Get Rid of Blackheads on Your Face With Lemon Juice and White Sugar vs Brown Rice Powder and Greek Yogurt vs Ground Oatmeal, Orange Juice and Baking Soda ... and 20 more
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Blackheads on your face have many causes, with multiple causes provoking breakouts at the same time, including:
- Poor hygiene, as in neglecting to cleanse the face on a regular basis, which causes clogged pores and skin issues
- Touching your face constantly in an absent-minded way, which causes bacteria, grease and fungus from your fingertips to spread to your skin pores
- Failing to wash all of your makeup off before you go to bed, especially foundation, blush and powders that sit on the skin and clog up your pores
- Shaving with a dirty or dull razor blade which causes abrasions and breakouts of blackheads on the skin
- Using a razor with three or less blades; especially disposable razor blades that are harder on the skin and have a greater risk of causing cuts or infections
- Borrowing other peoples razors or cosmetic tools and using them on the skin of your fac
- Using makeup on your face that is more than three months old
- Using make up testers in drug stores or cosmetic stores, which can spread fungus and bacteria to your face
- Washing your skin too often, which can cause the skin to dry out, which in turn provokes it to produce more oil to clog your skin pores
- Using a harsh soap that dries out your skin, triggering an overproduction of oil
- Abrading the skin too roughly with a cloth, Buf-Puf or pumice, causing dryness and small cuts that can trigger an outbreak of blackheads
- Having a beauty treatment at a salon where the conditions are not that hygienic
- Smoking, which accumulates toxins on the skin and poisons the blood, and also causes slow skin cell repair, slow circulation and the destruction of Vitamins that the skin needs to thrive
- Vaping, which accumulates toxins and grime on the skin from the glycerin, additives and chemicals used to flavor the smoke and give it body
- Alcohol consumption, which dries out the skin pores and causes them to overproduce oil
- Exposure to direct sun or sunburn can cause skin pores to overproduce oil and then become badly clogged
- Excessive sweating due to a disease, hormonal issues or excessive exercise can cause sweat and skin oils to clog your pores
- Sleeping on dirty pillow cases or linen can cause bacteria, old skin oil and fungus to infect your skin pores
- Using towels and washcloths again and again can cause blackheads due to bacteria and fungus, especially if they are not allowed to completely dry out after you use them
- Going through menopause, perimenopause, pregnancy and puberty, which can cause hormones to become imbalanced and in turn cause blackheads
- Exposure to hormonal disrupting plastics and chemicals in the body that throw your hormones out of whack and cause skin follicles to produce too much sebum
- Having freckles or birthmarks that might be genetically predisposed to producing excessive oil on the face
- Having a tattoo done on the face that causes chronic inflammation and consequent outbreaks of blackheads
- Eating a diet high in sugar, fat and refined carbohydrates, which in turn causes poor cell turnover and pores to produce more oil
Method 1: With Lemon Juice and White Sugar
This is one of the simplest facial scrubs for blackheads that you can possibly make. The coarse grains of the cane sugar make an excellent exfoliant, helping to clean off the hard tops of the blackheads so that the pores can expel their contents. Sugar is also a natural source of an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) called glycolic acid, which helps break down old dead skin pores and encourage a greater rate of cell repair. Sugar also helps draw water to the skin, keeping it healthy and fresh-looking.
The lemon juice in this recipe for a blackhead removal scrub for the face is full of Vitamin C and Zinc, which are natural healers of the face. The fruit acids in the lemon also help break down oil and cleanse it from the skin. Furthermore, lemon juice is a natural skin toner, helping to close up clogged pores and keep them tight, healthy and resistant to infection. Lemon juice also possesses a natural bleaching action that makes redness and blackness from infected pores less obvious.
- 1Wet a very small towel or a washcloth in very hot water and apply it to your clean dry face. This hot compress will help to open up your pores and prepare your skin to receive the benefits of the lemon and white sugar mask. The longer you leave it on, the better, but it is suggested that you cover your face with the cloth for a minimum of fifteen minutes.Advertisement
- 2Mix ¼ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice with ¾ cup of white cane sugar in a bowl. Make sure the ingredients are blended well to create a scrub like texture. It is fine if some of the sugar clumps or dissolves in the lemon juice. It is also okay to use bottled lemon juice or lemon juice concentrate if you do not have access to fresh lemons.Advertisement
- 3Apply the scrub to your face and rub the sugar and lemon mix all over skin, paying special attention to the areas that have larger pores or that are dotted with blackheads. It is normal for your skin to sting just a little as you are applying this scrub and it is a sign that the ingredients are working to stimulate your circulation and remove dead skin cells and oil. Try to keep scrubbing your face or at least two minutes to completely remove all of the blackheads from your skin.
- 4Rinse your face with warm water, followed by cold water and pat your skin dry with a clean dry towel. There is no need to wash your face after applying this scrub because you want the fruit acids in the lemon and glycolic acids in the sugar to continue clarifying and repairing the skin for some hours afterwards. You should also give your skin a break from heavy creams, foundation makeup and sunscreen for at least six hours after this treatment.
- 5You can do apply this lemon juice and white sugar facial scrub twice a day. If your skin feels dry, then skip a day or two before doing it again. Most people see all of their blackheads fall out after just a couple of treatments.
Method 2: With Brown Rice Powder and Greek Yogurt
You can make your own brown rice powder is at home by grinding the grains up in a small blender or coffee grinder. Brown rice powder is a common ingredient in many commercial skin masks that are label ceramides as an ingredient. Ceramides are lipid fatty acids that help degrease the skin as well as keep it moisturized. As well as being an effective exfoliant, the fine grains of rice powder also help scrub the hard plugs of oil in her pores. Additionally rice powder that is made from whole grain brown rice is very rich in skin soothing B vitamins and the mineral magnesium.
The yogurt in this recipe for a blackhead removal scrub contains lactic acids, which help dissolve the top layer of skin cells, oil and grime. Lactic acids are natural resurfacers of the skin that prevent the scarring of the face that can occur from chronic blackhead breakouts.
