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Blackheads can be an embarrassing and unsightly problem, and if not treated correctly, these can persist for a very long time. Contrary to the popular opinion, the discolouration in a blackhead isn't the result of deep-seated dirt, but is instead the result of oxidation.
Blackheads are caused when infected pores are exposed to the atmosphere, resulting in a discolouration that's difficult to get rid of, unless adequately treated.
To properly treat blackheads, a regular exfoliation ritual is necessary. But exfoliating with the right products is just as important. Not every exfoliant will effectively counter your blackhead problem. What you need are products that effectively can tackle the oxidation process, while removing the deep-seated dead skin and also provide some astringent and pore-tightening action.
While this sounds like some hi-funda science, surprisingly, the simplest of these products can be found in your kitchen. So, reach into the recesses of your kitchen shelves and say goodbye to blackheads forever! Here are the amazing blackhead removal home remedies you can vouch for.
An ideal solution to eliminate blackheads if you have a prom night or a big party coming up in a week, all you could do is to just dab your face every night with a cotton ball or cotton-cleansing pad soaked in green tea. Drinking green tea on a regular basis doesn't hurt, either.
The benefits of green tea for the skin are several. It contains flavonoids and antioxidants that reduce free radical damage and the early signs of ageing. It also has antibacterial and astringent properties and is a great toner. After you've doused your skin with the decoction, don't throw away the leaves.
You can make yourself an effective face mask with them, that's wonderful in fighting blackheads as well. Leave your face mask on for about twenty minutes, and don't forget that applying the remedy regularly is what produces the best results.
Baking soda is so high up on the list of blackhead removal remedies that it's almost legendary. It's a wonderful exfoliant, and it also helps neutralize the skin's PH. Baking soda is also believed to possess antiseptic qualities that help regulate bacterial activity on the skin.
To effectively utilize the wonderful benefits of baking soda, make a thick paste of one tablespoon of baking soda with some cucumber juice, aloe vera juice or rose water, and apply it all over your blackheads. Leave it on for anything from 20 minutes to 45 minutes. Applying this twice a week produces definite results.
Apple Cider Vinegar:
Another ancient remedy from grandma's kitchen cabinet is Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), which has many uses, not the least being the near miraculous ability to eliminate blackheads.
Dabbing your face with a cotton ball or cleansing pad soaked in ACV removes them from the root. Basically, the idea is to substitute ACV for your regular toner.
It's paraben free and 100% natural as well, and is great for balancing the PH of your skin as well as in preventing further skin issues. Always make sure you use organic, undistilled, unfiltered and unpasteurized ACV to derive its utmost benefits.
Another traditional remedy for blackhead removal is oatmeal. An oatmeal face pack is considered to ba an ideal exfoliant, and it also provides the skin with a necessary antioxidant boost that eliminates blackheads completely.
Some people prefer using the oatmeal raw, while others like cooking it with milk. Either way, make sure it's slightly granular, and cool to the touch before applying it to your face. If you're not mixing your oatmeal with milk, you could try alternating with rose water, cucumber juice or aloe vera juice, which are just as good.
Apply the face mask all over your face, and when it's about 60% dry, gently rub it off. Don't let it dry too much, or it won't be as effective. Apply this face mask regularly for best results and to get rid of blackheads permanently.
Honey has fabulous skin-restorative properties, and is renowned for its antimicrobial and antibacterial action. Applying a warm honey face mask works wonders on blemish-ridden skin, and can help find a permanent solution for blackheads.
To make the face mask, heat some honey in a small jar, by warming it in a bowl of water. You could mix the honey with some oatmeal or coarsely ground organic almond flour to make it doubly effective. Apply the mask all over your face and neck; and leave it on for atleast 45 minutes before washing it off. Regular application eliminates blackheads and gives you healthy, soft, and a blackhead-free skin.
Getting rid of blackheads doesn't have to be a big deal, all it takes is some ingenuity and a little bit of faith in ancient science.