After acne, blackhead is another skin condition that is reported by many individuals across the globe. Blackhead is basically a type of comedo that occurs due to clogged hair follicles. These small bumps, called blackheads, usually occur around nose and over nose. But, sometimes, they can also be observed on back, chest, neck, arms, etc.
How blackheads are caused?
There are numerous hair follicles openings present in the skin. Blackheads occur when these openings get clogged. A single hair follicle contains single hair and sebaceous gland (oil producing gland that secrete sebum that keeps your skin soft). Dead skin cells along with the oil get accumulated in the follicle and block it. This results in the formation of a bump which is known as comedone. If the skin on the bump remains closed, it is termed as whitehead and if the skin is opened and comes in contact with air, it becomes black and the bump is called a blackhead.
Because the skin on your face comes in contact with dirt from the environment most often, this is the area of your skin where you are likely to find most blackheads. Though other locations of your body including your chest, neck, and back can also be a location where blackheads pop up.
Factors responsible for developing a blackhead:
- Production of too much sebum
- Acne buildup on the skin
- Improper shedding of dead skin cells
- Certain drugs such as androgens, corticosteroids, lithium, etc.
How do you prevent blackheads?
Though blackheads are an absolute nuance, there are many things that you can do to prevent them. These preventative measures are a mixture of both lifestyle changes to your skin regiment and proper application of facial scrubs and moisturizers.
In today’s article, we are going to go over some helpful tips that will allow you to remove your blackheads right at home. Better yet, our tips will also allow you to keep them from coming back too.
How to make your own blackhead remover
Our first tip to helping you deal with blackheads comes in the form of our very own blackhead remover. Follow these easy tips and include them as part of your daily skin regiment, and you will be one step closer to clean and clear skin. The recipe is as follows:
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking soda
How to prepare?
Mix all the ingredients together and apply over the problematic areas massaging gently in circular motion for a minute. Leave it on for 5 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat your skin dry.
If you are not using a daily cleanser for your face, then you want to adopt this method and try it out at least two to three times a day. Once you clean your face with our DIY blackhead remover, you can move on to the next step which is closing up your pores so that they stay nice and clean.
To close up your pores, all you need is a toner of sortes to help tighten up your skin. You can do this one of two ways. Rinse your face with cold water and then pat your face dry before you go to bed. Another option is to use an astringent. A natural astringent like witch hazel can work wonders. Simply use a cotton ball that has a couple of drops of witch hazel on it and pat it on your face.
The best time to do this would be right before bed. This will leave your skin looking and feeling smooth and clear the next morning.
You can also prevent blackheads by adopting the following methods:
- Cleanse your face twice a day – in the morning and before going to bed. When you cleanse your face, you do not need to rely on harsh chemicals that are found in many daily cleansers. Simply using mild soap and water will allow you to get the grime of the day off your face. When you clean your face, be sure to use warm water as this will help to open up your pores and soften up the grime inside your pores. Use cold water to rinse once you are done to lock your pores back up.
- Use oil-free products because oily products can contribute to build-up of acne, blackheads, and whiteheads.
- Exfoliate your face at least once or twice a week for effective and desired results. One of the best times to exfoliate your face is when you are in the shower. When you are taking a warm bath or shower, your pores are open and it will be easier to clean them. Simply take an exfoliating brush and rub it into your skin in circular motions around your face. Do not be too harsh or aggressive in your scrubbing and do not stay in one area for too long.
Final thoughts on a natural blackhead remover
Dealing with blackheads is somethign that is all too common for people of all ages. Teen and young adults may be more succeptable to blackheads because of their changing hormones. While blackheads are certainly a pesky annoyance, there is some good news. With our natural at home blackhead remover, you can be one step closer to clean and clear skin!