The title sounds promising, doesn’t it? Well, that isn’t a mere catchy headline just to grab your attention and hand over crappy information in return.
Instead, I’ll provide you with ALL the information that is essential for learning how to get rid of blackheads and literally embrace a smooth and shiny skin.
Because I know that you hate to see blackheads on your face. You feel disgusted when they seize your nose, your forehead, and any other area. And you try your level best to do whatever is in your reach to keep them off your skin for as long as possible.
Now here comes the good part.
Today, you’ll be able to put an end to this endless struggle for a “blackhead-free skin”. Because we’ll discuss everything from their causes, to their cures, and how to learn the right ways of preventing them. Without further delay, let’s get started…
What You Will Learn
- What blackheads actually are.
- What causes them.
- How to get rid of blackheads.
- And a precise checklist for their prevention.
What Are Blackheads? How Do You Accurately Identify Them?
There isn’t any significant difference between a blackhead and a whitehead; they both are a gathered amount of sebum and skin bacteria that clog the pores of your skin.
[pull_quote_center]A comedo (a blackhead or whitehead) is a widened hair follicle which is filled with skin debris (keratin squamae), bacteria and oil (sebum). — Medical News Today[/pull_quote_center]
Although, unlike whiteheads, blackheads are more exposed to the surface, which is why the material inside them becomes oxidized and provides it with an overall black appearance, hence why it is called a blackhead.
According to dermatologists, blackheads are considered to be the earliest stage of acne, which, if not controlled immediately, can turn into an even worse situation through the formation of pimples or even cysts at the end.
See this illustrator for a better understanding of this:
Therefore, it’s always good to treat blackheads right away to avoid an even more severe situation.
What Exactly Causes Blackheads?
The main cause behind the outbreak of blackheads is pore clogging. There are a few things that can clog your skin’s pores. The overproduction of sebum (skin oil) and the unnecessary buildup of sweat on your skin are the leading abetters of this offense.
Therefore, avoiding these things from happening can put certain obstacle in the way of blackheads’ occurrence. Now let’s move on to learning how to get rid of blackheads.
How to get rid of blackheads: 7 Essential Home Remedies
Now, you might wonder: why should I only consider home remedies to get rid of blackheads? Well… that’s mainly because I told you earlier that blackheads are the very first stage of acne.
Having said that, the treatments you need to get rid of them don’t have to be intense either. It’s always better to try home remedies first and see if they work out. If they work out, great! And if they don’t, move on. That’s it.
But if you use them with persistence, it’s more likely that they’ll work. They won’t sweep your pocket out, they won’t cause side-effects, and they won’t piss you off at the end (if used patiently).
If you’re keen to learn how to get rid of blackheads without the fear of side-effects and spending a fortune, you’ve got to try these 7 essential home remedies for blackheads:
1. Baking Soda
Making use of baking soda is by far the best home remedy when it comes to treating blackheads. And the best part is that Emma Stone loves it.
And here’s more:
Baking soda (aka sodium bicarbonate) falls under the category of physical exfoliants, and what makes it especially effective is that it is a fine, yet hard powder, making it highly effective at removing the dead skin cells without causing excessive irritation. — Beautybrains.
Can’t wait to try it yourself? Here’s how to do it.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
- Nothing else!
- Dampen your face or any other area where you get blackheads with warm water.
- Apply baking soda to those areas and gently massage it with circular motions for about 30 seconds.
- Rinse your face with cold water afterward.
Doing this consistently for a few weeks will clear away your blackheads!
2. The Steam and Pore Strips
You’ve probably heard of this before as it’s a common blackhead removing treatment, and quite effective as well.
What You’ll Need:
- A few pore strips. Preferably, these ones from Biore.
- A bowl filled with water.
- And any one of these herbs to make it more effective: rosemary, lavender, or chamomile.
- Put the any one of these herbs in the water filled bowl and boil it.
- Once you’ve done that, place your face over this bowl at a distance where you can take it’s steam while not letting your face be burned at the same time.
The steam will unclog your pores, and the presence of herbs in this steam will provide your skin with a natural soothing effect. Once your pores are unclogged, it’s time to remove blackheads. And you’re going to use pore strips for doing this job.
- Apply these strips one on your affected areas and leave it for about 15-20 minutes to get settled.
- Afterward, gently swipe them off and you’ll see all the blackheads and dead skin cells sticking on these strips.
- Viola! Your blackheads are NO MORE!
3. The Egg White Mask
Egg white masks can be very effective in getting rid of blackheads when used with the procedure outlined here.
What You’ll Need:
- Two eggs.
- Few tablespoons of lemon juice.
- Separate yolk from the egg, only keeping the egg white.
- Add two tablespoons of lemon juice in it.
- Beat this mixture vigorously until it becomes foamy.
- By now, your mask has been made.
- Now apply this mask over your affected areas and let it dry for at least 20 minutes.
- Afterward, rinse your face with warm water.
