Tired of those pesky little blackheads on your nose that refuse to leave? March into your kitchen to show them out!
Blackheads form when a hair follicle in the skin becomes clogged or plugged. Dead skin, excess oil and sebum that collects in the follicle opening leads to a bump. The exposed skin over the bump gets oxidized and appears black in colour. Blackheads are a form of hormonal acne and mostly develop on nose, chin area, foreheads and cheeks. Painful to remove and quite annoying to look at, blackheads can be prevented with many over-the-counter topical creams that include salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. For gentle, skin-caring options you can also treat them at home. If you’re one of the troubled beauties who has oily skin and have visible blackheads, we have a whole list of natural remedies that help clear and prevent blackheads. These are super easy, effective and most of all, extremely affordable. All you need to do is whip up a face scrub or an exfoliating mask with just a few ingredients from your kitchen. Now without further ado, let’s jump to these DIY home remedies that can help tackle blackheads with ease.
Sugar and Honey Scrub
This homemade blackhead scrub is incredibly easy to make, gently exfoliates and gives you smooth and soft skin. Granulated sugar is a great, natural exfoliant that removes dead skin and blackheads while the antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties in honey combat skin irritation and acne. Honey is also known for its soothing and nourishing qualities. This scrub works for every skin type. If you have sensitive, acne-prone skin and everything breaks you out in no time, this simple and effective scrub might be the right one for you.
How to use: Mix 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar with 1 tablespoon of honey and gently massage the scrub on the skin. Exfoliate for 1-2 minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. Use this scrub post cleansing.
The recommended frequency of use: Use once or twice a week for best results.
Ground Coffee and Coconut Oil
Stubborn blackheads and dead skin cells can make your skin look dull and tired. To refresh and rejuvenate we recommend using coffee in your skincare routine. This simple DIY face and body scrub includes coconut oil, lemon juice, coffee and some curd. This gentle skin exfoliating scrub gets rid of all the blackheads, dead cells and flakes on the skin to reveal smooth, moisturized skin. It is perfect for all dry skin beauties and effectively gets rid of blackheads and leaves your skin nourished. This also helps in getting rid of ingrown hair, making it a great option for exfoliating your body as well.
How to use: Mix 1 tablespoon of ground coffee with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and half lemon juice. Once the consistency is smooth and slightly runny, start massaging this on your skin. Start massaging it gently for 1-2 minutes, focusing on areas where you have blackheads and then wash off with a mild face wash.
The recommended frequency of use: You can use this coffee scrub once a week for radiant, smooth complexion.
Egg Whites and Tissue Nose Strip
Great for tightening pores and quite an effective blackhead removal remedy, egg white nose strip removes dirt from pores, clears up acne and reduces excess oil from skin. In addition, egg whites are known for keeping your face clean, firmer looking and youthful.
How to use: Start by separating egg whites and yolk. Using a face mask brush, paint a layer of egg whites on your nose and place a thin piece of tissue paper on top. Brush some more egg on the tissue and layer another piece of tissue on top. Repeat this 3-4 more times. Let the DIY pore strip sit on your skin till the formula dries and gets stiff. Peel it off slowly to remove all grime and blackheads. Wash your face with a mild cleanser and follow up with a toner and moisturizer.
The recommended frequency of use: Once in 7-10 days or only for special occasions.
Oatmeal, Yogurt and Orange Peel Face Scrub
Oatmeal, orange peel powder and yoghurt face mask is the ideal DIY skincare remedy for dull, acne-prone and oily skin. Yoghurt brightens and soothes the skin, orange peel lightens spots and blemishes while yoghurt rejuvenates tanned skin and removes all dead skin, blackheads and excess oil from skin.
How to use: Take 1 tablespoon of ground oatmeal and mix with a spoon of yoghurt along with 1 tbsp of orange peel powder. Make a thick paste and apply on your face and neck. You can use this as a face mask or scrub. Scrub your trouble areas with this mix for about a minute or two and wash it off with lukewarm water. If using it as a face mask, apply and keep for 15-20 minutes. Wash it off once dry and then moisturize your skin well.
The recommended frequency of use: Twice or thrice a week.
Lemon, Honey and Sugar
Easily found in the kitchen, honey, sugar and lemon scrub can do wonders to brighten up your complexion. Honey is a natural antibiotic that pulls away dirt from the pores of your skin while lemon comes with great astringent benefits for clean and fresh-looking skin. Mixed along with exfoliating sugar articles, this DIY blackhead scrub is magic.
How to use: Mix 2 tbsps of lemon juice with half a spoon of granulated sugar and half a spoon of honey. Apply the mixture onto your face and massage in circular motions. Avoid the area around the eyes and mouth. Gently massage for about 2 minutes. When you’re done, rinse off with warm water. Pat dry with a soft towel. If your face feels a bit dry, moisturise your skin immediately.
The recommended frequency of use: Once a week.
Keep your skin clear and target blackheads with these easy homemade DIY remedies.
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