Blackheads happen when your pores are clogged and the pores are opened. The difference between blackheads and whiteheads is determined by whether the pore is open or closed. If the pore is open the skin cells can clog as they come into contact with the oxygen in the air. After this, they go black. What a drag! Who has time for that in their life? In this article we will offer six ways to get rid of blackheads. Because dirt is not the cause of blackheads it is not a good idea to scrub your face obsessively. This will dry out your skin and then your skin will create more oil and a vicious cycle of blackheads will begin.
*Disclaimer: This is not meant as a substitution for medical advice. It could be beneficial to talk to a dermatologist about your skin care concerns.
1. Try bentonite clay.
Bentonite clay can be a good way to remove blackheads. Bentonite clay is very rich in minerals so when you apply it to your skin it not only nourishes your skin but also helps to unclog blackheads.
When the molecules in the clay are wet, they help to draw the layers of oil from your pores. The clay can be mixed with water or apple cider vinegar. If you have dry or sensitive skin it is suggested you chose to mix it with water.
Mix about a tablespoon of bentonite clay with the water or apple cider vinegar until it forms a thick, spreadable paste. Cover your face with a thin layer of the paste. As the mask dries on your face you will feel your skin tightening. You should leave the mask on between 10 and 25 minutes. It is up to you if you allow the mask to fully dry as some people find that it is too drying especially if they already have dry skin.
Once you have allowed the mask to dry to your desired level, rinse it off with lukewarm water. To prevent dryness it is recommended that you then apply a moisturizer to your face.
2. Rinse with water.
A great way to help prevent blackheads which you can do every day is to gently rinse with water 1-2 times a day. This is a great solution you can try in the comfort of your home, and it is very easy as well!
Simply splash clean water on your skin and then pat it dry. This will flush way things that can make your pores appear larger like an excess of dead skin. To help ensure that your skin does not dry out it is suggested that you follow up by moisturizing your skin with your favourite product.
3. Sweat more.
Sweating can actually help to reduce blackheads. When you sweat the liquid naturally helps to soften and flush your pores.
In order for this to help rather than get in the way of your efforts to minimize your blackheads, it is important to wash your face right away. If not, any makeup or residue on your skin can end up being pushed into your pores and the sweat can dry and also clog your pores. So be sure to wash your face so the sweat is unclogging your pores rather than plugging them up further.
You can either exercise to work up a sweat, which would have the added benefits of physical activity, or you can visit a sauna. Moisturize after to prevent dry skin.
4. Use baking soda.
Baking soda is a cheap ingredient most people have at home and that is often suggested for various household cleaning projects. It can also be used to clean your face and can be used to help get rid of blackheads.
It is important not to overdo it with baking soda as this can also dry out your skin. The fine grains of baking soda can help to exfoliate and unclog your pores. Mix the baking soda with enough clean water to make a thick, spreadable paste and then massage in circular motion into your skin. Rinse the paste off and be sure to moisturize afterwards to keep your skin from drying out.
5. Use sugar.
Sugar is sweet and can also be sweet for your skin! There you have it. It can be used to create a nice exfoliator to help remove dead skin cells, thereby preventing them from clogging your pores creating blackheads.
Mix a cup of brown or white sugar with 4 tablespoons of jojoba oil. Stir it completely and then if you want to you can add a few drops of essential oil. Now pour the mixture into an airtight glass jar. The mixture can now be stored in the jar in a cool, dark place that will last for the shelf life of the oil.
When you wish to use the scrub open the jar, stir it, and massage it onto your wet skin in circular motions. Rinse with water. Do not do this more often than 2 or 3 times a week as it can be drying or could irritate your skin. To reduce the drying effects apply moisturize after.
6. Steam your pores.
Steaming your pores can help to soften and let out dead skin cells that are trapped inside your pores causing blackheads. You can do this several times a week.
To steam your pores fill a large bowl with boiling water. After allowing it to cool a little cover your head with a towel so that the steam cannot escape and lean over the “steaming” bowl of water for about 5 to 10 minutes. Be very careful that you do not lean in too close as you do not want the hot water to burn your skin.
After you have completed this process, you then rinse your face with warm water. You can carefully try to wipe away the blackheads as you firmly pat your skin dry. Then apply a moisturizer to your skin to complete the process.
It is important to adopt a good skin care regime in order to help prevent blackheads (or whiteheads) from appearing in the first place. If you do find that you have blackheads, experiment with the methods suggested above to see which method or combinations work best for you. A careful plan can go a long way to producing clean and healthy looking skin! Good luck.