Natural Ways to Remove Blackheads

Natural Ways to Remove Blackheads

Natural Ways to Remove Blackheads

What are Blackheads and Whiteheads?
Blackheads are small black skin projections often found on the face especially on the nose and sometimes on the back. These black projections form a plug blocking the sebaceous glands of the skin. They are caused due to excessive production of 'sebum' (an oily substance) from the sebaceous gland that slowly gets hardened when they mix with dead skin and bacteria. The sebum gets exposed to oxygen from the air and gets oxidized and turns black.

When they are below the pore opening they appear as white or yellow bumps and they don't get oxidized and are called whiteheads.
What are the common cause of Blackheads?
Here are some main causes that lead to blackheads:
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Inheritance
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Unclean skin
  • Cosmetics


Natural ways to clear Blackheads
Follow these simple, natural ways to clean the pores and remove blackheads using easily available ingredients at home.

1. Lemon Scrub
Lemon is a natural ingredient that is effective in treating blackheads. Squeeze few drops of lemon juice in a bowl, add salt and stir the mixture well. Wash the face with warm water and apply the mixture on the blackheads. Leave for some 20 minutes and wash the face again with warm water.

2. Toothpaste Scrub
Apply a thin layer of toothpaste over the blackheads, leave for 25 minutes and wash face gently with warm water. Repeat this remedy for two weeks to be free from blackheads.


3. Baking Soda
Prepare a mixture of baking soda and water to make a paste. Apply gently to the affected part, allow to dry for few minutes and then rinse it off with warm water to remove away the oil and dirt that causes blackheads.

4. Cinnamon Pack

Prepare a mixture of equal parts of cinnamon powder and lime juice to form a thick paste. Apply the paste to the affected parts and leave on overnight and then wash off with warm water in the morning.


5. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera soothes the skin, cleanses pores and also controls excess oil production. All these, in turn, help you get rid of blackheads, acne , and many other skin issues. Extract fresh gel from an aloe vera leaf and apply this to your face, leave it on for about 10 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.Do this every day for a clearer and smother skin.

6. Tomatoes
Tomatoes has natural antibacterial properties that dry up blackheads. It also contains lycopene that exerts strong antioxidant effects on the skin and removes all the damage causing free radicals.
You will need a small tomato, peel and mash it, and apply it over the blackheads before going to bed.
Leave it overnight and then wash it with clean water in the morning. Do this every night before going to bed.


7. Charcoal
Activated charcoal  is regular charcoal that has been exposed to a gas in the lab to make it more porous. When the mask is applied on the face, the activated charcoal will absorb all the impurities and clear your blackheads very quickly.
You will need 2 capsules of activated charcoal, carefully remove the activated charcoal and add enough water to make a paste of medium consistency. Apply this all over your face and let it dry, rinse with warm water and moisturize as usual.

8. Milk
Apply raw milk to the affected area and gently scrubbing will help eliminate the blackheads. Milk consists of lactic acid, which breaks down the dead cells on the skin's surface and helps to remove them. Do this every day till you get rid of the blackheads.


9. Castor Oil
Castor oil is widely used in India and Africa for its cleansing properties. It absorbs the skin impurities and clears the dead cells' debris that are clogging your pores and causing blackheads.
Apply a thin layer of castor oil on a clean face and massage for a minute or two, leave it on, if you feel it is too sticky, you can wipe off the excess oil from your face using a cotton ball after 15-20 minutes. Do this every night before going to bed.

10. Steaming Your Face
The hotness of the steam opens up the clogged pores, and when this is followed by the exfoliator, you can easily scrub off the blackheads and whiteheads. Face steaming also removes toxins and improves circulation. This is one of the simplest and best home remedies for blackheads.
Pour hot water into the tub. Cover your head with the towel so that no steam can escape out. Steam your face for one to two minutes. Repeat three to four times. Follow with a natural exfoliator like brown sugar or sea salt. Do this twice or thrice a week.


Now that you know how to get rid of blackheads naturally, what you waiting for? Read on to know how you can manage your diet to prevent blackheads.

Foods to eat and avoid to eliminate blackheads
To prevent blackheads, eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Include a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables in your diet to keep your skin healthy and prevent blackheads. Include the following in your diet for a healthy and blackheads free skin:
  • Berries like strawberries, cranberries, raspberries, and blueberries
  • Vitamin C rich fruits like apple, papaya, pineapple, and citrus fruits
  • Tomatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli
  • Green leafy vegetables like spinach, collards, turnip greens, and mustard greens


The following food items are best avoided if you suffer from blackheads frequently:

  • Chocolate
  • Nuts
  • Eggs
  • Fried and fatty foods
  • Ripe mangoes
  • Milk and dairy products like cheese
  • Avocado
  • Shellfish





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