- 1Grind up a half a cup of brown rice in a coffee grinder, spice grinder or smaller blender. You can use any type of rice that you want or this blackhead removal face scrub but the best are Jasmine and Basmati as they are whole grains that still have their bran and germ intact and because of that, they have the most vitamin and mineral content.Advertisement
- 4Apply the scrub to your face and polish your skin with it, being sure to pay special attention to any part of your face that is afflicted with blackheads. It is recommended that you do this for at least four minutes. However, if your skin begins to hurt or feel scraped, scrub your face for a shorter period of time.
- 5Wipe the scrub off of your face with a damp washcloth that has been rinsed in warm water and then follow it up by rinsing it in cool water. Do not wash your face after this treatment so that the ceramides in the ground rice powder can continue to work to heal and moisten your face for about hours after the treatment. Avoid applying heavy lotions, creams or sunscreens to your face for about four hours afterward to avoid clogging up treated pores with product.
- 6You can apply this scrub up to twice a day if your comedones are not immediately loosened by the treatment. You can keep this scrub cool in the refrigerator for future use.
Method 3: With Ground Oatmeal, Orange Juice and Baking Soda
Ground oatmeal exfoliates and moisturizes your skin at the same time. It is the ideal mask to use on very sensitive skin that cannot usually handle strong scrubs or masks. The orange juice in this mask is rich in Vitamin C and helps the skin repair itself quickly. Orange juice also contains fruit acids that help melt away grease and oil so that the skin becomes very soft and clean and devoid of the hard cores of blackhead plugs that can multiply and become worse over time. Baking soda is a very strong scrub that helps polish the skin and pop the blackheads out of their cores so that they can be wiped away. Yet another attribute of baking soda is that it helps balance out the pH of skin so that it is less hospital to breeding an environment that encourages the development of blackheads.
- 1Grind about a ¼ of a cup of steel-cut flaky oatmeal in a coffee grinder or spice grinder until it is a coarse powder. You can also grind up the oatmeal in a blender or use oatmeal flour that you buy in a store. However, the slightly coarser texture that is desired is made from grinding up the larger oatmeal flakes by yourself at home. If you can't get steel-cut oat flakes then using regular oatmeal is fine, but be aware that the scrub might be a little coarser than you expected.
- 1Add1/4 of a cup of freshly squeezed orange juice and 1/2 of a cup baking soda to the ground oatmeal flakes and combine all of the ingredients well. Make sure that the mixture maintains a spreadable, paste-like consistency. If it is too thick add a bit more orange juice. If it is too thin, then add more baking or ground up oatmeal flakes or both.
- 2Apply a hot compress to your face for five minutes to open up your skin pores. The compress can be made from a hot wet towel or washcloth. This helps soften the hard tough tops of the blackheads so that they are easily removed when you remove the mask and it also helps to make your skin more receptive to the healing ingredients in the recipe.
- 3Apply the oatmeal and orange juice to your face, being sure to cover the areas that are most affected by breakouts of blackheads and then let the mixture sit for about fifteen minutes. This helps the sugars in the orange juice resurface the top layer of your skin and the natural emollients in the oatmeal to soften it so that the blackheads are more easily wiped away with a cloth.
- 4Remove this mask from your ace using a hot damp washcloth and then follow up with a cool rinse of water and a gentle dabbing on your skin with a dry towel. It helps to use a vigorous scrubbing motion with your washcloth to help dislodge any blackheads. You might want to rinse this mask off in the bathtub with a mesh metal debris catcher on the drain so that you can catch all any solids from the oatmeal mask that are rinsed off.
- 5Let your skin air out for about four hours after the treatment and do not apply any creams, cosmetics or sunscreen to your face to avoid reclogging your pores. It is also important to avoid cleansing your face after using this scrub. It is okay for your skin to remain slightly sticky for a few hours after, as this is the orange juice and oatmeal continuing to do their job of healing the skin.
- 6This is a very simple mask that you can use on your skin very day without ill effects. If your skin feels red or irritated, likely from the acids in the orange juice or scrubbing too hard too hard with the cloth then skip a day or too of application.
Method 4: With Cucumber, Milk, Honey and Sugar
Cucumbers possess powerful anti-inflammatory actions that calm down inflamed skin. Cucumber pulp and juice also has a cooling quality that softens the skin and tighten the pores. Cucumber pulp is also a great toner for the skin that tightens up the pores and helps your skin be more resistant to infection. The antioxidants in cucumber, cucurbitacins and cucumerin encourage the skin to heal and help skin pores retain moisture so that they do not overproduce oil. Furthermore, cucumbers also contain Vitamin A and retinol Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Vitamin B5, which are all vitamins that help damaged skin heal faster.
The milk in this blackhead removal mask contains lactic acids that help resurface the skin and the honey is an antifungal and antibacterial agent that kills all harmful microbes. The sugar in this mask also contains alpha-hydroxy acids that help resurface the skin and prevent scarring as the result of blemish breakouts.
- 2Apply the pureed cucumber and milk mask to clean dry facial skin with clean dry hands and leave it on for at least fifteen minutes. Spreading it over your face in layers with your fingers is best. Just make sure that your hands are very clean first to avoid spreading infection. The longer you leave the mask on, the more effective it will be at removing the blackheads.
- 4Remove the mask with a hot damp washcloth and then follow up by rinsing your face with very cold water. This is most easily done in the shower, if you do not want a messy experience. A metal catcher in your sink drain can also help capture any stray cucumber seeds or pulp that might be left over from the mask application. It is also not necessary to wash your face with soap or apply any lotions, cosmetics or sunscreens to your face after the application of this mask.
- 5This is a very gentle non-toxic mask for removing blackheads from the face that you can do once a day if you like. If any redness or mild abrasions occur from the sugar scrubbing, then skip a day or two before starting to use it again.
Method 5: With Turmeric, Rice Flour, Honey and Yogurt
This mask is particularly helpful for people who are suffering from breakouts because they have oily skin. Turmeric powder is not only a wonderful exfoliant, it is also a powerful disinfectant, anti-fungal and antibacterial agent. The turmeric in this this face mask also helps reduce inflammation from chronic breakouts as well as bleach the skin a bit so that redness from inflammation is not as obvious to the onlooker. Rice flour is a natural, safe exfoliant that is tough enough to polish the tops of the blackheads off of the pores so that they are completely removed and the pores can expel their contents. The honey in this recipe is a powerful antibiotic and antifungal agent that helps disinfect the skin and pull the blackheads out of the skin. The yogurt is full of lactic acids, only found in milk products, that dissolve the top layer of skin cells in the skin and nourish them with amino acids and B vitamins so that healing takes place faster.
