Get Rid of Blackheads on Your Neck With A Cedarwood Essential Oil Hot Compress vs Carrot Seed Oil and Bentonite Clay
Edited by Donna, Eng, vimal
Blackheads on your neck have many causes including:
- Wearing a tight turtleneck or collar all day which causes your skin to get sweaty, irritated and to break out
- Using a lot of creamy or oily hair products and in particular hair products that stay in the hair and can drip down the back of the scalp and onto the neck, causing sticky clogged pores.
- Rubbing your neck with anti-aging lotions can also cause problems
- Shaving your neck with a dull razor can cause blackheads
- Hormonal changes and stress can cause blackheads to form on the neck
- Sleeping on dirty pillowcases can spread bacteria and cause outbreaks of blackheads on your neck
- Lying on a beach or grass without a towel can also cause blackheads
- Continually using sunscreen on your neck, causing a build up of the product on your neck over time
- Stress can also be a cause of blackhead breakouts anywhere on the body
Method 1: With A Cedarwood Essential Oil Hot Compress
One of the best ways to get rid of blackheads on your neck is to use a thin, rough cotton towel as a hot compress. In this treatment, the blackheads are subjected to a direct-to-skin contact steaming with Cedarwood essential oil, which is a very powerful disinfectant and astringent. Cederwood oil essential oil also tones the pores, shrinking them so that an infection can't take hold and cause another breakout of blackheads.
- 2Drop a smaller rough thin cotton towel into a plastic basin and let it soak in the hot essential oil bath.Swirl it around in the basin to make sure the fabric is absorbing the essential oils. The idea is to have a towel that is steaming, but not so hot that it will burn the skin. Use a stick or spoon of some kind to stir the towel around in the basin so that you do not risk burning your hands. Be careful too, not to burn your hands on any steam that might be rising from the towel of the basin.Advertisement
- 4Take one end of the towel in each hand and rub it back and forth, with a scrubbing motion, to remove and loosen blackheads from your skin.This mild exfoliation will help remove any oils and dead cell debris from your skin. The more vigorously you rub, the more chance you will have of removing all of the blackheads in just one treatment.
- 6Finish off this blackhead removal treatment by rinsing the skin on your neck with very cool water and patting it dry with a towel.Make sure that the towel that you use is very clean and different than the one that you used on your neck so that you don't spread infections. Try to let the skin on your neck air out for a few minutes so that the comedones can heal.
- 7You can do this cedarwood oil hot towel compress once a week to remove blackheads.Cedarwood oil is too powerful to use more often than that and could cause skin irritation.
Method 2: Carrot Seed Oil and Bentonite Clay
This is a very powerful mask that can be used to remove blackheads from your back. Carrot seed oil is very rich in carotene and Vitamin A, which helps dissolve dead skin cells and oily comedones from the surface of the skin. It is also a powerful antiseptic that helps prevent further breakouts. Both the carrot oil and bentonite clay in this recipe are natural anti-bacterial agents. Bentonite clay helps pull the oily clogs out of the pores and then shrink them so that it is harder for dirt and grime to get inside.
- 3Slather the mud mask on your neck using your hands.If the blackheads are particularly bad on the back of your neck or you feel that you cannot reach them, you can ask the assistance of a friend to apply the mixture on the back of the neck for you. If you have blackheads on your back this can be a very effective solution as well.
- 4Leave the mixture on the back of your neck for at least fifteen minutes or as long as two hours.You will be able to feel the clay tightening your pores as it becomes more like a powder. You may want to cover your neck with a cotton terry towel to prevent the mask from crumbling and falling off your face.
- 6You can do this carrot seed and bentonite compress two to three times a week to remove blackheads.It is a relatively gentle clay mask that can help get rid of blackheads.
Method 3: With Strawberry Puree and Honey
Strawberry puree is very high in Vitamin C, which is a nutrient that is a true healer of skin that as been darkened and damaged by blackheads. The small seeds in strawberry pulp act as a natural exfoliating that polishes away the top layer of the dermis and any dead skin cells. The honey in this mask is a potent antibacterial agent that disinfects the skin, as well as helps pull the greasy cores of the blackheads out of the upper layers of the skin. This is crucial because blackheads on the neck can be quite hard to remove, especially if they are large. The milk contains lactic acid, which also helps gently dissolve the top layer of the skin, encouraging new healthy skin cells to replace the removed dead ones.
