As a kid, you wondered what the deal with the occasional white bandage on your mom’s nose was. As you grew up, you found out first-hand about this painful way to banish the pesky blackheads.
What are Blackheads? Also known as open comedones, blackheads are clogged or blocked hair follicles on the surface of the skin. When there is a collection of pollutants, grime, dead skin cells, germs and sebum in the open pores, they form a plug leading to blackheads. Initially yellowish brown in colour, the excess oil in the pores gets oxidised and turns the colour dark.
Most common occurrences of blackheads are on the nose, cheeks, forehead and sides of the nose. Since it mostly occurs on the face, a lot of effort is taken to try and get rid of the blackheads and prevent recurrence. Although there are numerous blackhead removal options available in the market, most people prefer effective home remedies such as the ones listed below.
1) Hot water steaming
Facial steaming is by far one of the best methods at home to get rid of those stubborn blackheads. It softens the skin and loosens up the pores, gradually driving the blackheads out.
Boil 3-4 cups of clean water. Remove the hot pot and add a lemon rind into the boiled water. Place the pot on a stable, flat surface, such as the table-top or floor, and hold your face over the rising steam while covering a towel over and around your head. Let the steam cleanse your skin while you breathe in and out slowly. Once the steam has died down, remove the towel and use normal water to wash your face, after which you can pat dry with a towel.
Warning: Always remember to take the pot off the stove before starting facial steaming.
2) Egg white face mask
Egg whites have the property of tightening skin pores, making it incredibly easy for the blackhead to be naturally squeezed out. The face mask contains blackhead-bursting properties due to the honey and lemon added to it. These ingredients contain antibacterial properties, which help destroy germs and bacteria, along with deep cleansing open pores, offering oil control and sloughing off dead cells. Once you are done with facial steaming and have dried your skin, mix an egg white with lemon juice and honey.
Apply the face mask with clean fingers in a circular motion all over the face, except around the mouth and eyes. After 15 minutes, rinse with warm and then cold water to close the open pores. A drop of olive oil can be applied on the face to moisturise.
Tip: Use very little lemon juice because too much could cause your skin to feel a burning sensation, making it inflamed and red.
3) Honey face wash
One of the best natural skin cures is honey, which helps heal various skin ailments. It contains antiseptic and antibacterial properties that help destroy impurities and germs that clog up skin pores. Honey clings to the dirt in the pores and pulls them out.
It is quite an easy method and involves a quick application of honey on the blackhead-affected area. Continue to use your fingertips to slightly massage the honey into your skin, and repeat for 2-3 minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Finally, splash cold water and pat dry.
Tip: It is advisable to use pure organic honey to lessen chances of skin irritations. For best results, use sticky and thick honey. Stand over a sink while using this face wash to avoid messing up other surfaces.
More useful tips
Using these effective home remedies, recurrence of blackheads can be stopped. Consistency is always the key for home remedies to provide successful results. You will have soft, supple and smooth skin after repeated usage of the remedies.
While following these remedies, you mustn’t pick the blackheads. Avoid scrubbing hard at them, and regularly change your pillowcases.