can repeat the treatment from one to three times a week. The mask should not be stored, it should be used immediately after preparation.
Natural remedies for excessive facial sebum
As been indicated above, sebum is a substance produced by the sebaceous glands, skin attachments that are found in the dermis. Normally, the amount of sebum secreted by the glands does not cause problems and is sufficient to perform a protective action against the skin, ensuring its hydration and softness. The sebaceous glands perform their secretory function under hormone control, so it may happen that at some moments of life it becomes more sebum: it is not uncommon, in fact, an increase in sebum production during adolescence and pregnancy or before the arrival of the menstrual cycle, as well as sebum tend to decrease with menopause. Since nutrition can also cause an excess of sebum and, generally, a balanced diet tends to normalize many physiological functions, including sebum production. A healthy lifestyle, including balanced nutrition, accompanied by the right natural cosmetic remedies, can help resolve the problem of excessive sebum production.
The excess sebum causes what we call oily skin, that is, a skin that is greasy, often accompanied by dilated pores, impurities and imperfections. In addition to curing nutrition and lifestyle, it is possible to intervene on the excess of sebum through cosmetics and there are natural products that we can use to normalize sebum production. Two or three times a week, apply a homemade purifying mask to absorb excess sebum and wipe the skin deep (find the instructions above). Here is how you can address the problem of excessive skin sebum with home treatments.
Cleansing the skin on your face that has excess sebum can be made with a gentle eco-bio detergent that does not aggravate the skin. Alternatively, we can remove dirt and make up residues with a cotton ball and some drops of jojoba wax, suitable for oily skin types.
Hazelnut oil can be used to cleanse greasy skin. The elements present in this oil will leave the skin pores de-clogged, and the skin itself smoother and softer. Hazelnut oil is a yellow-amber, light and pleasantly aromatic vegetable oil, used for both nutritional purposes, powerful antioxidant and remineralizing properties, and in natural cosmetics for purifying action on fat skin. It is derived from cold squeezing the fruits of the hazelnut, a process that keeps all the organoleptic characteristics intact.
The oil is characterized by a delicate and slightly scented hazelnut flavor, it can be used as a condiment, in the daily feeding of children and the elderly and in convalescence, as well as for the purposes which are the focus of the present article, which is as a natural product for facial cleansing, like a cleansing milk.
Since sebum production is mostly controlled from the inside, it makes sense to add vegetable oils in your diet, and hazelnut oil is a very worthy candidate to stock your pantry on. Hazelnuts, like all oily seeds, are a very rich “good fat” food, which can lower LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) and triglycerides. Among these are omega-6 and omega-3 (usually present in fish and marine algae), which in their turn help to prevent the onset of cardiovascular disease and lower the cholesterol excess in the blood. Digested more than any other oily fruit, hazelnut is one of the most varieties of dried fruit rich in vitamin E, the skin’s antioxidant par excellence.
Hazelnut oil contains a good percentage of flavonoids, which perform anti-inflammatory, antiviral action and counteract the onset of tumors; and phytosterols, substances considered important in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. It is also an excellent source of calcium, vitamin B6, B1, B2 and PP selenium (a mineral that prevents cellular aging).
Hazelnut oil is very suitable for fat skin and suffering from scarring and acne. In fact, these skins carry three beneficial actions: purifying action frees pores from impurities, especially those who live in smog-like towns and are exposed to its pollution; astringent action helps to softly close the pores; rebalancing action able to regulate sebum production. It can therefore be used as a cleansing milk for daily facial cleansing and also as a cleanser.
Amylose, sage and lavender hydrocarbon
An astringent tonic can be used to address the problem of blackheads. Choose between amylose, sage or lavender hydrolate: alternatively we can rely on DIY and prepare simple tonics that help normalize sebum production.
DIY tonic for oily skin
To prepare this simple recipe, there are just a few ingredients, cheap and easy to find. The tonic is used after cleansing the face, applying it to the skin with a cotton ball. You will require the following ingredients: zest of one lemon (fresh, grated), 35 milliliters of demineralised water, 15 milliliters of apple cider vinegar. Finely grate the lemon zest and place in a container with apple cider vinegar; let it macerate overnight. The next day, add the water, mix and pour the tonic into a clean, dry bottle. Keep the toner in the fridge for a week at most.
Gommage with jojoba pearls: when to do it
Jojoba pearls are small spheres insoluble in water and in oil: hydrolysing jojoba wax is a natural ingredient used in cosmetics. Jojoba pearls are used to exfoliate facial and body skin delicately. Thanks to its smooth surface, jojoba pearls allow for effective, but not aggressive exfoliation, even for those with sensitive skin and particularly reactive because they do not irritate or scratch the skin. Jojoba pearls, as well as jojoba oil, have excellent compatibility with the epidermis and can be used to prepare face gommages suitable for all skin types. Jojoba pearls are also used to prepare facial cleansers to remove dead cells, stimulate circulation, uniformize and lighten the incarnate, clean the skin deeply by eliminating black spots.