- 2Mix two tablespoon of yogurt with 2 tablespoons of the rice flour and one teaspoon of ground turmeric powder. Combine this mixture well to make a paste. You can use any type of yogurt, but Greek yogurt works bests.
- 4Apply a hot compress to your face for five minutes to open your pores. The compress can be made from a hot wet towel or washcloth. This helps soften the hard tough tops of the blackheads so that they are easily removed when you remove the mask. You can also steam your pores open by wearing a towel over your head and holding your face over a bowl of hot water. You can also use a commercial steamer to open up the pores on your face as well.
- 5Apply the turmeric and rice flour mask to your face, being sure to cover the areas that are most affected by breakouts of blackheads. Let the mask sit on your skin until it dries. Usually this mask dries in about fifteen minutes. You should feel the mask start to feel it tingle a bit as it tightens your pores.
- 7Let your skin breathe for about three hours after the treatment and do not apply lotions, cosmetics or sunscreen as these oily substances could re-clog your pores. It is also possible that your face is stained yellow for an hour or so after treatment. Avoid the temptation to cover this up with foundation or powder, as it can provoke your clogged skin pores to produce oil.
- 8This is a very potent mask that you can use on your face very day. The only thing that might prevent your from using the mask daily, is if you have skin that stains easily from the use of turmeric. If this is the case try cutting the amount of turmeric that you use in the mask in half or skipping a few days before you use the mask again. If the stain is stubborn, you can try using a mixture of white sugar and hot water applied to a washcloth to wash the stain away.
Method 6: With Lime Juice, Turmeric and Cinnamon
This is an extremely strong scrub with fine powdery little grains that is best used for spot treatments because it is so powerful but you can use it as a scrub for your entire face as well. This is the type of scrub you want to use if you suspect that your chronic inflammation and blackheads are caused by fungal or bacterial infections. All three ingredients are anti-inflammatories that kill all microbes. All three ingredients are also powerful astringents that close up the pores and discourage the kind of skin ecology that might encourage more breakouts. Turmeric helps take the redness out of inflamed skin and make blackheads look less obvious. Cinnamon stimulates the circulation to feed skin pores oxygen and nutrients. Lime juice is full of fruit acids and Vitamin C in limes helps resurface the skin, heal it and make it look smoother and more consistent in color.
- 1Mix together ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon with ¼ cup of ground turmeric powder and 3 ounces of fresh organic lime juice in a bowl. You can use bottled lime juice if it is more convenient. Regular lime juice instead of organic lime juice can also be used if organic limes are not available. Lemon juice can also be substituted if necessary.
- 3Apply the scrub to your face with a vigorous rubbing motion and keeping scrubbing the affected areas for at least two minutes. You may experience a bit of tingling on your skin as both the lime juice and cinnamon stimulate the circulation. It is normal for your skin to feel a bit itchy but if it feels like it is burning or red then remove the mask immediately. It could be that you are sensitive to oils in the cinnamon powder. However, it is normal for your skin to loo a bit flushed or pink as the fruit acids and spice bring blood to the surface of your skin.
- 4Rinse your face off with very cool water. Do not wash your face after the application of this mask as that may clog up your pores and encourage them to produce sebum. You should also wait about three hours before applying makeup, lotions or sunscreens to your skin so that pores do not become oily and clogged up again.
- 5This strong scrub should only be used once every three days. Although the ingredients calm inflammation, they can also provoke it if used to frequently so use your best judgment as to whether or not your skin can handle it often. A good rule of thumb is to o apply a mask if your skin is still red or pink from the last application.
Method 7: With Banana, Lime Juice and Poppy Seeds
In this blackhead removal mask, the poppy seeds act as a coarse exfoliant, helping to scrape off the tops of the comedones and scrub them off. The fact that poppy seeds are so big make them good for exfoliating bigger blackheads off of the face. The lime juice in this recipe is also full of Vitamin C. Limes also contain alpha-hydroxy acids that help resurface the skin, smooth the surface and encourage rapid healing. Bananas are also deeply moisturizing and help the skin's pH balance restore itself. As bananas are also quite greasy, they help remove oil from oily skin without drying it out. Yet another attribute of bananas is that they are humectant, meaning that they help draw moisture to the skin.
- 2Make sure your face is dry and clean before you apply this scrub. You can steam your pores by holding your head over a steaming bowl of water or you can use a hot towel compress that is pressed against your face if you like. This steaming of the face can assist your pores in opening up and also with the softening of the comedones so that they will more easily eject their contents once you are using the scrub.
- 3Apply the lime and poppyseed mixture to your face, make sure you are scrubbing the affected areas of your face well. Poppy seeds are a coarse exfoliant so you might feel a bit like your skin is being scraped. You may experience a bit of tingling as the alphyhydroxy acids in the lime juice goes to work to tighten to resurface and heal your skin.
- 4Rinse your face off with very cool water. Do not wash your face after the application of this mask as that may clog up your pores and encourage them to produce oil. Your facial pores need time to absorb some of the nutrients from the mask. You should also wait about at least two hours before applying heavy creams, foundation, or sunscreens to your face or you risk clogging up the skin pores with oil again and causing another breakout of blackheads.
- 5This mild scrub can be used every two days. If you experience discoloration on your face while out in the sun, then do not use this mask again. If you experience extreme redness, try substituting powdered almond with the poppy seeds. That will create a milder scrub with a bit of a moisturizing quality that is less likely to abrade your skin.
Method 8: With Pineapple and Sour Cream
This is a very moisturizing but also very toning mask for removing blackheads from the skin that combines the strong fruit acids in pineapple pulp with the lactic acids in sour cream to create an enzyme-rich skin repair solution. The pineapple pulp contains bromelain, which is a strong anti-inflammatory that can calm down swelling and redness in skin that is suffering from chronic blackhead breakouts. Pineapple is also very rich in healing Vitamin C and zinc, which also helps skin to heal faster. The sour cream contains lactic acids, which help resurface and rejuvenate the skin and the fact that it is a fermented milk product also helps the skin to rid itself of skin fungi that might be causing issues with our skin.
