There are many underlying causes (and treatments) for acne, but when it comes to blackheads, they are more of an aesthetic nuisance than a deep health problem. Still, pimples are unsightly and I’m sure we would all prefer not to have them. Fortunately, these homemade blackhead removal ideas can help reverse and prevent blackheads without damaging the delicate skin of the face.
What Causes Blackheads?
Pimples are basically clogged pores. These obstructions are made up of dead skin cells and excess skin fat. While white spots are clogged in a closed pore, black dots are clogged in an open pore (air exposure converts the jam to a black color).
Since pimples are actually caused by oil on the skin (no dirt or other debris), washing the face too much can cause more pimples! This is because the over-washed skin can dry out and cause the sebaceous glands to produce too much oil. Other causes of blackheads include:
- oily skin
- excess bacteria on the skin
- pore irritation
- Hormonal changes (which can trigger excess oil production).
How to Prevent Blackheads
Since the main cause of black pimples is an accumulation of oil and dead skin cells, the best natural prevention will reduce the oil and the dead skin cells that create the blockage in the first place. Here are some easy ways to reduce blackheads:
- Do not clean excessively. Eliminating natural oils will only cause the pores to produce even more oil to compensate. This can cause oily skin that can cause more black spots!
- Consider the method of oil cleaning. Cleaning with oil is an excellent way to eliminate buildup without drying the skin. The cleaning of the oil works by eliminating the accumulation first (as it dissolves). The cleaning of the oil then moisturizes the skin so that it does not compensate in excess with the production of oil.
- Use makeup less frequently and / or change to a brand that is mineral or food-based (or make homemade makeup!). When I stopped covering spots with conventional makeup, I immediately noticed a decrease in the amount of spots. Natural makeup based on minerals or foods can help improve the appearance of the skin without causing acne or blackheads.
- Consider using an apple cider vinegar toner (or jojoba oil for a more moisturizing option). When the acid mantle of the skin breaks down, the pH balance is deactivated and can allow the bacteria to grow (which causes blackheads). Unprocessed apple cider vinegar can be used to balance the pH of the skin. To use, mix 1 part apple cider vinegar with 2 parts filtered water and lightly apply with a cotton ball. This remedy can be used several times a day, preferably after cleaning. However, be careful: this treatment may be too dry for certain types of skin. Try a quality jojoba oil instead, applied to the skin undiluted. Like the ACV, jojoba has many benefits such as supporting the natural pH balance of the skin and it is also moisturizing.
- Splash the face with cold water after cleaning. This helps close pores, making it less likely that dirt will get there and cause blackheads.
Homemade Blackhead Removal Ideas
Even with all the prevention in the world, it is difficult to avoid an occasional black spot. Squeezing pimples is tempting and probably the way most people handle them, but this can spread pore bacteria to the skin and can cause a small infection or a pimple.
Here are some homemade blackhead removal techniques that are also gentle on the skin (no need to tighten them!).
Honey is an incredible natural remedy and, as expected, can also be used on the skin. I even “wash” my face with that sometimes!
Way of use: apply raw and filtered honey in the area affected by the black shins. The cleaning movement and the adherence of the honey will eliminate the black pimples. Honey also has antiseptic properties, so it can help remove dead skin cells and bacteria that clog pores.
A note about filtered honey: the filtrate removes the wax from the honey. Beeswax can cause clogged pores, so it makes sense to use honey without wax. You can find raw honey filtered online or in most natural food stores.
Turmeric and Honey Gel
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that can help calm the skin and reduce pores. Antioxidants can also give the skin a healthy glow. The addition of honey helps clear dirt from pores (by adhering to dead skin cells and killing bacteria) and prevent it from coming back.
How to use: Make a paste of honey and turmeric powder (2 parts of honey for 1 part of turmeric) and apply on the affected area.
Lemon and salt is a great combo that is not as hard as it looks! Salt helps eliminate the pores of bacteria. Lemon juice helps fight bacteria and brightens the skin (thanks to citric acid).
How to use: To make an exfoliant, mix 1 tablespoon of sea salt with 1 teaspoon of water and ½ teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply on the area and massage for a few minutes. Then rinse with warm water. If this combo dries to the skin, add more water to the mixture or continue with jojoba oil.
The idea with the egg white mask is that as the egg white dries, it hooks to the wick in the pore and takes it out. The eggs also contain vitamins A, D and E, which are excellent for the health of the skin.
How to use: Beat some egg whites and apply on the face. When you feel tight and dry (approximately 10 minutes) rinse gently with warm water. Another variation is to add a little raw (filtered) honey to the egg mixture. The addition of honey helps hydrate and kill bacteria.