Blackheads are stubborn and tricky. You pick on one, only to notice a multitude of them returning later. While squeezing them out might sound like a fun thing to do, it can get overwhelming, especially when they keep coming back. Given your busy lifestyle, you probably cannot spare too much time for getting rid of those pesky blackheads on your face. The most common area where the blackheads appear is the face. In fact, they can be classified as a mild type of acne. In medical terms, blackheads are open comedones. Blackheads are frequently seen on the nose, corner of the nose, cheeks, forehead and the chin area. But these can appear on other parts of the body as well.
In fact, most dermatologists aren’t enthusiastic about recommending DIY methods because research is limited and often the risks aren’t worth the reward. But there may be home methods worth a shot, especially if your wallet is tight and your esteem is in need of much facial soothing. We scoured the research and checked in with some experts to see what natural remedies pose the least minimal risk. But for the purpose of this article we shall be discussing how to get rid of black heads naturally;
- Cleans daily:
Daily cleansing is vital to reduce excess oil, dirt, and other materials that can build up, clog pores, and potentially cause blackheads. One approach to try is double-cleansing. This approach involves first cleansing with an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup and pollutants from the skin. Examples of cleansing oils include rosehip, olive, macadamia, argan, or coconut oil.
Follow this with a gentle cleanser that contains ingredients such as tea tree oil, rosewater, aloe, or vegetable glycerin. These gentle cleansers remove dirt and oils to prepare the skin before treatment.
- Wash your face twice especially after exercise:
I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve heard that washing your face regularly can help with acne, it’s a good idea to wash your face even in the morning to remove any dirt or bacteria that may have gotten on your face at night. You’ll also want to make sure you’re washing your pillowcases regularly.
Just be careful not to over-cleanse, which may strip skin and actually make it produce more oil to compensate. Be sure to wash as soon after exercising as possible. A face cleansing wipe is a great for this if you don’t have easy access to a sink. Sweat can get trapped in pores along with dirt and oil, which is why you want to wash your face ideally before the sweat has a chance to dry.
When you think of exfoliation, you may think of harsh or rough scrubs. These can actually make acne more inflamed, luckily, there are a number of gentle chemical exfoliants you can use. Look for those that contain alpha and beta hydroxyl acids (AHAs and BHAs). These are gentle acids that help remove dead skin cells. They help clear the way for other products to penetrate the skin better and work more effectively.
You may have heard of salicylic acid for acne, which is a BHA. BHAs are oil-soluble and help clean out pores. Glycol and lactic acids are considered AHAs, which are water-soluble and derived from natural sources like milk, fruit, or sugar. Just remember that AHAs and BHAs remove a layer of skin, which may make skin more vulnerable to UVA and UVB rays. So don’t forget your SPF if you’re going outside.
- Clay mask:
Clay helps rid skin of excess oil and may help to loosen or even remove dirt from clogged pores, face masks made with a clay base work more gently than pore strips, which may pull off a layer of skin. Instead, clay gets into the pore and can gradually flush out dirt and oil. Some clay masks contain sulfur, which helps break down dead skin and can improve the appearance of blackheads. However, many people are allergic to sulfur, so it’s a good idea to do a skin patch test on your arm if you’ve never used a sulfur product before.
Lemon is rich in vitamin C or ascorbic acid that exhibits moisturizing properties. This moisturizing effect can help eliminate dead and dry skin and prevent clogging of the pores in your skin, thereby getting rid of blackheads. It also increases collagen synthesis that helps tighten pores.
- Facial steaming:
If you’re tired of using product after product, you might be interested in the simplicity of facial steaming. “The warmth of the steam will open pores and stimulate sebum excretion,” says King. Beyond acne, bathing your face in steam has a bunch of other great perks. It hydrates and soothes the skin, and helps with circulation, which can promote collagen production.
Long before turmeric became a high price DIY mainstay, people in India and Indonesia were using it as a skin care ingredient. Current research on its effectiveness as an acne treatment is positive, albeit limited. Though one study found certain extracts made from turmeric had anti-acne effects. Of course, just because something hasn’t been studied definitively or exhaustively doesn’t mean it won’t work.
If you’re down for an experiment, try making a turmeric face mask at home. Keep in mind, though, turmeric can temporarily stain skin so we recommend using it twenty four hours or more before an important event, or any event you don’t want an orange-ish face.
- Green tea bags:
EGCG is anti-androgenic, meaning it’s helpful for reducing sebum production. Reducing sebum can lead to a reduction in blackheads. It also has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties, she says.
Drinking green tea to improve the health of your skin. Drinking three cups of spearmint tea (if not pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to become pregnant) is a nice, natural way to improve acne.
Blackheads on the nose are common. While they’re harmless, they can be annoying. Washing your face daily, using oil-free sunscreen, and experimenting with pore strips, retinols, or products that contain salicylic acid may help remove them from your nose.