- 1Puree ¼ cup of pineapple with 1/2 cup of sour cream in a blender until smooth. The mixture should have the consistency of a very smooth paste. If it seems too watery, add more sour cream. It should be sticky and thick enough to cling to your face. If it is a bit drippy, it will still work but a runny mask not that convenient to deal with.
- 2Spread the mask on your clean, dry skin using your fingers, a cosmetic spatula or the flat side of a plastic knife or spoon and then leave it on for at least thirty minutes. The longer you leave this mask on your face the more effective it will be in helping you to disinfect your skin and remove your blackheads.
- 3Remove the mask from your face with a washcloth soaked in hot water and then rinse your face with cold water. There is no need to wash your face after this as you want the skin the anti-inflammatory action of both the fruit and the sour cream to continue cleansing and repairing your skin for hours afterwards. It is also a good idea to let your skin breathe a bit and avoid moisturizers, greasy creams or wearing foundation or powder, as this could provoke a breakout.
- 4You can use this mask once a day. However, some people's skin does react to the strong acidic quality of the pineapple juice. If the mask stings your skin or if you feel like your skin is burning, remove it immediately. Pineapple juice can also make sensitive skin photosensitive and cause it to burn more easily in the sun. Skin treated with pineapple juice can even discolor skin due to an effect that causes the melatonin to darken.
Method 9: With Neem Tea
Neem tea is more well-known as a skin remedy for blackheads in India and China where the herb is a staple of every day cosmetic care. You can buy Neem tea leaves in Asian markets and grocery stores. Using the fresh leaves is best, always, but if you can find the fresh leaves you can use the dried leaves to concoct the tea if you want. A strong brew made from Neem tea leaves will kill just about anything that can cause a blackhead to grow on your skin. The plant has potent anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties and it also acts as a mild bleach that makes blackheads and redness seem less obvious.
- 2Dip large cotton pad or ball into Neem tea that is slightly cooled, but still quite hot and then apply the mixture to your face, making sure that you are scrubbing the affected areas of skin. The steam and moisture from the warm liquid will help open up your pores and the strong Neem brew will help disinfect your face and dissolve the grease and grime in your pores.
- 3When you are done, remove any excess oil that has been expelled by any of the blackheads on your face with a paper towel and then follow up by washing your face with a mild cleanser such as Neutrogena or Pears Soap. This helps ensure that any of the grease encouraged to leave your pores by the Neem Tea is not left lingering on your skin.
- 4Pat your skin dry with a very clean towel and do not apply any cosmetics, creams or sunscreens for a few hours afterwards. This helps break the cycle of chronic inflammation and prevents your skin from becoming clogged or greasy and breaking out in blackheads.
Method 10: With Neem Leaves, Turmeric and Cucumber
If your skin is very oily, but also broken out with blackheads, this powerful combination mask and scrub can help cleanse your face, reduce inflammation and moisturize it so that it is not compelled to overproduce the oil that causes blackheads. Fresh neem leaves are antibacterial, anti-fungal and they also help quell chronic inflammation of the skin. Neem is also a pain-reliever that can help relieve the soreness and itchiness that is often a consequence of suffering from blackhead breakouts.
In this recipe, crushed up neem leaves are mixed with ground turmeric powder and pureed cucumber. The ground turmeric powder is a potent disinfectant and anti-fungal agent that also acts as a cleanser of the skin. The pureed cucumber in the mix is naturally emollient and helps calm the skin down so that the chronic cycles of inflammation that cause breakouts of blackheads in the first place are no longer an issue.
- 5When it is time to remove the mask, apply a bit of water to it and clean your face using a scrubbing motion. Using small rotating motions works very well to help polish the blackheads away from your face. It is best to use your fingers to do this or a cotton pad or cloth you don't mind throwing away. This is because turmeric is known for staining linen and it is much easier to get the yellow stain off of your hands then it is cloth.
- 6Remove the mask with a cloth and then rinse your face with cold water. It is best to do this in the shower, as you can put a metal mesh catch in your drain to catch any excess neem leaf and cucumber debris. Be careful not to get the neem leaf and turmeric mixture in your eyes, as they have astringency and oils that can injure eye tissue.
- 7Rinse your face with the coldest water that you can tolerate to finish off this beauty ritual. You should not wash your face after applying this mask as that can negate the healing effects of the neem leaves, cucumber and turmeric. You should also not apply heavy creams, lotions or sunscreen to your skin either, because you need to give your pores a chance to heal and clarify themselves after the treatment. You can also expect that areas of your face might turn yellow, but this effect usually disappears after a few hours. If it is not, you can always use a mixture of warm water and sugar and a washcloth to scrub the yellow staining off of your skin.
- 8This mask is quite astringent and it can be drying, so it is recommended that you not do it more than once a week. If your skin breaks out even more, don't use it at all as it means the turmeric and neem leaf combination of herbs is drying your skin out too much and provoking breakouts.
Method 11: With Powdered Milk and Pureed Papaya
This is a very simple, chunky scrub that is excellent for removing larger blackheads from facial skin. In this recipe, the powdered milk is not completely dissolved, allowing the crumbly coarse grains of the milk to act as an exfoliant. The powdered milk is also very rich in lactic acids, which helps resurface the skin and get rid of dead skin cells and also amino acids, which helps the dermis form new healthy skin cells. Papaya is a potent anti-inflammatory that is very rich in Vitamins A, C and E, which are a triple threat to blackhead breakouts. Papaya also contains alpha-hydroxy acids that help clean and tighten the pores as well as refine and polish the skin.
- 2It can be helpful to steam your face before you apply this mixture to your skin. You can apply a hot compress or use a commercial facial steaming unit to open your pores. You can also cover your head with a towel and lean over a bowl of steaming hot water for five minutes to achieve the same effect.
