Blackheads are a curse in the beauty world.
These four DIY tricks will help banish them from your face! Whether you have one blackhead or a dozen (or more), there’s no doubt that you want to clear your skin. Most of us have tried the "squeeze it out" method. In addition to not working, it can cause permanent damage to your skin. There are dozens of products that promise to remove blackheads but they can be expensive and don’t usually help prevent new blackheads from forming. These do-it-yourself blackhead treatments will help get rid of blackheads and prevent new ones from taking over your face.
Exfoliate with Baking Soda
The ingredients found in baking soda are often found in microdermabrasion treatments. When used regularly, a baking soda and water mixture can be quite effective in removing blackheads. For tough blackheads, use apple cider vinegar instead of water. The anti-bacterial properties will help clear out the pores and prevent new blackheads from forming. Apply the mixture to clean skin and massage gently. Rinse with warm water.
Milk and Nutmeg Scrub
This treatment works well for oily skin as the nutmeg helps neutralize the oils on the skin’s surface. Begin by mixing the two until you have a thin paste. Apply the mixture to clean, slightly moist skin and massage gently for three to five minutes, focusing on the area where blackheads are prominent. Follow with a warm water rinse and pat dry.
Get Sticky with Honey
This is a very easy way to get rid of blackheads as it only has one ingredient – honey. Put a small amount of honey on your fingertips and quickly pat your blackhead-prone areas for about three minutes. As you move your fingers away from your face, the honey will stick to the blackhead and pull it out. The honey also contains antioxidants, so anything left over in your pores won’t oxidize (what makes it turn black) as quickly.
The Toothbrush Scrub
The toothbrush method is the most extreme at home remedy and should be used as a last resort. If you are going to use this method, keep three things in mind: use a soft bristle brush, be gentle, and dip the brush in hydrogen peroxide after each contact with your face. Begin by squeezing lemon juice and a skin oil (jojoba or tamanu work well) on the toothbrush. Brush your face gently in circular motions. Always avoid open cuts or scratches.
To prevent blackheads, avoid harsh cleansers as they encourage your skin to overproduce oil, speeding up the blackhead process. Wash your face twice a day and use a light moisturizer. Lastly, remember to wash your pillow case one per week. This will help stop the oil and dirt that accumulate on the pillow from getting back into your skin. As with most beauty needs, staying in a routine is key. When you find a treatment that works well for your skin, stick with it.