The egg white contains a lot of proteins that help nourish the skin. On the other hand, the lemon juice in this mask will provide your skin with a natural cleansing and exfoliating effect.
4. The Sticky Honey Method:
This is a very simple but effective home remedy to get rid of blackheads that makes use of the natural properties of honey. Honey is an antibacterial, antioxidant, and complexion boosting agent. It not only soothes and moisturizes your skin, but it also can be very effective in treating and prevent mild acne.
What You’ll Need:
- A small jar full of raw honey.
- A piece of soft cloth.
- Scoop out the raw honey onto the palm of your hand.
- Rub your hands to spread the honey into your hands and warm it up.
- Now apply the honey by GENTLY rubbing it on your face, and let it settle on your skin for about 20 minutes.
- Make sure you’ve applied it evenly on your skin.
- Now take a soft cloth dampened under warm water, and use it to swipe away the honey from your face.
5. Clay and Apple Cider Vinegar Paste:
It’s by far one of the best ways of getting rid of blackheads without wiping out your pocket. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has an endless stream of benefits, covering weight loss, hair loss, and most importantly, skincare.
What You Would Need:
- Mix the clay with apple cider vinegar to make a paste without lumps.
- Now apply this paste over your affected areas and allow it to become settled for about 15-20 minutes.
- Afterward, rinse your face gently with warm water.
6. The Elmer’s Glue Trick:
What You Would Need:
- Elmer’s glue.
- A towel dampened under warm water.
- Pat your face with this towel to open up your skin pores, or simply rinse your face with warm water to do this job.
- The point is that your pores should be opened before applying Elmer’s glue onto it.
- Once you’ve done that, apply the glue evenly on your affected areas.
- Leave it for a while until the it becomes completely dried and then peel off this layer of glue gently from your skin.
The layer of the glue should be slightly thick so that it would be easier for you to peel it off after it has dried.
7. The Tomato Tip:
Yet another simple, efficient, and cost-effective method to get rid of blackheads – right in the convenience of your home. There a number of ways to use tomatoes as a tool to get rid of blackheads, but I’ll outline only the simplest and the most effective one.
What You Would Need:
- 2-3 fresh tomatoes.
- Lemon juice (optional).
- Chop the tomato and make a paste of it so that it can be applied to your affected areas.
- Prior to applying this paste, you would need to wash out your face with warm water and pat dry.
- Once you’ve done that, apply the tomato paste to your affected areas and leave it for about 20 minutes before you rinse your face with cold water.
Now we’ll move on to discussing some worthwhile tips to prevent blackheads. Without taking this information in your knowledge and practice, your exhausting journey toward a lasting, blackhead-free skin will NOT come to an end.
How to Prevent Blackheads: A Checklist For a Lasting Clear Skin
The following are the most prominent factors that should be given firm consideration if you want to prevent blackheads or acne in general.
1. Would You Mind Changing Your Bedsheets and Pillow Case Weekly?
If not, then please do it. The reason why I’m urging you to do this is that your skin is in constant contact with your bedsheets and pillow case all night long. And if any of these aren’t properly cleaned, then their dirt can pass onto your skin, causing irritation as a result.
One’s thing’s for sure here, dirt does NOT cause blackheads, but the irritation it can potentially produce can aggravate the condition, for sure.
2. Do You Make This Mistake When Buying Cosmetic Products?
Do you check the oil free or non-comedogenic label on all the cosmetic products you buy? If not, then be careful from now.
Cosmetic products that aren’t labeled “oil-free” are considered to be an undeniable cause behind the clogging of your skin pores, and it causes something that is named cosmetic acne. Make sure to not repeat this mistake from now. Only buy “oil free” products if you want to prevent blackheads.
3. Do You Perspire A Lot?
If yes, then make sure you don’t let it build-up excessively on your skin as this clogs your skin pores. Therefore, washing your face or taking a shower is important after a workout or a day out in the sun.
4. Do You Habitually Use A Mild Cleanser Daily?
If not, then you should preferably make a habit of doing so. Washing your face two to three times a day with a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil or Purpose by J&J at local pharmacies, can help your skin stay clear of blackheads.
Wrapping it up…
Now we finally reach the end of this comprehensive discussion on how to get rid of blackheads effectively and prevent them from breaking out in the future.
To recap, we learned what they actually are, how they are caused, and the best ways of treating and preventing blackheads.
The reason why I’ve only outlined natural ways to get rid of blackheads in this post is that they are the very first stage of acne. And being a relatively mild condition, they tend to respond positively to home remedies most of the time.
However, if these remedies don’t work out for you, then you definitely can move on to trying other methods to get rid of blackheads. But as I said earlier, being persistent while going through these treatments is the key.
That’s all from my side. If you want to add your words to this discussion, then don’t hesitate to do so. How did you get rid of your blackheads? OR, do you plan to make use of any of these home remedies we’ve discussed today? I’d like to know in the comments below. 🙂