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Skin Care Advice : How to Remove Blackheads Using Home Remedies

 

Acne and blackheads seem to rear their ugly heads, no pun intended, at the worst time. There are things that you can do at home to help with the treatment of blackheads. Take a look at our suggestions along with the links included in this article.

Blackheads

You don’t have to live with blackheads

 

You would think that dealing with blackheads would be simple, just pop it. The problem is that could be the worst thing to do. Lucky for you we have several solutions for dealing with blackheads

First What Is A Blackhead?

Your skin contains pores which contain hair follicles. Often times these pores tend to become clogged. the dead skin cells and sebum clog your pores, get exposed to the air and then become  oxidized. Once oxidation occurs, your pores turn black and then form blackheads.

Blackheads can appear anywhere on  your body face, neck, shoulders, arms, chest and back.

What Causes Blackheads?

There are multiple things that can cause blackheads:

Hormonal changes
Excessive production of skin cells can trigger blackheads.
Using cosmetics can block the skin pores, thereby triggering blackheads.
Excessive sweating can clog the pores on your skin and cause blackheads.
Shaving parts of your body can expose the hair follicles.
Health conditions like stress, PCOS, and even PMS can lead to the appearance of blackheads and acne.

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How To Know If You Have A Blackhead

Blackheads are relatively easy to identify. Blackheads  will appear as small, black lesions on the surface of your skin. Blackheads are typically characterized by a raised texture and are usually somewhat smaller than pimples.

Blackheads will usually appear within your T-zone, cheeks, and other areas where  there are sebaceous glands present. They typically are not inflamed lesions and more often than not do not cause pain. Blackheads usually are not infected the way pimples can be. Blackheads will appear on the surface of the skin and will over time appear as dark  dots on your skin. If not treated in the early stage blackheads could cause pigmentation on your skin.

Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Blackheads

Here are our top home remedies to get rid of blackheads

1. Tea Tree Oil – Tea tree oil is known for it’s anti-comedogenic properties. Tea tree oil can be used as a topical treatment to reduce the non-inflamed dark lesions on your skin.

Ingredients and usage
You Will Need:

2-3 drops of tea tree oil

2-3 drops of coconut oil

Cotton pads

Place 2 or 3 drops of the tea tree oil combined with coconut oil on a clean cotton pad. Dab the mixture on the blackhead and surrounding area. Repeat three to four times per day until blackheads are gone.

 

2. Strawberry – Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C aka ascorbic acid. Vitamin C helps your skin stay hydrated. Skin that is properly hydrated will reduce the chance of blackheads occurring.

Ingredients and usage
You Will Need:

2-3 strawberries
½ teaspoon honey
½ teaspoon lemon juice

Smash the strawberries and then add the lemon juice along with the honey. Combine to make a thick paste.
Apply the paste to the areas with or where you tend to get blackheads.
Allow the paste to sit for 15-20 minutes and then rinse with plain water. Repeat this two to three times per week.

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde which can help to increase the synthesis of collagen. This will help to tighten your pores. This will help to reduce the likelihood of your getting blackheads.

Ingredients and usage
You Will Need:

1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder

Simply create a paste using the cinnamon powder and lemon juice. Next apply the paste wherever you are prone to get blackheads. Allow to sit for twenty minutes and rinse. You should repeat two to three times per week. Be aware that the lemon juice may cause a stinging sensation.

4. Coconut Oil – Coconut oil offers moisturizing properties which will help to relieve dry skin. This will prevent the blockage of your pores. Coconut oil also contains lauric acid  which is helpful in preventing acne.

Ingredients and usage
You Will Need:

1 teaspoon of virgin coconut oil

Just apply a teaspoon of the virgin coconut oil to the area that has blackheads. Allow the coconut oil to sit until it is completely absorbed into the skin. Repeat twice a day or until the blackheads are gone.

5. Aloe Vera – Aloe vera is  used by many because of its moisturizing properties. Aloe vera also contains zinc that helps tighten pores and saponins that cleanse the skin. All of these properties can help keep blackheads at bay.
You Will Need

½ teaspoon of aloe vera gel
What You Have To Do

Apply aloe vera gel to the areas prone to blackheads.
Leave it on overnight and rinse off with water when you wake up.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this every day until the blackheads disappear.
6. Honey
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Honey is one of the oldest natural remedies for skin infection and dry skin. It helps keep your skin hydrated and supple, thus preventing the clogging of pores with dry and dead skin cells (7). This, in turn, can help in getting rid of blackheads.
You Will Need

Honey
Cotton pad

What You Have To Do

Take a cotton pad and dab honey on it.
Apply this to the blackheads and wash off after 20 minutes.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this 3-4 times every week.
7. Lemon
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Lemon is rich in vitamin C or ascorbic acid that exhibits moisturizing properties. This moisturizing effect can help eliminate dead and dry skin and prevent clogging of the pores in your skin, thereby getting rid of blackheads (8). It also increases collagen synthesis that helps tighten pores.
You Will Need

1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice

What You Have To Do

Mix a teaspoon each of lemon juice and honey.
Apply this paste to the affected areas.
Leave it on for about 15-20 minutes before rinsing it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Repeat daily.