- 4Remove the mask with a warm wet washcloth and then follow up with a rinse of chilly water to close your pores. Do not wash your face after this scrub as you want the papaya and powdered milk residue to continue to work on your blackheads to melt them away afterwards. Do not apply heavy creams, lotions or sunscreen to your skin after application or you could risk triggering another blackout on your skin.
- 5This scrub is gentle enough to use on your face once a day. However, if redness or itchiness occurs as the result of a sensitivity to the papaya then discontinue using it.
Method 12: With Coconut Oil, Sugar and Salt
This is a very simple, but quite abrasive scrub for skin that is affected by blackheads that can be made quite quickly in a small bowl, using a fork to blend it together. It is the ideal blackhead facial removal scrub for people in a hurry. Both the salt and white sugar in the recipe are amazing skin polishers that help scrape away the top layer of skin and along with it any oily blackheads and skin debris. Both also mildly bleach the skin, making blackheads less visible. The sugar in the recipe is an amazing source of alpha-hydroxy acids, which help break down oil, stimulate circulation and encourage the skin to heal itself. The coconut oil in this scrub is an anti-inflammatory, thanks to the fact that it contains healing essential fatty acids and Vitamin E.
- 5Remove any remaining scrub with the towel and then rinse your face with cold water. Do not wash your face afterwards because it will be well moisturized by the lipids in the coconut oil. It is also a good idea to avoid applying creams, sunscreens or shaving creams for hours after doing this scrub so that you do not risk provoking another breakout of blackheads.
- 6It is best to do this scrub every two to three days. It is very abrasive so doing it every day could cause swelling and inflammation and the blackhead breakout you were trying to avoid.
Method 13: With Tea Tree Oil and A Cotton Ball
Tea Tree oil is one of the few essential oils that can be used on the face undiluted. It is incredibly effective at clearing up blackheads because it contains powerful antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Use on it's own, tea tree oil also help reduce inflammation and redness on the skin. When you use tea tree oil straight on your skin, blackheads dry out and seem to heal overnight. Note that because of the very strong smell oft tea tree oil it is best to apply it only to the area of your skin that is affected by blackheads.
- 2Apply a few drops of tea tree oil to cotton pad and swab the areas of your face that need treatment for blackheads. If you want to treat your entire face, you may want to consider diluting 21 drops in five ounces of water and then applying it all over your face. This will help you deal with the strong smell of the oil. You could also consider doing a mixture of the two strengths buy applying it full strength to your blackheads and then disinfecting the rest of your face with the diluted tea tree oil solution. As you swab your face, you should see some of the oil, dead skin cells and parts of the blackheads lifting from your pores and ending up on the surface of the cotton ball instead.
- 3Leave your face to air out or a while after this treatment and do not apply any creams, lotions, sunscreens, foundation, powder or anything else that could cause your pores to clog up. The tea tree oil is a natural toner and cleanser that will continue to clear up your complexion or a few hours after you use it.
- 4It is best to use this powerful blackhead removal technique every two days. However, if your skin can tolerate the powerful oil without becoming irritated and your nose, the very strong smell, then you can use it every day.
Method 14: With Lavender Oil and A Cotton Ball
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Lavender oil is one of those essential oils that be applied to face without having to be diluted and it is a sweet smelling, soothing oil that helps clear up blackheads in a couple of ways. First of all, essential oil of lavender is a natural antibacterial agent that helps rid your skin of grease, grime and hard blackhead plugs. Lavender oil is also a very potent anti-inflammatory that can help skin that is red or swollen calm down. It also helps alleviate states of anxiety or stress, which are emotional conditions that can help provoke outbreaks of oil in the skin pores. Lavender also contains constituents that help balance the hormones, so it is useful for those women who are breaking out due to perimenopause, menopause and puberty. Please note that lavender oil is not safe for use by pregnant women.
- 2Apply a few drops of lavender oil to cotton pad or cotton puff and swab the areas of your face that needs treatment for blackheads. As you clean your face with the pad, you should see some of the dead skin cells, sebum and hard plugs lifting from your pores and ending up on the surface of the cotton pad instead. You should be able to just apply the oil straight to your skin, but if you find it to strong you can dilute ten drops in a teaspoon of coconut, almond or jojoba oil. Keep in mind, however, that the more you dilute the essential oil, the less effective it will be on your skin.
- 3Do not wash your face afterwards and your skin absorb the essential oils for about three hours before applying lotions or creams. The lavender essential oil is a natural toner that will continue to tighten up your pores or a few hours after you use it. Lavender oil is also a natural humectant, which means that it helps draw water to the surface of the skin so it looks plump, pinker and healthy. You should also avoid applying a lot of makeup or powder after you apply lavender oil.
- 4You can do this treatment for blackheads every day once a day. However, if your skin becomes red or irritated it is a good idea to skip a day.
Method 15: With Clary Sage Oil, Almond Oil and A Cotton Ball
If your blackheads are triggered by an imbalance of hormones then essential oil of clary sage is a good essential oil to use to help you clear away blackheads from your face. Clary Sage essential oil can help calm down inflammation of the skin and prevent chronic breakouts of blackheads. It is also a very strong oil that kills bacteria, fungus and yeast that can cause blemishes on the skin. It also has many properties that qualify the aroma of it to be a true relaxant and anti-depressant, making it a great oil to use if you suspect your breakouts are caused by stress or anxiety. Note that clary sage essential oil may not be used directly on the skin and must be diluted with another oil, such as the almond oil used in this recipe, in order to be effective. Almond oil is a good source of Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, which nourish and hydrate the skin and also soften it so the blackheads are easily expelled from your skin cells during the cleansing process.
- 4Do not cleanse your face after this treatment and allow your skin absorb the nutrients from the essential oils for about three hours before applying creams, cosmetics or shaving. It is a good idea to let the clary sage oil have the opportunity to balance the climate of your skin and calm any redness for a few hours.
- 5You can do this clary sage oil and almond oil treatment for blackheads every two to three days. However, if your skin becomes red or irritated it is a good idea to only use clary sage oil once a week or not at all, as some people are very allergic to it.
