Try These Home Remedies for Blackheads!
The dermatology experts at MayoClinic.com explain that those annoying little blackheads on your nose are caused, like all other forms of acne, when the hair follicles, or pores, on your face become clogged with excess oil, bacteria, and/or dead skin cells.
The clogged pore takes the specific form of a blackhead when the pore is not completely closed at the surface, which allows oxygen to come in contact with the oils clogging up the follicle.
When that oil is oxidized, it turns black, which is what gives a blackhead its color, making it extremely crucial to keep your pores clean and flushed out so that those oils and bacteria can’t cause any blackheads
But what can you do when you do not feel like your regular acne cleanser is doing enough to prevent acne breakouts?
You should try some natural acne cures–some of the best home remedies for blackheads are right in your kitchen!
If you think that the only skin superpower that cucumber possesses is to help reduce your dark undereye circles at the spa, you are wrong: it also possesses some potentially strong anti-acne abilities!
In one study conducted in 2010, researchers discovered that cucumber really did help activate the acne-fighting powers of cleansers, helping to increase the reduction of redness and to speed up the healing process.
You can harness the acne-fighting abilities of cucumber by creating a cucumber face mask by mixing one cucumber with one cup of oatmeal. Then combine one teaspoon of that mixture with one teaspoon of plain yogurt and apply to your entire face. Leave the mask on for half an hour before rinsing it off.
Milk and Nutmeg
Separately, milk and nutmeg provide great anti-acne benefits. Milk, first of all, contains lactic acid, which helps to efficiently break down old skin cells so that they rinse away more easily while you are washing your face and don’t linger around on your skin and clog your pores.
Nutmeg, secondly, helps to fight blackheads because it helps to rid your skin of its excess oil with its scrubbing texture. It also contains a substance called mace, which is both antifungal and antibacterial and will thus help keep your pores clear and unclogged. Experts also say that nutmeg is a powerful anti-inflammatory, which will help heal your acne faster and help stop your blackheads from turning into more serious pimples, like cysts or nodules.
All you have to do to use milk and nutmeg to treat your blackheads is to combine the two ingredients: mix nutmeg into milk until you have a thin paste. On a freshly-washed face, exfoliate your skin–focusing on the blackhead-infected area–with this mixture for no more than five minutes. Rinse your face thoroughly with water.
You may think that clay masks are only for professionals working at high-end spas, but that isn’t true: you can make your own clay masks right at home and effectively rid your face of its blackheads! The only materials you need are cosmetic clay, which you can buy at your local health food or herb store, and water.
Simply mix one tablespoon of clay with one tablespoon of water until it forms a smooth, lump-free paste. Apply the mask evenly on your freshly-washed face, let it sit for no more than 20 minutes, and gently wipe it off using a wet, warm washcloth.
Safely Eliminate Your Blackheads!
If you use these home remedies for blackheads, you will finally enjoy clear, acne-free skin–try them out today!