A blackhead is nothing but a common type of acne, which occurs due to a clogged hair follicle on your skin. Blackheads, unlike whiteheads, have a tiny opening at the surface that lets the air to get in.
As a result, excess oil on your skin gets trapped inside the open hair follicles, which upon oxidation turns black and leads to the formation of blackheads.
Blackheads, like all other types of acne, are pretty common among teenagers due to an amalgamation of increased hormonal activity and corresponding production of sebum.
Teens are often seen squeezing blackheads; however, expert advice otherwise. The possible issues that can happen to their skin include scarred or damaged skin.
As blackheads contain bacteria, they can affect the pores of your skin and adjacent issues when squeezed.
There are a number of tried-and-tested home-based remedies that can help you get rid of blackheads and achieve your desired results without any side effects. Well, you would certainly want to try them.
A few of them are here exclusively for you.
- Aloe vera
Aloe vera has already become more than an essential ingredient that is widely used in many skin care products all over the world. As this natural herb contains an endless number of proven skin care benefits, this should not come as a surprise.
Talking about some special benefits of aloe vera, it not only soothes your skin, helps remove acne, and cleanse your pores, but also helps keep sebum production controlled. This further prevents future outbreaks.
The fresh gel packed inside every leaf of an aloe vera plant is highly beneficial for your skin. In order to know how to extract this soothing fresh gel from the plant, you need to follow the process given below:
- Grab a leaf from the plant and remove its upper layer
- Now, lay the leaf horizontally on a cutting board and cut the leaf through the middle
- You can now see the translucent gel which you can directly extract from the cut leaf, store it in an airtight box and keep it in a fridge.
Note: for the best results make sure you apply the freshly extracted gel on your skin.
- Lemon and honey
You may have heard people recommending the use of baking soda on your skin to remove blackheads however that might not just be the best idea.
While baking soda is well-known for its skin exfoliating properties and antibacterial effects, it often leads to dry skin as well as the affected pores.
Lemon, on the other hand, is full of citric acid which you can combine with the antibacterial effects of honey and apply the mix gently over the effective pores of your skin. You should see your skin brightening after a continuous use for a few weeks.
Follow the below-given steps to prepare a mix of honey and lemon:
- Take a tablespoon of each of lemon juice honey and sugar
- Mix all the three ingredients and make a thick paste out of it
- Gently apply the paste across the affected area and leave it for 15 minutes or so
- Now warm your skin with warm water
You can easily apply this mixture at least once per day until you notice visible changes in your skin.
- Coconut oil
You must have heard about the various health benefits of using coconut oil for cooking. The lauric acid content in coconut oil is a strong antimicrobial agent that can effectively destroy the bacteria responsible for causing acne.
Undoubtedly, coconut oil has an amazing moisturizing effect on your dry skin. The best part is that you can directly apply coconut oil to your skin and there is no need to prepare a mask or paste.
All you need to do is take a teaspoon of coconut oil (preferably virgin coconut oil) apply it to the affected part of your skin, and then gently massage it so that it can get inside the pores pure skin.
Besides, you do not have to rinse aid sincere skin can easily absorb it.
The best time when you can apply coconut oil is in the evening, i.e. just before your bedtime. Make sure you apply only if you have dry/ combined skin.
In case your skin is already producing enough sebum, supplying extra moisture from coconut oil may not be a good idea.
- Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar, just like coconut oil, has a wide range of healthy ingredients that are loaded with proven health benefits.
Since apple cider vinegar has strong mic antimicrobial effects, it can easily destroy some or all of the dangerous bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia Coli.
It is also good for numerous skin-related issues, including blackheads and clogged pores.
To start nourishing your skin with apple cider vinegar, simply put a few drops of it on a cotton ball and gently rub it across your face or the affected area of your skin. Once applied you need to wait until it completely dries, and then wash your face with warm water.
While fenugreek has been exclusively cultivated for centuries in certain parts of Asia and Africa, it has been fairly unknown in the United States of America until recently.
Along with its various benefits that cover a range of health aspects like digestive problems, breast milk production, inflammation and libido, fenugreek has a range of skin related benefits as well. These benefits include its ability to remove both blackheads and whiteheads from the skin.
In a nutshell, fenugreek has amazingly powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Over To You!
These were some of the easiest and safest way to get rid of blackheads at home. Irrespective of which of the above methods you use at home you must be patient as 20 may take a week or two to give you visible results.
So which one of these home remedies are you going to apply? Do let us know in the comment section below.