Having blackheads can be a big problem, but treating them is not a big matter. Blackheads occur due to excess of oil and dead skin cells which become dark due to oxidation. It is considered that blackheads are dirty pores, but can think of them like pimples without skin over them, which become dark due to exposure to air. Now, it is time to get rid from these irritating particles from our face.
Following are some tips to prevent blackheads.
Don’t touch again & again
Don’t use your figure or figure nails to treating black heads. It will spread germs and bacteria from one place to another place. Try to use tissue for this purpose. Just place tissue over your fingers and gently remove the blackheads after steaming your face.
Try an Extractor
Pimple extractors may be appearing painful and threatening, but it is much safer than using your fingers. Gently press the looped metal tool over the affected area to gently push out the blackhead after you have steamed your face to “loosen up” the area. This tool makes blackhead extraction quick, easy and sanitary.
Use a Cosmetic Clay Mask to soak Up the Oils
You do not need to spend lot of money for facial mask clay for this. You do not have to put essential oil into your mask. All you need is cosmetic clay and water (or apple cider vinegar, which is how I like to do it).
How we make a blackhead-busting mask with clay: Add goodies like rosewater or a drop or two of essential oils to your clay, but this is not necessary for removing blackheads.
Basics: Combine 1 Tbsp clay with 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (or pure water) and stir until you have a paste without lumps in it. Spread over your whole clean face, or just the areas where you have blackheads. Allow this to dry for 15-20 minutes.
Take a warm, wet wash cloth and press it to the mask for a few seconds, and then slowly and gently wipe off.
If All Else Fails, Then Try this
Do not use this method unless all else fails.
This is absolutely the most extreme measure you should go to in clearing your blackheads. Use a dedicated toothbrush only for blackhead cleaning. Do NOT use your mouth toothbrush ever. In between scrubbing blackheads, dunk your toothbrush in a glass of hydrogen peroxide to keep it clean.
How to do this: Using a soft bristled brush , pour a small amount of lemon juice on the toothbrush, along with a drop or two of oily-skin friendly oil like jojoba, tamanu, or neem.
Gently scrub your blackhead areas with the head of your toothbrush. You can wash it off with water and reapply with lemon and oil if you feel like you need to. Just do this gently. In circular motions.
Ways to prevent blackheads:
- Don’t use harsh cleansers to wash your face. This makes your skin overreact and produce more oil, which means your blackheads will be back soon.
- DO wash your face twice a day with natural sources. Wear makeup as little as possible.
- Wash your pillowcase on a weekly basis
- Use an astringent like witch hazel or apple cider vinegar after you wash your face and before you moisturize because this will help get rid of any residual funkiness and tighten the pores a bit.
- Once every two weeks, use a facial steam to help open your pores and let them unclog.
- Consider using the oil cleansing method to wash your face (pop over and read this thread in the Crunchy Community to see why).
- Make a homemade peel-off mask with gelatin and tomato juice.
- Blot your face with tissue paper throughout the day to soak up oil before it can accumulate.