Method 16: With Dragon Fruit and Coconut Oil
The white or pink flesh of the dragon fruit, also known as Pitaya, is a natural exfoliant because it contains hundreds of tiny black seeds. These seeds help scrub away at the skin, removing the oil and dirt that is stuck in pores. Dragon fruit is also a super fruit, that is full of vitamins and minerals. This pulp of this tropical super fruit can help disinfect and heal the face. Topical nutrients that are absorbed into the skin in dragon fruit include Vitamin C, B1, B3, zinc, calcium and phosphorus. It is also one of the few fruits on earth that is very rich in Vitamin E, which helps firm the skin and encourages it to produce new collagen.
The coconut oil in this mask is a potent anti-microbial disinfectant that removes dirt while at the same time moisturizing the skin as you scrub with it. Both coconut oil and dragon fruit are tropical anti-inflammatories that help calm skin and stop the chronic cycle of inflammation that causes breakouts in the first place.
- 1Cut a dragon fruit in half and then scoop out the pulp from both halves. A simple melon baller, small ice cream scoop or even just a spoon can work well for this. One dragon fruit should provide an ample amount of fruit pulp for one facial scrub, but how much you use can depend on the size of the fruit and also how much facial skin that you want to cover with the scrub. If dragon fruit is not available at your local market or grocery store, then you will definitely be able to find it in an Asian market.
- 2Puree the dragon fruit pulp in a blender with two tablespoons of honey and blend the mixture until it is smooth. The honey helps the mask stick to your face and pull the comedones out of your pores. The puree should be naturally juicy enough to create a mixture that can function both as a scrub and a spreadable face mask that will cling to the skin.
- 3Apply the dragon fruit pulp to clean dry skin, making sure to scrub the areas of your skin that are affected by blackheads well and then leave the mask on your face for about fifteen minutes. This allows the fruit acids in the dragon fruit to permeate your skin and dissolve and grease, oil and remaining blackheads.
- 5You can do this hybrid of a facial scrub mask every day, and as often as twice a day to perfect your complexion. If you are using larger dragon fruit, it is also beneficial to eat the pulp that is left over as well as that helps restore the health of your skin from within.
Method 17: With Geranium Oil, Rose Hip Oil and A Cotton Ball
This is one of those do-it-yourself blackhead removal treatments based on the principle that "oil can remove oil." Geranium oil is an essential oil that is well known for correcting skin that is blemished, especially if it is due to a hormonal imbalance such as puberty, perimenopause or menopause. It is also very rich in fatty acids and essential oils that help discourage traumatized skin from producing too much oil. The antioxidants in the oil also help prevent the scarring of the skin that can occur as the result of having blemishes. Rosehip oil is very rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and bioflavonoids, which helps heal damaged skin on all levels. As you wipe your skin with this combination of nourishing oils, the cores of the blackheads are softened and easily removed with a quick scrub of the washcloth.
- 2Apply about five drops of geranium oil to cotton pad or ball and then do the same with about five drops rosehip oil. Apply the oil to the area of your skin that needs treatment for blackheads. As you cleanse your face with the cotton, you should see some of blackheads that you are removing appearing on the cotton ball.
- 3Do not cleanse your face after this treatment and allow your skin to absorb the nutrients from the essential oils of rosehip and geranium for about three hours. Don't shave your face or apply any creams and cosmetics. Avoid substances that can clog your pores like sunscreen. It is a good idea to let the geranium oil and rosehip oil rebalance the climate of your skin and calm any inflammation for at least four hours. You should also resist the urge to squeeze any blackheads as this could infect an inflame the skin further and cause a new breakout.
- 4You can do this geranium oil and rosehip oil treatment for blackheads every day. You can even do it twice a day if you like because the ingredients are so nourishing and mild. However, if your skin becomes red or irritated it is a good idea to skip a day. Some people may be allergic to geranium oil, but this is rare. If you experience dermatitis due to the use of geranium oil, then stop using it.
Method 18: With Cypress Oil and Orange Flower Water
Orange flower water is a mild toner that helps draw moisture to the skin. It also assists the skin in absorbing the essential oil of cypress oil in the mixture. This prevents the kind of dryness in the dermis that can cause breakouts of blackheads. Yet another attribute of orange flower water is that it can help remove redness and that dark look that blackheads can sometimes cast on the complexion. If your breakouts are caused by stress, orange flower water is also helpful because it contains constituents that are deeply relaxing both physically and emotionally.
Cypress oil is a powerful antiseptic that kills microbes, yeast and fungus on the skin. It also helps the infected skin pores to flush out any infections so that they can renew themselves. Cypress oil also stifles inflammation and stimulates the skin's circulation, so that skin cells can heal quickly. It is also a powerful toner, helping to shrink skin pores so that oil, sweat and dirt is less likely to become caught in them and cause chronic breakouts of blackheads.
- 4Do not cleanse your face after this treatment and allow your skin to absorb the nutrients from the essential oils of rosehip and geranium for about three hours before you shave your face or apply any creams and cosmetics. It is a good idea to let the geranium oil and rosehip oil rebalance the climate of your skin and calm any inflammation for a few hours. Do not be tempted to squeeze any existing blackheads on your face as you could make the blemishes even worse or even reinfect your pores.
- 5You can do this cypress oil and orange flower water treatment twice a day. However, if your skin becomes red or irritated it from the use of the cypress oil then it is best to do this treatment every couple of days or not at all. Note that this cleansing experience becomes even more effective if your chill the orange water in the refrigerator first.
Method 19: With Rose Water, Milk and Oatmeal Flakes
Rose water is a gentle, yet potent astringent, disinfectant and anti-inflammatory water that also helps reduce the kind of dryness that can cause skin pores to overproduce oil. Roses contain essential fatty acids that help reduce inflammation and draw water from the air to dry skin, helping it to stay healthy. Rosewater also has a relaxing scent that helps reduce blackheads that may be caused by too much stress and anxiety. The oatmeal in this scrub acts as an emollient to draw water to the skin. However, it's many purpose is to act as an exfoliant, that helps scrub off the tops of the comedones so that the blackheads can eject their contents. The little bit of milk in this blackhead removing mask and scrub has lactic acids that help strip away dead surface skin cells so that new ones are encouraged to grow.
