We often get too busy with our lives and forget taking good care of our skin. As a result, environmental elements like dirt, sun, pollutants etc impact the natural glow of our skin. To add to these, hormonal changes, improper diet and stress all affect the health of our skin negatively. One of the most common signs of poor skin health is the appearance of whiteheads and blackheads. Also known as comedones, both these skin conditions are precursors to acne which consist of pus filled papules, pimples, cysts and nodules. As a result; you must immediately get rid of blackheads to prevent potential skin issues. Blackheads are the first sign that something is wrong in your body. By taking certain corrective steps you can easily prevent blackheads and maintain your skin’s health. In this guide, we will study some easy to use and all natural home remedies to get rid of blackheads.
What are blackheads?
Blackheads are dark formulations on the skin, concentrated mainly on the nose, around the chin, on the forehead and parts of the cheeks. They occur mainly due to inflammation of the hair follicles which is caused by bacteria, natural oils, and dirt. Blackheads and whiteheads are nothing but dead skin cells which pile up and stick together in the skin pores along with natural bodily secretions like sebum. This debris that remains under the skin’s surface presents itself in the form of whiteheads whereas the part of it that comes in contact with the air and gets oxidized is called the blackhead.
Contrary to popular belief, blackheads are not just caused by dirt; many other factors are responsible for them. A blackhead is nothing but a plug of dead skin cell and hardened sebum that has come in contact with the air which oxidizes it and turns it black. A blackhead is also called an ‘open comedone’ and a whitehead is called a ‘closed comedone’.
Getting rid of blackheads
It is crucial to get rid of blackheads as soon as you sight them. This can be a frustrating and challenging task thanks to their inherent nature. Most people, teenagers especially, touch their skin to push the blackheads out. This mechanical pushing and pulling can help remove the blackheads but it can also cause unnecessary stress on the skin. Secondly, the use of dirty hands, pins or needles to remove blackheads could actually give rise to a host of other skin problems by spreading the bacteria that cause acne on healthy regions of the face.
All that said; it is still very important to get rid of blackheads and failure to do so can cause them to harden into permanent comedones that might even need surgical removal. Not only do hardened blackheads look unsightly- they can also turn into permanent blemishes or dark spots on the skin.
The best way to get rid of blackheads permanently is by visiting a dermatologist who knows just how much pressure to apply on the skin and when to withdraw or pull back when dislodging the blackheads. Today, there are several invasive and expensive treatments that can help you get rid of both black and whiteheads but if you are looking to save money, the following 25 remedies can help you. These natural home remedies for blackheads can be administered right in the comforts of your home and we promise you that you will be glad with the results.
Here are best ways to get rid of blackheads naturally:
25 Home remedies to get rid of blackheads naturally
1. Change your diet
They say: ‘You are what you eat’. A presence of blackheads on your skin indicates a diet rich in sugar, refined flours, saturated fats etc. Instead, you must eat more natural and minimally processed foods. Include plenty of fresh fruits, nuts and seeds, legumes, whole grains and veggies which can fight inflammation of the hair follicles. You can also do the following detox once a month for clearer, glowing acne-free skin:
- Go on an all-fruit diet for 2 days.
- Drink plenty of water, herbal teas or plain, sugar-free lemonade (hot or cold) during the detox.
- After three days, slowly add whole grains to your diet.
- Do not consume any processed food items or meat during this 3 day detox.
- You may go on this detox fast once a month to clear up acne, comedones and zits.
2. Drink plenty of water
There is a direct connection between your body’s healing ability and hydration. The amount of water you drink can determine the condition of your skin. Try to at least drink 8 glasses of water daily. This will prevent new blackheads by keeping your pores clean and debris-free.
3. Lemon juice
One of the best natural remedies for blackheads and acne marks is lemon juice. Apply fresh lemon juice daily on the nose and cheeks where blackheads are concentrated. After a few hours, wash the skin with a mild cleanser and warm water. Repeat application several times a day. Do note that lemon can make your skin sensitive to sun burns-so do not forget to apply a thick layer of sunscreen all over the face during the day. You can also use lime juice mixed with equal parts of groundnut oil to apply on the affected areas to quickly get rid of comedones.