Caution: Lemon juice can cause an allergic reaction in some people. You must do a patch test before you can follow this remedy.
8. Turmeric
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Turmeric contains curcumin that can help in cleansing the pores in your skin due to its antibacterial properties (9). This can help mitigate the occurrence of blackheads.
You Will Need

1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon water

What You Have To Do

Make a thick paste using turmeric powder and water.
Apply this paste generously on the areas prone to blackheads.
Wash thoroughly with plain water after it dries completely.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this paste once daily.
9. Green Tea
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Green tea contains polyphenols that can help regulate the secretion of sebum in your skin (10). This can prevent your skin pores from getting clogged and causing blackheads.
You Will Need

Green tea bags
Water
Aloe vera gel

What You Have To Do

Empty two tea bags and steep the contents in warm water.
Mix the leaves with some aloe vera gel.
Apply this pack on the affected areas.
Leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then wash it off.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this paste 2 times a week.
10. Jojoba Oil
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Jojoba oil is used for its anti-inflammatory properties (11), (12). This can help in eliminating the lesions that occur due to blackheads.
You Will Need

2-3 drops of jojoba oil
Cotton ball
Carrier oil

What You Have To Do

Mix the jojoba oil with a carrier like olive oil.
Apply this to the areas prone to blackheads.
Repeat this by using a new cotton ball for application.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this several times a week.
11. Castor Oil
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Castor oil has ricinoleic acid that exhibits anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the inflamed lesions that cause blackheads (13).
You Will Need

Boiled water
2-3 drops of castor oil
Carrier oil

What You Have To Do

Mix a few drops of castor oil with a carrier like coconut oil.
Boil water and steam your face for about 5 minutes.
Pat your face dry and apply oil on the areas where you have blackheads.
Leave it on overnight and rinse the next morning thoroughly.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2 times every week until the blackheads vanish.
12. Tomato
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Tomatoes are rich in bioactive compounds that exhibit antibacterial properties (14), (15). This can help cleanse the pores in your skin and prevent the occurrence of blackheads.
You Will Need

1 teaspoon lemon juice
1-2 tomatoes

What You Have To Do

Mash the tomatoes to prepare a thick paste.
Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to this.
Apply it to all the affected areas.
Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then wash off with cold water.

How Often You Should Do This

Apply this paste 1-2 times a week.

Caution: Lemon juice can cause an allergic reaction, so you must do a patch test before trying this out.

Try any or a combination of the above remedies and bid goodbye to blackheads. Listed below are a few tips that can help prevent the occurrence of blackheads.
How Can I Prevent Blackheads?

Make sure to keep your skin oil-free and clean at all times.
Avoid excessive use of cosmetic products.
Make sure to use non-comedogenic products so that your pores are not clogged.
Don’t wear clothes that are too tight as that can trap the sweat.
Avoid sleeping with your makeup on.
Do not consume foods that can cause excessive production of sebum. These foods include processed foods, dairy products, fast foods, etc.

These tips and remedies will help you get rid of blackheads. However, if you think that your skin has other underlying issues that lead to the recurrence of blackheads, you must consult a dermatologist.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between blackheads and whiteheads?

Blackheads and whiteheads are similar, given that both are caused when dead skin cells and oil clog the pores in your skin. The difference is that blackheads are formed when the pores remain open, while whiteheads occur when the debris closes the pores.

Medically, blackheads are known as open comedones, while whiteheads are known as closed comedones.

The most obvious difference between the two is that blackheads have a dark brown appearance while whiteheads have a yellowish tint.

What to do after removing a blackhead?

Usually, to remove blackheads, you would have to steam your face for 5 minutes or place a warm and damp washcloth on your face. This opens up the pores to facilitate easy blackhead removal. Once you have removed the blackheads, you must wash your face with plain or cold water and pat it dry.

Does toothpaste get rid of blackheads?

Mint toothpaste can be used to remove blackheads. The mint in the toothpaste can help open clogged pores and cleanse it deeply. Remember to use an ice cube over the area after removing blackheads to close the pores.

What is the white stuff that comes out of a blackhead?

The pores in your skin collect debris of dry and dead skin cells along with sebum oil. If the pores are open, all of this gets oxidized and forms the white stuff that comes out of blackheads.

Where can we find blackheads?

Blackheads can be found in areas where sebaceous glands are present – like the face, neck, back, chest, arms, etc.

What are the best products for blackheads?

For this, you could use an over-the-counter product that is suited for your skin type and recommended by your dermatologist. You can also use these scrubs and face washes. Alternatively, you could try out any of the home remedies that have been shared in the post above.

Which foods cause blackheads?

Foods that are refined or processed, dairy products, artificially sweetened drinks, and foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids can increase the sebum production in your skin, thereby increasing the chance of having blackheads.

Do pore strips remove blackheads?

Pore strips stick on to your skin and pull off the dry, dead skin cells as well as blackheads if any. However, this is not a permanent solution as it only temporarily reduces the appearance of blackheads.

What happens if you leave a blackhead alone?

Sometimes, the blackheads may be there on your skin for a few weeks before your body can naturally push them out. If the blackhead is more prominent, you may need to get it extracted by your dermatologist.

Does squeezing a blackhead damage a pore or relieve it?

Squeezing a blackhead can cause damage to your pores. If there are bacteria present in the pore walls, squeezing might risk spreading the bacteria to the surrounding tissues, which eventually causes acne.