- 2Use your fingers to apply the strawberry and honey mask to your clean dry skin.If you do not want to get your hands sticky, you can apply it with a cosmetic spatula or the flat side of a popsicle stick. Another option is to wear cosmetician or latex gloves. However, note that leaving this mixture on your hands and using it as a scrub can help remove blackheads from them as well.
- 3Leave the mixture on your neck for about half an hour.You will feel the strawberries and honey tighten up as it dries to a translucent state, pulling out your blackheads with it. When the mask feels hard and crispy, it is time to remove it.
- 4Wash the strawberry and honey mixture off with a warm wet wash cloth and then rinse your face with very cold water.It is not necessary to wash your neck or apply creams or lotions to it afterwards. Let your treated skin rest for about three hours before you apply makeup, creams or shave the treated area.
- 5This strawberry mask is gentle enough to use on your neck once a day.If your skin is very sensitive, looks abraded or broken out, you might want to skip a day or two of use.
Method 4: With Margarine and Brown Sugar
Margarine is solidified vegetable oil that contains essential fatty acids, Vitamin A and Vitamin D, which help nourish the pores on the skin of the neck. The oil in the margarine helps soften the hard comedones that block skin pores. Margarine is also an effective moisturizer that helps the skin retain water, which is important, because blackheads on the neck are often caused by a case of dry skin, which in turn encourages skin pores to produce too much sebum. The coarse brown sugar in this scrub also helps eliminate oil, grease and blackheads by polishing the dermis. Brown sugar also contains alpha-hydroxy acids, which stimulate and resurface the skin to prevent it from scarring.
- 1Blend one and ¼ of fresh room-temperature butter together with two cups of coarse brown sugar to make a smooth, spreadable paste.The mixture should look and feel like a grainy, yet creamy scrub.
- 2Use your fingers to smooth the brown sugar and margarine scrub onto your neck and then scrub the skin well using rotating motions.Make sure your skin is clean and dry before you apply the butter and sugar mixture to your skin. If you do not want to get your hands greasy, you can wear plastic cosmetic gloves to protect them.
- 3Rinse your skin off with very hot water and then wash it well a glycerin soap such as Pears or Neutrogena.If you have covered a large portion of your skin with the butter, such as your torso, buttocks or your legs, this is best done in the shower using a rough washcloth or a loofah mitt. The butter and sugar will have effectively removed the comedones from your skin.
- 4Dry your treated neck skin with a clean towel.Your skin will feel moisturized, but it should not feel greasy. Avoid shaving your neck or using heavy creams or lotions on your neck for at twenty-four hours, to avoid clogging up your pores again and causing another outbreak.
- 5You can do this margarine and brown sugar treatment twice a week.Do not continue to do it if the oily margarine causes your skin to feel greasy, thus provoking further breakouts on your skin.
Method 5: With Lemon, Pink Himalayan Salt and Coconut Oil
The highly effective ingredients in this exfoliating scrub for blackheads on your neck are the lemon juice and coconut oil which, when working synergistically will successfully kill all bacteria, fungus and yeast that could be causing breakouts of blackheads on your neck. The lemon juice is full of Vitamin C and natural alpha hydroxy acids that help resurface your skin and tighten the pores. Coconut oil contains healthy essential fatty acids, that help moisturize and nourish the area so that blemishes heal quickly. The oil also helps soften the inner core of the blackheads so they can be expelled from the pores. The pink Himalayan salt in this scrub acts as an exfoliator that helps the hard oily core of the blackheads be rubbed away. Pink Himalayan salt also helps the skin to retain water, so that skin pores do not dry out and produce excess oil to compensate for dryness.
- 1Mix together a ½ cup of coconut oil, two tablespoons of lemon juice and ¼ cup of coarsely ground Himalayan sea salt crystals in a bowl.Be sure to use the juice from freshly squeezed lemon as it will contain more vitamins and antioxidants. However, if fresh lemons are not available you can use lemon juice from concentrate.
- 2Apply the scrub to your neck using your hands.If you are worried about getting your hands sticky, you can wear cosmetic plastic gloves to protect them. However, keep in mind that this mixture is very effective for cleaning and nourishing the skin on your hands as well.
- 3Leave this mixture on your neck for fifteen to thirty minutes or for as long as an hour.If you like, you can cover the applied mask with a dry towel to keep the mask in place You will be able to feel the fresh lemon juice stinging the skin on your neck a bit as it tightens your pores. This is normal and a sign that the mask is working to clear up your blackheads.
