Home Remedies for Blackheads
Home remedies for blackheads can help you clear up a very annoying problem. Blackheads make oily skin look dirty and even oilier than it is. In fact, blackheads are considered to be open comedones, where excess sebum and keratin has collected in an open pore, and oxidation causes the discoloration.
This will open your pores and soften the oil plugs in the open comedones that are the culprits!
If you have a facial steamer, great. Steam until the little bit of water allowed by the steamer is gone, about 3-5 minutes.
If not, heat a pan of water on the stove until steaming. Remove the pan from the stove! Put your face over the steam (not too close, just close enough to feel the steaming effect). You can put a towel over your head, holding it forward over the pan to keep more steam in your facial area. Steam 3-5 minutes.
Things you can add to the water for face steaming:
Remove the softened blackheads
Now is when they are soft enough to remove without damaging your skin.
Don't use your bare fingernails. Fingernails can transfer bacteria to your skin and pores. Instead, wrap your fingers with tissue and apply gentle pressure to each side of the blackhead, gently pushing it out. If you can't extract it easily, don't force it. You can also use blackhead extractors that are sold at drugstores, cleaning well after each use.
You want to remove dirt, oil, and toxins brought to the surface by steaming and blackhead removal.
Wash your face with a combination of 2/3 honey and 1/3 fresh lemon juice. The honey is gentle, moisturizing and has antibacterial properties. The lemon juice is citric acid, which is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) and will help to flush out your pores and promote elasticity.
This is a very important step that you don't want to skip!
A toner will:
*Remove any remaining debris (including chemicals found in tap water)
To make a batch of a basic toner, use:
3 cups of distilled water, 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
2 cups of distilled water, 1 cup of witch hazel, 1 teaspoon glycerin
Proper way to apply a toner:
Mist on to face, and remove with a cotton pad.
You need a healthy moisture barrier to keep skin hydrated.
Moisturizers for oily skin should be light so that they don't add oil to your skin. Oil is not the same as moisture, and keeping your skin stripped will only increase oil production. Use a non-occlusive oil, such as hazelnut, jojoba or grapeseed, with a very light hand. While the skin is still moist, lightly massage 2-3 drops into the skin. This will keep your skin hydrated without clogging pores.
Here's a fun recipe for homemade pore strips:
1 package knox gelatin
Mix ingredients together and microwave for 5 seconds. Apply to clean skin where you have blackheads, and let dry 15-20 minutes. Remove and apply toner.
More home remedies for blackheads:
*Between your cleanse and tone, exfoliate with a paste of baking soda and water. This will loosen up clogged pores and remove old oils and dead skin from the surface.
*Make an oatmeal mask by mixing oatmeal with skim milk and lemon juice to make a paste. Rub on to skin with fingertips, especially around problem areas. Let dry for 15-20 minutes and rinse with cool water.
*Use the astringent properties of apple cider vinegar by dabbing directly on the blackheads with a cotton ball. If this is too strong, or burns, dilute 50/50 with water.
*Tea tree oil will help clear up blackheads as well, and work to prevent them from reforming. Dab directly on affected area, or dilute 50/50 with water and dab that on.
*A spot facial scrub of 1 t lemon juice and 1 t cinnamon or nutmeg powder has also been known to help clear up blackheads.