Don’t you feel annoyed with those black spots at the tip of your nose? Those are called blackheads. Usually, people will tell you that blackheads are caused by stress, but experts say that blackheads happen when the pores become blocked with the excess oil or sebum and the dead skin cells. What makes blackheads different from whiteheads is whether the pores are either closed or open. When the pores are open, the skin cells or sebum inside it is oxidized when it comes into contact with the air’s oxygen, which is why it becomes black. It is not caused by dirt.
It is not a good way to scrub your face in order to get rid of blackheads. It will only make things worse instead, not to mention it will only dry up the skin, causing more production of oils that has been stripped away from your scrubbing.
The homemade recipes below are something that will aid you in getting rid of the blackheads, but keep in mind that it should not be used more than 3 times per week. It may be difficult for the others to resist the temptation of doing more, but it will be better for the skin to not get too stressed from constant touching and rubbing.
Mask made from Egg White
Egg whites, when dry, gets tighten up easily. When it is used on the skin, it can tighten the pores temporarily, which lessen the chances of blackheads production. It will also be helpful in removing the blackheads you have right now. Egg whites are also a good source of nutrients for the skin. It is even less drying compared to many other homemade remedies designed for blackheads.
What you need is one egg, toilet paper or facial tissue, clean towel and a small bowl. Separate the egg white from the yolk. Rinse your face, pat it dry using your towel and apply the egg white thinly on your skin. You will get that tightening feeling as the egg white starts drying up on the skin. There are two ways to go from here.
One is by putting a strip of the toilet paper or facial tissue over the egg white. Make sure that the egg white is still wet so that the strip can stay in place. Carefully, apply another thin layer of egg white over the strip. You might want to use your finger in order for the tissue not to slip off. You can add another layer, although this is only optional. Peel off the tissue then wash it gently to remove the residue. Pat it dry with towel and moisturize it.
You can also leave the tissue on and just add another 3 to 5 layers of the egg white. Before you apply a new layer of egg white, make sure that the current layer has completely dried off. This method will not work if you don’t wait for it to dry up.
Honey and Cinnamon Strips
Just like how they can be a good combination for a candy, you can use honey and cinnamon as a way to get rid of blackheads. Honey has anti-bacterial agents that keeps away acne, which is an added bonus and at the same time acts as a strong adhesive in pulling out anything that are clogging the pores. Cinnamon helps circulate and increase the blood flow, giving it a smooth, healthy and glowing skin.
You will need a few strips of cotton, and one part of raw organic honey and cinnamon powder. Mix both cinnamon and honey together until it forms a paste. Use the paste and apply it on the blackheads. Press the cotton strip on top of the mixture. Leave it on for 5 minutes before you remove it and rinsing your face. Don’t forget to follow it up with a moisturizer.
Your Own Toner
Your own homemade toner will be used to tighten up pores so as to prevent blackheads from coming back. Since blackheads forms from open, clogged pores, you will need something to shrink the open pores. What you need here is lemon juice, which is a good astringent that will just get the job done. Not only that, an added bonus is that it helps lighten up the skin, too. However, if you place lemon juice on your skin and expose yourself to the sun, you are bringing in a new risk, such as skin irritation or sunburn. Before you get out of your house, make sure you apply some sunscreen first. If your skin is sensitive, dilute lemon juice with water.
Before you apply lemon juice on your face, make sure that you wash it clean and pat dry. Apply the lemon juice for at least four times each week before bedtime. When you wake up the next morning, clean your face with lukewarm water. Don’t forget to apply moisturizer as well. Store the remaining lemon juice inside your refrigerator so that you can use it again. Be extra careful with lemon juice as it can sting on your skin.