For this natural blackhead remedy, you may use potato juice or potato starch powder. Grated potato juice may be applied morning and evening to the blackhead prone areas. Leave it on overnight if possible. You can also apply a paste of potato starch or flour on the skin and wash off after 4 -6 hours for clearer and glowing complexion.
Garlic juice is a wonderful, ancient remedy used for treating all kinds of skin infections including acne. Puree some garlic with water in a blender. Using a sterile cotton wool, apply the juice all over the face focusing on areas having higher concentration of blackheads. The mixture might sting a bit. You can even rub a crushed or chopped clove of garlic on the blackheads morning and evening. Avoid rubbing too vigorously as it can aggravate the skin irritation that typically occurs when your skin is inflamed. Use this natural blackhead remedy 2-3 times a week until the skin is cleared.
6. Cucumber juice
The cooling juice of cucumber helps reduce the inflammation of skin pores to prevent blackheads, whiteheads and acne. Apply grated cucumber juice to the nose, chin and cheeks where blackheads tend to occur. Leave it on for 15 minutes before rinsing the skin clean with water. This is one of the better home remedies for blackheads for acne prone skin. Cucumber juice not only reduces blackheads and whiteheads, it also moisturizes, soothes and cools the skin and is an ideal remedy for skin care in the summer months.
7. Honey, tomato and camphor
Honey has natural antibacterial, antimicrobial and healing properties which enable it to soothe pimples and prevent scars. This natural ingredient also works wonders on blackheads. Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C which is an antioxidant that heals the skin and lightens blemishes. Mix together honey and tomato juice with some camphor lotion and apply it all over the face, neck, back or other areas having blackheads and comedones. Rinse the skin off after a few hours with warm water and follow up with another rinse of cold water. Repeat this home remedy for blackheads twice a week for glowing complexion.
Toothpaste is a great natural remedy for removing blackheads at home. Apply toothpaste liberally over the blackheads and let it dry naturally. Then wash it off with water and mild soap. Repeat several times a week to see considerable reduction in blackheads. The cooling ingredients in toothpaste such as menthol reduce inflammation of the skin pores and even diminish the size of pimples.
9. Aloe Vera gel
Aloe Vera gel extracted from the leaf of the Aloe plant can be rubbed into the skin on the face and back or wherever else you have pimples. You can also buy Stevia or Aloe gel, cream or lotions that are readily available in the market these days. Aloe heals, nourishes, moisturizes, soothes and cures. This medicinal plant is one of the best remedies for all kinds of skin problems.
10. Steam treatment
Steam inhalation treatment is not only a great remedy for treating nasal congestion; it can also open up clogged skin pores and help you remove hardened blackheads easily. Boil some water in a steamer. Once the steam starts coming out of the spout, place your head vertically above it at a safe distance. Cover your head with a large towel. Inhale the steam for 10 minutes until your skin starts to sweat. Next, pat the skin dry and using Q tips press and remove the blackheads. Follow up with a moisturizing lotion or Aloe Vera gel.
11. Vinegar blackhead treatment
Want to get rid of blackheads permanently? Use vinegar! You can either use white distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Apply this using a clean cotton wool all over the face. Let it dry naturally. Leave it on the skin overnight to see clearer and glowing complexion the next morning. Vinegar balances the ph of the skin to prevent inflammation caused by poor diet, environmental factors and hormonal triggers.
You can use fenugreek for blackhead removal in two ways: blend some fenugreek leaves and mix the paste with some water. Apply this all over the face. Alternatively, you can use powdered fenugreek seeds blended with warm water and some turmeric as a face pack to eliminate skin eruptions quickly.
Apply the juice of pomegranate seeds which are packed with antioxidants to the face to naturally get rid of acne, pimples, cysts, nodules and blackheads. You can also dry the peels of this fruit in the sun and powder them. Mix the powder with some lemon juice and use it as a face pack for clearer and blemish free skin.
14. Epsom salt and iodine
Epsom salts are an ancient remedy for several health issues and skin problems with blackheads being one of them. Pour half a cup of Epsom salts in warm water. Drop in a few drops of iodine in it. Using a clean cotton ball, apply the mixture all over the face to get rid of blackheads quickly.
15. Green tea
Brew some green tea, and once it is cool enough, apply the tea all over the face. This will loosen the blackheads up so you can easily remove them. You can also use green tea leaves as a facial scrub on the acne for clean, fresh and rejuvenated skin.