The gommages and scrubs also help to increase the absorption of creams and ointments that are applied after exfoliation. You can add them to creams, gels, cleansers, soaps, and clay masks to prepare face treatments that will enhance your skin’s appearance without irritating it. If you have skin that is lifeless, bleak or has impurities and you seek a gentle remedy to regain brightness, softness and deep cleansing without irritating and without spoiling the tanning, jojoba pearls are your first-line defense: use it once every 7-10 days. Check out the recipes that follow.
Purifying face cleansing with jojoba and clay pearls
Facial masks with clay and jojoba pearls are designed to clean the clogged skin deeply and remove excess sebum and any black spots in a gentle way. You will need the following ingredients: one spoonful of white clay, three spoonfuls of lavender hydrolatee, one teaspoonful of jojoba pearls. Preparation: Mix the clay hydrolatee and mix until you get a dense cream and cut the lumps. Combine the jojoba pearls, mix again and use gommage to exfoliate facial skin. Apply gommage to damp skin and massage gently. Then leave the mixture on the face skin for ten minutes before rinsing it with lukewarm water. To remove all clay residues you can help with a wet sponge.
Delicate face gommage with jojoba and aloe pearls
Another variation of the face gommage with jojoba pearls can be prepared using pure aloe vera gel. Aloe gel is moisturizing, emollient and anti-wrinkle and is suitable for all skin, even the most delicate types. The ingredients are as follows: one spoonful of aloe vera gel, one teaspoon of jojoba pearls. The preparation method is: Mix in a small bowl the aloe vera gel and jojoba pearls. Massage on wet skin for a few minutes, then rinse the gum with lukewarm water and apply your usual cream.
Blackhead cleanser with jojoba pearls
By adding jojoba pearls to the liquid cleanser or the cleansing milk that you use for your regular facial cleansing, you get a gentle face gum in less than a minute. Take one teaspoonful of liquid facial wash, half a pile of jojoba pearls. Follow these preparation instructions: Combine jojoba pearls with your liquid soap or face cleansing milk: massage the gommage on damp skin and rinse with lukewarm water.
B5 – Pantothenic acid
There are a variety of B vitamins, many of which are important for a healthy and beautiful skin. In the case of acne problems, especially vitamin B5, also called pantothenic acid, is very interesting. This vitamin is found in all the body’s cells as a constituent of the important coenzyme A (CoA) that plays a crucial role in the metabolism of fat and the formation of hormones in the body. Just that synthesis is thought to be the reason for the good effect in treating blackheads. Vitamin B5 works by reducing the sebum production which is the basic problem in the emergence of blackheads and acne.
GLA – Gammalinolenic acid
The skin needs fatty acids and especially interesting are the GLA fatty acids when it comes to problems with blackheads and even eczema. GLA fatty acids are needed to build the skin’s protective barrier, but also for the formation of the body’s important prostaglandins. These are hormone-like neurotransmitters that affect acne and eczema by reducing skin inflammation and balancing sebum production. The same prostaglandin also affects how strongly the body reacts to hormone fluctuations during a menstrual period, which means that intake of GLA fatty acids can also reduce PMS disorders.
A well-functioning stomach is a prerequisite for a healthy, comedone-free skin. The skin is dependent on nutrients, and these are absorbed via the gastrointestinal tract. If it does not work, skin problems like blackheads may occur, especially as hormone balance is also affected by nutritional deficiencies and imbalances. An addition of probiotics, such as Lactiplus, is particularly important when the intestinal natural bacterial flora is disturbed by an antibiotic cure, but also to reduce toxins and digestion processes in the intestine, and to improve digestion and nutritional uptake.
Zinc is an important mineral for the skin since about 20 percent of the body’s zinc is stored in the skin and plays a significant role in wound healing and cell renewal. Blackheads and other skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and skin cracks can occur and also worsen in zinc deficiency. The mineral also plays an important role in hormonal balance. Unbalance between zinc and copper where the zinc value is low relative to the copper value indicates high estrogen levels relative to progesterone. This not only gives symptoms like acne but also PMS disorders and abundant menstrual periods.
Adzuki beans peel
Adzuki beans peel – add vegetable oil of your choice to ground adzuki beans to form a slurry. The paste then should be gently massaged into wet skin with circular movements, then rinsed. Adzuki bean powder exfoliates perfectly and removes dead skin, gently cleanses pores of the skin from impurities, as well as nourishes and elasticises the skin. Contraindications for peeling are numerous abscesses.
