Combat Blackheads The Natural Way
Most of us are probably too familiar with the bane that is blackheads. However, with all the chemical-heavy blackhead removal products being stacked in stores that can look quite intimidating or misleadingly sensitive skin-friendly, one might want to seek a more natural and safe alternative for our delicate skin.
It is still important to first understand that blackheads are characteristically stubborn and hard to get rid of, so not all of these remedies may be effective in combating them, but most are able to help decrease clogged pores which are what cause acne problems in the first place.
Not only are these remedies affordable, but they are also highly accessible! Don’t be surprised when you realize exactly how many of these ingredients are laying casually on your kitchen counter right now.
So here is a list of natural home remedies to assist you in the uphill battle of blackhead removal and clarifying your skin! Make sure to have cleansed your face before applying these remedies to maximize absorption and prevent clogged pores.
Bee gone, blackheads!
Honey is a very popular ingredient for homemade skincare remedies because of its antibacterial properties and the ability to speed up our skin cells’ healing processes. We can’t leave out the fact that honey masks slipping through your lips is one of life’s many happy accidents, of course. Hence, here are two home remedies that contain honey as an ingredient for your delight.
First, here is the recipe for a sweet and sour natural exfoliating mask. Mix a tablespoon of brown sugar, two tablespoons of lemon, and one tablespoon of raw honey to create an exfoliating mask. Apply the mask onto your skin and gently massage for five minutes, before washing it off with lukewarm water and continuing with your skincare routine for hydration. This mixture targets blackheads on the nose and chin particularly well.
Second, have you heard of a honey-based pore strip? Pore strips do not have a good reputation in the skincare industry because of their tendency to be too harsh in extracting gunk from the skin. That’s why we are recommending this natural alternative as a gentler option that uses milk and honey!
Honey’s antibacterial properties work wonderfully when paired with milk’s lactic acid. Lactic acid can get rid of dead skin cells and face grease, while the honey balances bacterial activity on your skin and encourages it to heal. Mix one tablespoon of raw honey with one tablespoon of whole milk and microwave for 10 seconds. Leave it to cool afterward, before applying onto the affected areas and leaving it on for 15 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water afterward and proceed with your skincare routine.
Fizzy pH balancing
Baking soda is a god sent, with lots of beneficial uses outside of cooking and baking. Did you know that it neutralizes odors as well as stomach acid, and is commonly used as a natural mouthwash and teeth whitener? If you thought these were cool, wait till you find out that it also neutralizes pH imbalances in our skin! Baking soda is also about to get rid of excess sebum, dirt, and dead skin cells and would leave your cheeks feeling supple and refreshed.
Mix two tablespoons of water with two tablespoons of baking soda. On application, it would look like a thin white liquidy film and could feel a little drying after being washed off. So avoid applying this remedy more than three times a week!
A natural body scrub
Blackheads are not limited in their unwelcome appearances on our faces. They make guest appearances on our bodies as well! To create a natural body scrub to counter body acne problems, mix coconut oil and sugar in a 1:2 ratio respectively. Coconut oil has wonderful hydrating and healing properties and its fatty acids protect your skin from bacterial infections. This comes in useful as sugar’s glycolic acid increases the cell turnover rate in your skin, encouraging a younger glow.
Mix as much a portion as you would need for the shower. Scrub the areas that need exfoliating areas with lots of dead skin cells, rinse and dry, and reward yourself by feeling your fresh smooth skin!
Turmeric and tea tree oil are both antibacterial saviors that target blackheads well.
Turmeric possesses properties that fight bacteria, fungus, and inflammation in the skin, but Kasturi turmeric specifically should be used instead to prevent staining. Mix one tablespoon of Kasturi turmeric with one tablespoon of water or coconut oil. Apply this mixture as a mask for around 10 minutes and rinse with warm water afterward.
Tea tree oil, on the other hand, is great as a spot treatment with its efficiency in fighting bacteria as well as other general skin problems, such as pimples, blemishes, dryness, and infections. It also has antiseptic properties that soothes irritated skin and comes in many forms due to its popularity, such as serums, essential oils, and soaps.
An eggy face mask
All you need is a singular egg and its egg white for this next natural face mask. Turn the television on and start whisking away in the name of self-care!
Whisk the egg white until it becomes white and foamy. Apply onto your face and lay tissues atop it, avoiding your eyes and mouth. Apply another layer of egg white on the tissue and leave the mask on for about 20 minutes. Simply remove it afterward and rinse your face with warm water.
Antioxidizing green tea
Green tea excites many of our taste buds, as the mere mention of it could trigger images of ice cream and bubble tea in your head right now. Let your face get in on what all the hype is all about too! Green tea is famous for its antioxidant effects and has the ability to balance the oil production of your skin.
Mix one teaspoon of green tea leaves with one teaspoon of water. Massage it gently in circular motions against your skin for about three minutes. Rinse off with water afterward and moisturize your face.
Natural is best
When it comes to managing the delicate skin of your face, it is easy to unintentionally go overboard with strongly concentrated products that cost a good chunk of your wallet. Natural remedies remind us to be gentle and patient when it comes to skincare, so give these recipes a try and get that self-care!