16. Olive oil and sugar scrub
Daily exfoliation is the best method of getting rid of clogged pores which develop into blackheads. You can make a homemade scrub by mixing a teaspoon of olive oil with some coffee grounds or brown sugar. Rub the mixture on the face, concentrating on areas where the blackheads are prominent. Do not scrub harshly-use gentle pressure and circular motion to gently dislodge the dried sebum. Repeat this natural blackhead treatment weekly.
17. Glycerin, almond and fuller’s earth
A mixture of few drops of Glycerin, almond powder and Fuller’s earth powder can loosen up blackheads when applied as a face mask and left on for 2 hours. Wash off the face with warm water for clean, fresh skin that glows. This remedy is especially beneficial for oily skin.
18. Tea tree oil
A wonderful healing remedy for pimples and blackheads, tea tree oil attacks the bacteria causing all kinds of skin problems. Tea tree oil has many medicinal properties including antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic. These reduce inflammation and keep the skin pores clean and free from dirt. Apply tea tree oil on the face having the pimples and comedones. Let it dry overnight. Wash off in the morning. Repeat application several times a week until the skin clears up.
19. Witch hazel
Witch hazel contains natural salicytate compounds which are known acne fighters. Use a witch hazel toner all over the face after cleansing your skin twice a day in the AM and PM for glowing, healthy complexion.
Neem is a plant having bitter leaves that have a host of antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Neem oil and neem powder is readily available in health stores or you can order them online. If you have access to neem leaves, collect a bunch of them and boil them in some water. (Boil the leaves for at least 30 minutes). Cover the mixture and let it cool and steep for 8-10 hours. Next, discard the leaves. Store the neem extract in an airtight container or spray bottle. Use it all over your face before bedtime. To make this remedy even more potent, add some freshly squeezed lime juice to it and apply it all over the face for instant relief from ugly blackheads.
21. Baking soda and lemon juice
Baking soda, like vinegar, acts as a buffer to balance the ph of the skin. This helps prevent inflammation that stops pimples and comedones from worsening. Apply a paste of baking soda and lime or lemon juice mixed in equal ratio. Let it dry naturally. Wash off with warm water. Use this remedy for clear skin twice a week.
22. Egg white mask
Egg whites contain compounds that reduce excess oil which leads to blackhead formation. Crack an egg open and separate the white and yolk. Apply a thin layer of the white on the skin. Let it harden naturally. This will dislodge the dirt and dried sebum from the skin pores. Next, using warm water, rinse off the egg mask. You must use this natural blackhead remedy at least 2 times a week for healthy, glowing, acne-free skin.
23. Cinnamon and honey
Cinnamon is packed with antioxidants and honey is a natural antibacterial. Mixed together, you get a wonderful natural face masque which you may apply twice a week to naturally get rid of acne, scars and blemishes overnight. Mix cinnamon powder and honey in equal proportion. Apply the masque all over the nose, forehead, chin and cheeks. Let it dry up naturally. Wash the masque off the next morning with some warm water and a mild cleanser. Your blackheads will be gone and the acne marks will be much lighter in appearance.
24. Be careful what you use on your skin
Many makeup products and cosmetics are comedogenic in action. This means they are heavy on the skin and clog the pores up eventually leading to blackheads and pimples. Ingredients like coal tar, Isopropyl myristate are some of these pore-clogging culprits that could cause comedones and acne. So always read your product labels and make sure that your chosen makeup is devoid of these products. You can also go for mineral makeup which is lighter and does not clog pores.
25. Avoid touching the skin
A common cause of blackheads aggravating into full blown acne is giving in to temptations and touching and squeezing the skin constantly. This will not help you in any way and will only make matters worse. When you squeeze out or pop blackheads and zits using dirty hands and fingernails, you end up spreading the bacteria to healthy parts of the skin. So, no matter what- avoid touching your face. If needed, use sterile cotton or Q-tips to dislodge the blackheads and comedones. As stated before, it is best to consult a doctor who can suggest the right remedies for excess blackheads and whiteheads.
Blackheads are ugly and they eventually lead to pimples. But there is hope. Use the aforementioned remedies for blackheads and get the clear, glowing complexion you deserve!