Cinnamon mask is excellent for blackheads – a little cinnamon powder mixed with buttermilk or yogurt and selected oil to form a homogeneous slurry. Apply it to the entire face or to the area affected by imperfections. The mask causes burning and redness, which is normal, but if you can not withstand the feeling of burning better wash off the mask. Cinnamon mask is not suitable for dry, sensitive, allergic skin plagued with blackheads. The cinnamon mask cleanses pores from dead residues and sebum, and works by shrinking pores. In addition, it eliminates scars and discoloration.
Baking soda mask
To prepare a blackheads-cleansing facial mask from baking soda, take one spoonful of soda mixed with buttermilk or a tablespoon of milk with a little yogurt and vitamin A + E. Apply on face for approxinately 10-20 minutes. Then wash first with lukewarm and then with cold water. The skin should be immediately blotted and moisturized, because soda has a strong basic reaction. The mask of baking soda deeply cleanses and narrows the pores, normalizes sebum secretion, and also brightens discoloration and scars.
Egg whites mask
Narrowing the pores, and thus protecting against the appearance of blackheads, the egg whites are best treated twice a week. It is a perfect treatment after cleansing the skin. Just beat the egg white, apply evenly on your face for 15-20 minutes and wash with lukewarm water after drying. Protein masks are not recommended for very dry skin. Protein acts as an astringent agent and cleanses the skin. You can add some lemon juice to the effect of the extraction. After applying such a mask the skin is clean, smooth and toned.
Apple cider vinegar and lavender oil
The apple cider vinegar is great in skin care with blackheads. For a glass of water add 2 teaspoons of vinegar. Add lavender oil, which acts antiseptically. The apple vinegar tonic has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition, it brightens and narrows the pores.
Apricot oil (affordable, available in most pharmacies) is an excellent home remedy against blackheads. A mixture of 10 ml of essential oil with 40 ml of cosmetic keratin, is the ideal tonic to cope with blackheads. It has a slightly pungent smell, so it is worth to use it in the evenings before washing your face. Similar effect can be obtained with steaming your face over a freshly boiled water with a few drops of apricot oil. The remedy involves pouring 15 ml of essential oil into the bowl of hot water and holding the head in the vapors (under a towel) for 10 minutes.
Rice and milk
Another way to get rid of the blackheads is to scrub with rice and milk. Sounds tasty? Just soak the rice in milk for several hours, drain and use the resulting mass like a classic peeling.
Equally effective is aspirin tonic. Its preparation is fabulously simple and the results is quite spectacular. 15 tablets of classic aspirin are distilled in 100 milliliters of water, then add a little glycerol or scent oil. You can store it in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks and wash your face every evening.
Oat flakes peeling
Oat flakes perfectly exfoliates dead skin cells and evens out the skin. Out flakes have the ability to cleanse pores, which is why they are recommended for oily, polluted with comedones and sensitive skin. They also alleviate irritation. It is best to use organic oat flakes not processed ones, i.e. the ones that require cooking. Those will have more nutrients than these flashes.
Oatmeal flakes for peeling can be used in full, peeling will be stronger or can be ground in a coffee grinder to minimize friction. Such form is recommended for sensitive and vascular skin. You can benefit from the alternated use of both types of peeling – whole flakes and ground flakes both are equally effective. If you split the flakes, then the slurry sticks better to the face and does not flake, if the pun can be excused here. Unfortunately, such a peeling, especially if we use whole flakes, will get cut you a piece of work with cleaning the sink afterwards, so watch out for it not to get too clogged as you de-clog your pores.
Here is how the peeling is prepared: 3 tablespoons steel-cut oatmeal, a small amount of boiled water or milk (enough to make mush), 1 teaspoon of honey (optional), 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of oil recommended for oily skin (e.g. jojoba, sesame, peach, walnut, soybean, linseed, leopard, cannabis). Flakes are then soaked in water or milk. Leave them for several minutes to absorb the liquid. Add lemon juice and oil. Apply to face and massage for 30 seconds bypassing the eyes and mouth, then leave the mask on the face for 10 minutes, after which wash with lukewarm water. The pores will be perfectly cleaned and the skin smoothed out.
Oatmeal peeling for sensitive skin:
Take 3 tablespoons ground oatmeal, a small amount of water or milk (enough to produce a slurry), 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of olive oil or another natural oil. For this mask, oatmeal flakes are best processed in a coffee grinder. Add a small amount of water or milk. Then add honey and olive oil. Gently massage your face, then leave the mask for 10 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water. The peeling makes your skin smooth, moisturized, soft, elastic; the skin regains healthy color, redness disappears (in case of blood vessels). Oatmeal scrub applied regularly 1-2 times a week significantly improves skin condition and reduces imperfections. If you like this oatmeal scrub, you can grind more in the grinder and store in a jar.
