We are familiar with pesky blackheads that keep popping up every now and then. While reaching for a cream comes naturally to us, these natural ingredients are not only affordable, but they are also effective and safe for your skin as well. Below are some home remedies to get rid of blackheads fast and naturally.
Vitamins and anti-oxidants in green tea help to break up excess oil in acne-prone skin that leads to blackheads. Brew two bags in a cup of water for one hour. Wait till the liquid is cool and dab this onto the blackheads and let it dry. Rinse with cool water.
Egg whites help tighten pores and removes clogged dirt, leaving skin smooth and blackhead free. Whisk two egg whites in a bowl and apply a thin layer on the blackhead prone area. Let it dry for 10 – 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water.
Baking soda exfoliates and removes blackheads completely. It also aids in neutralising your skin’s pH level. In turn, your skin produces less oil and prevents blackheads. Mix 1 tsp of baking soda with water to form a smooth paste and apply it on the affected areas. Let this dry for 2-3 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. Next, wash with cold water to close your pores.
Oatmeal helps to keep pores clear, as it absorbs oil and prevents the appearance of blackheads. Mix 2 tbsp of oatmeal, 3 tbsp of plain yogurt, and 2 tsp of lemon juice and olive oil to make a fine paste. Apply to your face, focusing on the affected areas. Let it sit for 3-5 minutes and rinse with cold water.
Cinnamon is an anti-bacterial spice and is great for removing blackheads. Just mix 1 tbsp of organic cinnamon powder with 2 tbsp of honey to form a paste and apply it on the affected area. Leave it on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off.
Apply fresh aloe vera gel on the blackheads daily and wipe away after 15 minutes. Known for its moisturising and skin-soothing properties, aloe vera cleanses pores from within. This helps control excess oil production, which leads to blockage and eventually blackheads.
Strawberries are great natural defoliants and are rich in vitamin C. They cleanse the pores while making the skin softer and brighter. Just mash up a few ripe strawberries and use the pulp directly on the blackheads. Exfoliate gently and wash off after a few minutes.
Clay is renowned for its oil absorbing and exfoliating properties. Applying a clay mask not only absorbs excessive oil from the skin but also clarifies it. Regular application of fuller’s earth or bentonite clay mask can help reduce blackheads.
The high porosity of charcoal granules gives it exceptionallystrong absorption. Activated charcoal traps impurities and oil from the surrounding areas on the skin and frees it of pore-blocking grime. Take 1 teaspoon of activated charcoal powder and add a few drops of lemon juice and honey to it to form a paste. Apply this paste on the blackheads and wash when dry.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV)
The slight acidic composition of ACV makes it a good astringent for the skin. It also has anti-bacterial properties. Application of ACV relieves the skin of dirt and product build-up without any damage. Add 1 teaspoon of honey to 1 tablespoon of organic ACV, and mix well. Apply on the blackhead-infested area and let it sit for 20 minutes. Wash it off to reveal clear skin.
Inputs by: Richa Ranjan
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