- 3Apply the oatmeal and rosewater to your face and leave it on for about fifteen minutes. This gives the rose water scent a chance to work on your mood, relaxing your nervous system and relieving anxiety. It also allows the moisturizers and nutrients in the oatmeal and rosewater time to permeate your skin.
- 5Rinse the mask off of your face using a washcloth soaked in hot water and then follow up by rinsing your skin in cold water. It is quite easy to rinse it off in the shower. You may want to have some kind of metal mesh catch on your drain to capture any oatmeal flakes from the mask as you rinse your face clean.
- 7This is a very gentle scrub that you can do as often as two times a day if you like. You can keep any leftover scrub in the refrigerator where it will, thanks to the milk and oatmeal in the mixture, develop a pleasant gelled texture that is very cooling on the skin.
Method 20: With Frozen Cranberries, Orange Peel and Honey
This is a very potent, clarifying facial scrub that is excellent for very oily skin that is suffering from chronic breakouts of blackheads. Cranberries are very astringent and help to tone and close the pores. The high anti-oxidant and vitamin C content in the cranberries helps fight bacterial infections and prevent further blackhead breakouts. The orange peel is ground up so that it, along with the tiny seeds in the cranberries, functions as an exfoliating agent. The orange peel also has very strong citrus oils in it that contain antioxidants and fruit acids that resurface the skin and prevent scarring of affected skin. Honey is a natural antimicrobial agent that helps pull blackheads out of your skin pores as well as kill all fungus and bacteria on the skin.
- 3Apply the scrub to your face, being sure to enthusiastically rub the places on your skin that need to be treated for blackheads and then leave it on for about fifteen minutes. This allows the nutrients and natural toning agents in the orange peel and cranberries to act directly on clogged skin pores. The coolness of the scrub, as the result of the fruit being frozen, also helps to calm down any inflammation and cool the skin.
- 4Rinse the scrub off of your face with hot water and then follow up with a blast of chilly water. It is best to do this in the shower so that all of the pulp from the frozen cranberries and orange peel is rinsed completely off of your skin. Do not use soap to wash this scrub off as you want the fruit acids in the cranberries and orange peel to continue to heal your skin for a few hours. You might want to also make sure that there is a mesh catch in your drain for catching any fruit pulp, as you rinse the mask off of your face.
- 5Pat your face dry with a clean, dry towel. Be gentle with your skin as it might be a bit irritated from the rougher fruit peel and seed elements in the facial scrub. As the orange oil in the orange peel is very stimulating to the circulation, it is normal for your skin to look a bit pink after the treatment. You should also avoid applying makeup, heavy creams, sunscreens or shaving your face for about six hours after applying this scrub to give your chance a skin to heal and clarify itself.
- 6You can do this scrub every other day if you like. If you feel like the scrub burns your skin or if your skin becomes dry and starts overproducing oil, then use it just once a week or stop using it altogether.
Method 21: With Coconut Milk, Lime and a Cotton Ball
This is a very simple, pleasant smelling solution that can help clean and calm a complexion that is infected with blackheads. Coconut milk is very rich in essential fatty acids that help nourish the skin and moisturize it. It is also rich in Vitamin A, which helps clarify the skin and make it glow. The calcium, iron and lactic acid in coconut milk helps calm redness and inflammation. Lime juice is a very rich source of Vitamin C that contains citric acids. Citric acids help to remove grease and stimulate the skin's blood vessels so that they can heal faster. Healthy skin with tight pores is less likely to produce new crops of blackheads.
- 1Blend two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice with two tablespoons of coconut milk in a small bowl and whisk it all together with a small fork or spoon. If you are covering a large area of your skin with the coconut and lime solution, then simply stick to using the ratio of 1:1 for concocting lime juice and coconut milk mixture. It is best to use the freshest coconut milk that you can find, but if it is not available, then use bottled coconut milk or the kind that comes in a carton.
- 2Dip a cotton pad or ball into the rich coconut milk and lime mixture and cleanse your skin with it. Be sure to pay special care to the areas of your skin that are afflicted with blackheads. Even the most sensitive of complexions can handle this face mask, as long as you remember to use regular organic limes and not key limes which are much more acidic can cause quite severe burns on skin.
- 3Keep dipping the cotton pad or puff in the lime and coconut milk solution and wiping your face with it until it is too dirty to use and then replace it with a new one. Keep cleaning your face this way, dipping your cotton pad into the solution and then rewiping until all of the lime and coconut mixture is gone.
- 4Clean and dry your face with a cotton pad or cotton ball that has not been dipped in a solution and keep cleaning it until your face is completely dry. At this point you should also see that all of your blackheads have been removed and mostly collected on the underside of the cotton ball or pad. It is not necessary to wash your face after this treatment as both lime juice and coconut milk are natural cleansers that will do that job for you.
- 5You can do this mild and effective treatment for removing blackheads twice a day. If your breaks out in lumps, turns red or darkens in patches when exposed to the sun (a condition called photosensitivity), then consider using this scrub less frequently or using a different treatment. This means that you are very sensitive to the citric acid in limes and should not use it topically.
Method 22: With Pureed Figs and Honey
When mashed up, figs become an effective scrub and mask for the skin. The tiny seeds in the fruit rub against the blemishes, helping to peel dead skin cells and oil away. Figs are rich in Vitamin B, C phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and calcium, all of which are very beneficial for the skin. Figs are also emollient, helping the skin to retain water and be well moisturized. This is important because it is skin that is too dry that compels skin pores to produce too much oil and then blackheads. When combined with honey, which is also a natural disinfectant, the skin becomes very clean. This mix of the honey and figs also creates a very sticky mask that helps pull oils and blackheads out of skin pores.
- 1Puree a tablespoon of honey and a cup of whole fresh figs, including the skin in a blender until they are well macerated. The bits of skin and seeds in the fresh figs will help act as exfoliaters of the skin. You can use any type of fig for this recipe including Adriatic figs, Calimyrna, Kadota or Black Genoa. When shopping for figs, keep in mind that the blacker the fig is in color, the richer it will be in antioxidants.