- 4Before removing it, massage the lemon, coconut oil and salt mixture deeply into the skin pores of your neck.This way the salt in the scrub also acts as a mild exfoliate, helping to remove the comedones stuck in your skin. At the same time, the coconut oil will moisturize and heal the area, preventing future scarring and possible reinfection.
- 5Get in the shower and rinse any debris from the mask off with the very hot water, followed by a shot coldest water you can tolerate and then dry off your neck with a very clean towel.This will help further close up the pores and stimulate your circulation in the area, so the skin can continue to heal. There is no need to wash your neck after applying this mask as you want the coconut oil to continue to nourish your skin pores for hours after you have removed the mixture.
- 6You can do this scrub and mask for blackhead removal on your neck three or four times a week.If redness occurs from continuously abrading your skin with the salt, then give it a chance to heal or limiting the application this very astringent scrub to once a week.
Method 6: With Moor Mud and Tea Tree Oil
Moor mud is a premixed type of skin mask that is usually sold in airs or pouches. It is made from decomposed plant matter and contains hundreds of enzymes, hormones and antioxidants that help heal the skin. It also tightens the pores, cleans them and helps draw toxins out of the skin pores. Moor mud is also a known skin balancer and is particularly effective for people who are breaking out because of puberty, perimenopause or menopause. The tea tree oil in this mask is a potent antibiotic and disinfectant that helps kill any type of microbe or fungus that might be causing blackheads to break out on your skin. Tea tree oil also tones your skin pores and helps tightens them up, making them less prone to infection and future scarring.
- 1Mix two cups moor mud with fifteen drops of pure tea tree oil in a bowl.It is best to do this manually with a fork as moor mud is quite thick and can be difficult to remove from blender blades.
- 2With your bare hands, smooth the mud over the back of your neck and pack it on.The mask should be thin enough that it adheres to the skin, but not so thick that it is flaking and falling off of your body.
- 3Leave the mask on your neck for about thirty minutes and then rinse it off in the shower.It is ready to remove when it feels dry and powdery. If your skin is tingly while it dries, that is normal. It means that the mask increasing your circulation and tightening up your skin pores.
- 4Pat your neck skin dry with a clean towel.Avoid applying creams or sunscreens to your skin for a day so that your skin has time to absorb the nutrients left by the residue of the mask. The tea tree oil will also leave your skin feeling very clean.
- 5You can apply this blackhead removal mask for your skin about three times a week.If you experience redness or irritation, it could be the result of an allergy to either the tea tree oil or the plant matter in the moor mud.
Method 7: With Thyme Essential Oil Hot Compress
Thyme essential oil is a pleasant, earthy smelling powerful natural disinfectant that can get rid of any bacteria, fungus or yeast that might be causing blackheads to break out on your skin. It is also an anti-inflammatory that reduces swelling and prevents future scarring. It also contains thujanol and geraniol, which are to chemotypes that help balance out skin that is acting out due to environmental or natural causes. It is especially beneficial for women who are experiencing breakouts because of menopause. Thyme oil also contains cineole, which is a pain-relieving constituent that helps relieve the itchiness and discomfort that is associated with a badly infected breakout of blackheads on the neck.
- 1Pour two liters of boiling water into a basin big enough to hold a large, coarse hand towel that is large enough to drape over the area of your neck that is affected with blackheads.If you prefer you can use two washcloths or two smaller hand towels if that it what it takes to cover the entire area. Cotton towels or hand cloths with a loose thread count work best to get your skin really clean.
- 2Add twenty-four drops of thyme essential oil to the hot water in the basin.It is helpful to tap the bottom of an essential oil bottle hard in order to convince it to eject big droplets of the oil, so you can accurately count how many you have added to the steamy water.
- 3Soak the clean hand towel in the basin of hot water and thyme oil and let it soak for about ten minutes .Get a long spoon or stick and stir the towel while it is floating in the essential oil and water mixture. It is also important to avoid getting too close to the steam rising from the basin as steam as there is a risk of scalding your skin. Furthermore, any thyme oil dispersed through the skin can affect your eyes and irritate them.
