Men's skin tends to be 15% more oily than women, which means those annoying blackheads are more likely to afflict men than women! However, with some of the herbal remedies for blackheads which we have listed below, you could get rid of the problem once and for all.
Blackheads happen when oil and dead skin cells get trapped in open hair follicles. And when these pores remain open, the air gets oxidized, turning the oil black in colour.
Scrapping the blackheads can cause your skin to scar. And over-the-counter products can help only so much. The trick is to keep the nasty blackheads from regrouping again.
It is ideal for men to start with a diligent cleansing routine. Use a face wash for this that suits your skin type. Wash your face twice a day to keep it free of dirt build-up.
Go easy on skin care products, as using too many products can end up making your skin appear greasy. Drink 7 to 8 glasses of water to flush out toxins. And, of course, eat vitamin-rich food!
To get rid of clogged dirt in pores, scrub your skin twice a week. Make sure the scrub is not too abrasive, as it can further aggravate the condition.
Other than that, here are some tips on how to remove blackheads in men!
Milk & Honey
Milk has lactic acid that keeps the skin smooth, and honey has antibacterial properties that unclog pores.
Mix a tablespoon of honey with an equal amount of milk. Microwave it for a minute. Let it cool down, until it is comfortable on skin. Apply a thin coat onto your nose. Reapply when the first coat dries and then peel off in one quick motion.
Apple Cider Vinegar & Baking Soda
These natural ingredients work as a scrub to remove blackheads. Mix an equal quantity of baking soda and apple cider vinegar into a smooth paste. Apply it to the affected area and scrub in a circular motion. Do this for 2 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water.
Clay contains kolin that draws out the toxins from the skin and removes surface impurities. Take a teaspoon of clay and using water, whisk it into a smooth paste. Apply a thin coat to your face and neck. Let it sit until dry, and then rinse it off with plain water.
Steam will soften the deep-embedded sebum, making it easier to extract blackheads. Take a bowl, fill it half way with water. Boil the water for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat. Cover your head with a towel and take steam for 5 minutes. Later, rinse your face with plain water, following it up with a moisturiser.
Citric acid in lemon juice will kill any infection-causing bacteria, close pores and get rid of blackheads. Take a few drops of lemon juice in a cotton ball. Dab it on the affected area. Let it sit overnight and wash it off in the morning. Try this DIY blackhead-removing tip every day, until you see a visible difference.
Packed with a chock-full of antioxidants, green tea can come in handy in removing blackheads.
Take a tablespoon of green tea leaves and using water, whisk it into a smooth paste. Apply it to the affected area. Wait till it dries, then scrub in a circular movement for 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse off with plain water.
Antiseptic properties of turmeric are proven to be very effective in treating blackheads. Take a teaspoon of turmeric powder and using mint juice, whisk it into a smooth paste. Apply it to the targeted area. Wait till the herbal remedy for blackheads dries and then rinse it off with plain water.
Beta-carotene and antiseptic properties of tomato juice can remove nasty blackheads right off. Peel, dice and extract the juice of a tomato. Apply it generously on your nose and other target areas. Let it sit till dry and then rinse. Repeat 3 to 4 times in a week!
So, dear men, do try these herbal remedies to remove blackheads at ease, right in the comfort of your home, and let us know your feedback.