- 2Use your fingers to apply the thick fig honey mask in thin layers to clean dry facial skin. If you do not want to get your hands sticky, you can apply it with a cosmetic spatula or a popsicle stick. You can also use plastic cosmetic gloves while applying this fig and honey mixture, if you do not want the tiny fig seeds to scratch up your manicure.
- 3Leave the mixture on your face for about half an hour. You will feel the fig and honey mask tighten up as it dries on your skin. The longer you leave it on, the more polished and smoother your skin will feel when you remove it.
- 4Scrub the small seeds of the mask into your skin as you rub it off, paying special attention to the areas that you know have blackheads. Peel as much of the mask off of your face as you can and then rinse off any remaining mask debris with very hot water, followed by cold water. Resist the urge to wash your face after you apply this mask, even though your skin might be feeling a bit sticky.
- 5Pat your skin dry with a very clean towel. Give your skin a three hour rest from all lotions, creams and cosmetics and try not to shave your face for about 24 hours.
- 6This fig and honey mask is very powerful yet gentle enough to use on your skin once a day. As this mask is very sticky, it is quite normal for your face to be a bit red or feel slightly itchy for about an hour after you have remove it. Any tingling feeling is due to the effects of the fig pulp, which contain alpha-hydroxy acids, clarifying the surface of your skin.
Method 23: With Kiwi Fruit, Egg White and Honey
Kiwi fruit is rich in Vitamins A C and E, making it a potent healer of the skin. The juice of the kiwi fruit is very astringent and helps tighten up pores. The black seeds in the fruit are a natural exfoliant as is the rough hairy skin of the fruit, which is ground up in a blender in this recipe to help remove blackheads. The egg white is rich in amino acids, and helps tighten and close the pores as well as lift deeply embedded grease and grime from skin. The organic honey used in this mask is a potent disinfectant that clears the skin of the microbes that cause blackhead breakouts. Honey also helps hold the mask together and pull blackheads away from the surface of the skin as it is removed.
- 1Chop up a kiwi into chunks and macerate it into a puree in the blender. You want to create a mixture that looks like a scrub.
- 2Separate the whites from the yolks of two eggs and add it, along with a tablespoon of liquid organic honey to the blender that contains the kiwi puree and mix it all together. If the mixture seems too thin to spread on your skin without making a big mess, you can add a bit of oatmeal to the blender to thicken it up.
- 3Apply the kiwi and egg white mixture to your face using your fingers. If you do not want to get your fingers sticky, you can wear cosmetic plastic gloves or use a cosmetic spatula to apply the mask to your face.
- 4Let the mixture dry up on your skin for at least twenty minutes and up to an hour after application. Your skin will tingle a bit due to the effect of egg whites shrinking your pores. The mask will also become more opaque and white in color as it dries.
- 5Wash the mask off with hot water and then follow it up with a splash of cold water and then pat your skin dry. Some people may be able to peel the mask cleanly off of the skin, especially if they have left the mask on for longer than twenty minutes. If your skin feels a bit dry, you can moisturize it with a couple of drops of rosehip oil afterwards. Stay away from applying heavy creams, lotions or sunscreen to your face for about two three hours or so afterwards as this could cause your skin to break out again.
- 6This is a very mild mask that most people can do once a day. It is quite normal for your skin to look a bit pink after the use of this mask. The flushed look to your complexion is a sign that alpha-hydroxy acids in the kiwi fruit have stimulated the circulation in the small blood vessels beneath your skin.
Tips and Tricks
- Keeping your scrubs and masks in the refrigerator makes them pleasant to apply and also the coldness helps cool down any swelling or inflammation that might be caused by your blackhead breakouts
- Get out of the habit of touching your face with your fingers all of the time to prevent bacteria, grease and fungus from spreading to your face
- Wash your hands thoroughly after being in a public place and use anti-bacterial hand cleanser whenever possible
- Wash your face every night with a non-oily, preferably medicated cleanser such as Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash
- Never ever go to sleep with your makeup still on no matter how tired you feel
- Always shave your face with a razor with four blades or more to prevent abrasions and infections
- Never borrow another person's razor
- Don't use dull or dirty razors and rinse your razor well so that it is free of skin cells, hair and grime before you use it again
- Make sure that any treatment that you receive from a beauty salon is from a reputable place where instruments are treated with an auto-sterilizer and creams and linens are clean and not shared with each other
- Do your laundry frequently and if you are experiencing chronic inflammation and breakouts, try not to use a towel or a washcloth twice to prevent reinfections
- Change your pillow cases and sheets frequently to prevent blackhead breakouts due to dirty linens
- Stay away from using cosmetic testers in stores but if you must use them make sure they are clean or wash the tested product of off your face immediately after using it
- Eat foods that support the health of your skin such as avocados, citrus fruit, coconut oil and eggs
- Be sure to drink a lot of water every day to flush out your system and make sure our skin is well hydrated
- Eat a balanced diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables and stay away from greasy or oily foods that can spread grease to your face
- Do not smoke or vape as these habits can cause chemicals to cling to the face and overload the kidneys and livers with toxins as well as restrict circulation to the complexion
- Avoid drinking alcohol if your face is in a state of chronic inflammation from blackheads as it can contribute to the drying of the skin and depletion of Vitamin A, needed by the skin to help repair skin cells damaged by blackheads
- If you are going through menopause or perimenopause, consider hormone replacement therapy to help balance out the biochemistry in your body that is causing breakouts
- Greek yogurt is ideal to use in facial masks because it is slightly thicker than other kinds of yogurt and helps the mask cling to the face better
- Be aware that if you use a turmeric based mask that it will more than likely stain any washcloths or towels that you use to apply it or wash it off of your face, so use linens that you do not mind being stained.
- Turmeric stains that do not want to go away on their own can be removed with a scrub made from 3 parts sugar and 1 part water.
- Never use key limes in a facial mask as the juices are so strong they have been known to burn the skin.
- Some people have skin that becomes sensitive when they use citrus juice on their skin and develop dark patches of melatonin on their skin; if this happens to you avoid using citrus juice on your face altogether as there is no easy quick fix for this type of skin issu
If you decide to add water to tea tree oil to dilute the smell, be aware that it is normal for it to suddenly develop a slightly milky appearance in the bottle or container you are using.
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