- 1When the hand towel has cooled down enough to handle with your hands without scalding yourself, wring it out well and place it on your neck.This helps the steam in the hot compress open the pores of the skin so that they open and eject the comedones. If you have sensitive skin on your hands, you can wear cosmetic gloves as you do this. Most people can tolerate thyme essential oil when it is diluted at this strength, but some can't, especially on the hands, which can feel itchy from exposure to essential oil of thyme
- 2After ten minutes minutes of relaxing with the hot compress on your neck, get in the shower and rinse it off with chilly water.The cold water helps close your skin pores. There is need to wash your skin with soap after this treatment, as you want the essential oil of thyme to continue to do its job of disinfecting your pores for about six hours after application. Do not use heavy creams or sunscreen after treatment either as this can also causes the pores on your back skin to clog up and become infected again.
- 3You can do this thyme essential oil hot towel compress every second day to, because even though it is a powerful oil for vanquishing blackheads it is quite gentle.If you find that using thyme oil causes your skin to burn or to red, then definitely stop using it, as this can mean that you have an allergy to it or are sensitive to it.
Method 8: With Neroli Essential Oil Hot Compress
Neroli oil is a potent antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory oil with a pleasant orange scent. It also contains antioxidants that help balance out skin on the neck that may have broken out due to hormonal influences. Neroli oil is especially beneficial for women who are experiencing breakouts of blackouts on their skin because of menopause. This unique oil is also a powerful stimulant that brings fresh blood to the small vessels of the skin and stimulates the healing process. It's scent is very relaxing and the oil is a natural anti-depressant, which is helpful in cases where the blackhead breakouts are being caused by physical or emotional stress or continual episodes of extreme anxiety.
- 1Pour two liters of boiling water into a basin big enough to hold a larger towel that can be applied to your neck.You can also use a very thick cheese cloth, folded over several times, instead of a towel if you like.
- 2Add twenty one drops of Neroli essential oil to the very hot water in the basin and swirl it around.You can use a large kitchen spoon or whisk to make sure that the oil and water are blended together well.
- 3Soak the clean hand towel in the basin of hot water and neroli oil.Note that it is a good idea to avoid the steam rising from the basin as the it could burn your skin/ Neroli oil vapor is also very irritating to the tissues of the eyelids and eyes.
- 1When the hand towel has cooled down enough to handle it with your hands without scalding them, wring it out well and place it on your neck.This helps steam open the pores so that the comedones trapped inside of them are expelled easily. If you have sensitive skin on your hands or know that you are sensitive to citrus oils, you can wear plastic cosmetic gloves as you do this, but most people can tolerate neroli essential oil when it is diluted at this strength.
- 2After ten minutes minutes of relaxing with the hot compress, get in the shower and rinse it off with chilly water.This helps close your skin pores and restructure them so bacteria is less likely to clog them up again. There is need to wash your skin with soap after this treatment, as you want the essential oil of thyme to continue to do its job of disinfecting your skin pores for hours after application. Do not use heavy creams or sunscreen after treatment either as this can also causes the pores on your skin to clog up and become infected again.
- 3You can do this neroli essential oil hot towel compress two or three times to week to remove blackheads and nourish your skin.If you find that using citrus oils, like Neroli, causes your skin to burn or to red, then definitely stop using it, as this can mean that you have an allergy to it or are sensitive to it. You should also cease use of neroli essential oil if you find that sun exposure is causing your neck to develop brown patches or freckles.Advertisement
Tips and Tricks
- If your skin itches or burns in any way due to using essential oils, stop using it right away and rinse your skin with soap and water immediately.
- If the smell of ten drops of Cedarwood oil is too strong, you can use five to six drops instead, but be aware that the less you use, the less powerful the mixture will be.
- Some people prefer to wear gloves when applying masks, but these scrubs and masks are also very beneficial for skin on the hands and palms
Questions and Answers
Will cedar wood oil clog pores on my scalp?
Will cedar wood oil clog pores on my scalp?
No, and in fact, cedarwood is clarifying essential oil that is anti-seborrheic, meaning that it fights dandruff and scaly skin by cleansing and medicating the pores. Cedarwood oil is often added to anti-dandruff shampoos and conditioners to fight dandruff and dryness. For best results mix about ten drops of pure essential oil of cedarwood into your shampoo and massage your scalp vigorously as you use it. If the problem is blackheads on your scalp be sure to use the tips of your fingers to massage the affected places. You can then condition and rinse your hair out as usual.
- If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.
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Recent edits by: Eng, Donna