Take 2 spoonfuls of turmeric mixed with buttermilk / milk / kefir to the consistency of lightly poured slurry. Apply to face and décolleté for 15-30 minutes. It can also be gently sprinkled with soothing tonic or hydrolate – this will not allow the mask to harden to remove the crust. Optionally it can be mixed with natural additives: honey – strengthens nourishing, moisturizing and smoothing masks; oatmeal – will give a healthy skin tone and soothe irritations; cinnamon – deeply cleanses pores of the skin and acts anti-wrinkle and antioxidant, oil-fat and deepen the brightening – especially brightening lime oil; rose water – it brightens and tones the skin, great for making homemade masks; cosmetic clay – cleanses the skin of impurities, tightens the skin pores. Then wash the mask – and here caution should be taken, since it is quite challenging to rinse it off completely. Even after washing the mask off with an abundant amount of water, the skin will probably be slightly yellowed. Therefore it is best to wash the skin with a generous portion of cleansing gel. The effects of systematic use of curcumin mask come quite quickly – after a few weeks. For optimum results, the mask should be applied 2-3 times a week. Here are the most important effects of using turmeric: brightening of blackheads, acne discoloration, smoothing and radiance for gray and tired skin, illuminate and brighten the skin, reduction of acne and inflammation.
Honey mask for blackheads
For this natural blackheads remedy this mask you need: 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of flour, 1 tablespoon of hot water. Mix the ingredients, apply on face and wash after 15 minutes. You can also apply the honey itself (choose one that is not too runny). Massage it into cleansed skin and wash it off after 20 minutes. We also recommend honey to cleanse the face – this method cleanses, does not irritate and makes the skin radiant.
For yeast mask against blackheads, you will need 20 g of yeast and two tablespoons of milk for the mask. The milk is slightly warmed up and the yeast is crushed in it. The freshly made mash is then applied to the face, avoiding the eye area. The mask is left for drying for about 20 minutes. Then it should be thoroughly rinsed off with warm water, and followed with moisturizing cream. The mask can be applied one to two times a week.
Potato pore-tightening mask
Grate a raw potato on a grater, and apply the slurry to the face for 15 minutes. This mask can run down, it is better to lay it while lying down and with the help of another person. After 15 minutes, remove the mash from the skin and wash the face. As in the previous case, apply facial cream afterwards.
Whitening lemon juice
Blackheads can be easily lighten with lemon juice. Us it two times a day a cotton swab soaked with fresh lemon juice. Blackheads are brightening or even disappearing altogether as you progress in time.
To prepare an almond paste as a homemade remedy against blackheads, usually one small package is enough. You will also need almond oil or other oil, and any other addons of your choice to address other skin problems and drive up the benefits; you can use honey, it perfectly moisturizes and cleanses the face, essential oils – especially lavender oil for imperfections (just a drop), ground oatmeal – it exfoliates and moisturizes dry skin, clay, for instance, Moroccan clay, coconut flakes, herbs, etc. Grind the almonds finely into paste, add any other ingredients as you see fit. A little bit of the paste is turned into slurry with a small amount of lukewarm water. Using your fingertips, put it on the face and slightly squeeze, inch by inch, gently massaging, until you achieve full face coverage – avoiding the eye area. In this way the paste better cleans the pores and will be more effective in the fight with the blackheads. Almond paste is suitable for the cleansing of all skin types – it works on a similar basis as oatmeal, also does not affect the natural skin barrier, it is a great way to cleanse, especially in the morning.
Remember that each skin is different and may react with irritation to a particular ingredient, so do not forget to do allergy tests. Apply a small amount of the mask over the small area of the skin, e.g. behind the ear, to the inside of the elbow or wrist and wash after a few minutes. Watch for spots, rash or swelling. If nothing happens in the next 24 hours, you can safely apply a mask.
Other remedies for blackheads and precautions
Alternative remedies for pharmacological treatments may also be used to treat blackheads. For example, you can try using phytotherapy. Among the various phytotherapeutic remedies, we recall the use of melaleuca (tea tree oil) oil, which has antibacterial properties useful in the treatment of acne.
Remaining within natural remedies, even facial masks with green clay can be a valuable help in blackjack combat. Clay, in fact, has antiseptic and purifying properties against the skin and, at the same time, exfoliating properties.
There are also numerous DIY recipes for the elimination of blackheads that spill on the web without any control and often suggest the use of substances and methods that are fairly questionable for the removal of this kind of comedones. In this regard, it is very important to remember that ‘do it yourself’ is not exactly the best way to deal with blackheads, as there is no guarantee of the effectiveness or safety of this practice.
In fact, even if in the DIY recipes seemingly harmless ingredients, if not correctly dosed, or mixed with each other and handled by inexperienced people, the results obtained could be entirely counterproductive; or worse, could lead to irritation and skin sensitization, resulting in inflammation.